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THE GOOD SCHOOLS GUIDE: LONDON

The ‘Educational equivalent to Michelin’ launches latest edition of The Good Schools Guides for London

 

 

The Good Schools Guide, long favoured by parents to help them see the wood for the trees when choosing schools, launches its latest publications today. The Good Schools Guide: London North and London South cover the best state and independent schools north and south of the river. The Good Schools Guides: London offer in-depth and straight-talking reviews to give parents an invaluable insight into the competitive world of London schooling. The new editions include the latest exam results and articles on many aspects of the London education scene. The aim is to help parents choose the best school for their child.

At this point it’s worth noting that The Good Schools Guide is the only impartial guide to London schools. Each school included in a guide has been visited by a writer who has interviewed the head, spoken to pupils and parents and analysed results and marketing hype. Schools can’t can’t buy their way in, there are no mates rates, advertisers don’t get a free pass. A school is only included in the pages if the writers think it worthy. It’s why schools are desperate to be included, and why The Good Schools Guide has been established and respected by parents for over 30 years. Apart from asking around, posting in Facebook groups, where else can parents get unbiased information about a school, its values, ethos and contribution to a community?

London North is a hefty tome of 220 schools, with London South feeling slimmer but still offering hundreds of reviews. Expect to see comment on junior and senior, independent and state settings as well as information and advice on fees, entry requirements, school atmosphere, academics, SEN and more.

In addition to the London guides, The Good Schools Guide also offers a consultation service, and The Good Schools Guide 22nd edition is available with a free month’s subscription to the website. The guide includes 1200 in-depth reviews of leading state and private schools for children aged 3 to 18 in the UK.

Find out more about The Good Schools Guide here

 

You may be interested in our Mini Guide to Berkshire

 

OUTDOOR EDIT

Let’s take it outside

Outdoor edit for little kids on big adventures. We’ve picked out eight exciting outdoor play toys and things from Scandiborn that’ll take the fun outside (whatever the weather). 

 

1. Liewood Dante Beach set – Sea Creature Sea Blue Multi Mix, £35.95

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2. Bigjigs Crazy Golf Set, £39.95

 

 

3. Nobodinoz Nevada Play Tent in Sienna Brown, £159.95

 

 

4. Banwood Bikes Pedal – White, £294.95

5. Birdie Kids Scooter Rose (Non Electric), £99.95

 

6. Plum Play Discovery Create & Paint Easel, £219.99

 

7. Liewood Baloo Swim Ring in Rose Mix, £18.95

8. Sunny Life Underwater Camera – Jungle, £17.95

 

Please note that this edit consists of eight super products and brands that we’ve picked out from Scandiborn. Contains affiliates links. Prices correct as of the date of purchase and may be subject to change.

 

For more outdoor inspo, head over to our spring issue here. 

FRIDAY FIVE

Your weekly Friday Five edit is here!

From audio guided walks, virtual theatre performances and doing our bit to share and support a worthy cause. We’ve a Friday Five roundup for the coolest families in town. One last request from us, remember to pause for a moment and enjoy the little things this weekend. Have a super weekend from all at City Kids HQ.

 

1. WE COVER THE UNIVERSE ONLINE AT THE SOUTHBANK CENTRE

WE COVER THE UNIVERSE

Take your tots on a journey to a world full of wonder with the interactive sensory show We Cover the Universe, online at the Southbank Centre.

Find out more here

 

2. FAMILY STORYWALK WEEKEND FROM RICH MIX

FAMILY STORYWALK

Take an audio Family StoryWalk around the East End and experience an alternative London full of giants, dragons and wizards.

The two self-guided walks from Rich Mix arts centre will take place on Saturday April 10th and Sunday April 11th. On Saturday, the walk is based on The Ring of Joy by Vanessa Woolf, which leads you around Shoreditch and transports you to China to find a magic ring.

Find out more here

 

3. CHICKENSHED’S RAPUNZEL ONLINE STREAM

chickenshed's rapunzel

Get ready for Rapunzel as you’ve never seen her before, with Chickenshed’s dramatic retelling of the classic story.

Rapunzel doesn’t remember much about her life before she was locked in the tower. All she knows is that she longs to be free. As she meets the fantastical creatures in the woods that surround her prison, she learns that her true strength comes from within, not from her long hair.

Find our more here

 

4. HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS BY LIZ WEST IN GREENWICH PENINSULA

HUNDREDS AND THOUSANDS

Take a walk along a technicolour walkway with the Hundreds and Thousands art installation in Greenwich.

Experience a kaleidoscope of colour at the Tide, the elevated riverside trail on Greenwich Peninsula. The walkway has been transformed by British artist Liz West. She used a series of coloured panels to wrap 700m of glass balustrades along the trail.

Find out more here

 

5. TAKE A FEW MINS OUT TO APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THINGS.

We’d like to take this opportunity to use our platform to support the gofundme set up for Richard Okorogheye. If you’d like to help his family, whether it’s sharing among your circles or sparing a donation of any size, follow our link here.

 

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MENTAL HEALTH RESOURCES FOR CHILDREN AND PARENTS

Mental health resources for children, teens and parents in a pandemic

 

 

The tragic death of Richard Okorogheye has sent shockwaves here at HQ. We cannot begin to imagine the immense pain and suffering that Richard’s mother, family and friends must be experiencing. The pandemic has brought about its challenges and had a knock on effect on all aspects of our lives. Whilst no one knows the details surrounding Richard’s death, one thing is for sure, the uncertainty, lack of face-to-face socialisation and stimulation during this pandemic has left many kids feeling lost, sad, low…We’ve pulled together some mental health resources for children, teens and parents to access. While our freedoms may be returning, this pandemic isn’t going anywhere and we’ll be reliant on support for many months ahead.

