University Staff Parent Newsletter, 15 January 2010 by tqr19314

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									Dear all,

The STAFF parent newsletter for 15 January 2010 is below.

The Adverts and Messages section – which includes items for sale and wanted – has been
removed from this version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full newsletter
delivered to your inbox, you must be subscribed to the University staff parent email list.
Email childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk with your name, job title and Department.

Best wishes,

Cassie and Laura
University Childcare Information Advisers.


Childcare Office
21 Trumpington Street
Cambridge
CB2 1QA

Tel: 01223 (3)32249
Email: childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk
Web: www.cam.ac.uk/childcare


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UNIVERSITIES' HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME- BOOKING NOW FOR FEB HALF
TERM:

The Universities' (Cambridge and Anglia Ruskin) Holiday Playscheme operates during
the state school holiday periods for school-age children. University staff and students
receive priority booking and subsidised rates.

Booking is underway for the February half term Playscheme (15-19 February) - please
get booking forms in as soon as possible as half term Playschemes always fill up fast.
Booking forms can be downloaded from
www.admin.cam.ac.uk/univ/childcare/playscheme/booking.html. Print out and complete
a form fully (incomplete forms will be returned) and send it to the Childcare Office with
payment. Emailed or faxed copies will not be accepted.

Further information is at: www.cam.ac.uk/playscheme.

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HOLIDAY PLAYSCHEME: CAN YOU HELP?

The Universities' Holiday playscheme is also looking for donations of:

- Old toys
- Junk modelling items like toilet rolls, old wrapping paper, old sweet tins, cereal packets,
jam jars, shells, corks etc
- Dressing up clothes: old clothes, shoes, bags, hats

for children's activities at the Playscheme. If you have anything suitable, you can drop it
into the Playscheme team at the Childcare Office, 21 Trumpington Street. The team is
also looking for activity ideas for faith festivals, and would be delighted if any parents
would be willing to come along to lead activities.

Email playscheme@admin.cam.ac.uk with any questions.

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GOOD NEWS FOR CHILDCARE VOUCHERS:

Following the petition signed by more than 92,000 people on the Downing Street
website, the Government has announced it will NOT be scrapping the tax relief available
through childcare vouchers.

Basic rate taxpayers will continue to be exempt from all tax and National Insurance
Contributions, but in future higher rate tax payers who currently receive tax relief at 40
per cent will have the benefit halved. Gordon Brown has said this is to ensure that the
scheme is fairer for all families. This change will take place from April 2011 and will not
affect those receiving vouchers issued before that date.

See www.number10.gov.uk/Page21593

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NEW RESOURCES:

The Government campaign Change4Life aims to encourage families to learn from an
early age to eat better and move more in order to prevent obesity and health problems
later in life. Sign up for a free action plan and info pack. See: www.nhs.uk/change4life

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UPCOMING FAMILY EVENTS:


*SATURDAY, 16 JANUARY 2010
TRANSFORMING TOMORROW: UNIVERSITY 800TH ANNIVERSARY FINALE in
King's Parade, Cambridge.
Free event to mark the end of the 800 Anniversary celebrations. Watch some of
Cambridge's most famous buildings come alive in a free light show for all the family,
continuing to 18 January. On Sunday, 17 January, the Cambridge University Fire Troupe
will be putting on a unique fire performance to accompany the light show between 6.30
and 8.30pm.
Time: 18.30-22.00.
Website: www.800.cam.ac.uk/events/18


ROALD DAHL EXPERIENCE at Huntingdon Library, Princes Street, Huntingdon.
Acclaimed storyteller Andy Hawkins will be reading extracts from some of Roald Dahl's
most popular stories including George's Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate
Factory and The Twits. Advance booking from the library is recommended.
Time: 10.30am and 2pm.
Cost: £2.
Website: www.cambridgeshire.gov.uk/leisure/libraries


BEAUTY AND THE BEAST at the Arkenstall Centre, Station Road, Haddenham.
Children's theatre with the traditional Panto songs, dances, gags and characters. Tickets
available from Haddenham Galleries (www.haddenhamgallery.co.uk).
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £6/£5.
Phone: 01353 740680.


