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  1. The Furchester Hotel premiere: Q&A with the Furchesters and the performers

    Tuesday 23 September 2014, 15:54

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies' Alex Winters with the Furchester puppets (Cookie Monster, Elmo, Phoebe, Furgus & Funella) Photograph by David Jensen

    The Furchester family, along with transatlantic visitors Elmo and Cookie Monster and a whole team of The Furchester Hotel performers were in London’s West End this weekend to show The Furchester Hotel to some very special guests. Our very own Alex Winters was on hand to host an in-depth question and answer session with the Furchester team – covering everything from the finer points of Anglo-American biscuit culture to the legacy of Jim Henson, and the likelihood of Alex sharing his Furchester room with a giant squid…

    Read on to share the fun – but be warned, it gets emotional!

    The Furchester Hotel starts on CBeebies on Friday 26th September at 5pm.

    Alex Winters: Have you enjoyed the morning?

    Elmo: NO! Only kidding, of course we have!

    Alex: How have you enjoyed coming to Britain to visit The Furchester Hotel, Elmo and Cookie Monster?

    Elmo: It was lots of fun, I got to meet Phoebe, and we became very close, we’re very tight now. And Elmo learned a lot.

    Cookie Monster: Me happy just to get the invitation!

    AW: How do the cookies compare to American cookies?

    Cookie Monster: A terrific question! They…pretty much equal!

    Elmo: But then...

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  2. Bing: knit your own Flop

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 13:33

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Bing: Knit your own Flop toy

    Have you got a little Bing fan at home? If you’re a knitter, why not use our simple pattern to make them their very own cuddly version of Bing’s carer, Flop. We’d love to see your creations – share a picture of your finished Flop with us on the CBeebies Facebook or Twitter pages.

     Materials

    • 100g double knit yarn (we used a machine-washable merino) – main colour.

    • Small amount black double knit yarn.

    • Small amount red yarn/thread.

    • 1 pair of knitting needles (see yarn label for size).

    • Approximately 50g of safety toy stuffing.

    Abbreviations

    St: Stitch.

    Stst: Stocking stitch (one row knit, one row purl).

    K: Knit.

    P: Purl.

    K2tog: Knit two together.
    Inc: Knit (or purl, as appropriate) into front & back of stitch.

    Instructions:

    Body and Head

    Cast on 12 sts in main colour (bottom edge)...

    Row 1: begin with a K row, stst 2 rows

    Row 3: inc K wise into every st (24 sts)

    Row 4: P1 row

    Row 5: (inc 1 K1) to end (36 sts)

    Row 6: P1 row

    Row 7: K1 (inc 1 K2) to last 2 sts Inc 1 K1 (48 sts)

    Row 8-24: Beg with a P row stst 17 rows

    Row 25: (K2tog, K6) to end (42 sts)

    Row 26-28: stst 3 rows

    Row 29: (K2tog, K5) to end (36 sts)

    Row 30-32: stst...

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  3. The Furchester Hotel: Q&A with series producer Dionne

    Thursday 18 September 2014, 13:27

     Mollie Mollie CBeebies Grown-ups

    Tell us a little about yourself and what your job is on The Furchester
    Hi, I’m one of the two series producers on The Furchester Hotel, along with David Collier.  I’m from Sesame Street in New York, and came to Manchester while the series was in studio.  David and I led the crew and puppet artists on a 12 week stay at The Furchester Hotel!
    What’s The Furchester all about? (can you briefly explain the premise of the show here)
    The Furchester is a hotel run by cheerfully incompetent and furry monsters.  Elmo has come to visit his family in the UK, who run The Furchester Hotel - his Auntie Funella, Uncle Furgus and cousin Phoebe.  Cookie has landed his dream job as hotel waiter!  And solving problems is just part of the hotel service.  In every episode, they put their furry heads together and think to come up with solutions for their guests’ problems.  Some of the solutions even work.
    How does working on The Furchester differ from working on Sesame Street?
    Well, the biggest difference is the physical layout.  Sesame Street is a traditional 4 wall studio, three walls of set and the cameras shoot from the 4th wall.  The Furchester Hotel was a 360 degree set, meaning...

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  4. Starting school: Cerrie's memories

    Tuesday 9 September 2014, 16:24

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    What do you remember about your first day at school? How did you feel on your little one's first day? CBeebies presenter Cerrie blogs about her own memories of school and her experiences as a mum...

