Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall is a lovely wall with something for all abilities. The wall itself is an outdoor artificial climbing wall and we have a range of challenges from 5 to 12 meters. Routes allow for all ages and abilities from ‘just started walking’ to ‘nearly finished walking’! over 32 climbing lines and a dedicated bouldering cave.Climbing is a very together chilled activity where friends and family can just enjoy in the safe hands of our super keen and dedicated instructor staff or you can climb independently on one of the regular public session. You can always do one of our skills courses that will open the door for independence and a whole new world that is climbing.Let’s go climbing :)Matt Ostler, Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall Manager. For more information follow them here Sandown Rocks Climbing Wall

The Family Directory is a free magazine for Isle Of Wight  parents and visiting families, printed per term full of local info from children’s services, ideas for entertaining children. Each issue is full of news, reviews, articles and cooking ideas – the magazine is A5 in size. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter share your ideas and view.  The Family Directory is perfect for mums and dads with little ones aged 0-11.Follow us a Facebook The Family Directory

LET’S HANG OUT!!  Monkey Haven Monkey Haven is a Gold award-winning attraction that makes animals happy... and people happy. Come and see us at our primate rescue centre and sanctuary just outside Newport. You'll meet our wonderful family including whooping gibbons, mischievous monkeys, amazing owls, incredible reptiles and the naughtiest meerkats ever! There are keeper talks and animal feeds throughout the day, where you can find out all about our awesome animals and how they came to be here. You can even get up close and personal with some of the reptiles and hand-reared owls who make regular appearances and the talks  We hope to see you soonFor opening times, see www.monkeyhaven.org/visit/tickets-opening-times Monkey Haven is a charity and all proceeds from admissions are used to carefor creatures in crisis. Registered charity 1153254. Tickets are valid for 7 days.

Browns Family Golf and Cafe .Browns family golf and cafe, located 6 miles south of Ryde, is home to one of the most loved and well maintained pitch and putt courses in the south of England. At the heart of the club is the Clubhouse Cafe. The Clubhouse Cafe is host to not only day to day food and drink but can be host to musical, arts and crafts and charity events. Browns is a family run business.we have four well kept golf courses and a family friendly licensed cafe available also for private hire and functions.Browns family golf and Cafe, Culver Parade Sandown, Isle Of Wight, United Kingdom. To find out more go to www.brownsfamilygolf.com

February Family Fun at The Needles Park  The Needles at Alum Bay is a great fun day out for all the family. The Island’s most famous landmark attraction has so much more to enjoy than the stunning views. Escape to The Needles this February half-term and enjoy tea cups and vintage car rides for just £1, as well as £1 per play on Jurassic golf and free glass making demonstrations in Alum Bay Glass. Car parking is completely free of charge at this time of year, as is the wonderful natural landscape that surrounds us, so get out there and get exploring! To find out more go to The Needles Park

Bring the family to West Wight Alpacas and Llamas - Breeders, Trekking, Shop & Cafe . There's so much to see and do! Ever wondered what a llama loves to eat? Find out during  daily talks at 11am and 3pm and meet an alpaca or llama.Then why not take one for a walk around the farm? From only £8 pp*,  farm treks really are a unique experience you'll remember forever! To book  call 760900.You will find a great play area for the children, lots of other animals to meet including our rare Valais Blacknose lambs. There's plenty of parking, and entrance to The Llama Tree pizzeria is free!Treat the kids to lunch with our children's margarita pizza deal which includes a Fruit Shoot or Ribena for just £5! There’s plenty for the grown ups too, from amazing wood-fired pizzas, to paninis, hot wraps, homemade soups and a variety of delicious cakes.If you’re driving, we’re just 15 minutes outside of Newport, or if you’re using public transport the number 7 bus stops right outside. Find them on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram and keep up to date with what’s on at the farm!'You can also book by email enquiries@westwightalpacas.co.uk.

Priory School is an independent co-educational day school for boys and girls from 4-18 years, founded in 1993, although non-denominational, is run with a distinct Christian ethos. It welcomes children of all faiths and none and has among its pupil body Christian, Jewish, and Muslim pupils as well as those of other faiths and beliefs.The aim of Priory School is to offer a first-class education at an affordable cost in a well-structured and clearly run environment in order to become the school of choice for parents and pupils on the Isle of Wight.Tours and Admissions -We offer an open house policy where parents and students can view our school in situ and for any potential new student we offer 'taster days' which are free with no obligation. Please contact the school office to discuss further. Call Sarah Gully on (01983) 861222 or email mail@prioryschool.org.uk

