Children and Families Newsletter June 2022

7 June 2022

Welcome to the June 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 June.

Party time!

The children from Jumpers! nursery were treated to their very own party in the Activity Studio at South Ealing YMCA. The kids had a great time climbing, balancing, sliding and jumping on all the soft play equipment. Afterwards there was a party tea, with sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables and other delicious snacks. You can see what a great time they had! If you are interested in having a birthday party for your child in our South Ealing Activity Studio, take a look at our kids parties web page.

Day trip to YMCA Hawker

The Jumpers! children enjoyed an exciting day out, travelling across West London on a bus to our YMCA Hawker site in Kingston. YMCA Hawker is home to our fantastic Pod softplay. The children had a great time exploring, climbing and sliding. We’re sure they were very happy and tired after such a fun day out!

Book a gymnastics course online! Your child will have an opportunity to learn new routines to support posture, balance, concentration and most of all have fun!

The 2nd half of the summer term commences on Tuesday 7 June -Thursday 21 July.

Please visit our children’s classes and courses page for the full timetable, and booking information.

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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, 12.30 – 2.15pm or 3.00pm – 4.45pm.

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 £25 per hour for the first month, and then £30 per hour thereafter.

For more details, or to make an enquiry, visit our South Ealing activity studio hire page.

Creative kids

The children have been busy with their arts and crafts, and have produced some really brilliant work. We have also been busy preparing a new birthday board.

Ballet exam success

We want to say a huge congratulations to 24 of our dance academy pupils aged 5 – 12 who passed their ballet exams, held in May. We are extremely proud of them all, and very excited that they achieved a 100% pass rate, with a large number of merits and distinctions, which is fantastic! They all thoroughly deserved this reward for all of their hard work.

Dance Academy courses resume on Tuesday 7 June – Friday 22 July.

We are offering a free trial session on Wednesday 15 June: Beginners Ballet for 3.5-4.5 year olds. Please contact AnneMarieBuckley@ymcaspg to book your place.
Places are allocated on a first come basis.

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, and can be booked on the Mindbody app, or at Hawker reception. Visit our Pod page for full details, and to make a booking.

With activities and equipment for all ages up to 11, babies, toddlers and children can be active, use their imaginations and let off steam in a fun, safe environment. The Pod has everything a child needs for an energetic, creative, interactive indoor adventure!

The Pod has 4 sessions Monday-Wednesday, and 3 sessions on Thursday and Friday.
9.00am -11.00am
11.00am – 1.00pm
1.00pm – 3.00pm
3.45pm – 5.45pm

Thursday and Friday
9.00am – 11.00am
11.00am – 1.00pm
1.00pm – 3.00pm

NEW! Meal Deal

The 11.00am -1.00pm session is £10.00 inclusive of a child’s meal. Please book and pay at reception.

The other sessions can be booked on line or you can walk in and pay at reception.

Opening in September! YMCA Hampton Preschool

We are very excited to be opening our doors to children aged 2- 5 years from September 2022.

We are now able to offer tours of Hampton Preschool to prospective customers interested in giving their children excellent day care. Come and see our setting for yourselves.

  • A small, friendly setting in Hampton
  • Large outdoor play and learning area
  • Key persons system
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  • Child-led learning
  • Free flow in and out door
  • Funding accepted
  • Secure and leafy location
  • Close links with local primary schools

Family Camp Out is back! We’re delighted to invite you and your kids to bring tents to the hawker field and join us for a fantastic weekend of family fun on Saturday 30 – Sunday 31 July.

  • £30 per pitch, you’ll need to supply all your camping equipment.
  • We’re happy for you to bring barbeques and an evening meal will also be available to buy.
  • There will be taster children’s and family activities,
  • A bouncy castle, face painting, and much more exciting summer fun will be available.
  • A 2 hour Pod session will be available for £5.
  • Don’t forget to bring some marshmallows to roast and join us for story time by the fire.
  • The Pod and breakfast baps will be available in the morning.

Bookings will need be prepaid and the link will be available soon.

Visit our hellosummer webpage for details of this event.

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Wishing a very Happy Father’s Day to each and every dad and carer out there.

Our childcare settings will be doing craft and other activities to celebrate Father’s Day.

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Congratulations to HM Queen Elizabeth II

We hope you enjoyed the extended bank holiday weekend, which brought communities and individuals all around the UK together to commemorate this historic milestone.

Did you know? Since 1952, HM Queen Elizabeth II has been Patron of the National Council of the Young Men’s Christian Association. Her Majesty has a particular interest in the challenges faced by the homeless and vulnerable young people.

Our childcare settings are celebrating this historic occasion, with Jubilee themed crafts, and even a tea party with parents!

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A seriously delicious strawberry and banana smoothie to make at home

As the weather gets warmer, why not cool down with this simple but delicious smoothie!

Half a cup of raspberries
1 cup of strawberries
Half a frozen banana
1 cup of oat milk
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Half a cup of ice
Place all the ingredients into a blender, blend until smooth. Add a few chopped strawberries to the top


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