Want To Feel Better About Yourself?

Do you want to improve your health and feel better about yourself?
Is your self-confidence letting you down?
Are you stuck in a rut and keen to move on?
If yes, ‘My Horizons’ can help you broaden your horizons.

My Horizons is a new Wheatsheaf Trust project with Community Mentors that help people in Havant and surrounding areas who feel isolated and want to change their lives.

One of their experienced Advisors works alongside Mentors to help you overcome barriers to work, help you with the practical steps and show you how getting and keeping a job is something  you can achieve.

Whether you feel alone and would like to meet new friends, or considering getting involved in  something new but don’t have the self-confidence to take the first step, the Community Mentors are there to help.

The Community Mentors are locals who have overcome their own personal life challenges. They can meet you locally where you feel comfortable: a local cafe, community centre or taking a stroll through the park, to talk about how they can help.

Take the first step to broaden your horizons today!

For more information take a look at the website: www.wheatsheaftrust.org

Contact details:
Via our Facebook Page- Wheatsheaf Trust Havant
Email: info@wheatsheaftrust.org
Call: 023 9249 8950
Text: 07817 970532

Good luck!

Warm Home Discount this Winter

Are you eligible for the Warm Home Discount 2017-18?

There are two groups of residents that may be able to apply for a heating discount this winter; a core group which includes the elderly and vulnerable but also a broader group which includes others.

The criteria varies slightly between energy suppliers but is usually based on low income, means tested benefits and a vulnerability in the household e.g. disability, or child under 5.

You can check whether you would qualify for a heating discount by copying and pasting the following in to a search engine, then contacting your supplier by clicking on the relevant link;


Good luck and I hope it helps!

Fussy Eaters

Do you have a child who is a ‘fussy eater?’ Are you struggling with knowing how to handle it, what to say to them and what to cook them for dinner?
The following article will hopefully be helpful and give you some advice on how to tackle this difficult but quite common problem;


Tricia Pelling
Pastoral Lead

(ps. You may need to copy and paste and put in to a search engine if the link is not working.)

Half-term Fun

Here are a few ideas for half-term activities and fun things to do;

The Owl and the Pussycat
Combining stunning classical ballet, storytelling and beautiful costumes, this is a bite-sized humorous adaptation of the original Edward Lear poem designed specifically for young audiences.
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS
21 Oct 2017, 11am

‘Stick Man’ Live On Stage
Touching, funny and utterly original, Scamp Theatre’s delightful adaptation of Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler’s STICK MAN.
New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
23 Oct 2017 – 24 Oct 2017, 2:30pm
Standard: £15 / Concession: £13 / Family: £50

Crafty’s Creepy Castle – Trick or Treat Show
A family show particularly suitable for 2-7 year olds Where?
New Theatre Royal, 20-24 Guildhall Walk, Portsmouth, Hampshire, PO1 2DD
26 Oct 2017, 2pm – 3pm
Standard: £13 / Concession: £12 / Family: £45

Ensonglopedia of Science
Experience this one hour whirlwind journey through everything (well, nearly everything…) there is to know about science!
The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, 56 East Street, Havant, Hampshire, PO9 1BS
28 Oct 2017, 11.30am and 2.30pm
£8, £7 for 4 or more

For more information on the above and other activities please copy and paste the link below;


Army Medical Services Museum, Keogh Barracks, Ash Vale, Aldershot, Hampshire, GU12 5RQ

This museum tells the story of military medicine, nursing, dental and veterinary science from about 1660 until the present day. It houses not only military uniforms, medals and equipment but also medical equipment and apparatus dating from 1715. There are also military ambulances, an Ambulance Train Ward Coach and a WWI Horse Drawn Ambulance.

A main attraction is the carriage used by Florence Nightingale during her time in the Crimea.

Open Jan – Dec

Admission is Free.