Here we have a list of resources for anyone that’s concerned about their child’s wellbeing. We hope that this small variety of resources, available in a number of formats, can give you the starting point you and your child may need:  

 

Please remember… there is no need to suffer in silence. If you notice any signs that a child may be struggling as a result of the pandemic, or in general, please do take the courage to get help in a way that is best suited to their needs and requirements. As always, we are here and available to talk, also, if you’ve come across any resources that you’d like to share with fellow parents, do get in touch via our Instagram: @citykidsmagazine

 

You may also be moved to contribute to the gofundme page for Richard. You can do that by clicking here.


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EDUCATION IN BERKSHIRE

The City Kids Mini Guide to Education in Berkshire

 

Image: St John’s Beaumont

 

Country residence to the queen, George Clooney and the Middletons, the Royal County of Berkshire has much more to offer than castles, celebs, Royal Ascot and the Reading Festival. In 2019, 12,610 Londoners relocated to Berkshire, according to the Office for National Statistics. Commutable from London, even quicker with Crossrail arriving in 2022, Berkshire provides space, rural communities, market towns, Michelin stars, racecourses and much history. There are also excellent schools in the state and independent sector. Here’s our City Kids Mini Guide to Education and living in Berkshire.

Where to Live

You will be spoilt for choice in Berkshire. The latest UK Quality of Life Index ranked the county number six in the UK’s best places to live.

Windsor

Windsor is often popular, being only half an hour by train to the capital. Its abundant history, the river Thames and schools are also a huge draw. Don’t forget Windsor Castle, with changing of the guard when the Queen’s at home, The Savill Garden and Virginia Water on the periphery. Plus across Windsor Bridge you’ll find Eton, home to Eton College.

Ascot

Horse racing fans know ascot for the Royal flavour in June, but it’s also close to great golf at Sunningdale.

Reading

The largest town in Berkshire lies on the River Kennet, with plenty of riverside restaurants and attractions. Not only does it have great shopping (John Lewis, The Oracle shopping centre, a Vue cinema, it’s also a huge commercial centre, with many international businesses putting down roots in its business parks. Reading also has an ancient abbey which, although now in ruins, has a museum displaying Norman carvings.

Bracknell

According to a Yopa’s Happy Family Home Guide, Bracknell is the 34th most attractive place to raise a family (out of 200). It has good schools, 25 parks and low crime rates.

Newbury

At the far west of the county is Newbury, home to the famous racecourse and a short hop from Downton Abbey or as it’s otherwise known, Highclere Castle. The countryside around this bustling market town is part of the North Wessex Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A day’s walking will see you experience woodlands, streams and heritage sites.

Hungerford

On the edge of the county is historic market town, Hungerford with its antique shops and fairs as well as independent shops and boutiques. There’s an annual Food Festival as well as Tutti Day which takes place on every second Tuesday after Easter.

Riverside towns and villages

As the Thames meanders it’s way through the county, historic market towns and villages are hubs for those seeking a rural way of life. Wargrave, Bray with its Michelin stars and great pub grub and Sonning, Pangbourne and Maidenhead all offer something slightly different. They’re all connected via some beautiful walks, bike rides and rural views.

Berkshire outdoors

The River Thames bisects the county so inevitably there are plenty of water-based activities to get involved with. There’s also the Kennet and Avon canal if you prefer. Legoland Windsor, Windsor Castle, Cliveden and the site where the Magna Carta was signed are just a small number of places to visit within Berkshire’s borders. Here’s a few activities to whet your appetite on a house-hunting trip.

Go Ape, Bracknell

Cliveden House

Beale Wildlife Park

Pinewood Miniature Railway

The Nature Discovery Centre

 

Education in Berkshire

State

Top 10 rated State Schools by The Real Schools Guide in 2020.

Primary

Whiteknights Primary School, Reading
Khalsa Primary School, Slough
Willow Primary School, Slough
St Dominic Savio Catholic Primary School, Woodley
Castleview Primary School, Slough
Holy Trinity C of E Primary School, Cookham
Lowbrook Academy, Cox Green
The Godolphin Junior Academy, Slough
Woolhampton CE Primary School, Woolhampton
Iqra Slough Islamic Primary School, Slough

Secondary

Kendrick School, Reading
Reading School, Reading
Upton Court Grammar School, Slough
Herschel Grammar School, Slough
St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School, Slough
The Holt School, Wokingham
Langley Grammar School, Slough
The Piggott School, Wokingham
Maiden Erlegh School, Wokingham
Newlands Girls’ School, Windsor & Maidenhead

Grammar

Within Berkshire there are a number of grammar schools. The Slough consortium of schools work together with one paper for entry to four schools: Herschel, Upton Court, Langley and St Bernard’s Catholic Grammar School. Registration for these schools is normally open for a six-week period between May and June the year ahead of entrance. In 2021 the 11+ registration for entry in September 2022 will open on 1stMay and close on 13th June.
Testing will take place in September with results expected mid-October 2021. For links to each school and their admissions criteria:
sloughconsortium.org.uk
There are also three grammar schools in Reading: Kendrick, Reading and Reading Girls (a bi-lateral school which means it is only partially selective with approximately 25% of places offered following exams).

Independent Schools

Berkshire is blessed with some of the most famous, and most established independent schools in the land.

