Welcome to the December issue of our monthly online newsletter for children and families, produced by the Children and Family Work team at YMCA St. Paul’s Group.
We strive to create positive outcomes with children and young people in their communities, and provide support for families with nursery, day care, holiday and year-round programmes.
Take a look at the sections below to learn about what we will be up to across our various children and families services in December.
Support YMCA St Paul’s Group this festive season with Amazon Smile
This festive period, you can give as you shop at no extra cost to you through Amazon Smile. When you shop through smile.amazon.co.uk, Amazon will donate 0.5% of the net purchase price (excluding VAT, returns and shipping fees) of eligible purchases to the charitable organisations selected by you.
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2) Shop at smile.amazon.co.uk – Shop as you normally would!
3) Amazon donates to YMCA St Paul’s Group – 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases will be donated to YMCA SPG
Star Awards for Jumpers! Staff
YMCA St Paul’s Group celebrated its annual Star Awards event on Thursday 24 November. This is an event which recognises and celebrates staff achievement across the organisation. We are delighted to announce that Jumpers! nursery received two awards!
Jumpers! Nursery Assistant, Ade Adepoju, won the “Arcturus Award”, which was for someone who exemplifies our value ‘Person Centred’.
The whole Jumpers! Nursery team won the “Aurora Award”, which was awarded to the most outstanding team.
We want to congratulate Ade, and the whole Jumpers! team for winning these awards – so well deserved!
Christmas and Hanukkah parent workshops
We are delighted to be bringing you a Christmas Nativity play, performed by our Jumpers nursery children.
The performance will take place on Friday 9 December, from 10.30am – 11.30am at the Ealing green church.
We will be practising the the songs with your children, and it would be great if you could also practise with them at home!
Jumpers! Christmas Party
Gymnastics badges and the new term
Please contact AnneMarieBuckley@ymcaspg.org to arrange a free trial session.
Looking to book a children’s birthday party? Our kids parties at YMCA South Ealing, including party host and food and drink, are ideal for under eights. Party bookings are available on Saturdays.
The children will spend the first hour in the studio on the soft play equipment, and the second hour will be for food and party games in Y Lounge café.
A dedicated party host is there to keep the kids entertained and to set up and clear away afterwards, meaning you can just relax and enjoy the party!
Take a look at our South Ealing children’s parties page for further details.
Are you looking for a venue to hire in South Ealing? We have a purpose made studio, ideal for kids activity and dance classes available to hire.
Available from Monday – Friday, the hire charge is just £30 per hour.
For more details, or to make an enquiry, visit our South Ealing activity studio hire page.
Festive Arts and Crafts
The after school club children have been busy doing lots of fun arts and crafts this week to get into the festive spirit. Take a look at the brilliant decorations they have made!
One of our young football fans, Finley 7, was featured in Kick magazine. Finley, a huge Lionel Messi fan, was featured with his brilliant drawing of the Paris Saint-Germain badge.
VIP (very important parents) Event
The parents were invited in to make playdough (to take home) with their children and took part in our Playdough disco; learning about the benefits of playing with playdough eg manipulating the dough and strengthening fingers and wrist for early writing skills. Thanks for coming!
Parent Pit Stop
We’ve introduced a parent pit stop at Hampton Preschool. The parents are able to make themselves a hot drink from the urn etc that’s placed on our kitchen counter, using their own travel mug. It’s a great way for parents to stop and chat for a few minutes, saves them time getting out of the house and is also environmentally friendly!
It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas!
We had such a great time meeting local families enjoying the Hampton Hill Parade on Friday 24 November!
For more information about our wonderful community Preschool, check out our website: https://ymcastpaulsgroup.org/ymca-hampton-preschool/
Based at the YMCA Hawker in Kingston, the Pod is a two storey soft play centre open seven days a week for indoor play. Costs are just £5.00 per child, including one adult. Visit our Pod page for full details..
All weekday Pod sessions are walk-in only.
The Pod opens from 9.00am and closes at 5.00pm Monday-Wednesday. On Thursday and Friday the opening hours are between 9.00am – 3.00pm.
Please drop in by 3.00pm on Monday-Wednesday and 1.00pm on Thursday and Friday to ensure you have a full 2-hour session.
Christmas Opening Hours
For frequent visitors
Attend seven Pod sessions, and get the eighth session free! Pick up your loyalty card from reception. or in the Pod.
Donate to support our Youth Services
Help support young people in our communities by making a donation.
Supporting Children through Changes to Routine
This advice is brought to you by Ealing NHS Community Partners. View the full poster here.