Monthly Archives: February 2013

Win a Babyzen YOYO buggy!

Enter our new competition to win one of the brand new Babyzen YOYO buggies worth £309!

Buggies have always been cumbersome and parents often face a struggle getting them up and down stairs, forcing them into car boots and on to packed tubes and busses and storing them away at home.

Anyone who has flown with a young child will also be familiar with the hassle of having to get the buggy packed away into the main luggage hold as it is simply too bulky to take on as hand luggage. These days are now over as the new YOYO buggy by Babyzen is set to revolutionize travelling with a child. YOYO is the first buggy in the world to fully comply with size recommendation for cabin baggage. Perfect for urban parents and fantastic for globetrotters!

This innovative buggy has already become a phenomenon in much of Europe and is about to hit the UK. Weighing just 5.8kg, this unique buggy is the most compact ever imagined when folded (52 x 44 x 18 cm). The featherweight buggy has a one of a kind folding mechanism which allows it to be opened and folded in seconds with just one hand and it can then be carried over your shoulder with the detachable shoulder strap.

To be one of the first to pre-order the Babyzen YOYO simply register your details at www.whitestep.co.uk.

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Bullying: Q&A with Education Law Expert Anita Chopra

Discovering that your child is a victim of bullying in school can be one of the worst feelings for a parent, yet too often we see a distinct lack of help for those who want to act on this. Parents can be left in the dark about the bullying complaints procedure, and their rights to a satisfactory conclusion, meaning that the bullying can frequently continue. To this end, we at Match Solicitors have produced a help guide for parents attempting to tackle this issue and give a little more information on the process as a whole’.

Anita Chopra, Education law expert, Match Solicitors

bullying iQ: My child has just told me that they are being bullied at school. What are my first steps?

A: You should speak to your child and try to ascertain more details about what has been happening, who is involved and where within the school the bullying has been taking place.

Explain to the child that bullying is unacceptable. Tell your child that if the bullying persists, your child should make clear to the bully that the behaviour will not be tolerated. Impress on your child that if bullying takes place at school, it should be reported to an appropriate adult such as a teacher or the school nurse. Your child should feel able to discuss concerns/worries with you at home so reassure your child and be supportive.

Encourage your child to participate in extra-curricular activities. This may help to increase confidence levels which should protect your child from further bullying. See www.whatson4schoolkids.co.uk for local classes to increase your child’s confidence and develop new friends.

Make an appointment to discuss your concerns with your child’s form tutor, head of year or head teacher. Approach the matter in a calm and non-confrontational way. You should try and ascertain whether the school teacher has noticed any unusual behaviour and whether there have been any issues with your child and other pupils. Ask the school to keep an eye on your child and the bully and ask for suggestions on how to address the issue.

If appropriate, and depending on the situation, you may want to speak to the parents of the bully to make them aware of what has been happening. Explain the situation non-confrontationally and explain that it is unacceptable. Ask them to take appropriate action to prevent further bullying from taking place.

Q: Are there any tell-tale signs that my child may be being bullied?

A: Signs may include: sudden aggression or bullying of siblings or other children, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, reluctance to go to sleep, changed eating habits, coming home with damaged or missing clothes or with physical marks. It is always worth noting if your child is suddenly having difficulties with school-work or is reluctant to attend school or to go outside to play.

Q: I have a feeling that my child may be being bullied, but they will not open up to me. Who should I contact in this regard?

A: This is a difficult issue, and it is highly recommended that, if possible, you speak with your child to ascertain the details of the problem. If this still proves impossible, speaking with your child’s form teacher, headteacher or even the school’s designated anti-bullying personnel about your concerns would be the best route.

bullyingQ: I am not happy with the outcome of an internal complaints procedure. What should I do now?

A: The answer to this question depends on what type of school is involved.

If your child attends a state funded school (a community, foundation, voluntary aided or voluntary controlled school – not an academy), you may wish to progress your complaint by approaching the local authority. At this stage, try and ascertain whether the local authority is aware of other cases of bullying at the same school. If there is a problem of bullying within the School and the School has failed to respond appropriately, this will make your case more serious.

If your child is at an Academy, contact the Academy to ask how you can escalate your complaint.

