Cbeebies Is Being Axed? - What Katy Said

Cbeebies Is Being Axed?

I cannot believe what I heard at the weekend, I actually did a double take and asked my friend to repeat it as I thought I must have misheard. The BBC are considering getting rid of Cbeebies, I cannot actually believe it. If it had been April I would have thought it was an April Fool’s joke but no, it is September and it is very much a reality.

There are plenty of people out there who think that TV is bad for kids, that they should be running around outside or reading a book rather than sitting glued to the TV watching In The Night Garden or some other crazy program thought up by someone who had too many vodkas one night!

I am a mother of two, I am also a teacher. I think before I had children I promised myself that I wouldn’t let my kids watch TV, that they would be model students and spend their days doing crafts, using an easel and playing with carefully constructed small world toys. Then I had kids..

I think Little G was 3 months old when I first gave in, I turned on Cbeebies and she loved it. I was able to get work done- I loved it! I told myself that she would always be allowed to watch TV unless it got to the point that she would choose it over playing outdoors on a sunny day. That is still a rule I live by today actually and it has always worked well.

Little G is a highly intelligent little girl and I actually believe that Cbeebies has been a part of the process to getting her to that point. It is not a trashy kids channel that offers no benefit to children. It is in fact jam packed with educational programs that encourage a love of learning. I would encourage any parent to let their child watch it over other kids channels and am really sad that it may be lost!

One of Little G’s favourite programs is Mr Bloom’s Nursery, he helped encourage a love of gardening and she knew vegetable names that I would never have thought to teach her.

Numtums taught her how to count in order to 10.

I Can Cook had us making various recipes, so easy for little people to make! I have used many of those recipes with my class too!

Get Squiggling! Letters sparked an interest in letters and how they are written.

Alphablocks continued that thread and got her sounding out words- at 3 years old she is able to read and write.

Mister Maker has encouraged me as a parent to get the crafting materials out and get making with my girls.

One of my personal favourites is Show Me, Show Me. I love the story telling using household props, speaking imagination in parents as well as their kids.

Something that is seasonal but was a huge hit was Stargazing. I have never seen a child sit so still, completely entranced by a program!

And lastly, perhaps the one that we will all agree is the weirdest yet most important program for our little ones. The one that gets them ready for bed, calms them down and has them smiling from ear to ear- In The night Garden.

Little G has been watching Cbeebies for almost 4 years and rather than be something that holds her back or keeps her from playing outside, it is actually something that enhances her education. She loves the outdoors, she loves to craft, she can read, she can count to 100 and has a fantastic education. Their programs have helped develop those skills and she is now leaning towards CBBC to continue her learning journey.

Little G has been taught so much and LJ is just starting on that journey now. I really hope the BBC change their minds.

Why would you get rid of a channel that offers so much? 

 

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26 Comments

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    You Baby Me Mummy
    September 14, 2015 at 9:12 pm

    We love TV too, although we are more Disney Junior than CBeebies. They could neve get rid of it thought, there would be a riot xx

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 9:25 am

      There really would. There has been uproar just with talk of it! x

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    Gemma at Confessions of a nagging mother
    September 15, 2015 at 1:37 pm

    This channel has be on our TV for several years now as my two are older but they grew up watching it. I remember Balamory playing over and over again in this house! We all loved Mr Tumble too. They can’t get rid of it!

    Gemma xxx

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 9:10 am

      I googled Miss Hooley the other day- she is so OLD now!!!!

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    Min
    September 16, 2015 at 7:38 am

    I heard this too and couldn’t believe it. Save CBeebies! We should start a petition.

    • Reply
      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:51 am

      I know!! All just crazy!! x

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    Sarah
    September 16, 2015 at 9:16 am

    I can’t imagine they would actually get rid of it. Seems crazy. My little munchkins love a bit of CBeebies. We watch it on iplayer. My son spent about 6 months only ever choosing octonauts!

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:50 am

      They said iPlayer is actually the future and that is why they would do away with the channel xx

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    Sara @ Handy Herbs
    September 16, 2015 at 9:30 am

    Let’s hope it is only a rumour!! I agree with you – it’s educational value is not to be dismissed. All four of mine have really engaged with and learnt from one or other of the programmes. #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

      I hope it is all a terrible joke! x

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    Becky, Cuddle Fairy
    September 16, 2015 at 9:33 am

    That seems crazy! Will BBC run cartoons on a different channel or are they getting out of the cartoon business altogether? I agree that Kiddies need a chill out with TV now & then & so does mommy! #KidsCorner

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:48 am

      They said children could access it from iPlayer but the channel with presenters costs too much x

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    Amy (Feeding Finn)
    September 16, 2015 at 9:35 am

    I can’t believe they would get rid of cbeebies! I love that it doesn’t have adverts every 5 mins advertising toys that they beg for but never need!

    • Reply
      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:47 am

      I know what you mean! When Little G watches other channels her birthday list doubles!! x

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    Kaye
    September 16, 2015 at 10:53 am

    In moderation, TV is fantastic (what did Mum’s do without it!?) and it would be a sad day to say goodbye to CBeebies! #kidscorner

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:45 am

      Before TV kids were up in nurseries with a nanny haha! Mums didn’t have to bother! x

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    Chloe
    September 16, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    I recently wrote a post about banning the TV from my child (not as drastic as it sounds), only because we watch too much. The ban was only for certain hours during the day and she’d play and listen to audiobooks instead. But oh my they can’t ban Cbeebies. We use bedtime hour to get to sleep. It’s so educational and Evie has learnt so much from it. We’ve also taken some of the ideas they use for teaching in the programmes and integrated them into play at home. It would be a sad day if Cbeebies was axed. I’m hoping there has been a big enough response to keep it x

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:44 am

      I think the petitions and campaigns have made them change their minds, I hope so anyway!! x

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    MudpieFridays
    September 16, 2015 at 8:28 pm

    I too didnt believe it when I first heard it – I thought it was some spoof! I think there have now been statements thankfully 🙂 xx #kidscorner

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:42 am

      Hopefully all resolved, mine love it! x

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    Lynn
    September 17, 2015 at 12:40 pm

    Noooo, this cannot and will not happen. Just think of the money the BBC earns from merchandising…would be a uncommercial decision BBC!! And I’m not sure I could cope without in the night garden and waybaloo….and the clangers, love the clangers.

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:40 am

      I haven’t caught the clangers yet!! x

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    Su {Ethan & Evelyn}
    September 17, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    I really don’t think I can cope without Kids’ TV! I am stun that they are even thinking about this. What are they thinking? Has it been resolved now? Are they keeping it? #kidscornor

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      Katy
      September 18, 2015 at 8:36 am

      They have released statements saying it is staying thank goodness!!

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    Pauline
    October 20, 2015 at 1:10 pm

    I read this recently too from a fellow blogger, someone started a petition. It’s craziness I really can’t imagine who would do this they obviously don’t have kids, my 7 year old watched this throughout his baby years and the things it taught him is unbelievable. I agree with everything you have said about which programme teaches the kids what, and coming from a teacher who’s well educated on this sort of stuff is brill, I really hope they don’t stop it, my 7 month old loves Tiny pop at the moment but we do watch in the night garden and I know he will love all the other programmes when he gets a bit older x

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      Katy
      October 30, 2015 at 9:12 pm

      We watch In The Night Garden for bedtime too, I am glad they aren’t getting rid now x

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