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From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Harpenden with children. We're number one for information about what's on, things to do and children's activities locally! 

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Drama Llamas

What is ADHD? Dr Sarkar explains...

Introducing Dr Sharmishtha Sarkar, Consultant Paediatrician at One Stop Doctors, specialising in behavioural and neuro – developmental (including Autism and ADHD) issues. 

Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is a group of behavioural symptoms that include hyperactivity, impulsivity and difficulty in focusing and paying attention. Awareness of the disorder has grown exponentially over recent years, but Dr Sarkar believes that diagnosis and treatment is still a problem for many parents and looks to shed some light on symptoms, advising when one should seek professional help.

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Wayside Healthcare Ltd
What's On This Week

14th November 2018-11-14 2018-11-18 - 18th November
Milton Keynes Theatre, Milton Keynes

15th November 2018-11-15 2019-01-07 - 7th January
Van Hage Garden Centre, Pepper Hill

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Luton Library Theatre, Luton

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Aldenham Country Park, Radlett

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The Grove Junior School, Harpenden

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Luton Library Theatre, St George’s Square

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Luton Central Library, Luton

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Townsend School, High Oaks

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St Saviour's Church, St Albans

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St Peter's Street, St Albans

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Fleetville Infants and Nursery School, St Albans

20th November 2018-11-20 2018-11-20
20 Manland Avenue, Harpenden

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News & Notices

Timeline for Nursery Applications 2019/20

The timeline for Nursery Applications for places at Harpenden Primary Schools with Nursery provision has been published.  

Monday 4th February 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places open
Monday 4th March 2019: Applications for September 2019 Nursery places close
Monday 18th March 2019: Schools will write to parents offering a place
Monday 25th March 2019: Parents must accept or decline a place by this date

Parents must apply to each school individually.  You can find dates of tours for prospective parents on our School & Nursery Open Days page.

Roundwood Park 3G Pitches Pay & Play

The new 3G Pitches at Roundwood Park School are available for Pay & Play sessions for ages 11-17 every Saturday 10am - 5pm.

It only costs £2 per hour for RPS students or members of Harpenden Colts or £3 for all other students.  Or £7 for an all day pass.  Access to the pitches is on the hour only.

Astro-turf trainers, moulds or screw-in plastic studs only. Only water allowed, no fizzy drinks, sports drinks or juice allowed on the pitches.

For more details contact [email protected] or 01582 714019. www.roundwoodparksportscentre.co.uk

Harpenden Police Beat Surgery

If you would like an opportunity to speak to a local police officer about local policing issues or crime prevention a Beat Surgery is held every Friday 3-5pm in the meeting room in High Steeet Methodist Church.

Primary School Open Days

Attention parents of children turning 5 between Sept 2019 and Sept 2020!

Local primary schools have published their open days and tours for prospective parents for 2019/20. To save you trawling through the individual school websites we've done it for you and compiled the list on our School Open Days page. Not every school offers formal tours and some haven't announced dates yet, but most are on the page already, so take a look, book your places and get the dates in your diary! We will add any others as they are announced.... Read more

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Monthly Picks

The start of November falls partway through our half-term here in Hertfordshire, so there’s plenty of activities and events going on in the first few days, many continuing with the spooky Halloween theme.  But for something a bit more gentle and not at all scary have a look at the library’s Pyjama Storytime and Soft Toy Sleepover on Friday 2nd November.

No sooner are we over the ghosts and ghouls than we are straight into the the whizz, pops and bangs of firework night.  Choose from Redbourn Common, St Albans or OA Sport on Saturday 3rd November; Harpenden Rugby Club or Wheathampstead on Sunday 4th; or if you are away for half-term and worried about missing out don't be, as Crabtree Schools’ Spectacular is being held the following weekend on Saturday 10th November.

Many of you I’m sure enjoyed the HMTC production of Oliver a few weeks ago.  Well this month it’s the turn of St Albans Musical Theatre Company who are putting on a production of another family classic - Chitty Chitty Bang Bang in The Alban Arena, 6th - 10th November.

The second half of November sees the start of all the Christmas-themed events.  The popular ice-skating at Van Hage Garden Centre begins on 15th November and runs until 7th January.

Harpenden Christmas Carnival, with the  extended Farmer’s Market, switching on of the fabulous town lights, Santa’s Grotto and lots of entertainment takes place on Sunday 25th November.  This is a great fun event for all the family to enjoy and start getting into the Christmas spirit.  Southdown Lights-up will be on Friday 30th November. And although they take place in December we must also mention Batford Christmas Lights-on and Redbourn Christmas Market both happening on Sunday 2nd December.  And watch this space for news about Christmas Wonderland at Batford!

Finally, if you are looking to take the children to visit Santa this year then you will find details of all the Santa's Grottoes, Father Christmas Experiences and other places to get a sighting of the man on himself, listed on our dedicated "Where to see Santa" page.

We’ll be back next month with our Panto and Christmas round-up!

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Essential Guide

Welcome to Parenthood in Harpenden!

If you are new to Harpenden, or a new or expectant parent, then here's our essential guide and top tips for living in Harpenden with children...

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One Stop Doctors

Where to see Santa 2018

Ho Ho Ho!  Here's our ultimate guide to all the Santa's Grottoes and Father Christmas Experiences taking place in the local area this year.  From train rides to winter wonderlands you can find them all here.  So don't delay and get booking, as some of the most popular ones get booked up very quickly!

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