Earning over £200k and claiming child benefit? OFSTED states Wandsworth children “at risk of harm”. School place pressure increasing. MMR – where can I get single shots?

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Ten days ago the majority of independent London day schools sent out their Eleven Plus offers.

It’s still too early to analyse how these compare to previous years however anecdotally there has been no let-up in demand.

For those of you with very young children this may seem a problem that is many years away. However as our members have been discussing, “early years” catchment area and feeder school decisions (both state and independent) can have long term ramifications on your child’s secondary education.

With this in mind we have commissioned a series of interviews with local heads, again both state and independent, to understand how this pressure is manifesting itself in the primary sector. We’ll publish these as soon as we have them but in the meantime, with news that Emanuel has already closed it’s 2017 entry, we’d certainly suggest looking at all of your options as soon as possible.

Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

1Can anyone explain child benefit, asks Gemima? She has friends earning over £200k who have managed to claim and others earning much less who can’t (click here)

CC has a big family celebration coming up. She’s looking for house rentals in middle England (the place, not the socio-political silent majority) convenient for far-flung relatives. It will need to accommodate 13 adults/teenagers in July/August (click here).

The door-to-door fish scam is back. Don’t get (line) caught out! (click here).

OFSTED have awarded Wandsworth Council the lowest possible rating by OFSTED for it’s children’s services with “…some children at risk of harm.” (click here).

There are plans for a new nursery on Wandsworth Common but a number of NVN’ers do not welcome the idea. You have until the middle of this week to object and an alternative use has been mooted (click here)

claiming child benefitCanuck has a new baby (congratulations!) and her four year old dog has just started peeing in the house. Coincidence or have you experienced something similar? (click here).

A lovely local handyman had his van and tools stolen from Streatham – please do check out the post if you’ve seen a Citroen Berlingo reg BK59 AYN on your travels! (click here).

LP73 asks where her little one might have three separate MMR injections as opposed to the combined vaccination? (click here).

Sticking with medical matters, Pie81 would love to hear from any NVN’ers who have had the Meningitis B vaccination and, if so, how much did it cost? (click here)

Sioup’s partner has lost his wallet probably around Battersea Rise. There is a reward for the purse-procuring Good Samaritan! (click here)

3Fancy doing the downward dog? Or perhaps the prostrate puppy? Actually I think I made that last one up but no matter, the lovely Nadia has posted details of her fabby candle lit hatha yoga classes! (click here)

Your “Smugbook” posts keep coming. Lucky wonderful special husbands are next in the firing line! (click here)

From Facebook to nursing chairs, OK OK, I simply COULDN’T think of a link for this post! Cristin wonders if you have any gliding recommendations? (click here)

3FC has an Oxford Reading Tree query. What’s the expected level for year 1, she asks? A private school friend may be setting some very high expectations! (click here)From reading words to reading music, TD is looking for a piano tutor (click here)

Mum10000 would love activity ideas BTC for a 13 month old girl (click here)

Sticking with activities, the gorgeous Skylark people have posted details of their Little Larks Crafts for next few days. Rolling and squidging anyone? (click here).

On to nurseries, our friends at The Baby Room have a special offer just for NappyVallyNet users, a £200 reduction per child at their Webbs Road branch(click here).

Amelies Follies on Webbs Road gets a rave review from CoffeeGirl. Thanks CG, I love them too. I bought my favourite bikini there! (click here).

We have more travel questions than 

MM asks if anyone has used Families Worldwide? They’re thinking of using the travel firm to visit Costa Rica? (click here) OW would love your feedback on Mark Warner Sardinia (click here). CM asks where she should stay in Lanzarote? (click here) Lastly, C99 is torn between the Elysium or Almyra in Paphos – can you help choose? (click here).

We have more House and Garden posts than Trump has comb overs!

WL would love your spare packing boxes (click here) BAT wonders if one can install acatflap into a double glazed unit? (click here). Wmum wonders if one can paint a cotbed? (click here) CW. is hoping to hop on your builder recommendations (click here). BM asks if you know the cost of removing paint from brick? (click here)  SD asks if rusty nails in a recent build might be a problem? (click here)

Looking to buy or sell? It’s totally free to post your items on NappyValleyNet

WANTED: a Stokke Tripp Trapp (click here)WANTED a Bugaboo Donkey (click here) andFOR SALE a range of maternity wear size 10-12 (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team

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