Pre-prep & Prep

sjbwindsor.uk – boys 3-13yrs, day & boarding

Priest Hill, Old Windsor, Berkshire SL4 2JN 

01784 432428 sjb.admissions@sjb.email

St John’s Beaumont lies within a 70-acre country estate, a stone’s throw from historic Windsor. With space for play and learning, St John’s has extensive facilities to keep the boys busy. For London parents, it’s also a world away from the big smoke, without being a mission to get there.

To find out more, read our piece on Boarding ‘Hogwarts style’.

 

Cheam School – co-ed 3-13yrs, day & boarding
cheamschool.com
Headley, Newbury, RG19 8LD
01635 268 242

Eagle House – co-ed 3-13yrs, day & boarding
eaglehouseschool.com
Sandhurst, GU47 8PH
01344 772 134 | info@eaglehouseschool.com

Elstree School – co-ed 3-13, day & boarding
elstreeschool.org.uk
Woolhampton, Reading, RG7 5TD
01189 713 302 | office@elstreeschool.org.uk

Horris Hill – boys 4-13yrs, day & boarding
horrishill.com
Newtown, Newbury, RG20 9DJ
01635 40594 | registrar@horrishill.com

Lambrook School – co-ed 3-13yrs, day & flexi boarding
lambrookschool.co.uk
Winkfield Row, Nr Ascot, RG42 6LU
01344 882717 | info@lambrookschool.co.uk

Ludgrove School – boys 8-13yrs, fortnightly boarding
ludgrove.net
Ludgrove, Wokingham, RG40 3AB
0118 978 9881 | office@ludgroveschool.co.uk

Sunningdale School – boys 7-13yrs, boarding
sunningdaleschool.co.uk
Sunningdale, SL5 9PY
01344 620159 | headmaster@sunningdaleschool.co.uk

The Marist School – girls 3-18yrs, day
themarist.com
Kings Road, Sunninghill, Ascot  SL5 7PS
01344 624291

Senior

Bradfield College – co-ed 13-18yrs, day & boarding
bradfieldcollege.org.uk
Bradfield, Reading RG7 6AU
0118 964 4500

Downe House – girls 11-18yrs, day & boarding
downehouse .net
Cold Ash, Thatcham, RG18 9JJ
01635 200286

Elstree School – co-ed 3-13, day & boarding
elstreeschool.org.uk
Woolhampton, Reading, RG7 5TD
01189 713 302 | office@elstreeschool.org.uk

Eton College – boys 13-18yrs, boarding
etoncollege.com
Windsor SL4 6DW
01753 370 100 | enquiries@etoncollege.org.uk

Leighton Park – co-ed 11-18yrs, day & boarding
leightonpark.com
Shinfield Road, Berkshire, RG2 7DE
0118 987 9600

LVS Ascot – co-ed 4-18yrs, day & boarding
London Rd, Berkshire, Winkfield Row, Ascot SL5 8DR
lvs.ascot.sch.uk
01344 882 770 | enquiries@lvs.ascot.sch.uk

The Marist School
(See Prep above for details)

Pangbourne College – co-ed 11-18yrs, day & boarding
pangbourne.com
Pangbourne, Reading, RG8 8LA
0118 984 2101 | reception@pangbourne.com

Queen Anne’s School – girls 11-18yrs, day & boarding
qas.org.uk 
6 Henley Rd, Reading RG4 6DX
01189 187 300 | office@qas.org.uk

Reading Blue Coat School – boys 11-18yrs (girls 6th form), day
rbcs.org.uk
Holme Park, Sonning Ln, Sonning, Reading RG4 6SU
0118 944 1005 | reception@rbcs.org.uk

Shiplake College – boys 11-18yrs (girls 6th form), day & boarding
shiplake.org.uk
Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, RG9 4BW
0118 940 2455 | info@shiplake.org.uk

St George’s School – girls 11-18yrs, day & boarding
stgeorges-ascot.org.uk
Wells Ln, Ascot SL5 7DZ
01344 629900

St Mary’s School Ascot – girls 11-18yrs, boarding
st-marys-ascot.co.uk
St Mary’s Road, Ascot SL5 9JF
01344 296614 | admissions@st-marys-ascot.co.uk

The Oratory – co-ed 11-18, day & boarding
oratory.co.uk
Woodcote, Reading, RG8 0PJ
01491 683522 | registrar@oratory.co.uk

Wellington College – co-ed 13-18yrs, day & boarding
wellingtoncollege.org.uk
Duke’s Ride, Berkshire, Crowthorne RG45 7PU
01344 444000 | info@wellingtoncollege.co.uk

 

Useful resources:

goodschoolsguide.co.uk

11plusguide.com

schoolguide.co.uk

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BOOKS FOR KIDS – THE GREEN EDIT

GREEN BOOKS FOR KIDS

It’s never too early to help children to understand the world around them and the impact they can have on its future. Sharon Jones reviews three super books that make a great starting point. Her full edit can be found in our Spring issue here

1. WHEN WE WENT WILD by Isabella Tree, illustrated by Allira Tee 

Printed in the UK and made with 100% recycled paper this wonderful story tells the tale of Nancy and Jake, two farmers who use harsh chemicals to raise their cows and pigs. Upon noticing the animal’s sadness, they decide to make a drastic change, much to the disapproval of the neighbouring community. Loosely based on the experiences of the author who is also a farmer and has real-life rewilding experience, this book will definitely get young minds thinking about their surroundings. 