DICK WHITTINGTON at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Traditional family pantomime featuring all your favourite characters. See website for
times. Finishes Sunday 17 January.
Cost: £27.50-£10.
Phone: 01223 503333.
Website: www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


MUSIC FOR LITTLE PEOPLE at St Paul's Centre, Hills Rd, Cambridge.
Week 1 of 10 week course specialising in music for the under 5’s, carefully crafted to
cover the Foundation Stages of the National Curriculum in a fun and dynamic way. Ring
for class times.
Cost: £48/£64 per term.
Phone: 01480 812469.
Website: www.centrestpauls.org.uk
PICTURING PEOPLE at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Children's workshop for ages 5-8. How do artists tell us about people? What clues do
they give us? Look at portraits in the exhibition Sargent, Sickert & Spencer and
permanent collection, then make your own self-portrait in our studio. Booking essential.
Time: 11:00 - 13:00.
Cost: £5.
Phone: 01223 332904.
Website: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


CAMBRIDGE STORYTELLERS ON TOUR at March Library, City Road, March.
Bogles, Boggarts and Big Black Dogs - Tales from the Fens. An afternoon of enthralling
local legends from the Fens and beyond. Suitable for brave 8-year-olds upwards.
Time: 14:00 - 16:00.
Cost: 50p each/£2 for families.
Phone: 01223 703522.
Website: www.cambridgestorytellers.com


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.
Musical, colourful and packed full of jokes and laughter, be prepared for a truly giant-
sized portion of classic pantomime at its best. See website for ticket prices. Finishes
Sunday 17 January.
Phone: 01284 769505.
Website: www.theatreroyal.org



*SUNDAY 17 JANUARY 2010


TRANSFORMING TOMORROW: UNIVERSITY 800TH ANNIVERSARY FINALE in
King's Parade, Cambridge.
Free event to mark the end of the 800 Anniversary celebrations. Watch some of
Cambridge's most famous buildings come alive in a free light show for all the family,
continuing to 18 January. On the Sunday, the Cambridge University Fire Troupe will be
putting on a unique fire performance to accompany the light show between 6.30 and
8.30pm.
Time: 18.30-22.00.
Website: www.800.cam.ac.uk/events/18


DICK WHITTINGTON at the Cambridge Arts Theatre.
Traditional family pantomime featuring all your favourite characters. See website for
times. Finishes today.
Cost: £27.50-£10.
Phone: 01223 503333.
Website: www.cambridgeartstheatre.com


JACK AND THE BEANSTALK at the Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds.
Musical, colourful and packed full of jokes and laughter, be prepared for a truly giant-
sized portion of classic pantomime at its best. See website for ticket prices.
Phone: 01284 769505. Finishes today.
Website: www.theatreroyal.org



*MONDAY, 18 JANUARY 2010


TRANSFORMING TOMORROW: UNIVERSITY 800TH ANNIVERSARY FINALE in
King's Parade, Cambridge.
Free event to mark the end of the 800 Anniversary celebrations. Watch some of
Cambridge's most famous buildings come alive in a free light show for all the family.
Time: 18.30-22.00.
Website: www.800.cam.ac.uk/events/18



*TUESDAY, 19 JANUARY 2010


MUSIC FOR LITTLE PEOPLE at St Paul's Centre, Hills Rd, Cambridge.
Week 2 of 10 week course specialising in music for the under 5's, carefully crafted to
cover the Foundation Stages of the National Curriculum in a fun and dynamic way. Ring
for class times.
Cost: £48/£64 per term.
Phone: 01480 812469.
Website: www.centrestpauls.org.uk



*THURSDAY 21 JANUARY 2010


CREATIVE CHAOS at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
Monthly drop-in art sessions for pre-school children and their carers. Just come and have
fun making whatever you want. Admission is first come, first served.
Time: 10:00 - 11:30.
Cost: Free.
Phone: 01223 748100.
Website: www.kettlesyard.co.uk


ALADDIN at Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge.
Children’s theatre.
Time: 19:30 - 22:00.
Cost: £7.50 (£5.50 conc).
Phone: 07504 552870.
Website: http://swaveseyradsoc.org


