Your Chair Inde, and Vice Chair Andy went to the OnBlackheath Festival so you didn't have to. We both thought it was a great day out - loads to do for the kids. Really great sounds and great nosh too. Hope it's a regular feature of life on the heath in years to come.
Several dads and many kids made the journey from our beloved SELondon north (!) of the river to explore the fantastic adventure playgrounds in the Olympic Park in Stratford. The day was made all the more special by an appearance by the founder of our group Martin "The Headmaster" Hastings who returned from Essex to London for the day.
I was going to say Happy New Year, but it's almost the end of January already! I hope you have been enjoying the snow with the kids. I find it's very refreshing (and infectious) to see the fun and wonder in this magical white resource which appears from nowhere, accumulates and then disappears without trace. Snowballs, snowmen, snow angels, sledging, footprints: it all makes a change from seeing just cold, wet, treacherous pavements, transport breakdowns, school closures... hopefully you've not been struck down with one of the many bugs in circulation, My son was sent home early from school today and missed his second of three swimming lessons
The new Tuesday afternoon stay and play is going well, and we've just received word of another session starting up in Ladywell: Wednesdays (from 30 January) 13:00 - 15:00, Ladywell Children's Centre, 30 Rushey Mead SE4 1JJ. Also, there is now a monthly Saturday dads group at the Sherington Centre in Charlton.
Look out for our Pancake and Chinese New Year events coming up in February - details will be posted here soon and via email bulletins.
My son's topic for this term at school is space, and so I was showing him this classic French silent movie from 1902, and since then my daughter (nearly 3) wants to watch it at least once a day. So here it is for your enjoyment:
Check out our spread of Christmas food from Tuesday's Brockley dads stay and play! We all brought food, some homemade, and some great mulled punch. Later we sang some Christmas songs around the ukulele and read a Mr Men Christmas book. Happy Christmas everyone and see you in the new year.
And from 2013 there is a big change to our Lee/Hither Green area dads stay and play. The Lee Manor School venue will unfortunately no longer be available to us but Mark and Barney (with a big help from Tim Neville from Pre School Learning Alliance) have managed to sort a new location, which has consquently meant a change in day and time. Here are the new details:
From Tuesday 15 January 2013
Manor House Gardens Children's Centre
for more information contact Mark or Barney: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
We're really enthusiastic about this new group as the Children's Centre staff seem really supportive, there are great resources there the group should be able to continue running through school holidays unlike up to now.
Check out this article from the Observer about 'Latte Dads' and Swedish paternity leave.