 

2. FORESTS by Jess French, illustrated by Alexander Mostov (Ivy Kids)

Why do forests matter? Because without them the world would struggle to function. This coffee table book explores the power of trees, their importance to two-thirds of the world’s animals who need them and how their destruction is having a devastating impact on the planet. Including great tips on what you can do to change your habits in order to help the forest, this book is simple for young children to understand and empowers them to take action. 

3. CLIMATE CHANGE by Tom Jackson and Cristina Guitian (QED)

For teenagers with an interest in the environment, this book aims to answer the broad questions around the topic of climate change. Not only that, it helps with critical thinking using history, science and social considerations to explore the subject from a range of angles. Engaging graphics by Cristina Guitian bring arguments to life like: Who is responsible? How do we move to a circular economy and discussions to help young people form their own opinions. Informative, engaging and tackling big theories in a way that makes you want to find out more. 

 

Head to page 37 of our SPRING issue to find even more great green books for kids. 

 

FRIDAY FIVE

EASTER WEEKEND FRIDAY FIVE 

We’ve rounded up five of the best things to do on and around Easter Weekend – other than eat chocolate (of course). Parents, ditch the devices and get stuck in too, this one’s a true family affair. 

LONDON CITY ISLAND’S OUTDOOR EASTER CHOCOLATE TREASURE HUNT

Enjoy some sweet treats while keeping the kids active this Easter with London City Island’s outdoor chocolate treasure hunt.

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CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN EASTER TRAIL

CHELSEA PHYSIC GARDEN EASTER TRAIL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Get back to nature and connect with loved ones with a self-led Easter trail in Chelsea Physic Garden. The trail, which celebrates gardens and nature, will lead you around the 4-acre grounds. And you will discover all about the amazing world of plants at London’s oldest botanic garden. 

Find out more here

 

OLDILOCKS AND THE 3 BEARS ONLINE SHOW AT NORDEN FARM

oldilocks and the 3 bears

Set off on a virtual adventure to the woods and watch a funny take on a classic tale with Oldilocks and the 3 bears, streaming live with Norden Farm arts centre.

Find out more here

 

VIRTUAL DISCOVERY WEEKS: EGG-CITING EASTER

EGG-CITING EASTER

Enjoy the spring air and some interactive Easter activities with Virtual Discovery Weeks: Egg-citing Easter. 

The free Royal Parks event runs over two weeks and is jam packed with activities – both online and outdoors.  

Find out more here

EASTER LINDT GOLD BUNNY HUNT AT HAMPTON COURT PALACE

 

Easter Lindt GOLD BUNNY HuntCelebrate the arrival of spring with the Easter Lindt Gold Bunny Hunt at Hampton Court Palace.

Discover famous historical characters when you join in the hunt around the palace gardens. Using a trail map, solve the clues to find the Lindt gold bunny statues. Explorers who find all the bunnies will win a chocolate reward and bunny ears.

 

Find out more here

 

For more great ideas for the rest of April (and beyond) do head over to our What’s On page. It’s filled to the brim with genius ideas to keep babies, toddlers and kids of all ages entertained. 

 

Looking for extra curricular classes and camps – there may be some places left, check out our Easter camps roundup here

TOMMY HILFIGER X HATTIE STEWART

Tommy Hilfiger x Hattie Stewart brings fun and colour to SS21

 

 

 

Tommy Hilfiger’s Kids SS21 collection, has been brought to life by contemporary illustrator, Hattie Stewart.  She’s graced various covers of Vogue, worked with celebs including Rihanna, Kylie and Arianna Grande, and now  TOMMY HILFIGER X HATTIE STEWART.

 

 

 

 

 

Expect skate park style and graphics that run through boys’ T-shirts and jersey sweaters. For girls, soft cotton, terry coordinating sets and branded tape dresses are made for warm days spent roller skating. Essential hoodies ranging from preppy to sporty to modern, add an edgy twist to casual-cool looks. Drawing from Miami’s iconic neon and pastel landmarks, pops of colour elevate the season’s graphics, patterns and fabrics, complimenting the brand’s signature red, white and navy colour palette.

 

 

Since launching his namesake brand in 1985, Tommy Hilfiger has become globally renowned as the pioneer of classic American cool style. Inspired by iconic pop culture and Americana heritage, the designer and his brand are driven by an ever-optimistic vision to break conventions and celebrate individuality. Today, under Hilfiger’s guidance, vision and leadership as Principal Designer, TOMMY HILFIGER is one of the world’s most recognized lifestyle brands that shares its inclusive and youthful spirit with consumers worldwide.

Since graduating from Kingston University in 2010 and moving to London in 2011, Hattie has created a varied portfolio spanning partnerships with creatives such as Roman Coppola and artists like SZA, Ariana Grande and Kylie Minogue. With a vibrant, tongue-in-cheek visual identity, she is a self-proclaimed ‘professional doodler’ with a unique and playful illustration style that extends through the worlds of advertising, art and fashion.

Check out Hattie’s instagram feed for some joyful colour explosions! @hattiestewart

uk.tommy.com/kids

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TEACH YOUR KIDS ABOUT EQUALITY

5 fun activities to teach your kids about equality

 

 

When I look back at lockdown I think I will remember a time where more of us became activists and minority voices, which had previously gone unheard, were loud and proud and gaining traction. At City Kids we’re advocates of equality and we promote equality from every corner of the brand.  Diversity and inclusion expert, Esther Marshall, has compiled five fun activities to teach your kids about equality.