National Citizen Service (NCS) is a life-changing experience where 16-17 year olds take part in adventurous activities, meet new people and develop valuable skills that future employers are looking for.
The autumn half term programme is exclusively for college and sixth form students. We want all college students to experience NCS – nothing is a barrier to participation*. We can provide the programme for students, regardless of study level, additional needs or financial circumstances.The 11 day programme involves…Part 1 – Get advice… Living independently, young people complete outdoor adventure activities in the countryside.Part 2 – Get involved… Young people work with industry professionals to learn new skills.Part 3 – Make your mark… Young people design a social action project to make a difference in their local community. They then pitch for funding to bring their project to life.For more information please visit http://uksa.org/youth-develop…/ncs-national-citizen-service/ or contact Jade on 01983 203045 / Jade.Beasley@uksa.org *Each application is assessed individually. UKSA

Highbury College Portsmouth announces new partnership with Hovertravel Ltd Highbury College, Portsmouth, is excited to announce that it has been appointed as Hovertravel’s Training Provider. The College will deliver a comprehensive programme which will provide Media Training, Services & Sales, First Aid training for all Hovertravel staff.Hovertravel is sponsoring the travel & tourism training room at Highbury College City Centre campus, ideally situated right in the city centre and the perfect venue for delivering the programme to their staff. Details of the sponsored room?Loretta, Commercial and Marketing Manager at Hovertravel, explains, “We wanted to create a training programme which provided a strong commercial benefit to our business and also enhanced the skills of our individual employees so they contribute to the local community both in this job role and in their future career. Hovertravel is fully committed to continuing professional development for all its staff and our partnership with Highbury College allows us to deliver on that commitment.”Students at the college can also benefit from an exclusive discounted travel option with Hovertravel offering their Triple Term Cards at £500 at almost half price.(currently £968).Dee John, Managing Director at Highbury College, said: ‘it is a wonderful development, the coming-together of two iconic businesses in Portsmouth, and we are looking forward to this collaboration and to delivering first-class training for Hovertravel’.Highbury College is a General Further Education college, graded Outstanding across all five cross-college areas by Ofsted. It recently achieved an 83% student satisfaction rate, the highest in Portsmouth for FE colleges in 2016. Highbury is an entrepreneurial college, with links with over 850 employers, enabling students to have real-life work experience and increase their employment opportunities. Highbury College Portsmouth offers a supportive and caring teaching environment: class sizes are small, teachers are highly experienced and deliver world-class education.

ISLAND SUCCESS CELEBRATED AT AWARDS The Lord-Lieutenant of the Isle of Wight, Major General Martin White CB CBE JP has honoured local achievers at his annual awards ceremony, held last night (Thursday 5 October) at the Royal Yacht Squadron in Cowes.The event saw military, public service and community achievements recognised, as well as the presentation of a British Empire Medal.The evening was an opportunity to highlight the success of Island residents who have demonstrated an outstanding level of commitment to their work, making a valuable difference within the community.The annual awards ceremony took place at The Royal Yacht Squadron. It was supported by 266 Port Squadron Royal Logistics Corps and sponsored by the South East Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association. To see who won click here The Family Directory Blog

Hovertravel Ltd has launched a new community initiative, HoverTalent, to support the next generation of aspiring musicians, sportspeople and artists from the Isle of Wight. Hovertravel’s Commercial and Marketing Manager Loretta Lale explains: “We want to support children who need to travel to develop their talent, whether that talent is in sports, music or the arts. We appreciate that embryonic talent needs to be nurtured and have created some deeply discounted fares to help students pursue their passion.” The HoverTalent initiative offers students (between the ages of 5 and 16 years) a travel card of 50 single journeys at £129 (only £2.58 per journey) or a travel card of 100 single journeys at £258 (also only £2.58 per journey). The HoverTalent 50 journey travel card is a new product and compared to the individual journey price on an existing 40 journey travel card, saves 14.6%, whilst the HoverTalent 100 journey travel card represents an overall discount of 12.5%. Hovertravel is asking prospective students to apply in writing to Hovertravel via email or post, indicating why they should be eligible for the discounted fares, and to include a letter/email with the logo and contact details of the establishment providing the coaching as proof of the student’s training. Loretta adds: “To kick start Hovertalent we are going to select 10 applicants to each receive a free 50 journey travel card and we will be announcing these names at the end of the month, so make sure we receive your application in the next couple of weeks

Networking is the key to success in business,
There is no doubt about it, it’s getting harder and harder to prospect by phone and by email. That’s why networking has become such an important and effective way of generating business. Networking is about building long-term relationships and a good reputation over time. It involves meeting and getting to know people who you can assist, and who can potentially help you in return.Here are some of the key benefits of networking:Strengthening relationships:Fresh ideas:Raised profile:Access to opportunities:New information. Regularly networking can really help your business grow. So join us on the 29th September for the WightMedia Networking event at the Lakeside Park Hotel & Spa form 7pm to to 9pm .Your first networking event is free so please email info@wightmedia.co.uk for you invite or sign up to our weekly newsletter click this link WightMedia

