Maths & Science age 4 to 8, free taster session, Sherwood, Monday 6 June

Availability: this taster session is now full, but you can ask to go on the waiting list or find out about future classes!

Date: Monday 6 June 2016.

Time: 2pm to 3pm.

Venue: Pirate’s Play Centre, 41 Rowley Drive, Sherwood, Nottingham, NG5 1GD.
to the front.
Area: off the Hucknall Road about 2 miles north of the city centre, on the western side of Sherwood, towards Basford. Brown Line buses go nearby.

Age range: 4 to 8.

Price: This taster is FREE. Future class price to be confirmed, probably about £4 per session. It includes a free go on the soft play area as well, either before or after the class.

Enquiries: Bekky is the organiser.

Email: bekky_robinson at yahoo dot com.

The foreground says "maths & science age 4 to 8". The background is an old diagram showing the orbits of the planets in our solar system.

An hour of hands-on experiments and mathematical discovery aimed at young children, to develop mathematical and scientific thinking skills, and learn more about how the world works.

This is a taster session with the intention of a four week block of classes to follow if there is enough interest.

The taster session will be on the theme of Floating and Sinking with hands on experiments, group work and learning through directed play and fun!

It will take place at the Pirates Play Centre in Sherwood, and the owners have very kindly agreed to let those attending the class have a free play before or after the class.

If a child with autism or a learning disability wishes to attend, then if they let me know in advance I can adjust those parts of the class to make it more suitable to their needs.

Map showing Pirate’s Play Centre:

Bigger map showing Pirate’s Play Centre

Pirate’s Play Centre web site – the page with maps on.

Nearest bus stop coming from the north: “Leonard Avenue“.

Nearest bus stop coming from the south: “Perry Road” – but there’s not much in it. Leonard Avenue is nearly as close.

Both are on the Brown Line along Hucknall Road. There are frequent buses throughout the day; the 15, 16, 16C or 17 all go there. In town, these buses go from stops T1 and T2 on Milton Road just north of Trinity Square, opposite the Victoria Centre.

Alternatively, if you’re coming from out of town along the Yellow Line along Nottingham Road, your nearest bus stop is called “Haydn Road”. Or if you’re coming from out of town along the Purple or Lime lines, your nearest stop would be a different one called “Haydn Road”. Compared to getting a Brown Line bus, these options mean a bit more walking.

On the map, it looks as though if you’re walking up from the west (e.g. from a yellow line bus), you might be able to turn down some kind of footpath just before the Free School, to take a shortcut to Pirate’s. However, it has gates, so if they’re locked, maybe not. Updates welcome if you’ve been there!

Cars & parking: Note that vehicle access is only along Kelham Drive.

There is parking at Pirates which should be ample during the day when it’ll be mostly us using the venue.

Home Ed Fun Sports Day & picnic at the Forest, Wednesday 8 June

Date: Wednesday 8 June 2016.

Time: 11am to 2pm.

Venue: Forest Recreation Ground, Nottingham.

Area: This is the Goose Fair site, about a mile north of Nottingham City Centre, next to “The Forest” tram stop and “Park & Ride” car park.

Age range: All ages welcome.

Price: FREE, and please book in advance so that the organisers know how many people are coming.

Booking, or finding out more: To make the organisers’ email address, add “shineeducationltd” to “” with an “at” sign in the middle. Or book via the Facebook event page.

Event page on Facebook.

HOME ED Annual Fun Sports Day Event. 3rd year!

This is a family day with lots of sports and activities to participate in. All ages welcome. Bring a picnic.

Nearby: The Forest has three children’s playgrounds, including the one with the ship climbing frame, plus an outdoor gym. It also has a café, “Homemade Café At The Pavilion“, and a Changing Places toilet. The New Art Exchange is a short walk away.

Map showing The Forest.

Nearest tram stop: “The Forest“. All trams heading north of the city stop here. From the railway station, the journey takes about 11 minutes. Tram information.

Nearest bus stop: All Yellow Line, Brown Line, Lime Line and Purple Line buses go past the Forest on Mansfield Road. The closest stop is called “Forest Recreation Ground“. If your bus doesn’t stop at that one, just get off at the next one. In town, those buses all leave from near the Victoria Centre. Bus information.

Postcode for sat nav: NG7 6ND is a nearby one on Gregory Boulevard. The Forest itself might not have one.

Parking: The Forest “Park and Ride” site is adjacent on the west side of the Forest, in between the tram stop and the green area. There are also small car parks on the east side of the Forest.

GCSEs etc for home ed teens: info event at Central College, Beeston, Thursday 5 May

Date: Thursday 5 May 2016.

Time: 6pm to 7pm.

Venue: Central College, Beeston Campus, High Road, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AG.

