News in Dorset

Update on Monkey World’s Rieke and Bulu-Mata 

Remember the cute orphan orangutans Bulu-Mata and Rieke from Monkey World? Well they now have an equally cute sister, Mimi. Monkey World’s orangutan crèche expanded in 2017, with the arrival of youngster Mimi-Loren from Moscow Zoo! Mimi was sadly rejected by her mother at birth, and so came to Monkey World, as Europe’s official crèche to grow up with other orangutans and an adult female ”adoptive” mother. Already present in the nursery are three-year olds Sumatran orangutans Bulu-Mata & Rieke. The playful pair have welcomed their new sister Mimi, and have shown her the ropes… hoses, cargo nets, and other climbing equipment! With a fantastic adoptive mum, and fab new play mates, Mimi’s future looks bright at Monkey World. See Rieke, Bulu-Mata and Mimi at Monkey World – visit


Educational Days Out at Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park

Dorset Heavy Horse Farm Park is proud to have been announced as a semi-finalist for the Education Award in the Bournemouth and Poole Tourism Awards 2018 (BAPTA 2018). This popular attraction offers a great day out that shares the fun and education for adults and children, equally. New this season, visitors can enjoy daily shows and children’s tours where they learn about the important role of the Heavy Horse over the years and how they delivered goods around the country. The regular attractions are equally engaging, such as the Heavy Horse and Miniature Pony Carriage rides, extensive play areas, exhibits from bygone days, tractor-trailer rides and so much more. Visit


Early Years Teacher Network Meeting in Dorchester

A free network meeting for all Early Years Teachers and Professionals to meet up and share good practice, ideas and knowledge, as part of their continued professional development (CPD), will happen at the Dorset Youth Association in Dorchester, DT1 1QL on 15 June. Outcomes include expanding one’s own knowledge on areas recently requested by EYT's and gaining further information regarding the roles of other professionals in the community e.g. the family partnership zones. For further information see


Kingston Maurward College’s Tours to Groups of School Children

Kingston Maurward College offer tours to groups of school children at the Gardens and Animal Park to learn about animals and plants. Kingston Maurward offer unique educational visits for pre−school, first school and foundation stage school groups where children can find out about healthy living, farming, animals and the countryside. These days out can help you deliver key areas of the curriculum – for example, science, food, citizenship and even design. Key Stage 1 educational sessions include the following: Nature Detectives; Food from the Farm Talk; Animals - Their Needs and Us; Growing Food; Art in the Garden; Visit the Lambing Sheds; Staying Safe in the Countryside and Dairy Farming. Discover more about the educational opportunities at


Maths Subject Leader Network Meeting: 5 June

A half day network meeting at Durweston Village Hall in Blandford, DT11 0QA on 5 June is designed to help Subject Leaders focus on the most effective ways to shape maths, sharing and good practice. At the meeting, teachers will become aware of good practice and how it might look in their own school context; have a clear idea of effective local and national initiatives; and become equipped to lead maths effectively in their own school content. For further details email


Brake’s Kids Walk

On Wednesday 13 June, thousands of children aged 4-11 from across the country will put their best feet forward to promote road safety and the health and planet-saving benefits of walking. This project aims to inspire and engage children about the dangers they face and help Brake call on grown-ups to make their streets safer.

Register now to help your school take part and receive a free action pack full of posters, lesson plans and activities. Visit or call 01484 550061.


Book a Free Trial at Blackwell Dance Academy 

Blackwell Dance Academy prides itself on being a very friendly school with a high standard of teaching. It is priced very competitively and boasts a 100% examination pass rate. The Academy offers specialised 'Boogie Baby' and 'Dancing Stars' classes for children aged from 2 years at various venues. In the main studio there are classes in ballet, tap, modern jazz, musical theatre, acro and performance classes for older pupils. Call Clare today on 07886 406888 to book a free trial or visit


Be a host family with the EF International Language Centre

Few experiences can spark interest in the world like opening your home and becoming a host family for an international student. Being a host family with the EF International Language Centre is a rewarding, fun and educational experience for all members of the family and an opportunity to create long-lasting relationships. EF is looking for host families in Bournemouth. Join its existing host families and offer students a profound experience that can change their view of the world – and might change yours too! The EF International Language Centre is located in Bournemouth. For details call 01202 767555 or visit


Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown supports Autism Wessex 

The team at Haskins Garden Centre in Ferndown has announced it will be focusing its fundraising efforts towards supporting Autism Wessex for the year. Employees at the centre aim to raise several thousands of pounds by running events throughout 2018, as well as providing the charity the space to host information and awareness evenings to raise further donations. Autism Wessex provides high quality specialist services for adults and children affected by autism throughout Dorset, Hampshire, Wiltshire and Somerset. According to statistics there are around 700,000 people affected by autism in the UK. Haskins Garden Centre Ferndown is located in Longham, Dorset. Visit for more information.