THE PIED PIPER at Waterbeach Community Primary School, High Street, Waterbeach.
Waterbeach Community Players present a family pantomime. Tickets will be on sale at
the door subject to availability but you are advised to book matinee tickets in advance.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £7/£6/£25 family.
Phone: 01223 570109.
Website: http://wcponline.org.uk/whatson.htm



*FRIDAY, 22 JANUARY 2010


THE PRINCESS AND THE PEA at the Commemoration Hall, High Street, Huntingdon.
It's a hard life being a Handsome Prince, having to spend all your time looking for the
perfect Princess to rescue, and attending silly royal balls. It's no picnic being a Princess
either, especially if you're much happier climbing trees and fighting dragons, rather than
looking pretty and wearing big dresses. Suitable for all the family.
Time: 19:00.
Cost: £9.50/£7.50.
Phone: 01480 455167.


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ALADDIN at Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge.
Children's theatre.
Time: 19:30 - 22:00.
Cost: £7.50 (£5.50 conc).
Phone: 07504 552870.
Website: http://swaveseyradsoc.org


THE PIED PIPER at Waterbeach Community Primary School, High Street, Waterbeach.
Waterbeach Community Players present a family pantomime. Tickets will be on sale at
the door subject to availability but you are advised to book matinee tickets in advance.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £7/£6/£25 family.
Phone: 01223 570109.
Website: http://wcponline.org.uk/whatson.htm



*SATURDAY, 23 JANUARY 2010


SATURDADS at the University Centre, Mill Lane.
Drop-in parent and toddler session for dads and kids up to about 3 years. Mums welcome
too. Contact saturdads@googlemail.com with any questions.
Time: from 10.30am.
Cost: Free.


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ALADDIN at Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge.
Children's theatre.
Time: 19:30 - 22:00.
Cost: £7.50 (£5.50 conc).
Phone: 07504 552870.
Website: http://swaveseyradsoc.org


THE PIED PIPER at Waterbeach Community Primary School, High Street, Waterbeach.
Waterbeach Community Players present a family pantomime written by Chris Shinn.
Tickets will be on sale at the door subject to availability but you are advised to book
matinee tickets in advance.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £7/£6/£25 family.
Phone: 01223 570109.
Website: http://wcponline.org.uk/whatson.htm


CAMBRIDGE STORYTELLERS ON TOUR at Whittlesey Library.
Bogles, Boggarts and Big Black Dogs - Tales from the Fens. An afternoon of enthralling
local legends from the Fens and beyond. Suitable for brave 8-year-olds upwards. Hot
chocolate provided.
Time: 14:00 - 16:00.
Cost: 50p each / £2 for families.
Phone: 01223 703522.
Website: www.cambridgestorytellers.com



*SUNDAY, 24 JANUARY 2010


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


CAMBRIDGE CURIOSITY AND IMAGINATION at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street,
Cambridge.
Workshop for families, children of all ages & their carers. Explore and play together
using the exhibitions. Booking required.
Time: 14:30 - 16:30.
Cost: £5 adult / £2 child.
Phone: 01223 748100.
Website: www.kettlesyard.co.uk


THIS IS A THAT at The Junction, Cambridge.
Family theatre. A magnificent, magical, physical, musical journey about a father and
daughter who let their imagination run away with them. The show is a unique fusion of
dance and theatre ideal for children aged 4 - 7 and their grown ups.
Time: 11.30am & 2.30pm.
Price: £9 / £5 conc.
Phone: 01223 511511.
Website: www.junction.co.uk
*TUESDAY, 26 JANUARY 2010


IT'S MAGIC! at the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge.
Workshop for pre-school children and their carers. Looking at art and making art can be
magical. Explore work in our collections with a member of our Education team, then
make some in our studio to take home with you. Booking essential.
Time: 10:00 - 11:30.
Cost: £3.
Phone: 01223 332904.
Website: www.fitzmuseum.cam.ac.uk


TUESDAY STUDIO at Kettle's Yard, Castle Street, Cambridge.
Week 1 of 6 weekly creative art workshops for young people aged 11-14. Take
inspiration from our exhibitions and permanent collection. Booking essential.
Time: 16:30 - 18:00.
Cost: £42 (£32 conc).
Phone: 01223 748100.
Website: www.kettlesyard.co.uk



