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      11.09.2010 16:31
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      Hello, hello! How are you? Hello, hello! It's good to see you! I say hello! I'm happy that you came! I say hello! Please tell me, Please tell me, Please tell me your name. The few of you who met me in person you know that I'm not the person who is seeking attraction. Yesterday I took the kids to the playground then to the Tesco to buy a few things for the weekend. I don't know how came into my elder one's mind but he started to shout "Hello Justin! Where are you? Mr. Tumble, where are you?". Despite telling him that none of the CBeebies characters were in the Tesco he kept shouting. It was the fastest shopping ever... Developing with CBeebies --------------------------------------- We bought a television about 3 weeks ago. Before that my sons watched Charlie and Lola, Postman Pat, Chuggington, Thomas and his friends and Bob the Builder from CBeebies online. These were their favourites and they never accepted anything else but these. Since we have television and they are in nursery where they picked up a few words and sentences in English I found that they enjoy other shows on CBeebies. The programme starts at 6 in the morning. Luckily there are only a few days when we have to start the day by switching up the television for our elder son climbing over us at that early hour. Usually he comes down when Charlie and Lola are on programme. Nowadays he prefers programmes with Justin Fletcher to the films. What do I like about BBC-CBeebies? ----------------------------------------------------- What I like about CBeebies is that it has interesting programmes for kids of all ages. My younger one used to love the In the night garden. He is not any more interested in it, but my elder one enjoys it and knows the name of all the characters by heart. Timmy time is a common favourite: both of them love Timmy and his friends. Since they watch Chuggington I can't convince my elder one that trains don't turn on their sides. I wonder when he discovers that trains don't speak either... My elder one is in nursery since April and by now he understands and enjoys programmes like Mr. Tumble, Something special and Nina and the neurons. I really like that these programmes show the kids what is wrong and what is good, teaches them to accept all kinds of diversity. My elder one can ask questions at home and I think it is better for all of us telling him about the illness or disability of a kid at home than pointing at the street to someone and asking there. They have to know and understand so no way for avoiding these questions. There are very interesting subjects Nina investigates with little explorers and I see that my son absorbs everything he sees. I am glad that there are so clever programmes available for kids. During the 3 weeks since we have the TV my son learned loads of words and also Hello Justin! Where are you? What I don't like about CBeebies... ------------------------------------------------- The only thing I don't like is that the programmes are quite repetitive. When my sons see something which was already on programme they loose interest. Usually I let them watch TV in the morning while I dress them up to drive them to the nursery. After the nursery I let them watch it again while I prepare them to go to bed for their afternoon nap then they can watch it again after they got up and have their tea. Justin Fletcher ---------------------- I would like to highlight Justin as he is a very favourite at the moment and I am really glad that he has so clever programmes. Justin Fletcher was born in Reading, his father is the songwriter Guy Fletcher. He studied drama at the Guilford School of Acting. He decided to build his career in children's television. My son first saw him in Jollywobbles! then in Something Special as Mr. Tumble then as Dina Lady. I was very proud of him as he recognised him dressed up to Dina Lady and said that she was Justin too. He likes Captain Adorable too. I like Justin as he is really dedicated to the kids and undertakes all the rolls that can entertain children. The shows where he meets disabled children are really fantastic. I like how he teaches the Makaton signing for kids. My son doesn't copy him yet but he doesn't even blink when Justin is on screen. Sum up -------------- There are several clever programmes on BBC CBeebies and I am really glad that my sons love watching them. They have learnt loads of new words and sentences. My younger one picked up some new English words too but I am not sure about the source yet. My elder one definitely learnt these Mr Tumble things from the television. Since they watch the shows regularly they are more open to new programmes, like the Numberjacks, Zingzillas or Tweenies. Even my younger one can count to 6 in English, the elder one almost to 20 but he learnt it in the nursery. I like the clever questions my sons ask after watching these shows. It was me who said that we don't need a television yet but I have to revise my statement and I admit that it has several benefits. I don't let my kids stay for hours in front of the television so I hope they don't get the usual fixation to the box... It's time to say goodbye... Bye-bye Mr. Tumble!

