Playgroups and classes

Harrogate and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place for bringing up children and there is plenty going on.

Below is a list of all the local playgroups and drop in clinics throughout the week and also details of all the children’s activities classes available across our area. Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.

If you know of any other classes or groups which are not already listed, then please contact us here. Basic listings are free. ’Featured’ listings are £15 per month. For our full advertising rates then please click here.

Børn of the Forest

Børn of the Forest is a classroom without walls where children learn from nature, within nature. Our sessions, based on the principles of the Forest School approach, allow children to learn about nature, the environment, their world and themselves through natural, open ended play, creation, exploration, and discovery.

TERM TIME

Preschool Play. Walkers-age 5 – Term time, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10-11.30

Preschool play sessions for you to stay and play with your little explorers. The sessions are child led, natural and open ended with time and space for your little ones to follow their own interests and motivations. There will be lots of time to explore our different areas, thoughtfully designed by our Early Year’s specialist teacher to engage the senses and with child development at the heart. We have mud kitchens, swings, slack lines, den making and much more. There’ll be new enhancements each week often based on stories or the seasons so as well as returning to favourite areas, there’ll be something new to try each visit.

We recommend coming once your little one can confidently walk. Sessions can be booked as one off or using a flexible class pass. Pre-walking siblings are welcome free of charge.

Preschool Forest School age 2.5 – 5 – Term time, Tuesdays 10-12 Sessions are based upon the Forest School ethos. We’ll be following your child’s lead and building upon skills and experiences, which will likely include campfire cooking, with your child involved in the process; learning to use real tools to create crafts and as part of woodland management/ fire building preparation; crafting, playing with and exploring natural materials to help us to learn about and connect with nature. Plus of course plenty of time for child led play!

We recommend coming once your pre-schooler is about 2.5 years old to get the most from the sessions, but younger siblings are of course welcome too with pre-walking siblings welcome to join us free of charge.

After School Club age 5-11 -Term time, Mondays 3.30-5.30

As with the holiday clubs, there is much time spent playing freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.

After School Clubs are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.


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After dancing online throughout lockdown, we are so excited to be back in our physical classes and dancing with our little stars again in person.  Our preschool dance and ballet syllabus offers four stages of ballet dance classes, for young children aged 6 months to 6 years, plus a tap dancing class for children over 3 years.

 

Tots (6-18mth), Tinies (18mth-3yr), Movers (3-4yr), Groovers (4-6yr)

Mondays – Killinghall

9.45am Tinies

10.30am Movers

11.15am Tots

 

Tuesdays – Knaresborough

11.00am Movers

11.45am Tinies

12.30pm Tots

 

Wednesdays – Harrogate

9.45am Movers

10.30am Tinies

11.15am Tots

 

Fridays – Killinghall

9.45am Tinies

10.30am Movers

 

Saturdays – Beckwithshaw & Knaresborough

9.30am Tinies

10.15am Movers

11.15am Groovers

 

You can start classes with babyballet at any time and we offer a three-week introductory trial for £15.00 to trial our magical classes before committing to a term. 

Please rest assured all of our classes have Covid secure measures in place and we are practising social ‘dis-DANCING’ at all of our venues.

 

Visit (https://babyballet.co.uk/babyballet-school/harrogate-knaresborough-ripon/) for more details and to book a trial. You can also email Miss Kim at harrogateknaresboroughripon@babyballet.co.uk or call/text 07873 443595

 


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Børn of the Forest is a classroom without walls where children learn from nature, within nature. Our sessions, based on the principles of the Forest School approach, allow children to learn about nature, the environment, their world and themselves through natural, open ended play, creation, exploration, and discovery.