    CBeebies presenter Cerrie Burnell

    What do you remember about starting school?

    I couldn't read until I was eight (when my dyslexia was finally diagnosed) so my I spent my first four years of primary school in a lovely imaginative daydream, whereby I remembered everything around me; from the many different colours of my teacher’s shoes, to the taste of apricot yoghurt (the dinner ladies’ favourite flavour). My memories of primary...

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  5. Starting school: Cat, Andy and Katy remember what it was like

    Tuesday 2 September 2014, 15:16

     Mollie Mollie CBeebies Grown-ups

    What do you remember about starting school? We caught up with some of the CBeebies presenters to see what they remember about this big step…
    Cat Sandion:
    What can you remember about starting infant school?
    I remember feeling really excited and confident - running through the school gate and quickly waving to my mum.
    What was your favourite activity in reception class? 
    I loved anything creative – making, painting, drawing - I was always making things.  
    How do you think your first teacher would remember you?
    As the eager, quiet and polite one – the one who always put her hand up! 
    Andy Day:
    What...

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  6. Parent's experience: starting school - the teacher's story

    Thursday 21 August 2014, 10:23

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies Grown-ups: Starting school as a mum and a teacher

    Mum and early years teacher Susan talks to CBeebies Grown-ups about what it's like when you're a teacher and your own child is starting school...

    Can you remember how you were feeling on the first day – what happened?

    That’s the trickiest part of balancing being a teacher and being a mum – I wasn’t able to take time off work to be there to take my son to nursery on his first day. I remember feeling nervous, apprehensive and excited for him all at the same time. I had lots of “But what if….” doubts and questions in my mind, but deep down, I knew he would be fine. He was going...

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  7. CBeebies Prom: a musical adventure

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 15:50

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    The first ever CBeebies Prom is coming to the channel on Monday 25th August 2014 at 9am and 4.45pm – and we can’t wait! In the meantime, we talked to the show’s producer, Angela, to find out more about the making of the programme…

    CBeebies Prom cast with producer Angela at the Royal Albert Hall The CBeebies Prom cast with producer Angela at the Royal Albert Hall

    So what exactly is the CBeebies Prom?

    The CBeebies Prom is the first BBC Prom concert to be aimed at the pre-school audience and it’s an introduction to orchestral music and the Proms for pre-schoolers and their families.

    There were two CBeebies Proms at the Royal Albert Hall...

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  8. Parent's experience: starting nursery

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:07

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies Grown-ups: Starting school and nursery

    Mum Emma talks to CBeebies Grown-ups about her experience of her daughter Fianna, aged two starting at nursery…

    Why did you choose the nursery that you did for your little girl?

    My daughter Fianna originally went to a child-minder from the age of twelve months, but just after her 2nd birthday my husband and I decided to look around for a nursery because we felt as if a change of environment might benefit her.

    After researching local nurseries, I shortlisted 3 and went to see them with my mum and Fianna. When we visited the one we eventually sent Fianna to, well, really it chose us!...

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  9. Parent's experience: starting school

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:06

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies Grown-ups: starting school and nursery

    Mum Beate talks to CBeebies Grown-ups about her experience of her son Lucas starting Reception…

    Can you tell us a little bit about you and your child?

    Lucas is now six years old and about to start year 2. He has loved going to school, most of the time. Like any family we have lots of things we like to do together like riding our bikes, swimming and watching films. We love to bake and hang out at home too. Lucas loves music and enjoys djing and dancing. We are always up for a dance in our house! I work part time for a charity as their legal officer.

    Can you remember how you were feeling...

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  10. Parent's experience: starting home education

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:04

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies Grown-ups: starting school

    Mum Alice* talks to CBeebies Grown-ups about her experience of starting home education with her son Toby...

    Can you tell us a little bit about you and your child

    I'm a landlady and I also read tarot cards when time allows. I enjoy socialising, skiing, horse riding, reading, the theatre and I am currently self-learning to crochet. I’ve one 7 year old child, who I home educate (and one on the way). My son is mad into art, dance/drama, Minecraft, secret agent/spy things and riding his bike with his friends. He also loves live theatre productions. He is a competent swimmer as he started as...

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