 

Equality as a concept is one that you wouldn’t necessarily think a child would understand. However, in today’s society it is critical children grow up understanding what equality means and how it can affect them and others around them. Behavioural studies show us that by the time children are as young as 1 they can understand the world around them and by 3 they know the difference between genders. Small actions such as showing children non-stereotypical and non-limiting characters found in books, films and any other media, or ensuring that the cooking and cleaning of the house is divided up equally and calling out discrimination when you see it can redefine behaviour patterns for this and the next generation creating a more equal society and economy.

So how can we make this concept of equality something fun to learn for children? Here are 5 ways which will make the conversation about equality fun, authentic and exciting to talk about with your children.

Activity 1

You will need a globe, either one you have at home or a world map on a screen or you can print it off. Ask children to close their eyes and spin them round and then point to a country. Each time they pick a country you can talk about topics such as access to school, access to food and water, access to toys like them and access to opportunities like them. It’s a great way to show children that not everything is equal in the world and also a great way to teach children about other cultures. Each time they point at a country it’s good to look up the culture of the country and learn something about the children in that country. It can therefore be a game where both parents and children are learning about the world, in turn making them more worldly and culturally aware which will in turn seriously help them in understanding equality.

Activity 2

Get two sheets of paper. Label one Girls and one Boys. Then proceed to ask them to put the following words listed below into either the girls or boys side or both. Of course, add in any others you can think of.

  • Different jobs e.g Police, firefighter, hairdresser, lawyer, doctor, nurse, pilot, zoo keeper, teacher, scientist, Dentist, Cleaner, Builder, Bus Driver etc
  • Different sports e.g Football, ballet, tennis, swimming, basketball, netball, cricket, darts, hockey, rugby, rowing,
  • Different emotions e.g sad, happy, anxious, crying, strong, smart, brave, afraid, nervous, confident
  • Different objects e.g Bikes, Dolls, Scooters, trains, balloons, butterflies, cars, dogs, cats, comic books, reading books, cuddly toys, drums, fairies
  • Different house work jobs e.g washing up, laundry, cooking, baking, cleaning, food shopping

Ask them why they put certain words on each list and let it lead naturally into a conversation as to why both genders can do the same things.

Activity 3

Go outside and get children to pick up as many different colour objects as they can find e.g. leaves, flower petals, sticks etc. Then get them to stick them down on a piece of paper creating their own garden. Explain that everything they picked came from the same soil and garden but grew in different ways and needed different elements e.g. sun/water to grow but if we didn’t have all of that in the garden or park then nature wouldn’t be as amazing as it is. It’s the same in society. Many people may come from different places and grow up with different cultures and customs but we all need to live together to make up the best society we can be – an equal one.

Activity 4

Get white card/paper and makes stripes of the rainbow. Then colour it in and stick it together. Take away one colour and then two colours.  Explain that without all the colours we don’t have a lovely rainbow and that that is the same in society. We need all races, ethnicities and genders to be part of society in an equal way in order to get the desired outcome of a beautiful rainbow.

Activity 5

Diversify your book shelf. Only 7% of the children’s books published in the last 3 years have featured characters from Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic Groups. Ensure that you take time out in your day to read to your children which show non stereotypical characters and characters that don’t look the same as your child. It will help to bring up the conversation and start to build up positive stereotypes to ensure your child grows up wanting to be part of an equal society. Some examples of books to get are Sophie Says I Can I Will, The Proudest Blue, Look Up, The Mega Magic Hair Swap, Ruby’s Worry, Ravi’s Roar, Pink is for Boys and All are welcome.

 

 


Esther Marshall
 is a Diversity and Inclusion expert, mental health activist and the author of the The Sophie Says children’s books series – which make life’s most important lessons fun to learn. For more educational content follow Sophie Says on Instagram @sophiesaysofficial

 

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EASTER CAMPS AND COURSES

Easter holidays are here (already!) But so are London’s Easter camps and courses

We may not have been let loose by Boris completely, but Easter camps and courses are ready to take your nearest and dearest. Whether you need a break or they need to get out,  socialise, and learn some new skills, London’s activity sector has been chomping at the bit to share their expertise once again. Here’s our 2021 guide.

 

Role Models

Like many businesses, Role Models pivoted to online last year, and what a success they’ve made of their superb life skills classes! While in-person camps are returning, there is an Easter offer which should grab your attention, but you’ll have to move fast!
Get your hands on an Easter bundle of online Life Skills sessions for children aged 5-7 & 8-11. When booking 3 x 60 minute sessions for £49, children will also be able to bring a friend for FREE (Usual price for 6 ‘Plus’ online sessions is £143.75).
Life Skills sessions focus on confidence, collaboration, creativity, resilience and leadership which Role Models firmly believes are fundamental for good mental health, future job prospects and academic attainment. There are 80 sessions to choose from, each one fun and interactive and designed to fit around family life during both the holidays and term-time.
Use coupon code rm3for49 to purchase 3 x ‘Plus’ online Sessions for £49. Once you have purchased your 3 sessions you will be provided with a coupon code to share with a friend so their little bunny can also join 3 x ‘Plus’ online sessions for Free. Coupon expires on 10th April 2021

For more information on Role Models: call +44 (0)20 3637 7107 | email info@rolemodels.me | rolemodels.me

 

Will to Win Tennis Camps

Tennis is back! Whether you’re in Chiswick, Ealing (Lammas Park, Pitshanger Park), Hyde Park and Greenwich, children from 4 years can take part.
JUNIOR age 7 – 16; 4 or 5 days;
Camp 1: 10am – 12pm
Camp 2: 1pm – 3pm
Taught in age and ability groups. Camp continues in all-weather with creative indoor learning as necessary. Each Friday is a tournament day, where players will play matches against players in their age group.