Age range: The various courses are for young people age 13 up. The info event is open to all. (Some parents will be bringing their children to hear the info first-hand.)

They ask that you book in advance – see contact info below.

Event info page at the College web site

Photo: A large building. The right hand end is curved. In front is a sign where the word "Central" can be read, along with some smaller lettering.

Central College will be holding their annual information evening for local parents and carers of Electively Home Educated students.

The event will offer the opportunity to find out more about Central’s

* Post 16 offer for students over 16 by September 2016

* Programmes for 14-16 year old students

Central is one of the only FE colleges in the country that offers bespoke GCSE and pre-GCSE programmes for 14-16 year old Home Educated learners (equivalent of Years 10 and 11) as well as full time infill placements for Year 11 students.

The pre-GCSE programme for Years 9, 10 & 11 is designed to offer further development in English, Maths and Science before progressing onto the GCSE programme or a full time vocational course the following year.

The GCSE programme for Years 10 and 11 provides EHE learners with an opportunity to gain GCSE qualifications for progression post-16 and beyond.

Infill placements on a variety of vocational full time college courses for Year 11 students only.

If you would like to attend the event please confirm by emailing centralchoices @ centralnottingham . ac . uk (without the spaces) or calling Central Choices 0115 884 2278

Map showing Central College Beeston building.

Tram and bus stops are right outside.

Nearest tram stop: “High Road – Central College”. You need to be on a Toton tram, not a Clifton tram. Tram information.

Nearest bus stop: “Central College”, on the 36 route, Orange Line and Trent Barton Indigo.
(don’t mix up this stop with the one on the Green Line which is also called Central College – different building.)

Parking: the Central College page about parking at its sites says “No on-site parking for students (07:00 – 17:00)”. This sounds as though perhaps you can park there after 5pm, for evening events such as this. If anyone has better info about local parking, please add a comment below.

Children’s Tap Jam, Netherfield, Wednesday 4 May

Dance participation event mainly for children, with live music, at Loco Youth Centre in Netherfield, Nottingham, on Wednesday 4 May 2016, free. Tap shoes available to borrow. Dance, or watch and listen.

Flyer for the children's tap jam. For text, see blog.
(click on flyer pic for bigger view, or see below for transcript of text.)

5pm till 6pm. Maybe arrive slightly early if you need to find yourself some tap shoes.

This is actually the last in a series, but you don’t need to have been to the previous ones to come to this – beginners still welcome.

Parents & carers are welcome to join in.

Here’s a page about it. (The page says 5pm till 5.45, so please note that for this final one it’s a slightly extended format, 5 till 6.)

Venue: Loco Youth Centre, 139A Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 2PD.

Tip from someone who’s been there: “From Colwick Loop Road, go over the old railway line and it’s the next building on the right”.

Youth Centre home page including a map.

Nearest bus stop: seems to be “Victoria Road” on the red route 44, about 500m from the Youth Centre. If anyone knows different, please comment.

Here’s a photo of the Youth Centre (possibly an old one, so it might not look exactly like this now).

Loco Youth Centre, Netherfield, Nottingham NG4 2PD

As with the all-ages Tap Jam last weekend (much enjoyed by those who went!), this isn’t a home ed event as such, just a cool thing which some of us will probably go to 🙂

Copy of flyer text:

Tap Rhythm Project
FREE Tap Jam for Kids
Loco Youth Centre
139 Victoria Road, Netherfield, Nottingham, NG4 1PB
Wednesday 4th May 5 – 6pm
Tap dance freestyle with live music
Tap shoes provided
Parents and carers welcome to join
Hosted by Jess Murray with Ben Martin (sax),
Andy Tytherleigh (bass) and
Jonathan Curtis (drums)
Lottery funded
For more info:
info [at]

Nottingham/Notts college open days for home ed young people

Info sent to Non-School Nottingham from Notts County Council EHE team. Central’s event, at least, in fact includes courses open to 13 year olds.

We have a number of home education open evenings coming up at Nottinghamshire colleges for 14-16 year old EHE students.

Vision West Nottinghamshire College Group EHE Event Vision Studio School, Chesterfield Road South, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire NG19 7BB Thursday 28th April 2016 at 6.00 – 7.30pm.

Central College Nottingham EHE Event Central College Nottingham, High Road, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 4AG Thursday 5th May 2016 at 6.00 – 7.00pm.

New College Nottingham EHE Event New College Nottingham City Campus, Adams Building, Stoney Street Nottingham NG1 1NG Wednesday 11th May 2016 at 5.00 – 6.30pm.

North Notts College EHE Event North Notts College, Carlton Road, Worksop Nottinghamshire S81 7HP Thursday 19th May 2016 at 6.00 – 7.30pm.