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  1. 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 be kept far too busy to give me a second thought,  so I made sure I was as cheery and positive as could be, so that he could sense there was nothing to worry about!

    Why did you choose the educational setting that you did?

    The Ofsted report was of little importance to me, it was the experiences and thoughts of other parents of children who had previously attended the nursery that were vital in answering any questions that I had. I’d been lucky enough to have completed one of my teaching practices at the school during my degree, so I already had a feel for what kind of setting it was. I also...

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  2. 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 on Saturday 26th and Sunday 27th July 2014. The Sunday morning concert was broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and there will be a television programme of the concert broadcast on CBeebies on Monday 25th August.

    The CBeebies Prom features some of your little ones’ CBeebies favourites alongside the BBC Philharmonic performing energetic orchestral music and much-loved CBeebies themes. Andy, Cat, Chris, Katy, Gem and Mr Bloom, along with Salty dog and Jack (Bernard Cribbins), are all part of the show at the Albert Hall, while Robert the Robot sets off on a special Proms mission out and about in London...

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  3. 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!  As soon as we got there, Fianna’s face lit up and off she went.  We spent just under an hour there and everything was ticking the right boxes. The staff I met were so understanding and approachable, and answered all my questions. The location was excellent, the outside space was great, and the staff were brilliant.  The nursery’s Ofsted report was excellent and it had also come highly recommended by some friends.

    How did you feel on the first day?

    I felt extremely nervous on Fianna’s first day.  We’d decided on a half day first, and planned that if Fianna settled she would progress...

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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. Parent's experience: starting school with special needs

    Tuesday 19 August 2014, 11:03

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    CBeebies Grown-ups: starting school

    Dad Chris talks to CBeebies Grown-ups about his experience of his daughter Harriet, who has special needs, starting school…

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

    Harriet is a twin who is diagnosed with Prader-Willi Syndrome (PWS) and was born premature at 28 weeks. She is a non-identical twin to her sister Roberta which explains why her sister is not affected by the condition. Harriet and Roberta also have an older sister, Izabelle, who is nine years old and is very keen on sport. From receiving Harriet’s diagnosis my wife and I decided not to live the Syndrome...

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  7. Kate and Mim-Mim: Q&A with creators Scott and Julie Stewart

    Thursday 31 July 2014, 11:50

     Catherine Catherine Producer, CBeebies Grown-ups

    Can you tell us a bit about Kate and Mim-Mim? (Brief synopsis)
    Kate & Mim-Mim is about the special relationship between feisty five-year-old Kate and her toy rabbit and best friend, Mim-Mim. 
    Every episode begins with Kate, with toy Mim-Mim close by, doing something fun with her mum or dad. From making pancakes to riding a bike to playing in the pond with a pirate ship, every day is like a Saturday in their house. Invariably, the activity stirs Kate’s curiosity, and a question is raised. At this point, Kate picks up Mim-Mim by his paws and twirls him around and they are transported to the fantastical...

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  8. Up on the roof: summer filming with Cat and Rebecca

    Tuesday 29 July 2014, 15:56

     Bev Bev Producer, CBeebies Presentation

    Hello, I’m Bev, one of the producers in CBeebies Presentation – basically that means I help make the bits you see with the presenters in the CBeebies House between the shows (a.k.a. the ‘links’). Sometimes, we get the chance to film somewhere even more exciting, and we thought you’d like to hear about our recent adventure on the roof above MediaCity…

    CBeebies filming in progress on the roof at MediaCity

    We love working in the CBeebies House, but it’s always nice to be able to go outside, especially in the summer when we can share the good weather with our viewers. Last week when it was warm and sunny, we decided to film some sequences...

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  9. Getting into gymnastics: Louis Smith Q&A

    Friday 25 July 2014, 11:11

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Are your children inspired by the exploits of sports stars and athletes? We chatted to Olympic medallist and Strictly Come Dancing star Louis Smith about his earliest inspirations..
    Have you always been sporty? 
    I have always been sporty. Having an older brother whom I played football and other games with really encouraged me to be competitive and active at an early age.
    Who or what inspired you in sport when you were little?
    Having fun playing lots of different sports is what encouraged me; I was playing lots of different sports because I loved it.
    Did your family encourage your interest in sport...

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  10. Brand new series: Nina and the Neurons: Get Sporty

    Friday 18 July 2014, 10:13

     Kate Kate CBeebies Grown-ups

    Nina’s back on CBeebies from Monday 21st July 2014 at 4.15pm, with a brand new series exploring and explaining sports science – with a bit of help from her five sense Neurons, of course!
    From Wimbledon and the World Cup to the Tour de France, it’s already been a cracking summer of sport, and with the Commonwealth Games coming to Glasgow, the excitement is set to continue. If the exploits of their sporting heroes leave your child with more questions than answers, Nina and the Neurons are on hand to help.
    Why are balls so bouncy? Why do we play football in a team? How can we jump further, start...

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