*THURSDAY, 28 JANUARY 2010


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRY MEN at the Maltings, The Maltings, Ely.
Family pantomime. Tickets on sale from Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £8/£5.
Phone: 01353 669759.
Website: www.themaltingsely.com



*FRIDAY, 29 JANUARY 2010
THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRY MEN at the Maltings, The Maltings, Ely.
Family pantomime. Tickets on sale from Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £8/£5.
Phone: 01353 669759.
Website: www.themaltingsely.com



*SATURDAY, 30 JANUARY 2010


CAMBRIDGE STORYTELLERS ON TOUR at Ely Library.
Bogles, Boggarts and Big Black Dogs - Tales from the Fens. An afternoon of enthralling
local legends from the Fens and beyond. Suitable for brave 8-year-olds upwards. Hot
chocolate provided.
Time: 14:00 - 16:00.
Cost: 50p each / £2 for families.
Phone: 01223 703522.
Website: www.cambridgestorytellers.com


WORLD WETLANDS DAY ACTIVITIES at the Welney Wetland Centre.
Celebrate wetlands around the world at WWT Welney. Join the staff and volunteers to
celebrate this year's forthcoming World Wetlands Day on 2 February, with wetland-
themed activities available in the pond room. Learn about how caring for wetlands and
keeping them healthy is vital to managing changes in our climate.
Tel: 01353 860711.
Website: www.wwt.org.uk/welney


THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Haverhill Arts Centre.
The panto version of a classic tale performed by Centre Stage Company. See website for
show times.
Cost: £7.50 (£6.50 conc).
Phone: 01440 714140.
Website: www.haverhillartscentre.co.uk


ROBIN HOOD & HIS MERRY MEN at the Maltings, The Maltings, Ely.
Family pantomime. Tickets on sale from Burrows Bookshop, High Street Passage.
Time: 19:30.
Cost: £8/£5.
Phone: 01353 669759.
Website: www.themaltingsely.com



*SUNDAY, 31 JANUARY 2010


ROALD DAHL'S THREE LITTLE PIGS at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.
The Cambridge Philharmonic returns to the for a fun-filled, action-packed children's
concert. The programme includes Roald Dahl's The Three Little Pigs set to music with
images projected onto a big screen.
Times: 2pm and 4pm.
Cost: Adult £12, child £8.
Telephone: 01223 357851.
Website: www.cornex.co.uk


WORLD WETLANDS DAY ACTIVITIES at the Welney Wetland Centre.
Celebrate wetlands around the world at WWT Welney. Join the staff and volunteers to
celebrate this year's forthcoming World Wetlands Day on 2 February, with wetland-
themed activities available in the pond room. Learn about how caring for wetlands and
keeping them healthy is vital to managing changes in our climate.
Tel: 01353 860711.
Website: www.wwt.org.uk/welney

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FAMILY CINEMA:

1) Cineworld, Cambridge Leisure Park, Clifton Way, Cambridge.
Family films, £1 per ticket at 10am every Saturday. Usually offers a choice of 3 films.
www.cineworld.co.uk


2) Vue Cinema, Grafton Centre, Cambridge.
Kids AM: Kids 95p for selected film. All adults pay same price, but must be
accompanied by at least 1 child. Every Saturday and Sunday morning (times vary).
www.myvue.com
3) Arts Picturehouse Cinema, 38-39 St. Andrews Street. Tel: 08707 551242.

Regular KID'S CLUB on Saturdays from 10.30am with games and activities followed by
a children's film at 11am. For 3-10 year olds.

BIG SCREAM on Wednesdays at 11am - a club for new parents and their babies (under 1
year).
Also do regular Autism Friendly screenings.
www.picturehouses.co.uk/cinema_home_date.aspx?venueId=camb

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The ADVERTS AND MESSAGES section - which includes items for sale and wanted –
has been removed from this version of the newsletter. In order to receive the full
newsletter delivered to your inbox, you must be subscribed to the University staff parent
email list – email childcare@admin.cam.ac.uk with your name, job title and Department.

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