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        19.06.2010 17:58
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        Cbeebies Before we saw that sky was offering the rest of the children's channels for only an extra £1 per month, we only had Cbeebies and one other children's channel and it wouldn't have been fair to write a review of over a year of only this channel as after a while of the same programmes I was becoming very bored, though my daughter seemed to still enjoy it. Now we have the other channels I can not only review properly by comparing to other channels, but I have also found a new like to the channel now that we can mix it with a wide range of channels. ************ CBEEBIES ************ Cbeebies is a channel produced by the BBC for preschool children. It is quite a new channel, opening its doors so to speak in February 2002 on both sky and freeview with a short appearance in the afternoons and mornings on BBC1 and BBC2. The channel itself has been nominated and also won many awards which before even viewing the channel, gives the parent some high hopes. It offers a wide range of programmes both educational and otherwise to appeal to the younger preschool age children. Programmes come and go every so often though many stay for very long lengths of time giving children time to relate to the characters and stories. You will see a list of some of these programmes below. In between each programme on this channel there are fun fill in's with the presenters such as Big Fun Time and the Bedtime Hour which has stories read by guest appearances which I usually recognize from other adult programmes, songs and other fun things that get the child to interact with the television. Cbeebies has now gone worldwide and I assume it is pretty much the same as we have here in the UK as it is still run by the BBC worldwide corporation, though for reference of this review, I am only able to discuss what I see in the UK. **************** PROGRAMMES **************** There are so many changeable programmes to mention them all though I will mention a few to give you an idea of what you can expect to find and the variety of programmes there are to see if they are to your liking. As I said above, after a while the programmes started to annoy me as each programme can be repeated so many times a day and on this channel they are the same episode which although this doesn't bother my daughter, it really started to annoy me even though my daughter doesn't watch it noon to night, you still heard and saw repeated episodes up to four or five times a day. THE GOOD One of my daughters all time favourites, and also mine, is the TWEENIES. Here you watch a twenty minute episode following four Tweenies through their day at nursery. These Tweenies are life sized colourful characters who, combined with two adult characters and two dogs, bring a whole range of exciting and aducational fun from craft to dressing up, songs and stories, learning and creating. My daughter loved this so much that we brought her a few DVD's and also the CD of their music which she often dances to. The only annoyance with this programme is that CBeebies only show it once a day at seven in the morning. Another great programme and, although not as much as the Tweenies, very educational one is CHARLIE AND LOLA. This is a very short animated programme which again is only shown once a day (the best of the programmes seem to play less on CBeebies which is weird). Here you have a fun loving little girl and her sensible big brother going through daily occurances with laughter and questions which children themselves may bring up. It is really quite something to watch this programme and have even watched it long after my daughter has fallen asleep (I shall now hide in shame!). SHOW ME SHOW ME is a newer programme to CBeebies and has Chris and Poy (two presenters of the channel) presenting it. This programme teaches numbers as well as looking at specific things in the world. It has real life excerpts combined with fun in studio songs and acting from the two presenters and the toys of the 'shop' It has a regular routine though the 'show me's' are different every day - so far I have not actually seen a repeat of this one which is great. A fantastic educational programme, SOMETHING SPECIAL, is hosted by the presenter, Justin Fletchly who appears in many CBeebies programmes and is well known by my daughter as Mr Tumble. This programme not only appeals to children of many ages though also works closely with children with certain disabilities and teaches basic sign language in a fun filled way. There are two main cooking programmes, BIG COOK LITTLE COOK and I CAN COOK, the later being a new one to appear on this channel and took my daughters attention straight away though I didn't see that much which I felt was great. Unlike Big Cook, I can cook is set in a studio kitchen with a woman cook and four children and you watch how they make a specific dish, yet with Big Cook, magic, fun, animation and real life learning is all intertwined making it the better of the two. IN THE NIGHT GARDEN and WAYBULOO are two other favourites of my daughters, the first being the first programme she ever liked. In the Night Garden is purely animated though with no real educational value, simply as an aid to help a child relax to go to sleep and it actually did that when my daughter was younger. Personally I don't think it was the greatest of programs, reminding me slightly of Teletubbies which I hate, though my daughter loved it. It features a variety of characters such as Upsy Daisy and Iggle Piggle in a colourful garden setting. It has some relaxing music and my daughter was delited every time she watched this. Waybuloo on the other hand is similar though does have more speech and eductational value and I do love this one. It is full of sweet music and lovely funny characters teaching children about sharing and animals. If your child loves music them POPSHOP is one for them with Carrie and David creating catchy tunes on request in their music shop with great dancing and singing and a wide varietys of music genre. BOOGIE BEEBIES is another great programme which teaches children dance. The music in this is not so great though the repetitive dance movements help the children with co-ordination whilst they have fun and also stay active when its pouring down with rain outside. There are a range of creative programmes which my daughter thoroughly enjoys too. MR MAKER is presented by one person and shows children how to make simple things which us parents can easily do with them after or during the programme with bits found around the house such as toilet rolls etc. DOODLEDOO is another really fun one to watch with one presenter and hand puppets making a mess whilst teaching children to make and do - this one also has catchy tunes and phrases to keep the children further entertained. THE BAD Of course every programme likes and dislikes depend on what you or your child likes. Although after seeing the same episodes