TERM TIME

Preschool Play. Walkers-age 5 – Term time, Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays 10-11.30

Preschool play sessions for you to stay and play with your little explorers. The sessions are child led, natural and open ended with time and space for your little ones to follow their own interests and motivations. There will be lots of time to explore our different areas, thoughtfully designed by our Early Year’s specialist teacher to engage the senses and with child development at the heart. We have mud kitchens, swings, slack lines, den making and much more. There’ll be new enhancements each week often based on stories or the seasons so as well as returning to favourite areas, there’ll be something new to try each visit.

We recommend coming once your little one can confidently walk. Sessions can be booked as one off or using a flexible class pass. Pre-walking siblings are welcome free of charge.

Preschool Forest School age 2.5 – 5 – Term time, Tuesdays 10-12 Sessions are based upon the Forest School ethos. We’ll be following your child’s lead and building upon skills and experiences, which will likely include campfire cooking, with your child involved in the process; learning to use real tools to create crafts and as part of woodland management/ fire building preparation; crafting, playing with and exploring natural materials to help us to learn about and connect with nature. Plus of course plenty of time for child led play!

We recommend coming once your pre-schooler is about 2.5 years old to get the most from the sessions, but younger siblings are of course welcome too with pre-walking siblings welcome to join us free of charge.

After School Club age 5-11 -Term time, Mondays 3.30-5.30

As with the holiday clubs, there is much time spent playing freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.

After School Clubs are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.

Therapeutic Forest for SEND age 4-11- Term time, Thursdays 12.45-2.45 We are passionate about using the Forest School approach to support young people who need some additional support to socialise, improve communication, connect with nature and develop skills. As Therapeutic Forest Leaders we aim to meet the needs of children and young people with additional needs at Forest School. This may include supporting children with attachment difficulties and developmental trauma, those requiring inclusive communication strategies, those with sensory processing needs and children and young people with learning disabilities, autism and behavioural needs.

Home Ed Group age 5-11- Term time, Tuesdays 12.30-2.30 Forest School sessions for home-educated children with parents / carers staying to join them with their play and explorations. Learner centred sessions with much time spent playing and exploring freely. As children attend each week, we’re able to follow children’s interests and motivations and plan experiences accordingly. We are also able to support them in developing Forest School skills such as tool use, campfire cooking and fire lighting.

Sessions are facilitated by Level 3 qualified Forest School Leaders, some are also experienced teachers with QTS.

Home Ed sessions are to be booked at least half a term at a time and priority to rebook will be given to those already booked in.

THROUGHOUT THE YEAR

Birthday Parties age 2+ – Year round

If a birthday party that is a little bit different from the norm, set in beautiful, vast woodland surroundings, led (& tidied up!) by experienced, creative professionals is what you’re after for your child’s next birthday celebration, we might just be the thing!

We offer 2 different packages- either Forest School inspired or based upon a variety of different themes. There’s something for everyone! Please see our website for more information.


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Brood at 27 Commercial Street, Harrogate HG1 1UB
Upstairs, our cozy cafe is open Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM – 4 PM, and Sat, 9 AM – 1 PM. Parents/carers can gather while kids enjoy our free toy library.

Downstairs, explore our “Stay and Play” sessions with beautiful toys. Plus, our purpose-built studio hosts weekly children’s classes and workshops from your favourite providers. It’s also available for private events.

Indulge in Darkwoods ethically sourced coffee and savour high-quality food at our cafe. Don’t forget to browse our baby boutique for locally sourced gifts. We can’t wait to meet you and your brood. Coffee, crayons, classes, and conversation await! ☕👨‍👩‍👧‍👦🎨🍽️


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Dream Time is like no other Baby Class.

Dream Time combines gentle song, yoga, soft gymnastics, sensory play and massage. Our hour-and-45-minute classes provide the perfect combination of baby time and parent time, leaving everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to chat over a hot cuppa and chocolate treat

Since its creation over 20 years ago, Dream Time has won awards, gained CPD accreditation and holds Level 3 qualification with Open Awards. Dream Time teachers are among the UK’s most highly qualified baby massage therapists.

