Kate, CBeebies Grown-ups
We all love hearing a good story – but what makes a great story to read aloud to your child, and how can you make sure that your little one is riveted to your tale? We talked to master storyteller Bernard Cribbins about the importance of telling stories to children.
This Easter we’re welcoming some new friends to the Bedtime Hour, alongside some old favourites.
Here at CBeebies, we know that bedtime is a really important time for you and your little ones. We aim to create a calm and consistent television schedule at bedtime that will be a helpful part of this routine, so that you can set key points around the programmes for your child to get ready for bed, or use the Bedtime Hour as wind-down time before they go to sleep.
We know that children (and parents and carers!) form very strong attachments to particular programmes between 6pm and 7pm, so it’s important to try and keep programming consistent. Because we understand this, we don’t change the line-up in Bedtime Hour all that often.
So why do we change it at all? The truth is that not all children like the same programmes. We have a very broad audience that we have to appeal to, from newborn babies right up to 6 year olds who may have been at school for two years.
With this in mind, every so...
Producer, CBeebies Grown-ups
Melody is back with a new series on Monday 16th March. 11 year old Angharad Rhodes stars as Melody, a little girl with a big imagination who is partially-sighted. We caught up with Angharad's mum, Lynda, to find out all about Angharad and what it's like being mum to a little CBeebies star...
Can you tell us a little bit about Angharad?
Angharad has always been described by people we meet as being, happy, cheerful, friendly, likeable, lovable and someone who always has a smile for everyone.
When Angharad was 2 weeks old she was diagnosed with cataracts and other eye conditions including Peter’s Anomaly, (this affects the way the eyes have developed including the surface of the eyes with the cornea and pupil being stuck together and any vision being blurred) and Microphthalmia, (small under-developed eyes - Angharad’s eyes and eye sockets stopped growing before she was born), Glaucoma (high pressure in the eyes), and Nystagmus (an uncontrolled to and fro movement of Angharad’s eyes...
CBeebies Stargazing is back from Monday 16th March at 5.45pm, and this year the series is marking a very exciting event. We talked to presenter and space scientist Dr Maggie Aderin Pocock to find out what our little ones can expect…
Hi Maggie, can you tell us a bit about the new series of CBeebies Stargazing?
In the new series we’ll be celebrating the power, the reach and sheer size of the largest object in our solar system, our star - the Sun.
With the help of our young stargazers, and some well known CBeebies stars, Chris and I will be looking at how gigantic the sun is, what it does for us here on Earth, how it helps light things up in the night time, and exploring the phenomenon of the solar eclipse.
We’ll be doing lots of exciting experiments in the Stargazing Café, and as if that isn’t enough, we’ll also have some well-known faces popping up to tell us what they’ve seen in the night sky – look out for Sir Derek Jacobi and Professor Brian Cox.
Can you tell us about the eclipse...
We asked Shirley Hughes about what inspires her illustrations, what has made her characters appeal to generations of children, and how she has juggled her work with motherhood and grandmotherhood... Read more
For World Book Day last year we talked to author and illustrator Eric Carle as his...
Have you ever wondered why the characters on CBeebies shows look the way they do? We quizzed Steve Roberts (Lead Creative and Writer on Twirlywoos) to find out how he went about designing a whole crew of new CBeebies favourites.
Hi Steve, how did you come up with the ideas for how the Twirlywoos characters should look?
Their body shape, legs and feet were inspired by the ducks I saw on my walk...
We spoke to Anne, the creator of Twirlywoos, and Cathy, the programme’s educational consultant, about the ideas behind this new CBeebies show for toddlers…
Hello, can you tell us a little bit about yourselves and your new series?
Anne: I’m Anne, the founder and creative director of Ragdoll Productions, the company that makes Twirlywoos. We’d previously made several other shows for CBeebies –...
It seems like only yesterday that CBeebies presenter Katy Ashworth had her little boy Charlie, but he’s growing up fast, so we thought we’d sit down for a chat with Katy to see how she’s coping with having a toddler in the house…
Hi Katy, how’s Charlie doing? What’s he into at the moment?
He loves words! Everything is ‘the moon’, and we say ‘bye bye’ to everyone with frantic hand waving. And he...
Hello, can you tell us a bit about what Chinese and Lunar New Year is, and when it falls this year?
Hello! My name is Cindy, and I am mum of three girls aged 5, 3 and 1. We’re Chinese, and Chinese New Year is the biggest festival in our culture.
It falls on a different date every year. This year we are going to be celebrating our Chinese New Year on Thursday 19th February.
Chinese New Year is all...
Kids in Museums
When he was three years old, my son was thrown out of an Aztec exhibition for shouting ‘monster!’ at a statue (which did look a bit like a monster).
I wrote about the incident in my newspaper column because I was so angry about it. Hundreds of families got in touch to say that they, too, were fed up of being treated in a similar way when they took their children to museums and galleries.
Hi, I’m Sally the Senior Producer on CBeebies Grown-ups. If you’ve checked the CBeebies Grown-ups website today, you’ll have noticed there are some pretty big changes afoot and we now have a brand spanking new area specially for parents and carers on the CBeebies website! http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies/grownups/
In it you will find a whole world of pretty amazing things for parents and carers, from useful resources to help you support your little one’s learning, to essential info about new shows on CBeebies. There are also funny behind-the-scenes extras for grown-up eyes only!
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