Reclaim your floor space with Scooterpeg!

Thanks to my three munchkins, my hallway is an obstacle course cluttered up with buggies, balls, cars, scooters and helmets. It has become a major source of my frustration and I have struggled to find a solution until now – thanks to some genius, I can now hang the scooters on the wall and reclaim some of my floor space!

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Proudly British designed and made, Scooterpeg works by gripping the handle of a scooter, allowing it to hang against a wall. It comes in a range of colours, with fixings and is super-easy to fix to the wall. I seriously suck at DIY but it took me only a couple of minutes.

Once hung up, the scooter deck becomes a handy shelf for shoes and helmets freeing up even more of my precious space floor. And it is priced reasonably at £9.95!

No more stubbed toes, just happy thumbs up from Mumsnet Ealing!

These guys also sell wall guards and name stickers. Visit their website for more info and the latest offers – http://www.scooterpeg.co.uk

Chester Tuffnut at Polka Theatre in Wimbledon

Last weekend we ventured out to the beautiful Polka Theatre in Wimbledon for ‘Chester Tuffnut’, a Gomito and Polka Theatre co-production for 2-5 year olds.

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This was our first time at Polka and what a gem it turned out to be!  You are greeted by a welcoming and friendly team, there are toys in the foyer, including rocking horses, and the café looked decent although you are not allowed to take any food or drink inside the studio.

The story is about a cheeky, adventure-loving treemole Chester and his woodland friends.

The set was beautifully done, the puppeteers were full of energy and put their hearts and soul into the performance.   I found the production was a teeny bit drawn out and felt they could have done more with the story. The message is that friendships and adventures are important but I am not sure the little ones got it. Most toddlers seemed a bit restless towards the end.

Our favourite part was the bit after the show when the children could interact with the characters. My 3 year old DS loved it when the bat landed on his head!

All in all, we had a great Saturday afternoon but £12 per ticket for a 35 minute play (plus few minutes after the show) did seem a tad expensive. However, we are glad we have discovered this magical theatre and would definitely come back.

The show runs until 14th August. Click here for performance times and bookings.

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Public meeting with Julian Bell : “The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children”

Mumsnet Ealing have been asked by Ealing NUT to share the details of the upcoming public meeting on 12th May to discuss ‘The Tories’ Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children’

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Public Meeting on Thursday 12th May
Haven Baptist Church Hall, Castlebar Road, W5 (Three minutes from Ealing Broadway Tube Station)

Calling: parents/carers, teachers, support staff, students, governors and councillors. The Tories’ Education White paper is a threat to us all. Come and find out more about what the Tories plan for your children’s education!

Speakers:

Julian Bell Leader of Ealing Council (Labour)
Mathew Cramer Headteacher of Greenford High (Rated Outstanding by Ofsted)
Alan Gibbons Award winning children’s author
Professor Merryn Hutchings Author of the independent report on schools: ‘Exam Factories?’
Stefan Simms NUT National Executive
Plus a Junior Doctor from Ealing Hospital and a local parent

The Education White Paper: The wrong priorities for our children

Children are more than a score. “Education policy is turning our schools into exam factories, squeezing out creativity and the joy of learning.” (Institute of Directors)

Shortfall of 10,000 primary school places but the government won’t allow local
authorities to build new schools.

London schools face massive funding cuts this will mean school staff redundancies, bigger class sizes, more unqualified teachers.

Teachers’ working conditions are your children’s learning environment. The Government’s undemocratic plans to force schools to academise will mean
the end of local and national pay and conditions for all teachers in all types of schools. It really is about privatising our schools.

Teacher recruitment is at an all-time low, whilst teachers leaving the profession they love is at an all-time high.

Pupils with special educational needs will be at a greater disadvantage.

Government plans to force all schools to become academies are ineffective, undemocratic and expensive.

Ineffective: The Government has failed to produce any evidence that academies improve standards. The schools inspectorate, Ofsted, says many academy chains are performing very badly.

Undemocratic: Over 80 percent of local authority schools are ‘good’ or ‘outstanding’. The Government is now forcing them to convert and will ban parent governors.

Expensive: £1.3 billion will be spent on lawyers’ fees at a time when schools face huge cuts. Academy chains pay their CEOs shockingly high salaries – and there are many cases of financial irregularities.

More information can be found on Ealing Teachers’ Association website: www.ealingnut.org.uk/

London Mayoral elections on 5 May: Child Poverty Action Group needs your opinions!

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London is a fantastic city, but it is not working for all of its residents, and its children in particular. That’s why 26 organisations have come together to ask the next Mayor to commit to making London more family friendly. We asked candidates to tell us what they will do for families – you can watch what they had to say here.

Almost 4 in 10 children in London are growing up in poverty, and this situation is set to get worse rather than better. Families are struggling to find a secure home. Parents are struggling to find work they can build a life on, and to find and afford childcare that supports their children to thrive. And shockingly, too many children are going to bed hungry.

But it is not all bad news. London is a city with great opportunity and steps can be taken to help all families to access this opportunity.

In these videos, the candidates say what they will do to create jobs that support families, ensure a safe and secure home for every child and to help families meet the cost of a child.

What would you like to see the next Mayor do to make London the best city in the world to grow up in? Come and post your opinions on Mumsnet Ealing Talk board.

 

Competition: win a whole term of drama and dance classes for tots at Yourstage in Ealing!

Woop, woop! Fresh competition for you, folks, and worth £105!

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A bit of background:

Yourstage was founded in the summer of 2008, by Faith Murphy (Head of Drama and Senior Form Teacher for Years 9 and 10, St Augustine’s Priory in Ealing) and has grown in support each year. Our emphasis is on helping individuals to shine and gain confidence through their own creativity, whilst making friends and having fun!

Location – St Augustine’s Priory, Hillcrest Rd, Ealing, W5

For your chance of winning a WHOLE term of Yourstage Tots classes for 3 to 5 year olds (10 one hour combined drama and dance classes, worth £105), just answer a simple question on Mumsnet Ealing website.

Hurry,  the competition ends on 13th April 2016. Good luck!

 

What’s on this Easter in Ealing

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Easter is promising to be busy in Ealing this year! If you haven’t sorted your childcare just yet, do not despair – there are still plenty of holiday camps available.

For all tastes, ages and budgets – there will be egg hunts, drama, crafts and baking workshops and family shows.

Look at our Easter directory and take your pick!  Don’t forget to check our neighbouring sites Mumsnet Harrow and Mumsnet Brent for activities near you.

Have a very Hoppy Easter, folks!

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Christmas in Ealing – Your Festive Guide to a local affordable Christmas 2015!

Just a quick heads up that we have put together a Christmas special for you on our website. There will be so many free or affordable festivities happening in Ealing and surrounding boroughs this winter!

Christmas lights, markets, Santa’s Grottos, family shows PLUS fantastic giveaways – have yourselves a very merry Christmas in Ealing!

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Enjoy and thank us later!