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Our Proud ‘What’s On 4 Junior’ 2013 Award Winners… And a new Royal Baby!

We are pleased to announce our 2013 Award Winners…!  Here at What’s On 4 HQ we are still overwhelmed at the fantastic response to the awards this year.  Like all the Imagevery best awards ceremonies there were tears, laughter, VIP guests, inspiring speeches, standing ovations and champagne at the National What’s On 4 Junior Awards on June 30. The awards were held at Brighton Racecourse and were hosted by TV star, presenter and mum of 2, Lucy Piper.  We were also delighted to welcome Sarah-Jane Honeywell from CBeebies, who presented the award to ‘Green Trunks Garden Centre’ (and their friendly reptile, Norman)!

We welcomed so many amazing and inspiring business owners, individuals and franchisees, all celebrating being recognised as the very best by the UK’s parents!   These awards were also our biggest and most successful to date so every finalist and winner should be very proud! 

 

Our 2013 Winners!

Best Pre/Post Natal Activity – Sponsored by babyworld.co.uk & Glam Media

Hartbeeps

Best National Baby & Toddler Development Activity (newborn to 2 years) – Sponsored by Konfidence

Baby Sensory

Best National Pre-schooler Development Activity (2 to 5 years) – Sponsored by lawyers4mumpreneurs

GymboreeImage

Best Local Activity for the Under 5s – Sponsored by Raspberry Red

Boppin Bunnies (London)

Most Outstanding Committee Led Pre-School – Sponsored by Humphrey’s Corner & The Children’s Trust

Breaston Pre-School Playgroup (Derbyshire)

Most Outstanding Baby and Toddler Group – Sponsored by Jenny Photography

Little Steps (Edinburgh)Image

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – South – Sponsored by BabyExpoUK

Guy Lewis – Gymboree (Brighton & Hove)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – West & Wales

Nikki Sayers – Dandy Development (Warks)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – East

Claire Shaw – Baby Sensory (Derby East)

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Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – Northern Ireland & Scotland

Heather Royan – Toddler Sense (Cumbernauld)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for the Under 5s – Nationwide

Guy Lewis – Gymboree (Brighton & Hove)

Best National Activity for children aged 5 to 12 – Sponsored by The Dinky Fingerprint Company

Enjoy-a-Ball

Best Local Activity for children aged 5 to 12

Green Trunks Garden Centre (Northants)

Most Outstanding Activity Leader for children aged 5 to 12 – Sponsored by Starfish Accounting

Jenna ‘Jellybean Clark’ – Enjoy-a-Ball (Inverness)

Best After School or Breakfast Club – Sponsored by Get In The Press

Go Active Coaching (South England)

Best New Activity for Children – Sponsored by Exceptional Mumpreneurs

Bach to Baby (London)

Most Outstanding Community Group Volunteer for children, babies or families   

Claire Cornthwaite – Pandas Support Group (Hove)Image

Best Children’s Party Entertainment

Gymboree

Best Children’s Party Supplier

Honey Pot Ceramics (Edinburgh)

Best Family Day Out – Sponsored by ABC Magazine

Fishers Adventure Farm Park (West Sussex)

Best Exported Activity for Children

Baby Sensory 

 

Now in their 7th year, our awards celebrate the best activities, classes and party providers from all over the UK, as nominated and voted for by the experts – parents and carers.  The awards were bigger than ever, covering 21 different categories and the big news this year was that a record 76,400 votes in total were cast – 60% more than in 2012!   This year also saw the highly successful launch of the What’s On 4 Junior awards in Ireland, and for the 2nd year running in Australia, making the awards truly international!

 

UK Parents Offer Advice to Kate & William in the What’s On 4 Little Ones Survey

The recent What’s On 4 Little Ones survey received responses from hundreds of mums throughout the UK who are keen to advise from their experience, one mum to another, at this exciting and critical time in any woman’s life.Image

Recent reports suggest that Kate is using Prenatal Yoga and Hypnobirthing in order to prepare for the birth of her first child. These birth preparation classes are just two of a growing number of support services being used by pregnant women in the UK, according to our survey.

We found out that new mums UK-wide would advise the Duchess of Cambridge to participate in Baby Activity classes as a way to meet other new mums, find support and help the development of the new Royal baby! There’s a wealth of classes and activities out there for parents and babies to enjoy together and the benefits to both can be enormous.

William should also take note! According to the survey not only are new mums and little ones increasingly enjoying and benefiting from baby classes, clubs and activities – dads are now getting in on the act too – relishing the opportunity for some 1-2-1 time with their baby and enjoying meeting other new parents not to mention giving new mum a bit of break!

Take a look at the full survey results here.

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Very Merry Christmas from all at What’s On 4 and BabyExpo!

There’s no question, I love this time of year. As soon as the leaves start to turn and the evenings draw in I am itching to get at the tinsel and make sure the Turkey’s on order. Suddenly it’s upon us however, faster than you can say jingle and all the sentimental notions go by the wayside as, with the opening of each advent window, the pressure mounts, especially on mums.

I don’t know about you but the older the children get, the more mad the season becomes. Time seems to be at its most limited this time of year as we are all pulled from pillar to post – it’s all enjoyable, don’t get me wrong – school fairs with donkeys and ice rinks, beautiful carol services, drinks with good friends, parties, pantos but it’s manic. This year after a roller-coaster few months I actually can’t wait until the BIG day when we can I hope breathe a sigh of relief and just sit back and enjoy. To that end I told our extended family early on they could either host, feed and water us all or we’d stay home alone enjoying what we wanted to eat, possibly even in front of the telly all day in our PJ’s! And either option is wonderful.

Saturday we have 1 x diddi-dance party, 1 x nursery Xmas Fair, 2 x santa visits, 1 x tennis Christmas party, ‘Festive Fun’ at our local library, no doubt some final hectic trawling of the shops and 2 grown up parties and there’s at least 2 times when I am supposed to be in 2 different places at exactly the same time …….you know the drill I’m sure…..

‘All I want for Christmas’ is a rest therefore, a break for everyone from the fun and frenetic build-up and some quality time with my little family while they are small enough still to adore the magic of it all. As with most homes the Christmas tree is our focus and I know our happiest times will be curled up in the warm by the tree, opening presents, watching TV and probably eating far too much chocolate. Ruby was entranced by the tree this year with the fabulous lights from Notcutts and George is enjoying very much being in charge of all the different settings – from static to strobe – depending on our mood!  Check out all their lovely Christmas stuff here – http://www.notcutts.co.uk/Christmas/S/C – (we especially like the look of the snowflake projector!)

Have a lovely cosy, restful Christmas and a fabulous, sparkly new year…….

With tons of love,

Suzanne & the WO4 Team xxx

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