You could contact the Department for Children, Schools and Families or the Secretary of State for Education. It may be useful to make contact with the Department through your MP. Please note that the DCSF is only able to take action if your child is still a pupil at the school in question.

If you remain dissatisfied, you could contact the Local Government Ombudsman. Since July 2012, the Ombudsman is unable to consider complaints about the internal workings of a school and can only consider complaints about the way a local authority has dealt with a complaint.

Q: My child is being bullied on the school network, and I can’t access this to see it, what can I do?

A: If bullying has occurred over the School’s internal computer network, the School has an obligation to address this.

Express your concerns to the head teacher at the School and record in writing the steps that will be taken. Schools will have a policy regarding use of computers and cyber-bullying will be a clear breach of this. Schools should conduct an investigation and take disciplinary action if they become aware of bullying.

Q: I wanted to know the school’s official procedure on dealing with bullying, but they claim that there isn’t one and it is addressed on a case by case basis. Is this allowed?

A: State schools have an obligation to have a written policy to prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. If no policy is in place, write to the local authority to explain that the School is legally obliged to have a policy in place and requesting that one is brought into place as a matter of urgency.

Q: The school reached a conclusion that bullying had taken place, but no punishment was issued to the offending child and I am worried that they will bully again. What can I do?

A: You should write to the head teacher in the first instance and make your concerns known.

The School has an obligation to have measures in place to encourage good behaviour and prevent all forms of bullying amongst pupils. If the School has found that bullying has taken place, but no sanction has resulted, you should request a written explanation providing reasons for this decision.

If the situation is not remedied to your satisfaction, consult the published complaints procedure and initiate it.

It may be appropriate to seek legal advice on next steps.

Q: Couldn’t taking my child’s school to court lead to my child being affected negatively by the school?

A: If, as a last resort, you have decided to pursue legal action against the School, the School should not treat your child adversely because you are pursuing legal action against it.

If you are pursuing a claim of discrimination against the School, if the School treats your child less favourably because you are pursuing this complaint, the School will have committed unlawful discrimination.

Speak to your legal advisors about this and seek further advice.

bullying_iiQ: My child has been receiving abusive texts from a number he is not familiar with. What should I do?

A: Take a detailed note of the text messages, the times they were sent and the number they were sent from. Do not delete the messages.

Report the text messages to the mobile provider and ask for the number to be blocked.

If appropriate, report the matter to the Police.

Please note that the above is provided as general information only. Each case will turn on its own facts and before a parent takes any of the above steps, they are well advised to seek legal advice and not to rely on the above as directive advice on dealing with a bullying situation.  Anita Chopra, Match Solicitors

To improve your child’s confidence, check out the range of local classes and clubs near you at www.whatson4schoolkids.co.uk

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Bibs Don’t Have To Be Boring!

Lucky mums from the What’s On 4 ‘Mum’s Network’ are currently reviewing bibs from Funky Giraffe.

See below for the background story of Funky Giraffe and then click here to read our first review (…and check back soon for more!)

The birth of Funky Giraffe Bibs;  The terms giraffes and fashion don’t always go hand in hand, but it is exactly this synergy that brought about an innovative product on the European market that mums can’t seem to stop talking about.Image

How many of us at have found ourselves unsatisfied at one time or another with the offerings available for children’s clothing and accessories? Successful fashion designer Yasmin Drury easily sussed out a need for better baby bibs when she became a mum for the first time.  Unimpressed by the conventional wrap around bibs she found in so many shops, she was soon inspired to create something far beyond the pale-coloured traditional styles that babies seem to love to rip off immediately.

It was during a day trip with her little one to the zoo that the idea truly took hold in her mind. Yasmin’s mission? –To create a bib that would complement any outfit whilst fitting snugly on baby. This meant covering some of the most important considerations concerning the use of the bib.

