For over 40 years, Gymboree has been turning fun into learning and is considered the world’s foremost provider of children’s developmental programmes. First founded in California by mum Joan Barnes, there are now over 730 Gymboree centres worldwide. Gymboree centres offer an array of classes developed by qualified developmental experts to enhance the whole childhood learning process and are designed for children ages newborn to 5 years old. Classes are planned in 6 month increments and tailored to meet each child’s unique interests and abilities. The goal is that children are continually challenged in a fun way, encouraging them to learn and grow. There are eight Gymboree centres spread across London. All are certified by the central company and have glowing reviews. They are owned by exceptional people who truly care about giving children the best start in life. Taking your child to an introductory class could take them to the next stage of their developmental pathway.
Bespoke Music Tuition
Bespoke Music Tuition believes that with the right music tutor, learning how to play an instrument doesn’t have to be a frustrating chore, but a wonderful, joyous experience that leads to proficiency in a lifelong skill. Through their unique process, BMT firstly understands exactly what the client’s specific musical requirements are through a music consultation. During the face-to-face consultation, the professionals at BMT will get to know the client in the comfort of their home and answer any queries or questions. After the music consultation, the sourcing of the music tutor will begin. Once the client has finished the first lesson, BMT will be in contact to make sure they have found a good fit for the review. If at any time the tutor becomes unsuitable, then a new tutor will be swiftly sourced, as not to hinder the process or progress of learning. All music tutors are selected based on their experience, personality, qualifications and teaching experience, with all have to complete a full-enhanced disclosure certificate.
Will to Win Hyde Park
When Will to Win opened over 20 years ago, their original motto was “Tennis for All”. Two decades later and Will to Win has grown to become about much more than just tennis and they are now the largest private provider of public sport in the country; the Hyde Park facilities feature a well maintained six-rink lawn bowling green, a nine-hole putting green, a multi-use games area and a padel court, as well as six newly surfaced floodlit tennis courts. Will to Win maintains a strong ethical focus. They provide free access for state schools to all their facilities and have been pivotal in re-developing numerous derelict sites, turning unused spaces into inclusive hubs for sport. Will to Win Hyde Park operates on a ‘pay and play’ drop in basis, so no membership is required. The company operates year round events and facilities are also available for hire for bespoke events. There is a café on site for an after game cup of artisan coffee, as well as changing facilities.
All children are born instinctively musical, in fact the ear is the first organ to develop in the womb. However, only if this instinct is developed from an early age can a child blossom to fulfil their full musical potential. Since it was founded in 1993, Monkey Music has grown into one of the UK’s most innovative children’s activities companies, working to sharpen young children’s musical and educational skills through music. Their staff recognise that language skills can be built through song and rhyme; fine motor skills honed through playing percussion instruments, while spatial awareness and balance are developed through dance. Children can begin Monkey Music classes at just three months. By the time they reach the oldest age group at 4 years old they will have learnt nearly 500 catchy songs and fun musical activities. Children who pass through the Monkey Music ranks quickly build confidence and self esteem, which serve them well throughout the rest of their educational journey. There are a range of classes across London and the ‘Where’s my local class?’ tool on their website will show the class closest to you.
Tony Steward the Magician
Tony Steward is a professional close-up magician with over three decades of experience. Considered one of most talented magicians in the UK, he performs his fascinating tricks and illusions at Corporate Functions, Weddings and Private VIP events. Trustworthy, professional and reliable with a flawless reputation, Tony will work his magic with all age ranges. Whether he’s keeping children entertained between speeches at a wedding, enchanting guests on a Super yacht, or creating lasting memories at an exhibition Tony will exceed expectations every time. Tony is an Approved Wedding Magician at a list of establishments. These including: Oakwood House in Kent, Parklands, Channels and Little Channels in Essex, Fanhams Hall, Tewin Bury Farm in Hertfordshire, Chigwell Hall and Newland Hall.
Dakodas Dance Academy
For the last ten years, Dakoda’s Dance Academy has been providing great dance classes to the Central London community. Originally offering just Ballet and Tap Dancing classes, the company has branched out in recent years, now offering Tap & Jazz, Hip Hop, Street Dance and RAD Ballet. They provide classes for children ranging from 2 to 17 years-old. The company offers the highest standard in children’s performing arts with limited class sizes and individual attention to each child. Children taking ballet classes are able to partake in the Royal Academy of Dance examinations from the age of six. The academy also offers singing lessons. This high-end dance academy refuses to compromise in the service it offers to students. Its teachers are highly-trained, experienced and enthusiastic about teaching dance, ensuring that students are inspired to get involved and try their best.
Sharky & George
Established in 2007, Sharky and George was created by two old Etonians, who decided to follow their inner passions for arranging children’s parties, after tiring of careers in marketing and financial headhunting. Sharky and George tailor unique, engaging and creative experiences for children and adults. For children, they create corporate children’s parties, private festivals, bespoke adventures, private parties and hold an adventure club. For adults, they create events for those in corporate environments to enjoy together. These include team building activities, sports days and treasure hunts. They have built themselves an impressive reputation as “the party entertainers to the stars”, as they have arranged parties for the children of Elizabeth Hurley, Bear Grylls and David Cameron.