Tel: 01252 340 212
Fax: 01252 340 332

-Read a story together
-Learn a song together
-Make a cake
-Play a board game
-Make a puppet from a paper bag or old sock
-Put some music on and dance together, or do exercises together
-Paint some pasta and string it together to make some pasta jewellery
-Make up a counting in 2s, 5s and 10s rap
-Practice learning your address and telephone number off by heart
-Make some play dough together (recipe below)

How to make play dough;
1 cup plain flour
half cup salt
2 tablespoons cream of tartar
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 cup water with food coluring added
1 teaspoon vanilla essence (makes it smell nicer)
Put all the ingredients into a large saucepan and stir over a medium heat until the dough forms into a ball. Allow to cool, then knead until smooth. Store in an airtight container.

Hope you have fun!

Tips for Talking for Parents and Carers

Are you worried about your child? Are you finding it hard to ask the right questions without making things worse? The Schools in Mind network has produced a new resource to help parents and carers start conversations about their emotions, feelings and general mental health. Please copy and paste the link below for extra information and helpful advice;


Home alone? Going out alone?

I often get asked by parents what age are children allowed to be left alone on their own, or go out on their own for the first time? There are no legal set ages but lots of things need to be taken in to consideration, for example, is your child mature enough to be able to cope if there was a problem or emergency? Will they act responsibly?
The following leaflets by the NSPCC may be a helpful guide to help you in your decision making;
1. Staying home alone-


2. Going out alone-


I hope you find them useful.

Tricia Pelling

Pastoral Lead


Ready Steady Mums

Find friendship, support, fresh air and fitness with Ready, Steady, Mums.
Have you had a baby and are feeling a bit lonely during school hours? Are you feeling like you need to get out more and try something new? Ready, Steady, Mums is a free walking group for mums to help you get fit and feel healthy whilst socialising with other mums in a local walking group. Take a look at the website for more information in the Havant area;
If there isn’t a group in Waterlooville, then why not start one up?
Good luck!

(Facebook: Ready Steady Mums, Havant)

Welcome back!

It’s been fantastic to see all the children settle in quickly to their new classes and all are hard at work.
I have been sent many articles on mental health and the well-being in children already this term. This seems to be on every one’s minds currently and rightly so, as we have seen an increase in anxiety and more press coverage on the matter. I hope that you will find the following link useful. It gives specific help for parents and carers and how to talk to your child about mental health. I have signed us up for the ‘Schools in Mind’ newsletter and will post on the blog anything that I think will be useful for families;


Summer Holiday Activities

I can hardly believe this school year is nearly over. If you are wondering how to fill the next five and a half weeks with exciting activities, here are some ideas below;

Lots of free activities can be found on dofreestuff.com, for example-

Royal Armouries
Fort Nelson, Down End Road
Fareham, Hampshire, PO17 6AN

Free Entry Museum HampshireFort Nelson is a restored Victorian Artillery Fort, overlooking Portsmouth Harbour. The site covers 19 acres and has grass ramparts, underground magazines and tunnels, with stunning views of the countryside. The fort is home to the Royal Armouries collection of artillery; with over 350 guns charting the history and development of artillery from the earliest times to date. Live firing takes place every day and professional actors recreate history by bringing to life the past. Free guided tours are available. Open all year. Admission is Free.

Tel: 01329 233 734
Fax: 01329 822 092

Southampton City Art Gallery
Civic Centre, Commercial Road
Southampton, Hampshire, SO14 7LP

This gallery has a Permanent Collection of over 3,500 works, ranging from Renaissance masterpieces to contemporary video art. The gallery hosts high quality temporary exhibitions, including both national and international historical and contemporary art. All the latest news and events are featured on their website.

Admission is Free.

Tel: 023 8083 2277
Fax: 023 8083 2153
Visit Website

Fancy a bit of ship spotting?