over and over again which is the downside to this channel, I can safely say that there are not many I feel are really bad. Many are more fun than educational though nearly all do have even a small amount of educational value which makes me feel better if my daughter sits and watches the television whilst I get on with the housework. One extremely annoying one in my mind which I mentioned above and which at the moment seems to have been cancelled (though it may come back unfortunately) is TELETUBBIES. This nonsense programme had four life sized characters doing not a lot, their speech more confusing than entertaining and certainly not educational. Of course many people out there (and you may be one of them) do like this programme though I personally think it was a waste of time and have avoided my daughter ever watching it. Other than this, I don't really feel that any others need a mention in the bad section of CBeebies. Yes there are some which are a little tiresome, though most are pretty good. Of course there are so many more programmes on this channel which I haven't mentioned though if I did you would be reading forever! To see the uptodate list take a look at the CBeebies website (link below). ********* SONGS ********* There are a huge array of singing and dancing on CBeebies both in the actual programmes and also in the between parts with the different presenters. All of the songs are repeated so many times that children start to recognize them (and you start absent mindedly singing along to them whilst walking down the street - now that's embarrassing!). There are different daily songs which are played at various set times of the day such as Get Set Go (The wake up morning song), Birthday song, Goodbye Sun, Hello Moon (the goodnight song sung in the bedtime hour), and Big Fun Time among many others. These are all very upbeat and see my daughter dancing along to every single one of them. When she hears the lunchtime song she often comes running out demanding something to eat! A lot of the songs help the children with daily evens such as breakfast, getting dressed, brushing their teeth etc. My daughter, who is just coming up to two, mimes all of the actions through these songs and often, like the lunchtime one, wants to do the actual thing they are singing about straight after each song. There are also songs which are played in each season with an array of presenters and children helping children know what season it is. These songs are probably my favourite songs on CBeebies. CBeebies ofer a special radio full of CBeebies songs which can be found on their website or on BBC7. We have caught this station a couple of times and the songs are instantly recognized by my daughter. You can also listen to stories on this channel as well. *************** PRESENTERS *************** The main presenters change every so often and they always seem to work in pairs. Most of them are already known by the children as they have appeared in one or more Cbeebies programmes prior to presenting. The most well known (to me anyway) is Justin who not only appears in many of the programmes, his latest being all about him, 'Gigglebiz', though also does many voice overs such as Jack and Doodles on the Tweenies. Of course children generally don't notice the voice being the same until they are a lot older and by this time probably wont want to watch Cbeebies. Most presenters seem very relaxed and are actually fun to watch even from the adult point of view. Of course there are the few that do not seem to fit in the world created for children, though these are few and far between. All the presenters are so full of energy which makes me feel even more tired at 6.00 in the morning! They are very warm and inviting and the links between the programmes are done exceptionally well such as big fun time, bedtime hour, make and do etc. There is also a part where they present birthday time and show cards sent in for children where they seem to always have something lovely to say to each child, and take their time doing so even though they have many cards to get through. The only downside to birthday time is that there is no guarantee that if you send in a card it will be shown and cards are not sent back to you which is disappointing to your child. *********** WEBSITE *********** The CBeebies website offer additional fun and games for your children and my daughter thoroughly enjoys looking at it with me, though to me it seems to be aimed at slightly older children than CBeebies channel aims at. It covers all of the programmes currently showing and games and excerpts which my daughter loves though isn't able to do the games herself yet. The website can be found here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies The website is very easy to navigate and all links work well. It is brightly coloured and instantly recognizable as CBeebies. There are also many links for adults such as newsletters, craft and cooking ideas and even a grown up chat which I have never been on. This section is very helpful in many ways such as healthy eating and pregnancy and is actually quite enjoyable and informative for me to flick through. The rest of the site is focused on the children (being a children's channel!!) and is very entertaining for them. There is different pages for all the different shows and craft pages with may ideas and things to download. There is a whole section of songs to listen to and watch and plenty of games and fun for children to play online. As an addition to the channel, I feel that this is probably one of the better children's websites and have no worries about my daughter going on it. It is easy for me to navigate (and will be for my daughter when she is a little older) and has a lot of useful information for me as well as endless fun for my daughter and both of us to work together. *************** FINAL WORD *************** Apart from the strong repetition in episodes which can get quite annoying for the adult, there is not really much to complain about with this channel especially if looking at it from a young childs perspective. I think that although they say it is aimed at up to six years of age, younger children will find it more interesting in general than the older children in this age range. My daughter thoroughly enjoys watching this channel, though obviously some programmes don't take her fancy, and I can rest with the knowledge that most, not all but most, of the programmes have some degree of educational value. The presenters are interesting and full of life and the songs and dances are fantastic. The other great aspect of CBeebies is that because it is run by the BBC there are no adverts!! In addition to the channel, CBeebies offer a wide range of products from toys and games for their programmes to magazines, the great website and radio station. So yes, if you have a young child then I fully recommend this channel though I am glad we do have other channels too as it can get too much for me sometimes, though my daughter cant get enough of it!