MINI age 4 – 7; 4 or 5 days; 12pm – 1pm
All abilities are taught using varied teaching styles to retain interest and enjoyment of sports. Bring a drink and snack.

Select your venue here willtowin.co.uk

 

Lycée International de Londres Winston Churchill Spring Study Week

Need to improve some grades? If French is a bit too franglais in your household, why not get the experts in.

lyceeinternational.london

Fire Tech

One of the few camps to offer courses for older kids, Fire Tech run STEM based camps which include coding, VR, digital design and video game design. Students learn from the ground up, and there’s even a girls only camp for teens.
City, Dulwich, Notting Hill, Camden, South Kensington | 9 yrs+
firetechcamp.com

 

The Little Gym

Another activity provider that went online last year, The Little Gym, is opening its doors once more. Bringing their expertise in movement, child development and gymnastics, children will have the chance to run wild, socialise, learn and have a tonne of fun within their purpose-built gyms. There are now five The Little Gyms in London: Chiswick, Hampstead, Hampton, Wandsworth and Westfield London, each running camps for various ages up to 12 years. Mornings, afternoons or full days available with Covid-19 measures in place.

For more details on camps and where to find them thelittlegym.co.uk

 

Cypher Coders

Coding and tech-inspired camps which touch on themes such as music, robotics, nature, oceanography and art.
Various locations are now open for in-person camps but there are also virtual offerings.
5yrs+

cyphercoders.com

 

Little House of Science

Curious minds encouraged to explore, experiment and play via live online classes.
4-11yrs

littlehouseofscience.com

 

Fit for Sport

Activity camps which have been running for 25 years to give children the opportunity to try a variety of sports and activities.
4-12 yrs all over London.

fitforsport.co.uk

 

Shooting Starz

Choose from multi-sports, football, netball or mini skills and book half, full or extended days or weeks at camp.
Club Des Sports Acton.
3-13 yrs

shootingstarz.co.uk

 

The Strings Club

Every day is different with musical The Strings Club! Ofsted registered and available in Islington, Hackney, Greenwich, Tooting, Hampstead and Brockley. Mornings begin with  ‘Learn Together, Play Together’ sessions. Afternoons are interactive and creative workshop. Each Holiday Camp ends with a grand concert – so children and their new friends can proudly show what they’ve learnt! By the end of their time, children will have experienced musical adventures, made new friends, and developed skills for life.

thestringsclub.org

 

London Academy of Gymnastics and Dance

Active kids have lots of fun in store at this year’s Easter Activity Camp from London Academy of Gymnastics and Dance. As well as gymnastics, there’s also juggling, circus skills, obstacle course, aerial skills, dance, vault, hoops and games. The camp is running from 12th to 16th April 2021 for children from Reception to Year 6. It is supervised by qualified coaches, following the latest Covid safety guidelines. It is taking place in Chelsea SW3 and in Muswell Hill N10.
For more information, visit lagad.co.uk

SPARKS Movie Making

Fun movie making camps which aim to inspire young imaginations and build creative skills. Camps take place in school holidays and during the summer. Each camp offers children and teenagers the chance to unlock their creativity, gain new skills and discover the fun of filmmaking.

Easter Camps:

Liar, Liar, Pants on Fire (Ages 5-7)

Codename Confidential (Ages 7-11)

Web of Lies (Ages 11-14)

We will be running our workshops in Balham, Dulwich, Highgate and Kensington.

April 12-16th 2021 from 9am-3pm.

sparksarts.co.uk

 

Upbeat Music Courses

Monday 12th – Friday 16th April. 10.00 – 4.00   for 5 – 12 yrs

Pop and Rock Easter Holiday Camp including singing, dance, guitars & drums, songwriting and recording.

Drum in the garden, dance on the lawns, make the most of our amazing outdoor and indoor spaces this Easter. Make friends, be creative, write and play.

 

Et Patati Patata

Immerse your kids in French between 6-16th April with Et Patati Patata’s award-winning classes. The online classes are small – restricted to six- meaning your child will get the attention they need. Split into three age groups 4 -6 years, 7-10 years and 11-15 years.

etpatatipatata.com

For more ideas head to our Directories or our What’s On pages.

WHO IS…GEMMA WHATES?

In our regular magazine interview, we ask “Who is…Gemma Whates?”

 

Gemma Whates is founder of ALL BY MAMA, an online marketplace selling gifts made by mums (and dads!)

Three words to describe yourself.

Adventurous, caring and determined

What is happening in the world of Gemma Whates right now?

I’m counting down days until I no longer have to home school and wondering if I should have appreciated it more. I’m gradually decorating our new house and trying to understand Minecraft. I’m feeling hopeful for some hugs from my family and friends soon and some adventures later in the year. I’m feeling grateful for my health and the health of my family and I’m trying to find a way to run my businesses with the kids at home 24/7. I’m laser focused on what I want to achieve for ALL by MAMA in 2021.

How did you start All By Mama?

I went in to starting ALL by MAMA quite naively in 2014. I’ve learnt a lot. It wasn’t my first business idea, that was something I thought about doing during some volunteering that I took part in, in the townships of Cape Town, in 2010. I also previously ran an online review website. I started ALL by MAMA by working evenings and weekends alongside a marketing job. It took me about nine months from registering the company to launching. ALL by MAMA launched as a marketplace selling gifts made by mums and it’s grown from that original idea. One of the first things we did was to take a stall at The Handmade Fair and spend three days speaking to people about the idea and gathering email addresses for our launch. It was a lot of baby steps that led to the start of a business. I did write a business plan, it wasn’t detailed but it kept me on track with the launch.

