Reminder: Ealing primary school admissions are announced next Thursday, 16th April

8877-childcare-education-primary-schools-category16 April 2015 is the National Offer Day for primaries in the UK. If you have applied online, you will receive an email with the outcome of your application on the evening of 16 April 2015. Otherwise, expect a letter in the post shortly after.

Ealing Primary School Prospectus 2015 with the information on what to do next and Late Offer Rounds can be found here.

Do you agree with how Ealing LA allocates primary places? Did you find the process straight-forward?  We have started a thread on our Talk board for Ealing parents to share their news and views.

Good luck to everyone!

Bubblebum – for taking them anywhere and everywhere!

To carseat or not to carseat?  This dilemma arises without fail every time our family is about to travel.  There is always plenty to organise as it is and family trips or days out can get stressful. Well, let us debate no more – introducing Bubblebum!

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Description and features:

BubbleBum is the world’s first inflatable and deflatable, portable and packable car booster seat for kids aged 4-11 and weighing 15-36 kgs. It’s perfect for everyday use, carpooling, holidays, rental cars and taxis.

  • Its narrow design also makes getting three car seats across the backseat easy
  • Just as safe as any rigid car seat, BubbleBum has been approved under the United Nations ECE Regulation R44/04 for safety for both Groups 2 and 3 and is designed for use with a standard 3 point adult seat belt. It weighs approximately 0.5 kilograms and comes with a convenient carrying bag and shoulder belt positioning clip
  • This clever booster seat inflates in seconds with a few puffs of air and deflates/packs down just as quickly. When deflated, it is lightweight and small enough to fit in hand luggage, a child’s rucksack or in mum’s handbag

BubbleBum, the cost-effective, portable, lightweight, brightly coloured, inflatable car booster seat for children aged between 4-11 easily deflates and folds flat so that kids or mum and dad can carry it in rucksacks or handbags, making it perfect for holidays, rental cars, taxis, coach journeys, school trips or car pooling.

We received this product to review just before Easter and couldn’t wait to try put it to the test while out and about during the school holidays. You know what? We loved it!

The seat came handy for taxi trips to Central London, beach and zoo days out with family when we had to squeeze in three little people at the back, and even for a couple of restaurant outings as a booster!

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Portable & lightweight : 
Taking less than 20 seconds to inflate by mouth: ✓ [maybe a minute if you are also holding a wriggly toddler!]
Folds flat & packs away into its very own stretchy bag:

The best praise, though, comes from the kids themselves. Our six year old and her cousin both found it to be very comfortable and much cushier than their normal seats – great for those bumpy country lanes!

Our rating:

Thumbs up! Bubblebum is a perfect solution to any family’s travel needs. Chuck it in your handbag, suitcase or the boot of your car, and carry it with you everywhere. We do!

BubbleBum comes in 3 colours (black, neon pink and neon  yellow), retails at £29.99 and is available at: Halfords, John Lewis, Tesco, Boots, Argos, Heatons, Kiddicare and Amazon.co.uk.

Bubblebum website
Bubblebum UK Facebook
Bubblebum UK Twitter

I have autism – deal with it!

Last June, we met an extraordinary woman Terri O’Neale to talk to her about her daily struggles as mother and carer for her eight year-old daughter with epilepsy and high-functioning autism.

April 2015 is #AutismAwareness month and Terri is back with her own blog to raise awareness and to share her little girl’s story and their life as it is, no sugar-coating or holding back. You think you know Autism, think again!

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This blog is the journal of one bright and precocious nine-year old little girl living with high-functioning autism. Every day is a struggle to survive in a world that is too loud, too bright, too smelly, where simple touch can be painful and constant motion offers her solace. This is simply…her story…please meet…PanKwake…

“So few people understand”…, says Terri. “Once upon a time PanKwake’s Mom dated a man in a wheelchair. She could not believe the way that people went out of their way to be helpful. But because PanKwake does not look ‘autistic,’ people can and do say the most thoughtless and cruel things. To the point that it is isolating. But we believe in the basic goodness of humanity…we believe that if they understood ‘our world’ they would be just as kind and helpful. We are frustrated that the BIG autism charities are doing practically nothing to address this issue, especially for those on the higher-functioning end of the spectrum. So we will do it ourselves…”

Please read and share their incredible journey with others and do come back with your thoughts and own experiences.

Follow PanKwake:

Blog:  https://pankwake.wordpress.com/
Facebook:  Pan Kwake

Twitter: https://twitter.com/pankwake

Mr Tumble is back on the road and will send your tots tumbling!

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“Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus”, a new CBeebies production touring around UK arenas this Easter, reached Wembley last weekend.

For those who have just come back from space and are unfamiliar with Mr Tumble, he is one of many characters from the pre-school television channel CBeebies, created and performed by the legendary multi-talented Justin Fletcher MBE.

Justin is a permanent resident in our home so imagine my two year old’s reaction when he realised who it was on the stage! Seeing his little face light up made my heart melt!

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Roll up, roll up, Justin Fletcher MBE is back in a brand new production this Easter! Following on from his first sell‑out arena tour in 2013, Justin is bringing his fun‑filled show – Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus to town!

We were treated to a mix of Justin’s best sketches such as Justin’s House, Mr Tumble and Gigglebiz featuring the popular characters Arthur Sleep, Keith Fitt, Robert The Robot, Aunt Polly, Mr Tumble, Grandad Tumble and Gale Force. The whole show was filled with fun, colour and surprises.