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          11.06.2010 20:07
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          CBeebies is a television channel produced by the BBC aimed at children 6 years and under. It is broadcast as both a free-to-air domestic British television channel, and as international variants supported by advertising, subscription or both. It is available in free view channels. There are no commercial advertisements in this channel. This channel is completely dedicated to children under 6 years. Due to the creativity and quality of the programs this channel has been nominated for, and won, many awards. At the BAFTA Children's Awards it has won awards in every year from 2002-2009 (apart from 2003), including Best Pre-school Live Action Series awards in 2002, 2004, 2005 and 2008. It has also won Best Schools Programme - 0-5 years awards (or equivalent) from the Royal Television Society from 2004-2007. My kid has been watching this channel since he was 10 months and has improved his vocabulary and knowledge. The channel has variety of programs which are educative and entertaining. The programs are fun to watch for the kids and this give us some peace time. The cbeebies programs alpha blocks, Timmy time, something special, number jacks, get squiggling, Louie, mister maker, Nina and the neurons are my child's all time favorite. The program 'alpha blocks' is about the adventures of 26 lively letters who can make words come to life by holding hands. Good educative program, children can learn alphabets, sounds and words. The program 'Number jack' is adventure series in which animated numbers solve maths problems. Children can learn and solve simple math's problems. This is a fun and educative series. The program something special is Educational series for four to seven-year-old children with learning difficulties. The character in the program Mr. Tumble is liked by many children. My kid recognises this program as Mr. Tumble. Nina and the Neurons is a program aimed at four to six-year-olds to help them understand basic science. The character Nina is a neuroscientist who enlists the help of her Neurons (five animated characters representing the senses) in her brain to answer a scientific question. This program answers the doubts of the curious minds. The program Timmy time is about Animated adventures of a young lamb at nursery school. In this series, Timmy and his friends have to learn to share, make friends and own up to mistakes. They are supervised by the teachers, Harriet the Mother Heron and Osbourne the Father Owl. The show is aimed at pre-school aged children and does not feature any dialogue. But my kid understands the emotions of the characters very well. Good entertaining program for kids. The program get squiggling is about Squigglet, a monster who can make drawings real. The program Louie is animated adventures of Louie and Yoko, who like to draw lots of exciting things. Children can get good ideas for drawing. Mister Maker is a pre-school children's arts and crafts program. The program comprises a mixture of animation and real time content. There is a website http://www.mistermaker.com/ for children and parents interested in art and crafts. There are many entertaining and educative programs in the cbeebies channel and they always come up with new ideas and new programs. The anchors do an excellent job. Children do love them. Cbeebies also has a website www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies and there are lots of options for kid's entertainment here.