Explain how ABM works.

It works as a supportive community for mothers in business. We help mothers in business grow in confidence and visibility, upskill and make connections. Members are generally in the first few years of business. It’s a membership community and a marketplace. It’s something I wish I had found in 2014. Mothers are underrepresented economically, and they need a place to connect, grow and share their experiences of running a business as a mother. Membership is £20 a month and members receive a route to market via our marketplace, expert trainings, networking, social media clinics, features and connections to others doing the same.

What are your top tips for running a business?

1) Spend time on the things that make money – sounds obvious but sometimes you can get so caught in the admin that you forget to tell everyone what they can buy from you and how to buy it

2) Have a vision – what are you trying to achieve, what does success look like to you

3) Make connections via networks – genuinely it will make all the difference to the opportunities that come your way

4) Be prepared for the highs and the lows – you’ll feel amazing during the high times and want to quit during the lows

5) Really understand your ideal customer – get fully immersed in exactly who that person is and the problem you are solving for them

Can women have it all?

I think that really depends on your definition of ‘having it all’ but assuming it refers to having a great career around family life then my belief is that in work and family life, sacrifices have to be made on both sides for the other one to flourish. We are making progress towards supporting working women (especially those that are mothers and are impacted by ‘the motherhood penalty’) but we are far from there yet, and the pandemic has set us back. If statistics show that 54,000 women a year lose their jobs to pregnancy or maternity leave in the UK, we can’t claim to be able to have it all yet. The term can also have a really negative impact on women who are struggling to ‘do it all’ when they see others claim that it’s easy to ‘have it all’. Let’s all talk realistically and authentically about what it’s like to seemingly ‘have it all’. Of course, not everyone wants it all!

 

 

 

Tell us one thing that people don’t know about you.

Well, I could choose something a bit more shocking here(!) but I’ll go with… being able to palm read. I did a course before I had kids, I’ve forgotten most of it to be honest but I’m going to pick it back up when I have some head space!

Where’s your favourite date night?

I can’t remember! Something that involves going somewhere new.

What’s your signature dish?

I have not prioritised cooking over the last few years! It would probably be a roast dinner!

What would you take to a desert island?

Someone who could help me survive

Where’s your favourite child-friendly place in London?

The Science Museum – I love it and the kids do too

Last book you read?

Untamed by Glennon Doyle

What’s your proudest moment?

The birth of my kids

What’s next for Gemma Whates?

Hopefully, a better work life balance! My focus is on having some fun with my family in the summer, growing the ALL by MAMA membership, raising another round of investment, mentoring incredible women that are starting businesses, making the most of my Blinksit subscription, getting better at exercise again and a holiday to the Algarve as soon as it’s safe! I’ve also joined Ada Ventures as a scout recently so I’m looking forward to getting more involved in that world.

gemmawhates.com

allbymama.com

 

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KULING AND GARBO&FRIENDS

Kuling and Garbo&Friends come together to create a new kids collection

 

 

 

 

Think florals and Swedish function and you have a match made in heaven for April showers and summer sun. Swedish-founded brands, Kuling and Garbo&Friends have joined forces to present a kids’ collection of outerwear and swimwear for the SS21 season. Both brands are known to be experts in their niches; Kuling for creating durable, wearable, and above all functional clothes for kids to wear and tear in all kinds of weathers, and Garbo&Friends for presenting the most poetic and detailed floral patterns for their carefully produced range of products – whether it’s interior or clothes.

 

 

 

 

”We deeply admire the passion and dedication that the Garbo&Friends team put into everything they do – from the hand-drawn original patterns to the small but carefully thought after details in the end products.” says Erika Lindahl, brand responsible at Kuling. ”To be able to combine their artistic work with our experience and knowledge of functionality in kidswear has been very rewarding, and we’re thrilled about the result.”

”Working together with Kuling has been an inspiring learning process, I’d say for both teams.” says Susann Karlsson Nemirovsky, founder of Garbo&Friends. ”Using each other’s strengths and expertise, we’ve created a collection of highly wearable garments that we hope will stand the test of time both in terms of design and quality.”

 

 

 

The collection consists of 22 pieces split up in two drops, all created around two original patterns; Buttercup and Pear, drawn by Susann Karlsson Nemirovsky. Elements of the collection are made from recycled material, such as the lining fabric in all shell wear and polyester in all rainwear and swimwear. Key styles are the rainwear jacket and pants, baby shell coverall and teddy jacket.

The first drop is available now online on alexandalexa.com, babyshop.com, and melijoe.com, as well as Garbo&Friends. We can’t wait for the second drop!

 

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CITY KIDS NEW SPRING ISSUE

Our new Spring issue is here – and we’re celebrating everything green!

By clicking on the the beautiful front cover you’ll get to see our new Spring issue with a new look and new features.

Spring is a time for new beginnings, perhaps even more so in 2021 and we’re celebrating with our new Spring issue, out today! Children are back at school, there’s a plan taking us back to ‘normality’, the days are getting longer and lighter. So much to be positive about. With that in mind, Sophie Clowes reflects on the effect of the pandemic on women and rather than feeling beaten, sees the green shoots of hope for our girls.