The latest on Childcare and Early Education Funding 

If you are receiving some form of support - your 2-year old child may be entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare a week. All 3 and 4 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of funded childcare a week - for working parents, this could increase to up to 30 hours a week. Other financial support such as Tax-Free Childcare, Tax Credits and Universal Credit is available for older children as well. Find out more at:


Can you host foreign students?

United World School of English in Bournemouth is currently looking for host families in the Bournemouth and surrounding areas. Host Families are required all year round, can earn extra money and can find out about different cultures. Help overseas students have a truly English experience by contacting 01202 315166 or by visiting


Lighthouse Celebrates 40 Years in Poole 

Staff at Lighthouse, Poole’s Centre for the Arts turned back the clock to 1978 during the Easter weekend to celebrate the iconic arts venue’s 40th birthday. A packed programme of celebratory events is already underway for the year, including classic 1970s movies at 1978 prices, prize promotions, and an exhibition of paintings by Mile Jeffries which will raise funds for Lighthouse and Diverse Abilities. In July, French circus company Circa Tsuica will be bringing their spectacular show Now or Never to Hamworthy Park as part of the Lighthouse 40th celebrations. For more information visit


Parkstone Grammar School students enter Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge

The Dolphin Shopping Centre in Poole provided two students from Parkstone Grammar School with a space to sell their cotton tote bags for the Young Enterprise Tenner Challenge.

Parkstone pupil, Rosie Parkin, had a stall in the shopping centre to set up ‘Tootle Turtle,’ a concept designed to promote the reduction of plastic bags. Rosie and her business partner, Chloe Lambert, hand decorated the 100 per cent cotton tote bags, to help raise awareness of turtles mistaking plastic bags for jelly fish. The Tenner Challenge, is a Young Enterprise initiative, where pupils are given £10 as start-up capital to get their enterprise off the ground. See, and


Taster Day at Iron Mill College

Iron Mill College is a leading provider of creative and inspiring teaching, in the fields of mental health and wellbeing. As its Poole college is expanding, with more courses on offer and a growing community of students, it has just moved into a new larger venue with even better facilities. See the exciting opportunities on offer for yourself, at the upcoming Taster Day in September 2018. Learn more at or contact 01202 743804 or email


Grow Your Own Hospice Sunflower 

A local charity has launched its own Grow Your Own Sunflower Kits to help raise money for Forest Holme Hospice, which provides individually tailored and quality care to adults across Poole, Wimborne and the Isle of Purbeck, facing a life-limiting illness.

The Grow Your Own Sunflower Kits cost £3 and are available to buy from the Fundraising Office at Forest Holme Hospice based at 5 Seldown Road, Poole BH15 1TS. Each kit contains soil disks, seeds, a flower pot and planting instructions. The charity is encouraging people to send photos of their fully-grown sunflowers to


Plots for Pollinators Project for May Half Term 

Wareham-based wildlife charity, Butterfly Conservation, is launching a new project this May called ‘Plots for Pollinators’. Get the kids gardening for wildlife with an easy and low-cost project to help save butterflies, moths and other pollinators by setting aside one square metre of garden or patio to create a wildflower haven or nectar pit-stop. ‘Plots for Pollinators’ could even be created along fences and walls as vertical gardens. Find out more about the different ‘Plots for Pollinators’ you can create, why pollinators are important, which plants you need to help them and download step-by step-planting instructions at


Children’s Team Offers Support 

The Diverse Abilities Children’s Team provide a range of support services to children and young people living with disabilities across Dorset. The charity’s team offer day and overnight respite, play sessions and activities during school holidays and on weekends, a weekly youth club, support in the home, support in the community and advice, support and signposting. As a team they understand the challenges faced by families that caring with a child or young person with a disability can bring and strive to support the children to achieve extraordinary things. Get in touch to find out how the team can support you all year through on 01202 718238. Or find out more at


Have Your Say by 18 May!

NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning and securing health services in Dorset. It is currently reviewing physical health services for children and young people provided in the community and has developed a survey for young people aged 16-25 and parents/carers of children and young people aged 0-25. Be heard and let the NHS Dorset Clinical Commissioning Group know what you think by completing the survey at by 18 May.







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