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Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield magazine for March April 2013

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    MARCH-APRIL 2013 ISSUE 14

    www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk

    B A L L E T S C H O O L S

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    Is Gove getting it right?

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    Easter Egg Hunts

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    Is Gove getting it right?

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    Easter Egg Hunts

    Is Gove getting it right?

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    Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield

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    Contents

    News

    Clubs and classes

    How childcare is changing

    The hidden danger of slugs

    Education

    Is Gove getting it right?

    Whats On

    Easter

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    Next Issue: Advertisers:Book now for our May/June issueCall 0758 352 6056or e-mail editor@familiesbirmingham.co.ukbefore Wednesday, April 3rd.

    Welcome to the Easter issue of Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield magazine.We bring you news of not-to-be-missed theatre shows that children will love; point you in the direction of Easter holiday workshops like Mad Sciences Eggs-plosions, or Lolihulls Comedy Academy 4 kids; and tell you about the new Play Trail at Baddesley Clinton which promises outdoor fun and adventure for children.

    Once again we are inviting children across Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield to apply to take part in a mini photo-shoot and have the chance to be our front cover star. Birminghams Botanical gardens in Edgbaston will provide a colourful backdrop for our shoot as well as being a fun day out. Read all about it on page 4.

    Turn to page 8 for a provocative article by emeritus Professor Michael Bassey who urges parents to wake up to the downsides of the Governments education reforms. Do you agree with his assessment?

    If you are the proud owner of a pet dog, read Deborah Hopes warning about the dangers of lungworm and how to prevent it.

    Finally, we end on a seasonal note with some fascinating facts about Easter and some clues to where to find the best Easter Egg Hunts. For more Egg Hunts and Easter fun log on to www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk

    Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield, EditorWendy Flynn

    Front page picture by photo artist Abby Wilkes. Abby won the West Midlands Master Photographer Award for her work with children three years in a row.She specialises in photographing children and families, creating art from lifes special moments. Contact Abby for more information:07966 867306. www.abbywilkes.com

    Design: www.MattWaltonDesign.co.uk Print: Warners Midlands PLC, Manor Lane, Bourne, Lincs. PE10 9PH Copyright Families Birmingham, Solihull and Sutton Coldfield,March 2013-02-08We take care preparing this magazine but the publisher and distributors cannot be held responsible for the claims of advertisers, nor for the accuracy of the contents nor its consequence.

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    Another chance to be our front cover star!

    Last year we invited you to put forward your children to take part in a mini photo-shoot with award-winning photographer Abby Wilkes for a chance to feature as our front cover model. If you missed out last time round, you can enter again for 2013. Up to 12 children will be randomly selected from those who apply to take part and one photograph will be chosen to feature as a front cover picture. Your child can be entered as an individual or you can enter a group of siblings to be photographed together.Birminghams Botanical Gardens in Edgbaston will provide the stunning backdrop for this years Spring photo-shoot, and families invited to take part can enjoy a free day out. Wander around

    the landscaped gardens, visit the aviaries, take a look at the Rock Pool with its Diamond Jubilee Cascade, explore the Japanese Garden, head off into the tropical glasshouses - and dont forget to see the koi carp! There is the childrens discovery garden and play area too. There will be plenty to do and explore - with Childrens Trails and Family Explorer Backpacks available for hire.The photo-shoot will take place on Saturday, April 27, and parents must accompany their children. To enter, simply log on to www.familiesbirmingham.co.uk; click on Front Cover Star and e-mail us the name and age of your child/children and your contact telephone number. All children under 12 living in Birmingham, Solihull or Sutton Coldfield are eligible to apply. The closing date for entry is March 31.

    Watch a younger childs face light up as they join Justin Fletcher and his CBeebies chums, Robert the Robot and Little Monster, for an Easter 2013 eggs-travaganza on April 11, (LG Arena, Birmingham). Justin prepares to put on a spectacular rock and roly-poly show for a very special visitor. Nina from Nina and the Neurons, Andy Day and Katy Ashworth will be on hand to help. But will everything go according to plan? Justin might need a little help from your little one to keep everything on track.

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    Party like the IrishThis year Birminghams annual Saint Patricks Day parade will be the grand finale of a week-long celebration of all things Irish. The festival kicks off on March 9 to celebrate Irish dance, music, food and families. From literary events to race nights, the Irish certainly know how to party.

    The parade on Sunday, March 17, starts at 12 noon with the annual balloon release and will feature Pipe and Drum Bands, along with vintage motorbikes, classic cars and Willie Fergus Finnegans massed tractors plus many decorated floats. Everyone is invited to join in the fun and celebrate as the Irish in Birmingham say Cad Mile Filte (a hundred thousand welcomes).

    Head along to Babbs Mill on April 3 for a Dizzy Duck race. Pick your duck and wish it luck as it races against your friends ducks along the river. There will be a craft activity available and prizes for the top three in the race. Families taking part should meet by the play area at 11am.

    Go Quackers this Easter

    Another chance to be our front cover star!

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    Children love exploring outdoors - crossing stepping stones, negotiating mazes and finding hidey holes. Now they can do just that at Baddesley Clintons new Playful Journeys trail which offers fresh air, exercise and more fun than any computer screen or games console. The National Trust team worked with local Brownie groups to design this natural trail in the parkland of the picturesque medieval moated manor at Baddesley. The trail has been artfully devised to allow children to discover a series of playful experiences nestling in hideaway spaces such as a hill with a Crows Lookout, hop-a-long logs, a woven Restawhile shelter and a turf maze in the nearby open grazing land. Try out Playful Journeys on your next visit, challenging the children to find the horseshoes and follow the trail with the aid of a map drawn by local illustrator Shelly Perkins. Sarah Kinnersley, National Trust Visitor Experience Officer, explains that there are plans to develop the trail further: We are now applying for funding to develop a second phase of Playful Journeys, making use