Kinder Nannies & Staff
Kinder Nannies is a high-end nanny and private staff recruitment service run by dedicated, experienced consultants, that caters for clients who are short of time. This bespoke service works closely with every client to make sure that they are only meeting the best possible candidates, whilst experiencing all the benefits of an elite recruitment service. Kinder Nannies work with their clients from the very beginning to ascertain exactly what it is they want in a nanny. They will also be on hand from the start to advise clients on what they can expect from the candidates themselves, and what tell-tale signs to look out for. Helping clients make the right choices and securing ideal pairings between nanny and family, is Kinder Nannies speciality. They place all sorts of variations in nanny jobs. These including Full-time Nannies, Nanny-Housekeepers, Maternity Nurses, Bilingual-Nannies, Junior Nannies, Live-In Nannies and Rota Nannies. In addition to their Nanny recruitment service, this company also run Kinder Staff, a boutique recruitment service that places amazing private household staff in fulfilling jobs. They have successfully placed Housekeepers, Household/Estate Managers, Private Chefs, Chauffeurs, Butlers, Valet’s, Ladies Maid’s, Gardeners, Yacht Crew, Elderly Care and Special Needs Companions, PAs and Virtual PAs. Kinder Nannies & Staff are accredited on the ANA (Association of Nanny Agencies) website. https://anauk.org/agency/kinder-nannies-staff/
Based near Sherbourne, Dorset and specialising in children and family photography, Millie Pilkington is one of the UK’s most talented, respected and accomplished portrait photographers. Her portfolio includes stunning photographs of notable individuals such as Julian Fellows, Judi Dench and even the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for private wedding photography. Her work has appeared in notable publications in the UK and internationally, including Hello! Magazine, Country Child and Country Life. Millie’s unique talent lies in her ability to be able to reveal every person’s character, authenticity and inner emotional truth. Capturing the spirit of the moment with every shot, photography is way more than just a job to Millie, it is her art, her way of life. Published in November 2014, Millie’s coffee table book Great Faces of Dorset, is a collection of photographic portraits of her home county’s great and good. Sold out in three months, Millie is currently working on the next book in the series, Great Faces of Somerset. “You have captured every bit of sparkle, beauty and spirit” – Customer Review
The Body Doctor
For over 25 years, Bodydoctor has trained London’s esteemed individuals from their 3,500 sq. ft. studio in the heart of Belgravia. They endeavour to get all their clients feeling their best, both mentally and physically, and tailor their training programmes with this in mind. Instead of focusing on just one area, Bodydoctor programmes are holistic - flexibility and range of movement are prioritised alongside structural strength. Clients now experiencing a vastly improved quality of life are testament to this personal training firm’s effectiveness. Clients who once felt permanently injured or stiff are now able to use their bodies to the fullest. Bodydoctor’s studios are world-class, with the latest in training equipment and techniques. When you add in the firm’s highly qualified and experienced staff, you have an environment where spectacular results are easier to achieve than you may have initially thought.
The Budokwai has long been at the centre of the global judo scene and was instrumental in the international growth of the sport. First established in 1918 by Gunji Koizumi, The Budokwai is the oldest and most prestigious judo club in Europe. In 1920, Dr Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo, instructed here for two years. When judo became an Olympic sport, three Budokwai members were part of the first British team. More recently, the club has moved away from teaching purely judo. Now they offer classes in judo, karate, jiu jitsu, pilates and hontai yōshin-ryū jiu jitsu, as well as activities for babies and toddlers. The club trains a wide breadth of levels from absolute beginners to Olympic standards. Beginners are carefully taught techniques best suited to their specific standard before proceeding up the grades towards the much coveted Dan grade and Black belt. The junior martial arts instructors provide classes of the same high standard which are enormously popular with a great number of youngsters.
Simply Learning Tuition
Founded in 2009 by private tutor Nathaniel McCullagh, Simply Learning Tuition understands that there is more to tutoring than just teaching. By matching the right tutor with the right child, they can not only help the child get back on track to fulfil their academic potential but they can also help to inspire and motivate the child. And it’s not just basic hourly tutoring that they provide either, they also offer full-time homeschooling (both in the UK and overseas) and, something particularly important in these times, they have tutors who specialise in online tutoring. Simply Learning Tuition is trusted by parents due to their high level of client service and the strong relationships they build. Their service matches your family’s aspirations and the needs of each student (even if you aren’t exactly sure what they are) including how they should be educated and where. Their education consultancy includes in-depth knowledge of the UK’s independent school system. By regularly visiting schools and meeting with headteachers they are able to advise parents as to the merits of each school, and unlike other tutoring services, they work to place students in these competitive schools and universities. Alongside 250 tutors, Simply Learning Tuition also works with a small team of educationalists, counsellors and therapists to help better understand your child and enhance every stage of their academic journey.