Funky Giraffe Comfort: As any experienced mum can confirm, a happy baby is one sure-fire way to guarantee happy parents. Little ones need to be kept warm, dry and well-fed. A wet or soggy child will be miserable, and without a proper bib it’s easy for food, drinks and dribble to soak through, causing rashes and discomfort.
The first step was creating a design that didn’t look like the typical wrap-around bib, but made of sustainable fibres and soft fabrics. Environmentally-conscious Yasmin played with different themes before settling on the Bandana Bib as the perfect style for comfort and protection.
A fleece backing paired with soft brushed cotton overlay ensures that no liquid seeps through onto baby’s neck or chest. The bibs also fit so neatly that baby will think they are part of the outfit.

Stylish Babies and Parents: Old fashioned bibs do little to enhance baby’s aImageppearance. What’s more, if he or she does decide to keep one on while trying new foods, the light colours of beige or white immediately become stained, making the bib impossible to clean and wear for a second time.  A stained bib may be fine for use around the house (and really, who hasn’t used an old towel or sheet to protect their child’s clothing at home?), but being out and about is another story.

Funky fashion designer and devoted mother Yasmin used her own professional experience to create daring designs. Each is completely original and offers a fresh take on the pale pink and blue baby clothes of old. Think bold stars, pirate skulls, juicy strawberries and retro flowers; all great for adding a touch of your own personality to baby’s outfit.

Affordable Accessories: High quality affordable items for baby are hard to come by, but a fashion-forward practical mum knows that often all you need are fun and eye-catching accessories. Funky Giraffe has since expanded to creating Messy Bibs, Baby Grows, Romber Bibs, Extra Large Bibs and now a new line of baby socks. Each is manufactured using only non-hazardous water based inks and screen printing. Image

For more information, visit www.funkygiraffebibs.co.uk.

Read reviews on What’s On 4 Little Ones such as the one by little Alfie’s mum here…!

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8 Amazing Facts about Kids Yoga

image.aspx1) Just like the adult version, yoga will enhances a child’s flexibility, strength, coordination, and body awareness. In addition, your child’s concentration and sense of calmness and relaxation will noticeably improve. Teaching your little ones to become more aware of their body, and what it feels like to stretch and relax, will help them create a positive relationship towards their physical fitness the rest of their life.

2) Yoga can help your child concentrate at school. Research shows that the deep breathing exercises may improve children’s focus. Some schools are already introducing mindfulness into the curriculum. Concentrating on the breath or feeling a stretch teaches children to keep their minds settled and focused, preventing negative thought processes and distractions.

3) Yoga teaches compassion and awareness of others. A child’s social-emotional development depends on a harmonious learning environment, which yoga creates. A lot of adults associate their school PE lessons with feelings of inadequacy and competition. Today, more children are turning away from competitive sports and moving towards ‘fun’ activities like yoga, circus skills and dance.

4) Yoga offers a whole range of therapeutic benefits to children. It’s excellent at helping your little ones move through difficult feelings and is often used to help posttraumatic stress disorder. It also helps with attention deficit disorder and is taught to special needs children, children with disabilities and those dealing with anxiety and anger management issues.

spiky_balls5) Start them early. You can introduce your child to yoga as early as — weeks. Baby yoga includes stretching, swinging and rolling, and helps aid sleep, sooths colic, strengthens the muscles and spine, and develops coordination. You can introduce new sensations such as these massage balls from www.yogamatters.com which are rolled across the skin.

6) Yoga helps to develop your child’s emotional creativity. All yoga poses are related to the natural world in some way and perfect for including in stories and adventures, which stimulate the imagination and help make classes fun. By imitating animals they can imagine what it feels like to take on their qualities. This also helps engage your child’s interest as they explore the deeper meanings behind the poses.

7) There are plenty of classes across the UK to choose from. These classes encourage interaction between children and are a good way to meet other aspiring yogis. It’s always a good idea to start out with a qualified teacher. Most studios now offer children’s classes such as London studios www.triyoga.co.uk and www.yogabugs.com who have classes all over the UK.

8) Yoga can be practiced at home. Once you’ve picked up the basics you can try out what you’ve learnt or top up your knowledge with books and DVDs. If you already have your own self- practice you might have noticed their interest towards your mat sparked already. Treat them to their own mini kids mat, which will help with them perfect their alignment: www.yogamatters.com

For more information about local Yoga classes for your children visit www.whatson4littleones.co.uk and www.whatson4schoolkids.co.uk

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