Southampton Maritime Movements
Watch maritime movements around Southampton Port.
Mayflower Park, close to Southampton Maritime Museum is an excellent vantage point for all ships leaving the Western Docks.
Southampton Movements: www.southamptonvts.co.uk

National Trust’s 50 Things to Do:

Please see the link below for a checklist of free ideas and an app you can download, so you are never at a loss;


An alphabet of day trips (please note these all charge admission):

Airborne Forces Museum, Aldershot
Aldershot Military Museum, Aldershot
Army Physical Training Corps Museum, Aldershot
Balfour Museum of Hampshire Red Cross History, ‘Winchester
Basing House Ruins, Basingstoke
Beaulieu, Beaulieu
Bishop’s Waltham Museum, Southampton
Breamore Countryside Museum, Fordingbridge
Breamore House and Museum, nr Fordingbridge
Charles Dickens Birthplace, Portsmouth
D-Day Museum & Overlord Embroidery, Southsea
Emsworth Museum, Emsworth
Exbury Gardens & Railway, Southampton
Explosion! The Museum of Naval Firepower, Gosport
Gilbert White’s House & The Oates Museum, nr Alton
Gurkha Museum, Winchester
Hollycombe Steam Collection, Liphook
Hospital of St Cross (The), Winchester
Jane Austen’s House, Alton
Longdown Activity Farm, Southampton
Manor Farm (Farm and Museum), Southampton
Marwell Zoological Park, Winchester
Milestones – Hampshire’s Living History Museum, Basingstoke
Mottisfont Abbey, nr Romsey
Museum of Army Flying and Explorers’ World, Stockbridge
New Forest Museum & Visitor Centre, Lyndhurst
Parachute Regiment and Airborne Forces Museum, Aldershot
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
Royal Armouries, Fareham
Royal Green Jackets Museum, Winchester
Royal Hampshire Regiment Museum (The), Winchester
Royal Marines Museum, Southsea
Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport
Sammy Miller Museum Trust, New Milton
Southampton Hall of Aviation, Southampton
Staunton Country Park, Havant
St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery, Lymington
The Vyne, Basingstoke
Watercress Line (The), Alresford Southampton
Westbury Manor Museum, Fareham
Westgate, Winchester
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester

Whatever you end up doing, I hope you have a wonderful holiday. I’ll look forward to the children telling me all about their adventures, whether it’s trips abroad, in the UK, or painting pebbles from the beach and picnics in the park-have fun and see you in September!

Tricia Pelling

Pastoral Leader


30 hours free childcare entitlement for working parents

Currently, all 3 to 4 year olds are eligible for 15 hours of free early education per week. This is a universal entitlement, for all children.

From September 2017, all 3 to 4 year olds of working parents will be eligible for an additional 15 hours early education per week. In some local authority (LA) areas, this new entitlement was rolled out from September 2016. The 30 hours entitlement is intended to support working parents with childcare costs and enable them to return to work, or work additional hours.

This and more information on the entitlement is set out in a Department for Education (DfE) policy statement, pages 4 &8;



The additional 15 hours free childcare is only available for working parents of children aged 3 to 4 years old.

Page 8 of the DfE policy statement says that households will be eligible for the additional free entitlement where:
•Both parents are working, or the sole parent is working in a lone parent family (this includes self-employed parents and those on zero hours contracts)
•Each parent earns:
◦On average, a weekly minimum equivalent to 16 hours at national minimum wage or national living wage, and
◦Less than £100,000 per year

When at least one parent in a household has income of £100,000 or more, that family will not be eligible to take up the extra free hours. A DfE representative confirmed that this refers to each parent earning less than £100,000 per year rather than a combined income of less than £100,000 per year.

Special circumstances

Though two-parent families where one parent does not work (or neither works) will not usually be eligible for the extra 15 hours, there are some exceptions. These are likely to be where:
•Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on maternity, paternity or adoption leave
•Both parents are employed but one or both parents is temporarily on statutory sick pay
•One parent is employed and one parent has substantial caring responsibilities based on specific benefits received for caring
•One parent is employed and one parent is disabled or incapacitated based on receipt of specific benefits

Pupils in Reception Class

GOV.UK explains that children in a full-time reception class in a state-funded school are not eligible for the extended entitlement.