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Parents need exercise too!

We all acknowledge the importance of exercise for children; it keeps them healthy, channels their seemingly endless energy and helps them sleep. But sometimes we are so busy scheduling our children’s time and working so hard that we forget we too could benefit greatly from some regular exercise.
If you need a bit more motivation than the gym can offer, why not try a personal trainer? They can assess your fitness and provide a tailor-made routine which will show results quickly. If you need to invest on your fitness but are short of time, a personal trainer comes to your home or workplace, or you can choose to meet outdoors in a local park.
Ludo, one of our multisport leaders, is offering parents the chance to exercise outdoors with a personalised regime at a venue near you: work, home, Hyde Park, Regent’s Park, Priory Park… You choose the place that suits you best! The time is also up to you: evenings, lunch hours, after work or even before work!

 

Contact us for more details and to book your first personal trainer session with coach Ludo: smallbeginningsuk@gmail.com

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On your bikes !

Figures from 2009 indicate that 42% of journeys to school in the UK are made by car. With home-to-school distances lengthening to an average of 1.5 miles, it’s not surprising that walking to school is not a viable option for many families these days.

But you would agree that sitting in a car isn’t the most energetic way to start the day…

So have you considered cycling to school?

The bike is a very efficient and fast way of transport, providing a chance to improve fitness whilst having fun. So long as you and your child are equipped with helmets and waterproof clothing, this can be an exciting way to start the day. Not only is it great exercise, but also the fresh morning breeze helps wake you up and leave you ready for a busy day at work and school.

Cycling in London is safer than you think, with many cycle lanes and Greenways. Transport For London has all the info you need here: http://www.tfl.gov.uk/roadusers/cycling/11607.aspx

Or perhaps you think that your bikes aren’t ‘road worthy’? Never fear: Bike Week starts Monday 26 September, and to encourage Londoners to get on their bikes more, the Royal Parks will be hosting Dr Bike Surgeries offering free cycle safety checks all week: http://www.royalparks.org.uk/events/event.cfm?id=2362

According to the sustainable transport charity Sustrans, 49% of children would like to go to school by bike. Do you think you could give your child the chance to exercise every day?

by Maria Montoya

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Autumn is here!

With the nights closing in earlier, the wind blowing harder and the rain falling heavier, parents begin to despair about what to do after school.

Many think the free entertainment provided by the great outdoors is over the minute school starts. But think twice… Wind, rain and mud can be great fun too! Once the clothes issue is dealt with (by means of wellies, layers and wateproof clothing), your child is ready to discover a wonderful world in every park and hill.

Windy days are brilliant for kite-flying. And what better place than Primrose Hill or Greenwich Park for a breathtaking view. Or, if you are in Sussex, why not visit Ditchling Beacon http://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/index.cfm?request=c1179438 or the amazing Devil’s Dyke http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/main/w-devilsdyke

Rainy days are perfect for splashing in puddles and getting familiar with different aspects of nature. The look of delight in a child’s face when the ‘penny drops’ in a wonderful moment of experiential learning or ‘science in action’ is absolutely priceless!

Contact with the elements is an essential part of growing up. There is so much to learn from the passing of the seasons, and the best way to experiment is by being outdoors.

Last week we read this article with interest:

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/healthy-living/the-filth-element-why-wersquore-getting-dirtier-2347004.html

Seems we are finally loosening up and letting our hair down when it comes to dirt. Which, as we all know, can be good in small doses.

Children need to be in contact with germs in order to develop an immunity to them. The crux of the question is how much dirt and when. Washing hands before meals should stay an unnegotiable habit, but a bit of splashing in puddles, playing with mud (fantastic pliable, FREE clay for creative modelling!) and soil actually provide not only fun but also much-needed probiotics that help protect against infection.

Autumn is here, let’s get out and play conkers, make crowns with colourful leaves, create fabulous natural clay sculptures, fly kites and see the lovely maple seed ‘helicopters’ spin around, observe how ‘incy wincy spider’ not only climbs but also spins her web in record time, or simply splash in puddles of fun!

by Maria Montoya

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SUMMER ACTIVITIES

MULTISPORTS SESSIONS FOR CHILDREN AGED 3.5 TO 8 YEARS OLD
EVERY DAY @ HYDE PARK FROM 3PM  TO 5PM                         (CONTACT US )

18th July- 30th July-Contact us

OUTDOOR PLAY ACTIVITIES IN REGENT’S PARK FOR CHILDREN AGED  2.5 TO 7 YEARS OLD

ENVIRONMENTAL CRAFTS,EXCURSIONS, SONGS, RHYMES AND STORYTELLING

EVERY MORNING FROM 10 AM TO 11.30 AM IN REGENT’S PARK     (CONTACT US)

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New ‘mid week’ Football sessions

From 18 months to 5.5 years old.

@ Hyde Park sports fields on a wednesday afternoon from 1.30 to 4pm (outdoors only).
1.30 to 2.15pm: 3.5 to 5.5 year olds
2.30 to 3.15pm: 2.5 to 3.5 year olds
3.30 to 4 pm: 18months to 2.5 year olds

@ Priory Park in Hornsey on a thursday afternoon from 3.30 to 5.30pm (outdoors only).
3.30 to 4pm: 18 months to 2.5 year olds
4 to 4.45pm: 2.5 to 3.5 year olds
4.45 to 5.30pm: 3.5 to 5.5 year olds

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Swimming and baby aquatics program

We are very proud to launch our Swimming and baby aquatics program at the Seymour Leisure Centre.
On Thursday from 10 to 11.30 am.
Seymour Leisure Centre-London W1H 5TJ.
Starts 1st May @ the seymour leisure centre.

Sessions will be available for two age groups initially:
group1: from 8 months to 18 months-10.15 to 10.45am
group 2: 18 months to 3.5 years old-11 to 11.30 am

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Cricket Academy in Regent’s Park

Small Beginnings is proudly launching the Cricket Academy in Regent’s Park starting April 2011.
Every Saturday morning by the term for children aged 4 to 8 years old.

Starts 30th April @the hub-Regent’s Park.

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New Class!

Arts and Crafts class starting wednesday 2nd February in Marylebone !! 9.30 am to 11.30am
St Marylebone Parish Church.Marylebone.NW1 5LT
 
Who, What, Why:  Led by fine artist Lisha Aquino Rooney (why does that name sound so familiar?)
 your little ones will have an opportunity to utilise their creativity and imaginations while working on a variety of arts and crafts projects. Classes are designed to allow children to have fun while exploring drawing, painting, collage and other media and activities.
Come and join the fun!

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New outdoor play area in Kew Gardens!

suitable for children aged 3-11 years old! 

Located outside Climbers and Creepers, Treehouse Towers allows up to 300 kids to climb up ladders, clamber across rope bridges and slide their way down from the three towers. Each tower varies in height, and as children scale between them they’ll find each one more of a challenge.  

The area features giant swings, zip wires, scramble nets, slides and a mountaineering ramp for families to enjoy, whilst also offering educational opportunities for children to learn about and appreciate trees.

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A Full Night's Sleep

Sleep needs vary, but here are the amounts typically needed nightly by people in different age groups.

Newborns: 16-18 hours

Preschoolers: 10-12 hours

School-age children: 9 or more hours

Adults: 7-8 hours


Source: National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute
http://www.usatoday.com/yourlife/health/medical/pediatrics/2011-01-24-sleepandweight24_ST_N.htm

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