Tutus and Tailcoats for all your dancing needs
We are a family run business, and we sell all ranges of dancewear, costumes and accessories including all genres of dance shoes. (We also stock Ice Skating and Ballroom items) Also, children’s and adults fancy dress costumes, wigs, make up etc.... We strive to be your ‘One Stop Dance Shop’ here on the Island. As dancers ourselves, we understand and empathise with the need for well manufactured dancewear, that’s why we stock well respected brands with a well-earned reputation for quality.We also stock a comprehensive range of examinationstand ard dancewear suitable for all the main examination boards, we can provide advice and information on all your requirements. We offer a free shoe fitting service whether it is your child’s first ballet shoe, or your teenagers first pair of pointe shoes. As a teacher of dance for 35 years Linda is willing to impart all her experience to make sure you leave the shop happy with your purchase. Why not visit us in the Summer Holidays to get your uniform for your new dancing term, if we haven’t got it in stock we can get it next day!
Please call for all your dancing needs 01983 865588

Montessori Education on the Isle of Wight The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge chose a Montessori Education for their son Prince George because they wanted a childcare method which puts emphasis on a child’s independence, freedom of thought and imagination and sociability.Our Montessori education and ethos is carefully planned to provide a supportive environment for children to learn naturally at their own pace, guided by Montessori teachers. Independence is encouraged at a very early age with high levels of respect for the child’s unique abilities. Montessori children learn to look after the environment and the feelings of others,and it encourages a gentle and satisfying inner calmness and confidence in each child. Classrooms are ordered and attractive, with natural resources to captivate enquiring minds. Children are active in their learning as they concentrate deeply on tasks such as cookery, creative pursuits, mathematical and language activities, together with explorations of the natural world. Yoga and horticulture and skills for life compliment our academic subjects. Competitive measures of achievement are discouraged, the focus being on the holistic development of each child to their fullest potential. Montessori children learn the joy of learning, discovery, risk and challenge, encouraging high levels of selfesteem and good emotional health; moving later on to successful lives and achievements. Montessori is available to all island families through our two successful preschools in Bembridge and St Helens, you are most welcome to book a visit and learn more about how Montessori can benefit your child. Information is available from our settings at Bembridge (tel: 874481) and St Helens (tel: 874138) or ourwebsite at www.montessoriiow.co.uk

The Needles  enjoy our famous chairlift transporting you from the cliff-top above Alum Bay down to the beach below. Not forgetting our full range of attractions including the sand shop where visitors can make their own unique coloured sand souvenir. Our variety of children’s attractions, Alum Bay Glass,The IW Sweet Manufactory and not forgetting our special effects 4D Cinema!  for more information go to www.theneedles.co.uk

Another Way Round Dyslexia is a widely acknowledged learning difficulty, so how is it that so many children, young people and adults manage to get the whole way through education without anyone identifying it?The easy answer is because there are many misconceptions surrounding Dyslexia, what it actually means and how it manifests or rather conceals itself on a daily basis. People with Dyslexia are intelligent and develop a range of strategies’ and coping mechanisms without even realising it. Ironically Dyslexia is not necessarily what stops someone achieving their potential, the biggest barrier becomes knocked confidence as a result ofundiagnosed dyslexia and the daily loses a person with Dyslexia experiences. Dyslexia should not be a reason for slow progress, or poor attainment much can be done to minimise the impact.Another Way Round plans to change the future for people experiencing Dyslexia offering services to support parents and schools in better understanding; whether a child may be experiencing specific difficulties with learning, and how to support them in moving forward. More information can be found on the website www.anotherwayround.co.uk or our Facebook page on Another Way Round

Get your HOVERTRAVEL LTD Blue Card
Hovertravel‘s free Blue Card is proving to be very popular with Island residents, thanks to a regular set of amazing offers, including an ongoing 20% discount on day returns from Ryde to Southsea. Island residents simply need to fill in a brief online application form . Once you have completed your application, your Blue Card will be sent to you in the post. Keep this card safe and have it with you when you travel, as you will be asked to show it at the scan desk. You will also get monthly emails from Hovertravel giving you the opportunity to travel at further discounted prices. Last year, Hovertravel created several different promotions, including the highly popular £5 single fares, which offered savings of over £1200 for their customers. To take advantage of the ongoing 20% discount and other future offers apply for your Blue Card at www.hovertravel.co.uk/blue-card.php

The Family Directory is a compact, essential magazine for Island parents and visiting families.

Each issue is full of news, reviews, articles and cooking ideas – the magazine comes out each term to keep families updated.

The magazine is full of What’s On, clubs classes, news, events and lots more The Family Directory is perfect for mums and dads with little ones aged 0-11.

The magazine is distributed via school and pre schools reading bags across the Island and all the usual family friendly places , it’s easy to pick up a copy or go to our facebook page to find out pick up points,we will also put a FREE copy into the post so you don’t miss out please email your details The Family Ditectory contact

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