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Autumn Term 2017 Timetable is out now!

Check out our Autumn Term 2017 Timetable by clicking here.

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Our website is now speech-enabled!

Our website is now speech-enabled, allowing visitors to listen to our website rather than having to read it.  Read on if you'd like to know ... What Browsealoud is and how it can benefit people who find it difficult to ...

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Fed up? Tearful? Lonely? Stressed? The Wellbeing Team can help you work out how to feel better..

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Start 4 Life's new breastfeeding campaign - tips, advice and videos!

A new Start4Life poll shows many new mothers feel uncomfortable about breastfeeding in public, despite broad public support. The poll shows that more than a third of breastfeeding mothers shy away from doing so in public, with one in five ...

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Changes to times of Baby Clinics and other services

Please be aware that, from today, there have been changes made to the times of several Health Visiting services: * Well Baby Clinic and Baby Drop-In at Samuel Ryder on Mondays - has moved from 11.30am to 12.30pm and will ...

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Hertfordshire's Local Offer - where to find out more about the services on offer to you

The Local Offer is Hertfordshire's central source of information about support, services and activities available for children and young people age 0-25 with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) and their families. To access, please visit www.hertsdirect.org ...

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Summer Born Babies - would you delay their start at school?

Hertfordshire County Council is asking parents for feedback on the new admissions policy for summer born children. They want to understand whether parents would be interested in delaying their place or would have delayed their place given the choice - click ...

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Have you ever thought about fostering?

Could you take up the challenge and inspire children and young people to fulfil their potential?  If you are passionate and enthusiastic, and have at least one spare room in your home, you could foster in Hertfordshire!  Click here for ...

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Read On. Get On. A national campaign to get all children reading well.

We all know that looking at words and pictures and telling stories together can help young children make leaps in their learning; it’s never too early to share stories with children, get them ready to read, and give them ...

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Meningococcal B immunisation programme

A new programme to vaccinate all newborn babies against meningitis B has started in the UK - the first scheme of its kind in the world. Meningococcal B (MenB) vaccine will be added to the routine childhood immunisation programme in England ...

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New law on smoking in cars and other vehicles with someone under 18

From 1 October 2015 it will be illegal to smoke in a car (or other vehicles) with anyone under 18 present.  The law is changing to protect children and young people from the dangers of secondhand smoke. Both the driver ...

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Universal infant free school meals - have you registered yet?

Since September 2014, all children in reception, year 1 and year 2 have been entitled to receive a free school meal, whether their parents are in receipt of benefits or not.  If your child is in one of these year ...

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Book Trust research highlights the benefits of reading with babies

Bookstart have always used the slogan ‘It’s never too soon to share stories and rhymes with your baby’.  New research from Book Trust highlights the importance of parents starting to read books to their babies from an early age ...

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What to expect, when? A parents' guide.

A new publication has been developed to help parents/carers find out more about how their child is learning and developing within the early years foundation stage (EYFS). The booklet aims to help parents know what to expect during their ...

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Baby Buddy - an App for parents and parent-to-be

Baby Buddy is a FREE mobile phone app for parents and parents-to-be, with personalised content approved by doctors and midwives that spans from pregnancy right through to the first 6 months after birth. Created by the child health and wellbeing ...

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Family Toolkit awarded CANparent quality mark

Hertfordshire County Council's Family Toolkit (a universal parenting workshop) has been awarded the CANparent quality mark.  This prestigious award is given to parenting programmes that have undergone a rigorous assessment and can demonstrate that they can meet the unique ...

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Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire hospitals under great pressure - your help needed!

Emergency health services across Hertfordshire and Bedfordshire are experiencing major pressures this week.  Accident and Emergency departments are being stretched by the number of patients arriving at their doors, as is the ambulance service.    The situation is so serious that ...

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New service: Dinky Dancers for babies aged 12-18 months

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Button Batteries... search, secure and share!

In our technological world, electronic devices are getting smaller, slimmer and sleeker.  The means to power these sleek devices are also small – but dangerous.  Button batteries are used to power mini remote controls, small calculators, watches, key fobs, flameless candles ...

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Protect little ones and yourselves from flu this winter

As temperatures drop and the Christmas countdown is truly underway, Hertfordshire County Council’s Public Health team are reminding residents in at-risk groups to have a flu jab, and get protected before the virus starts to circulate widely. This advice ...

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Have your say on West Herts Gynaecology Services

Message from Dr Sara Khan, Gynaecology Clinical lead, west Hertfordshire Herts Valleys Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) (the NHS organisation that is responsible for planning and purchasing health services for people who live in west Hertfordshire) want to transform non-emergency gynaecology ...

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Splitting Up? Put Kids First - a new online service

Splitting Up? Put Kids First is a safe space online where separated parents can work out how they will support and care for their child(ren).  It is made up of two main parts: The Parenting Plan A FREE online ...

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2014 Sure Start Children's Centre Census

4Children has now published the 2014 edition of its annual Sure Start Children’s Centre Census.  The results demonstrate that centres are playing a vital role at the heart of the communities they support, with over a million families receiving ...

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New website launched!

Following feedback from our families, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new format, mobile and tablet-friendly, website - yay!  Please bear with us as we are still finding our feet with the new software, and please let us ...

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Vitamins are back!

We are delighted to once again supply child and adult vitamins to our families. UK Health Departments recommend that all babies aged from six months onwards should be given a supplement that contains vitamins A, C and D, such as ...

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Sandridge Community Baby & Toddler Group Needs Volunteers!

Sandridge Community Baby & Toddler Group is run by volunteers and is supported by The Alban Way Children's Centres. Can you help? We need volunteers! We need volunteers who can help us with: * Setting up* Clearing up at the end ...

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Parent Satisfaction Survey 2014 - The Results!

This survey was carried out during January and February 2014 and covers activity for 2013/14. A total of 307 respondents participated in the survey, of which 93% were female and 8% were male. 99.3% would recommend The Alban ...

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Mums & Bums & Tums wins Netmums award!

We are proud to announce that our postnatal exercise class has been voted a 2014 Netmums favourite!  Congratulations to Lynn, the lovely instructor, and thank you to everyone who voted!

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Doidy Cups available for £2.50

    Doidy Cups for £2.50! We have a large variety of colours available from all of our venues and services. What is a Doidy Cup and why do we recommend them? Promoted by Health Professionals to help prevent: premature tooth ...

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Maternity Services Liaison need your help!

Pregnant?New Mum or Dad?Had a baby in the last 3 years? Have YOUR say and help improve local maternity services - come and join your local MSLC ( Maternity Services Liaison Committee), which aims to provide a forum to give ...

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Courses Available

DCFL (Dacorum Communities For Learning) run a huge variety of courses, for example: Internet & Email, Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, Spanish, German, Arts & Crafts, Watercolour Painting, Creative Writing, HOW to use and get the most out of your mobile phone ...

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Family Lives - Survey

Family Lives is a national charity providing help and support in all aspects of family life.  They're available for familes seven days a week through their free Parentline service - for more information, please visit their website at familylives.org ...

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Our Ofsted Report

The Phase 2 Alban Way Children's Centre for Ashley, Cunningham and Colney Heath was inspected in June 2011 by Ofsted and was found to be Good with some Outstanding features.  If you would like to look at the full ...

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