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The Clangers and teaching your tot to be kind!

The Clangers know the importance of being kind on their little blue planet, and now the loveable pink mouse-like creatures are continuing their mission to spread kindness across the UK by entering your tot's nursery. 

The team behind the Clangers carrried out a nationwide survey and found that parents all over the UK started teaching their little ones the value of kindness from around 15 months old. To help parents with these lessons, the pre-school brand is teaming up with National Day Nurseries Association to deliver five weeks of educational resources and activities dedicated to teaching kindness. The programme will run in nurseries throughout the UK from 18th September - 22nd October and is also available for parents to download and use at home. 

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What will my tot learn? 

The programme is broken down into four weeks: 

  • Week 1: Helps children understand what kindness is and suggests using a kindness chart to help encourage children to be kind. 
  • Week 2: Encourages kindness around the home and the values of saying thank you.
  • Week 3: Is all about helping children discover how they can look after the planet and make their surroundings.
  • Week 4: Focuses on kindness in the wider world, such as learning about another country. 
  • Week 5: Is all about being kind to yourself, including taking care of our bodies, relaxing and taking time out when needed. 

Child development expert Dr Jacqueline Harding, who helped with the study said: 'Our research found that parents are incredibly keen to help their children get to grips with being kind from a very early age, and that they're always looking for new ways to do this. 

'I'm a huge supporter of this new campaign to teach kindness in nurseries. Empathy and truly understanding the needs of others is essential in adult life and, developmentally speaking, these important skills are fostered and learnt at an early age.' 

The 'Kindness with the Clangers' resource pack, including the full activity guide, a poster of the Clangers' kindness tree, a kindness chart to put on the wall, game card, and a kindness certificate is available to download now. 

Read next: 11 things to know before taking your tot to Peppa Pig World 

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Pack a swimming costume and towel

This is a must-have so your little one can get as wet as she wants in the Muddy Puddles Water Splash Park! A pair of socks wouldn’t go amiss either for George’s Spaceship Indoor Playzone.
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Measure her height before you go

If she’s under 1m with shoes on, she’ll get free entry to the park – so if she’s close to the limit, choose footwear wisely or that pair of Crocs might cost you dear! The only ride in Peppa Pig World with a height restriction is George’s Dinosaur Adventure: your child must be a minimum of 85cm to go on the ride with you. If she’s 110cm or more, she’ll have to ride in the adult seat alone. If you’ve worked this out from the get go, it will save you all sorts of ‘is mummy coming too’ tears, trust us! 
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Make your first stop the First Aid Centre

Pick up a lost child sticker from the first aid centre in Show Street. Write your phone number on it and stick it surreptitiously on your child for your own peace of mind. 
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Head straight to Miss Rabbit’s Helicopter ride

Especially if you arrive early. This one is popular, with the slowest queue, so head there as soon as you arrive to avoid disappointment. We recommend keeping yourself busy in the queue so little ones don’t act up. Get your chores done, like applying suncream, or practise your pig snorts while you wait!
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Check when Peppa and George are appearing

Times are posted on a board on Madame Gazelle’s School House. Plan snacktime for 15 minutes before, so you can get there early for a good view, and refuel while waiting.
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Give her an early or late nap 

Nap planning earlier or later in the day means you can take advantage of quieter rides in the lull when most toddlers are nodding off. Peppa Pig World is part of a much larger theme park, Paulton’s Family Theme Park, which has lovely gardens for a sleep-inducing walk. Entry to one park includes the other, so no extra cost to worry about.
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Take a picnic

There are lots of shady trees to relax under in the Main Garden or head to the African Themed Garden for a mostly enclosed are with picnic tables.
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Find lots of other toddler entertainment

Paulton’s Park is great fun too when Peppa Pig World get a bit too busy. Pop next door to find big-kid rollercoasters, REAL flamingos and penguins as well as an enclosed area with a bouncy castle and floor-height trampolines. There are also sandy play areas at Little Explorer’s Adventure Play Park and Tiny Tots Town. Don’t miss the mini-rides, Seal Falls and Digger Ride, or finding the enormous dinosaur models in the Lost Kingdom. Keep an eye out for all the little coin-operated rides set to free play. 
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Relax if you’ve not long potty trained

There are lots of loos with toddler seats, and the baby-changing and feeding facilities are great.
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Get there early 

The park opens from 10am most days, so get there early to avoid the queues. Find all you need to know about the park and ride opening times here. 
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Buy a tube of Peppa Pig Toothpaste

You can purchase this in the gift shop before you leave (£1.99 for 75ml). It may make cleaning those new teeth a battle-free zone for the next month if Peppa Pig has anything to do with it!

 

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