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          01.05.2010 11:23
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          A great tv channel

          Cbeebies is a channel produced by the bbc aimed for kids and preschool kids and babies too. It starts it shows early in the morning and also it runs shows right through to six o clock and then from six to seven o clock they have a bedtime hour to get your kid ready for bed and they show wayballoos at six o clock to half six and then in the night garden from half six until ten to seven and then someone takes the last ten minutes to tell a bedtime story. There is something for everyone on this channel it has four presenters too that presents the show each day. This channel is aimed at kids at six years of age and under right down to your little baby. It was first launched in febuary 2000 and is free to viewers it is on freeview and is a great way for your kid to give you some time to yourself as they just watch the television. The channel is so good it has won many awards. It has some greats hows like the teletubbies and show me show me and also gigglebiz and in the night garden a great channel with great listings.

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          I would not be without this as part of our day

          I honestly don't know how I would have coped without Cbeebies these past 18 months! Before my son was born, I frowned upon people who had the tv on all day, but have sinced learned that a good toddler's programme can mean the difference between a long hearty tantrum and a few minutes of peace and quiet. Therefore, Cbeebies is on quite a lot during the days when we are stuck in the house with no activities to do. Cbeebies is made by the bbc and so it has the quality programmes you expect- there are a huge variety of types of shows, but most of them are educational. Your little one can learn about singing, dancing, and music from shows such as Show Me Show Me and Zing Zillas, counting and numbers (NumberJacks) science (Nina and the Neurons) and even reading and spelling (Alphablocks) There are also shows about cooking (Big Cook Little Cook and I Can Cook) and celebrating other cultures (Let's Celebrate) Even the shows with little educational value try to teach moral lessons, such as sharing or saying sorry. The thing I love about Cbeebies, compared to other toddler channels is that it's a British channel. It somehow feels more relaxed and less busy than the American influenced ones, which often seem to be a constant stream of weirdly coloured animations. Here you have a lot of live action shows, whether that be with puppets, models or real people. The presenters between programmes are 3 guys and a girl, none of whom are very irritating, although the fact that the girl Cerrie has half an arm missing is never, ever mentioned- even when she shows the kids how she washes her 'hands'. I know kids are very accepting, and the diversity on the channel is great, but I do find it a bit odd that it is completely ignored. It's a bit like the emperor's new clothes where everyone is pretending that there really are two hands there. A very small thing, but a thing that makes you go hmm. I would really recommend this channel to parents and carers of children who want to let their kids watch tv but also want them to gain something from the experience, rather than sit passively watching drivell. My son often dances along to the songs, claps his hands and laughs along with the characters, and it has helped his speech, by saying things like "woof woof" when he sees the dogs on Big Barn Farm and Come Outside (RIP dear Pippin!) or "Toot Toot" when watching Chuggington.

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            CBeebies is a free channel which is aimed at children aged 0 - 4 years. My son is 19 months and is at an age where he will not sit and watch television - which is good as he is very active - but there are a few programs on here which can keep his interest for fifteen minutes or so - so thats fifteen minutes peace for me .......... get in !! I have Sky, where CBeebies is on channel 614. It is also available on freeview so you don't have to pay for it, which is good....obviously. It starts at 7am and closes at 7pm, and has a variety of fun and educational shows showing throughout the day. Some are repeated twice a day however, but lots of channels do that now I suppose. My (ahem..... I mean my son's) favourite shows to watch on hear are: In The Night Garden, Show Me Show Me, Mister Maker and Bob The Builder. In The Night Garden is definately aimed at the very young kids / babies, as it is pure nonsense but with colourful characters like Iggle Piggle and Upsy Daisy to grab little ones attention - there's not much of a plot on this show! It seems really popular judging by the amount of merchandise I noticed for sale over Christmas. Show Me Show Me is again aimed at the very young, and involves two (adult) presenters playing with their toys, singing and dancing to try to educate in a fun way. It' s a great program as it encourages the kids to join in and be curious. The presenter seem a bit mad though. Mister Maker is a bit like a program that was on when I was little called 'Art Attack'. It shows kids how to make models and paint etc. This one is probably aimed at the older kids but my baby likes it never the less. There are many other shows on here too, and there are none that I would dislike my son watching - no sex or violence on this channel parents! I'm not advocating plonking kids down in front of a T.V all day, however it's nice to get a little bit of peace sometimes and with the kiddies engrossed in Iggle Piggles latest adventure, I'm sure you will. A great, free channel for very small children.