The interaction with the audience was great, and the circus part was quite impressive – with the help of professionals, there was juggling, plate-spinning, unicycling and fireworks.

There were kids of all ages and there was something for everyone. I nearly lost my voice from all the shouting and singing along to the kids’ favourite songs. It brought a tear to my eye to see teeny tots in the audience so happy, bouncing and squealing with excitement. Hats off to Justin – his energy and passion are infectious and he is just as incredible and genuine live as on the telly.

Justin said:

“It’s always exciting to welcome new friends into the Justin & Friends family. Although we all appear on CBeebies, it’s rare that we get to perform together and that’s one of the things that makes the CBeebies Live shows such fun. Cat and Gemma are both fantastic entertainers and I’m really looking forward to touring with them.”

All in all, it was a magical experience for the little ones and a perfect Easter treat for the whole family – thumbs up from Mumsnet Ealing!

It’s been a while since we have visited the SSE Arena (formerly, the Wembley Arena) but it hasn’t changed much and could do with sprucing up, especially with more baby-changing facilities. We spent the whole 20 minute interval queuing up for one. On the plus side, there was plenty of space in the seating area for the kids to move freely and have a boogie. I must say the merchandise is eye-wateringly expensive!

The Tour is on the road around the UK until 14th April. For all the latest news from Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus visit www.facebook.com/cbeebieslive, or to book tickets go to www.cbeebieslive.com.

Check out this exclusive behind the scenes peek at Justin & Friends: Mr Tumble’s Circus:

Water Babies – let’s teach your baby to swim!

gggWater Babies runs fun, innovative baby swimming classes across Ealing, Greenford, Harrow and Northwood.

Our fully qualified teachers are world class and could have trained as private pilots – five times over – in the time it takes them to fully qualify with us.

With a multi-award winning programme which teaches vital water confidence and safety skills from birth, our overall aim is to teach you to teach your baby to swim. So we’ll always explain why we’re doing everything, as well as carefully demonstrate exactly what to do.

Through carefully structured training, babies can be taught life saving skills such as turning onto their backs or, following a sudden submersion, swimming to the nearest solid object. They grow familiar with what it feels like to fall into water, so that should they ever accidentally fall in they are far less likely to panic and drown. And our results speak for themselves: more than a dozen Water Babies have used their skills to survive after accidentally falling into water, even though they were very young at the time.

For further details please call 0298 427 4012, email pushnglide@waterbabies.co.uk or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk

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Please note this is a sponsored post.

Maggie’s Vintage Beats & Breakfast – our new favourite Sunday brunch spot!

Maggie’s Vintage Beats & Breakfast have been around for just over a year but we haven’t had the chance to try them out until now. Well, I am glad we have!

They are owned by Food & Fuel, a gastropub chain who recently rescued The Grosvenor pub in Hanwell from becoming a block of flats.

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As soon we come in, we feel a lazy Sunday vibe. Quirky retro décor and plenty of space. No raised eyebrows at our buggy – we get the choice to take it to the table or leave it by the entrance (folded or not). They also have a soft-seating area – great for those mummy coffee get-togethers!

The menu is quite straightforward and simple but appealing. All day breakfast, burgers, hot dogs, sandwiches, salads and grills. They do lunch boxes to eat in or take away from £6.

While we decide, the team are chatting to the kids. What a friendly and laid back bunch!

I end up going for a bunless Country Burger at £10.50, my husband opts for the XTC burger at £11.50. The burgers come with a tasty slaw and quite reasonable fries. We also order a side of sweet potato fries and they hit the spot. The burgers are made from Scotch Angus beef, cooked to taste, juicy and flavoursome.

 

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The kids get the mini burger and chicken goujons which come with juice and ice-cream. Both are well-received by our fussy kids. The portions are very generous indeed – great value at £6 each. And they have child-size cutlery and the all-important crayons!

 

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The drinks menu is extensive. We loved our Ginger Beer Float and Lemon, Ginger & Banana Blast smoothie. It’s a shame it was too early to try the cocktails!

There is not much room left for dessert but we ought to report to Mumsnetters on the pancakes. Fluffy and buttery, they come topped with a generous helping of maple syrup and vanilla ice cream. Spot on!

 

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The verdict: 5 stars from us! It’s a great quirky eatery and compares favourably with its neighbours across the road. I think we have finally found the perfect breakfast place for our family.

 

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Maggie’s are currently running an offer for our members:

Come in & enjoy a 10% discount* with or without the kids! Just say “Mumsnet” to the team. Bon appetite!

*This offer is valid until 12 May 2015 and cannot be used with any other set price meal deals or drinks deals.

Maggie’s Vintage Beats & Breakfast

39-41 New Broadway
Ealing
London
W5 5AH
Phone 0208 840 8308
Website

ColourMe Wellies – let your child colour their own boots!

We have recently found out about ColourMe Wellies and demanded a pair to check them out.  This is the brainchild of el RHEY, new British specialist rainwear designer and wholesaler based in Bournemouth.

What’s so special about these wellington boots? They come in a clear carry pack (in two designs, moth or zebra) that also includes 3 markers for your little one to create their own wellies.

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My six year old got excited as soon as her pack had arrived. She is crazy about butterflies and moths at the moment so it made it even more special.

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ColourMe Wellies can be purchased online for £20 (they also do very pretty gift packs for £25). The boots come in sizes 11 – 1 and are made of natural rubber.

We will report back once we’ve had a good run around in the park but so far, we think it’s a genius idea, and makes a perfect, unique gift. We would love to see more designs and perhaps more colouring pens, please.

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