Maggie & Rose
When Maggie Bolger and Rose Astor opened their first family-focused members club, they wanted to leave the chilly church halls where most ‘child-friendly’ socialising seems to happen in the UK. They dreamt of creating a home from home, a place which would appeal to both adults and children. Twelve years on and their dream has become a highly successful reality. Now with two London clubs, a village nursery, two clubs in Hong Kong, one in Hangzhou and another in Singapore, Maggie and Rose clubs have been a hit success. Maggie and Rose clubs feature fabulous food and coffee, inspired play spaces, a unique range of classes, unforgettable birthday parties and holiday clubs for older children. The Chiswick Club features a bespoke soft play area, ball pond and retro slide, while the Kensington Club has a great treehouse style play area. Maggie and Rose clubs are specifically targeted for families with children aged 0-5 years old, although there are classes and parties for older children.
3 House Club
3 House Club is a fun, engaging environment for families to share experiences, make friends, join educational classes and celebrate special events. 3 House have a fabulous selection of classes to join. Expecting mums wanting to understand how to stay fit, healthy and meet other local mums can join the expecting mum’s class. While classes for mummies and babies under 12 months can involve themselves in a block of 10 flexible classes for a package deal. These including, Live Music and Rhymes, Baby massage and yoga classes, Dance with Latino Bambino, Caterpillar music, Mini Mozart Babies and NCT Classes. 3 House are keen to spark every child’s curiosity and bring out their particular passions, talents and joy for learning. Offering particularly creative classes such as cooking, drama, ballet, street dance, chess and art. Another reason parents love visiting 3 House is because they can take advantage of the clubs last minute childcare and creche services, and their party and events service for every occasion that those with a young family could need. For example, birthday parties, holiday parties, baby showers, corporate events, get togethers, reunions and class parties. 3 House’s dedicated team will organise everything for their clients, from entertainers and fresh food to tailor-made decorations and party favours. “I want to thank you for a wonderful birthday party. Ameeran absolutely enjoyed it and has been talking about it non-stop!” - Customer
Emily Adlington Photography
Based in London, Emily Adlington is a family photographer who works in your home to capture fun family images that will brighten up any room instantly. The website has a vast gallery of images from events that Emily has been the token photographer for, which gives the clients an idea as to her style of photography. From corporate events and weddings to more intimate kids’ parties and family portraiture shoots, Emily Adlington can truly bring out the dynamic of any family through her work. Both the artists Facebook and Instagram pages makes the artist’s work easily accessible to anyone and gives a deeper insight into her style, which will quickly have you booking an appointment.
The Little Gym
15 years ago stockbroker Alastair Kendall decided that his fast life in the City was not giving him the work-life balance he needed to be part of his children’s development. He saw how sport had nurtured both his all round development and was fast becoming an important part of his children’s lives. With this in mind, he embarked on his next venture - a children’s gym that focuses on all round improvement. The Little Gym balances a fun environment with a serious focus on childhood development. They employ a proprietary philosophy called Three Dimensional Learning, in which physical activity is a conduit for nurturing your whole child. The three dimensions of this philosophy are ‘Get Moving!’, ‘Brain Boost’ and ‘Life Skills’, each of which are developed in every class. This holistic approach to development encourages children to become well-rounded, well-adjusted and well-balanced, three key traits essential for a successful future.
In the heart of Mayfair you will find George Junior, the new junior membership created exclusively for the children of George members. George Junior gives children a wonderful opportunity to open up, learn, make friends and most of all – enjoy themselves in a safe, nurturing environment. Focused on inspiring the next generation, the club offers multiple benefits for children to partake in. These including special events throughout the year, exciting competitions, and monthly newsletters full of fun facts to read and brain-training games to try. Upon joining, George Junior members will receive a membership pack that includes a membership card, a George Junior soft cuddly Dachshund, a baseball cap, a hooded sweatshirt and a book bag.
VIP Coaching and Mentoring
Preparing young people for modern life to be happy and successful isn’t just about academic education, it’s about learning practical skills. Skills such as how to manage finances, how to deal with social situations, as well as practical skills such as basic car maintenance, cooking, and time organisation. This is where VIP Coaching and Mentoring can step in. With over thirteen years’ experience working with more than 100 teenagers from all backgrounds, founder Kevin Gallagher will provide brilliant mentoring and guidance to teenagers and young adults, helping them to master the skills needed to make the most of their future life. Kevin Gallagher recognises the need for a well-rounded approach to education and his company, VIP Coaching and Mentoring can offer bespoke programmes for private households designed to, not only build confidence in teenagers and young adults, but equip them with the skills needed to confidently master modern life. The programmes focus on six areas of success: home life, travel, practical skills, social skills, finance, and well-being. Subjects not usually covered in the school setting such as managing screen time, conversation and interview techniques, basic orienteering, how to make contingency plans, laundry, how to read and understand body language and financial budgeting. Coaching is based on trust, parents are kept informed of the progress their child is making, but conversations are totally confidential, so teenagers can develop a trusting relationship with their mentor and reach their goals more quickly. Every programme is designed for the individual and generally lasts between three to eighteen months. VIP Coaching and Mentoring are flexible and will work with the client anywhere in the world. There are also opportunities for online mentoring once a solid relationship has been built through face to face mentoring. Kevin also provides online coaching for private household staff including nannies, governesses, and tutors.
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