Optimism for a greener future is explored in all areas of this Green Issue. From We Love (page 4) to Trips (page 44), to schools educating the climate warriors of the future, we celebrate sustainability. And one very knackered mum gives us her top tips for becoming more sustainable(ish) (page 22).

We have a new page featuring the podcasts that have taken us through lockdown and got us hooked, as well as much more editorial.

You may also notice a little redesign. New beginnings for us too. Let us know what you think.

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VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPEN DAYS


VIRTUAL SCHOOL OPEN DAYS & TOURS

 

 

While schools are closed to visitors, open days are still going ahead. Here’s our list of virtual school open days and resources to help you with your school search.

 

ACS SCHOOLS

acs-schools.com

COBHAM

acs-schools.com/cobham

2-9yrs (Early Years & Lower School) – 1100 & Tuesday 11 May 1500

10-18 years (Middle & High School) – Thursday 25 February 0930

HILLINGDON

acs-schools.com/hillingdon

10 -18 years (Middle & High School) – Tuesday 11 May 1600

 

ARTSED

artsed.onlineopendays.com

Recordings of Q&A and other resources via the link above.

 

BEDALES PREP SCHOOL, DUNHURST

bedales.org.uk

Open Morning – 15 May

 

CALDICOTT PREPARATORY SCHOOL

caldicott.com

Online appointments with Headmaster Jeremy Banks booked via admissions@caldicott.com.

 

COLLÈGE FRANÇAIS BILINGUE LONDRES

cfbl.org.uk

Bilingual International school from Nursery to Year 10

Virtual Open Days – Friday 14th May 2021 in English. 23rd April & 11th June in French.

Enquiries to admissions@cfbl.org.uk or via our website link above

Virtual tour here

 

COTTESMORE SCHOOL

cottesmoreschool.com

 

DITCHAM PARK SCHOOL

ditchampark.com

 

DOWNSEND SCHOOL

downsend.co.uk

Virtual tour

 

DURSTON HOUSE

durstonhouse.org

Virtual Live Open Morning – Saturday 22nd May. Sign up at visit.durstonhouse.org.

 

EATON SQUARE

eatonsquareschool.com

 

EDGEBOROUGH SCHOOL

Tour – Contact Admissions Registrar, Mrs Christine Davis, at admissions@edgeborough.co.uk. or call us on 01252 792495

 

FALCONS GIRLS & PEREGRINES NURSERY

falconsgirls.co.uk

Private in-person tours on weekdays.

 

FRENSHAM HEIGHTS

frensham.org

Pre-recorded tour available in the link above.

 

FULHAM SCHOOL

fulham.school

Complete a booking form via the form in the link above.

 

HALL SCHOOL WIMBLEDON

hsw.co.uk

Book for February and March via link above.

 

HIGHFIELD PREP

highfieldprep.org

To book a private virtual tour contact Registrar, Laura Chell, on 01628 624918.

 

IBSTOCK PLACE SCHOOL

ibstockplaceschool.co.uk

Follow the link above for recordings.

 

LEH SCHOOL

lehs.org.uk

Full details of events and how to register can be found under the Admissions section of the website.

Junior School 7+ Virtual Open Event – Wednesday 28th April
Senior School 11+ Virtual Open Event – Tuesday 27th April

 

LYCEÉ INTERNATIONAL DE LONDRES WINSTON CHURCHILL

lyceeinternational.london

Open Day – 12 June

 

MARLBOROUGH HOUSE SCHOOL

marlboroughhouseschool.co.uk

Book above for virtual open days.

 

MOULSFORD

moulsford.com

 

ORLEY FARM SCHOOL

orleyfarm.harrow.sch.uk

Remote live open morning  – 21st May

 

PARSONS GREEN PREP SCHOOL

parsonsgreenprep.co.uk

Follow the link above to recorded videos.

 

PORT REGIS

portregis.com

Virtual Open Day –  Saturday 15 May, 9.30-11.30am

Virtual tours available year round.

 

QUEENSWOOD

queenswood.org

 

ST BENEDICT’S

stbenedicts.org.uk

Virtual Open Day – Senior School – Thursday 6th May
Virtual Open Day – Nursery and Junior School – Thursday 20th May

 

ST CATHERINE’S, BRAMLEY

www.stcatherines.info

In person whole school open day – Wed 28 April

Reception entry 4yrs+ – Friday 11 June

To Register contact prepadmissions@stcatherines.info Registrar Sally Manhire on 01483 899757 or click to book here.

 

ST GEORGE’S ASCOT

stgeorges-ascot.org.uk

 

ST JAMES PREPARATORY SCHOOL

stjamesschools.co.uk

 

SHIPLAKE COLLEGE

shiplake.org.uk

Recorded Virtual Tour

 

SOUTH HAMPSTEAD HIGH SCHOOL

Recording available by emailing senioradmissions@shhs.gdst.net

 

TASIS

tasisengland.org

Follow link above for recordings and to book an online appointment.

 

THE FALCONS PRE-PREP

falconsboys.co.uk

 

THE MANOR HOUSE BOOKHAM

manorhouseschool.org

Recorded Tour

Open Day – 12 May 2021

 

THE ROCHE SCHOOL

therocheschool.com

 

THE VILLAGE PREP SCHOOL

thevillageschool.org.uk

 

TORMEAD SCHOOL

tormeadschool.org.uk

Senior School Virtual Open Days –  28 April 0930, 9 June 0930

 

WETHERBY PREP

wetherbyprep.co.uk

School tour available at here.

 

If you would like your school to be added to the list, please email editor@citykidsmagaine.co.uk.

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