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2 November 2022

Welcome to the November 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 November.

Remembrance day

Remembrance Day is on Friday 11 November and is a memorial day observed in Commonwealth member states since the end of the First World War to honour armed forces members who have died in the line of duty.

The children at Jumpers nursery will be focusing on Remembrance day by creating crafts for display boards and learning about this memorial day.

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Staff Training day

We have an upcoming training day for our staff, so the nursery will be shut on Friday 18 November 2022.

St Andrew’s Day

Saint Andrew’s Day, also called the Feast of Saint Andrew or Andermas, is the feast day of Andrew the Apostle. It is celebrated on 30 November. Saint Andrew’s Day is Scotland’s official national day. The children at Jumpers nursery will be focusing on creating crafts for display boards and learning about this holiday. Happy St. Andrew’s Day from all of us at YMCA St Paul’s Group!

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Christmas Nativity

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!

Courses after half-term

The next set of gymnastics courses at YMCA South Ealing resume on Tuesday 01 November.
The children will work towards their British Amateur Gymnastics Association badges, with badge/certificate testing on Tuesday 15 November.
Free trial sessions are available on Tuesday 01 and 08 November or Wednesday 02 and 09 November only.

Please contact to arrange a free trial session.

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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.

We still have dates available! Party booking times can be flexible, so don’t hesitate to get in contact with for further information.

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.

Family Fun day for the whole community at YMCA South Ealing

The Children and Families team hosted a fantastic afternoon of family fun on Saturday 15 October at YMCA South Ealing. The event attracted large numbers of local families, who came to enjoy the activities and refreshments on offer throughout the YMCA South Ealing activity studio and newly reopened café. It was great to see you all!

Why not take a look at what YMCA South Ealing has to offer?

Handsworth After School Club

The children and staff at Handsworth After School Club had a great time celebrating International day. They produced some fantastic flags, and talked about all the different countries that influence their lives.

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Indoor woodland

The children at Hampton Preschool have enjoyed playing with natural resources and using the magnifying glasses to find bugs in our ‘indoor woodland’. Thy collected leaves, sticks and other natural materials from the preschool garden.

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The Colour Monster

During Hello Time the children looked at The Colour Monster book. We talked about our feelings and the colours. We then looked around our room for colours of the monster to put in his monster jar.

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Pasta playtime!

The children at Hampton Preschool played with green pasta, using their hands to manipulate and mould the wet pasta. Some of the children used scissors to cute the pasta and make patterns in the tray. We found the tweezers were quite difficult to use, but after a bit of practise we were able to use them to pick up very small pieces of pasta.

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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.

  • The Pod is closed on Monday 28 November and Monday 12 December from 1.00-3.00pm for private hire.

For frequent visitors

Attend seven Pod sessions, and get the eighth session free! Pick up your loyalty card from reception. or in the Pod.

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Odd socks day

Odd Socks Day marks the start of Anti-Bullying Week. In 2022 it will take place on Monday 14th November.

All you have to do to take part is wear odd socks to your school, at work of at home, it couldn’t be simpler!  Odd Socks day will take place on the first day of Anti-Bullying Week each year to help raise awareness of bullying.

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