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              Cbeebies - A programme aimed at 0 - 4 years old. Cbeebies is on all the time in my house and my 18 month old son just loves to watch it. The channel as programmes on for all children including babies to take a interest in. Cbeebies is free to watch if you have a freeview box and it is on from 7.00am till 19.00pm. There is lots of education based programmes to watch but also fun ones. All parents should agree this is a good channel for our children. There is lots of programmes like Timmy Time and In The Night Garden. I find these programmes aimed at more toddler aged children. There is also programmes like I can Cook and Nina and the Neurons which are more education based. The programmes presenters are also very fun loving and you can tell they are good with children. My favourite is one presenter called Justin he is very good he does a selection of all characters and also does sign language. Overall on this channel there is a mix for everyone babies, toddlers, children and parents because im sure you will be intrigued. Freeview channel is 71. One of the beebs successes. Maybe this channel is what out TV Licenses are for.

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                CBeebies has been a staple in our house for the last few years. It is a channel that first aired in 2002 and is aimed at young children aged 0 to 4 years. It is available on Freeview channel 71. It is one of the only dedicated kids' channels that you don't have to pay for. Although I don't advocate plonking kids in front of the telly for hours on end, I do think it can be a useful tool for entertainment and education. I found it particularly useful when I was pregnant with my daughter and didn't have the energy to play with my then 4 year old son all day. Some of the shows are based on learning. A few of our favourites include:- Nina and the Neurons, a science based show that helps children understand questions about how the world works with the help of five characters based on the five senses. I can cook, a cooking show hosted by Katie. Katie goes through a recipe each episode with the help of a few children in the studio and she gets the kids at home to join in with the actions. Spring watch & Autumn watch, these programmes work along side the adult version shown at their respective times of the year. It shows children the wildlife and plants of different parts of Britain and their lifecycles at different times of the year. Doodle Do, this show encourages kids to make and create using craft, painting and of course your own imagination. Obviously some of the shows are just for entertainment. I find many of the daytime shows are aimed at toddlers. These include Clifford, Lunar Jim, Little Red Tractor and Pingu. I do find that at the weekend more of the programmes are aimed at slightly older children. I do sometimes catch my son watching CBeebies even if he wouldn't admit it. The main ones being Grandpa in my pocket, Me Too, Carrie and David's Popshop and The Green Balloon Club. There is a very good accompanying website (www.bbc.co.uk/cbeebies) that has something for everyone. On the Home Page are several of the different shows. Each show has its own screen that has links to various themed games, colouring sheets and recipes. A particular favourite in our house is the sing along where the words of favourite theme songs are shown along with the music. We quite often enjoy CBeebies karaoke in our house. Many of the activities can be done together, my son and I enjoy making up a town using roads, buildings and people on the Me Too part of the site. There is also a parents zone where you can access things to help your children learn with their favourite characters. A recent addition is the iplayer where little ones can catch up on there favourite program at any time of the day. Another thing I like about this channel is there are no adverts. I am not keen on my children been bombarded with things they have to ask for all the time. I still think the BBC make plenty of money from merchandising, nearly every show has it's own set of characters and play sets that can be bought but at least it isn't shoved in your face every fifteen minutes. Overall, if young children are going to be watching telly, this is a safe, educational and entertaining channel that will keep your child happy for as long as you need it too. Another thing to mention is that on a weekend they seem to sign most of their shows which is great if you have a non hearing child.

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                  Great for toddlers.

