Welcome to the September 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 help whole families to flourish. We have safe and trusted Early Years care and developmental activities, family support and mediation help when difficult issues arise at home or school, summer and school holiday camps, and activities that are just plain fun for everyone.
Take a look at the sections below to learn about what we will be up to across our various children and families services in September.
Jumpers! Nursery Spaces Available
More information about Jumpers! nursery can be found on our website. Here is a short film of our nursery – why not take a look?
Jumpers! Nursery drop in sessions
We are delighted to invite you to our Jumpers nursery drop in sessions:
10.00am – 11.30am every Tuesday
This is a great opportunity for you to explore our wonderful learning environment, meet our friendly team and pick up and information pack. There will also be fun activities for children to enjoy!
Goodbye and good luck to our 2023 leavers!
Looking to book a children’s birthday party? Our kids parties at YMCA South Ealing are ideal for under eights.
Our party hire package means we provide use of our air conditioned soft play studio and café, and you provide supervision and refreshments. There is plenty of free parking for you and your guests. Parties cost £220 for a 2 hour slot and are available at weekends.
Are you looking for a venue to hire in South Ealing? We have a purpose made studio, ideal for adults and 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.
Crafting Connections – friendship of the month
This month one of our children was featured in the crafting connections magazine!
Erin and her crafting connections pairing Alan were highlighted in the article, which said:
“This month we celebrate the friendship between Erin and Alan. Creative Erin loves to know she brightens Alan’s day when he receives her post. Here’s what her Mum had to say:
“What a great concept, and one that has benefits for both generations – making someone smile is priceless. Erin loves being creative and seeing the positive impact of something she has made on someone else’s day is so rewarding.”
Alan shares how it brightens his day to contribute to a young person’s development:
“I like being friends with Erin because it brightens my day. I am very pleased to be able to take part in this friendship programme. I also believe it is nice where the older person meets a young person to help their development. I would like to see where this friendship goes and give moral support.”
Crafting connections is a project that aims to boost wellbeing, reduce loneliness and foster stronger, happier communities by creating joyful intergenerational experiences.
Y Active Gymnastics Classes return this September!
The new term of Gymnastics Classes at YMCA South Ealing are ready to book.
Tuesday 5 September – Wednesday 11 October 2023
Classes are led by our friendly qualified gymnastics instructor for ages 5-9.
Specialist gymnastics equipment and coaching gives your child the opportunity to increase strength, flexibility, power, agility, coordination and balance. It helps train him or her for any other sport they may choose and they learn to perform in front of others with confidence. We follow the British Amateur Gymnastics Awards (BAGA) system of progression and skill recognition.
Booking is now open! Check out our timetables.
All courses are enrolment only, pre-booking online, and no drop in.
Visit our website for full details, and to book a space:https://ymcastpaulsgroup.org/childrens-classes-courses-at-ymca-south-ealing/
Y Kidz Holiday Play Scheme will return in October!
The fantastic summer play scheme enjoyed four weeks of fun over the Summer. We’ve said goodbye for now, but will be back with a great programme for the October half term!
Keep an eye on our website for booking and further details coming soon!
Here are a few moments from our Summer programme, celebrating our medal winners in Olympics week, a brilliant creation from Lego week, home made passports in our Summer Crafts week and our singing talent from Moving and Grooving week.
Hampton Preschool re-opens on Wednesday 06 September. We hope all of our children and families have had a fantastic summer – we can’t wait to welcome you back! We are also really excited to see our new starters, and are looking forward to getting to know you all 🙂
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 £6.00 per child, including one adult. Visit our Pod page for full details..
All sessions are walk-in only, customers pay at reception. No online booking.
Why not take advantage of our special offer?
Entry to POD and hot meal (does not include Juice) £8.00
Available on Monday & Tuesday 3 – 5.00pm
Celebrate with a Pod Party!
Pod parties are the perfect way to celebrate a birthday for under 11s. Pod parties dates are now available to book online until December 2023,
- £390.00 for 25 children
- £440.00 for 30 children
For frequent visitors
Attend seven Pod sessions, and get the eighth session free! Pick up your loyalty card from reception. or in the Pod.
Rosh Hashanah – Jewish New Year
During 2023, Rosh Hashanah will begin on Friday evening, September 15, and end at sundown on Sunday, September 17.
Rosh Hashanah is a 2-day festival of celebrations to mark the Jewish New Year. Traditionally, the Shofar, which is a ram’s horn and makes a trumpet-like sound, is sounded as a wake-up call to signify the start of Tishrei. One week before Rosh Hashanah, special prayers called Selichot are part of religious rituals and ceremonies. Rosh Hashanah, is also known as Yom Hadin or the Day of Judgment, on which God opens the Books of Life and Death, which are then sealed on Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the Jewish Day of Atonement. It is considered the time when our souls are closest to God.