                  We used to have Sky television years ago but got rid of it after realising it was a waste of money and we never really watched that many programmes on it anyway. However after having just 5 channels for a few years we decided to get a Freeview box. On freeview there are loads of rubbish channels that never get watched but the one in our house that is becoming increasingly popular is CBeebies. My 3 year old and 5 year old love to watch kids tv and on freeview you only get CBeebies and CITV. CBeebies is aimed at children their age where as CITV is probably for slightly older children. CBeebies is a BBC digital channel that has been on our screens since 2002, you not only get it on Freeview but on Sky and Virgin TV. It is a channel specifically aimed for toddlers. CBeebies airs from 6am in the morning until 7pm a night. Now there's no way I'd ever let my children watch CBeebies for a long time. They probably only watch it once a day when I'm preparing their tea. I was once at a parents speech therapy meeting and one of the other mothers mentioned how she kept CBeebies on all day in her house and was surprised her daughter didn't like to watch it. I don't care how educational the programmes are a child shouldn't be watching television for that length of time. Anyway back to the TV channel, CBeebies does have a huge range of children's programmes on. Mister Maker and Big Cook Little Cook are two favourites in our house. Numberjacks and Nina and the Neurons are also good educational shows. Come Outside is a really good learning programme too but it looks like it has been made in the 1980's. I love the fact that my boys can watch the television but learn things at the same time. Now my eldest is getting older he prefers to watch Ben 10 and Power Rangers which learn them nothing but violence. Not all of the programmes on CBeebies are educational but they are probably aimed at slightly younger children. In the Night Garden has got to be a fine example of this. This programme is definitely aimed at babies and I wouldn't let my elder boys watch this. Teletubies is also a 'baby' show. I think it's good how these programmes are shown during the day when older children are at school. Once it gets to tea time the programmes are aimed at older toddlers. Throughout the day on CBeebies there are different presenters presenting different time slots. They are always familiar faces though who the kids learn to recognise. There are also regular slots for things like 'Birthday Time'. Where viewers can make and send in birthday cards or pictures for their children. In all honesty I wouldn't want to have Sky TV with loads of childrens channels. The more they have to chose from the more likely they are to want to watch things. CBeebies is a great channel which is perfect for young children. A channel filled with educational programmes that allow children to learn things while at the same time enjoy watching the TV.

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                    18.01.2010 18:43
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                    Even adults will like it!

                    CBeebies is a godsend for parents when they want something educational (and not guilt ridden) for their young child to watch during the day! Actually, we have it on at the moment... It starts at 6am and finishes at 6pm and is on 7 days a week. The current anchor presenters are Cerrie and Alex, but Chris and Pui the former presenters regularly feature in the programme 'Show Me, Show Me'. Gigglebiz is a favourite of my toddler and Justin who is the star of this show is just amazing, having done so much at such a young age for services to children with special needs. Timmy Time, Postman Pat and Charlie and Lola are also excellent shows teaching toddlers all about morals and the world around them. Big Cook Little Cook and I Can Cook also help to introduce children to healthy eating and cookery at a very young age, which is no bad thing. All in all, a great channel. When I was younger, children's programmes on the BBC or ITV were on at a set time of day, but with CBeebies, there is much more flexibility because we lead busy and different lives and this is great for children as they still get to watch their favourite programmes and don't miss out.

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                      04.11.2009 17:51
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                      Great babysitter when you need to get on with something!

                      CBeebies is a freeview channel which is also available on Sky TV. It was first broadcast in 2002 and is very popular! It is aired from 6am to 7pm and is aimed at children of pre-school age. The programmes it shows include Bob the Builder, Nina and the Neurons, In the Night Garden and Charlie and Lola. The programmes are fairly educational so I don't tend to mind my children watching them but I do tend to find that the shows are repeated throughout the day so it is not a babysitter for sure! I use the channel if I need to get on with cooking dinner, or to get some housework done. The programmes are bright, colourful and catchy. They all include music of some kind, somewhere, and I often find myself humming tunes later in the day. The Bedtime Hour is on between 6pm and 7pm and is the perfect windown in our house. Our children know that they watch the Bedtime Hour, have dinner, have a bath and go to bed. It has become sort of a routine. The only downside is that each season they change the programming of the Bedtime Hour so just as the children are getting used to one routine, it all changes! On the whole I would definitely recommend this channel for children under the age of around 4 or 5.

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                      29.09.2009 13:55
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                      Trustworthy.

                      Cbeebies is a channel dedicated to childrens television only.Mainly prescoolers,but slightly older ones will enjoy it. Cbeebies is a big move from the boring educational programs of old.It is available on freeview ,Virgin media and satellite. Sky/digital satellite - channel 614 Freeview - channel 71 Virgin Media - channel 702 It finishes at 7pm with the bedtime hour being the best part for me.It is a countdown in my house for bedtime.Oh heaven!!! It also stops nonsense in our house.There is a song at the end that goes. "The time has come to say goodnight To say sleep tight til the morning light. Oh the time has said to stay goodnight It's the end of a lovely day We've have so much fun today Tomorrow's just a dream away And now it's time to say goodnight At the end of a lovely day Goodnight! " That is my favourite most annoying song ever,lol.But fair play ,my kids know the tune and know it is pointless arguing about bedtime. We all know children though and I dont think I will be getting away with this much longer. I do have my problems with this channel though,but they are because of my personal tastes and values.I dont whitewash my children ,and although I do not want to give my children the impression that all people walk around like they are on crack.I dont like the fact that the presenters are overly fake,as I seriously think children see through facades such as that anyway. My second gripe is that they put Cbeebies on a loop.So in our house It just goes on in a loop.I can walk back in the room and I swear its playing the same program.After 3 children ,I know most of the words to every program. My favourite has to be Mamma Miribelle.A talking elephant who teaches the younger animals(and our children) about different things and places in the world.And even though he drives me mad.Mr Tumble.I cant stand him but he does engage the children and he teaches them the simplest form of sign language Makaton. Makaton is a simpler form of british sign language and was formulated in the 1970's. Here is the link to the Makaton charity if you need it. http://www.signedlanguage.co.uk/makaton.html There are very educational programs on cbeebies.Its just a bit mind numbing for adults,as you would expect. Thankfully my time of Cbeebies is coming to an end as My 4 year old startedd full time school,I will not put the tv on all day for my 3 year old.Who may I add at 2 years old picked up some of the Makaton when she refused to speak. Its trustworthy,and safe for our children.But it will drive you bonkers.

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                        20.07.2009 14:33

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                        good program

                        My kids love this channel so much and i also like it as well.The reason why i like this channel very much is that it is very educative it teaches children lots of different things and my 36 month year old son has learnt many songs from this channell and he has even learnt some new words from there as well.The good thing about this channell is that it teaches children through play and cartoons ,so most of the time they do not feel like there learning they just enjoy that playing involved. It is a good thing that it does not go on late into the night but closes at 7 and after that my kids have learnt that its almost time to sleep.Otherwise this is a good channel ,good for kids ,teaches good things and helps young toodlers. The only downside to this channel is that it repeats the same things over and over again.

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                        13.07.2009 16:37
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                        Overall a good childrens channel one of the best available at the moment

                        Fantastic, at last a channel that my kids will sit for short spells and watch, I only like them watching tv for short spells and this channel allows that, most programmes last for a maximum of fifteen or twenty mins. The channel is aimed at pre school children although i must admit i have learnt one or two things from the range of programmes. Most of the programmes are educational, the one I reccommend the most is Something Special, this programme is based on sign language and the kids have picked up quite a few words to sign. The programme is based on inclusion for all. A good lesson for anyone of any age to learn. There are also the firm favs such as In the Night Garden. Overall i would say an excellent childrens channel allowing mum or dad ten mins to get something done or have a quiet cuppa.

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                        25.06.2009 15:54
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                        Fantastic channel with a large variety of kids tv shows

                        CBeebies is a brilliant channel for kids, the variety is fantastic and as well as entertaining programs to grab kids' attention such as In The Night Garden and Teletubbies there are educational gems too such as Nina and the Neurons. The presenters are jolly, happy characters and introduce each program and feature very pleasantly and friendly. If you have kids over the age of about 5 I'd say maybe this isn't the right channel for them, but flick over to the equally impressive CBBC which focuses on programs for school ages. CBeebies is often on in my household and I can happily sit through such shows as Pingu and In The Night Garden, as well as the brilliant Charlie and Lola (personal preference I know but I just love that show!), some of the programmes can be terribly irritating, such as 'Carrie and Davids Pop Shop' the one show I can not sit and watch from start to finish on CBeebies but other than that it's a great channel to sit your kids in front of while you're cooking the tea or cleaning up their mess!

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