Venues:

Wednesdays: Calcutt Village Hall, Knaresbrough, 10-11.45am & 12.15-2pm. 

Thursdays: Pannal Village Hall, Harrogate, 10-11.45am & 12.15-2pm.

Fridays: Poppleton Centre, York, 10-11.45am & 12.15-2pm..

Each provide the perfect warm setting for a relaxing and nurturing time with your baby.

Touch is the first means of communication between you and your baby and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone as well as so many other benefits.

Classes can start from when your little one is 4-weeks-old and can stay with us until they’re on the move (most mums never want to leave–especially the coffee and cake!)

Booking essential.

£8 taster £63 x6wk block


07791 641134 
emily.rhowbotham@gmail.com
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Green Lane is a small and friendly home childcare setting. We offer 2 hour sessions from 9:45 – 11:45am every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for children of 18 months to school age. We will happily book children in on a regular basis, but can also offer a more flexible service.  Term time only.

Green lane is run by Lucinda and Torie, we are two local Mummies who both have Montessori and Early Years qualifications. Having had 6 children between us, we understand how all consuming young children can be. We wanted to offer a service that would allow parents a bit of breathing space, whilst also developing their social skills, independence and creativity in a home from home environment.

At typical morning for us would be allowing children time to explore the activities on offer; these are changed on a regular basis to follow the interests of the children. We then enjoy a healthy snack together before heading outside to feed the guinea pigs, enjoy messy play, digging or whatever the children would like to explore!

If you feel like this is something that may work for you and your children then please don’t hesitate to contact us.

72 Green Lane, Harrogate, HG2 9LN


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Play Sessions :

Our much loved stay and play sessions will return to Toy Library HQ at The Old School in Knaresborough every Wednesday and Friday, 10am – 11.30am.

Sessions will be open to all and will run in a very similar way to our pre-covid play sessions – toys and resources will be set up for children to access while grown-ups can enjoy playing along and socialising with others! The only change that we need to make, for now, is that there will be no snack provided for children. You are very welcome to bring along your own snacks though (but please avoid nuts!)

Drinks will be available for grown ups but please bring your own reusable cup. Cups will not be provided so please don’t forget!!

Toilet and baby change facilities will be open – as always, please take nappies away with you to dispose of off site.

Sessions are £3.50 plus 50p per additional child – we can only accept card payments (we have a snazzy new card machine!), we will no longer be accepting cash.

While face coverings are not compulsory, you are very welcome to wear one!

 

 


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Outdoor Adventurers is for 3 to 5-year-olds and is held in Ashville Prep School’s dedicated outdoor education area, complete with Emperor Bell Tent and firepit. Outdoor learning expert Paul Oldham will work with children and their parents to bring topics to life, help them connect with nature, and make great memories. To sign up for Outdoor Adventurers, click here.


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🤖Phonics with Robot Reg Autumn Term starts on Wednesday 20th September!🤖

I have classes suitable for 1-4 year olds on Thursday and Friday mornings at Clifton Village hall, Otley and Wednesday afternoon for 3-4 year olds in Pannal, Harrogate. 

Our classes have so many benefits for your little ones. Here are a few of them:

❤ Quality time together

💛 Building on social skills 

💚 Developing a love of literacy 

💗 Learning letters and their sounds

💙 Enhancing fine and gross motor skills

🧡 Fostering a knowledge of phonics and early pre-reading skills

💜 Supporting speech and language skills

Classes are high energy yet full of amazing  content to support your little one’s development in so many ways. 

One of the amazing things is they won’t even know they are learning while having so much fun! 

Adults often say they learn a lot too. 😉

🤖Would you like to come along for a 3 week trial and see what the classes are all about?🤖

Booking link: 

https://www.robotreg.co.uk/find-a-class/north-leeds-harrogate/

or email anna@robotreg.Co.uk for more information 

Wednesday
1:15pm Pannal Village Hall, Harrogate Preschool Class 2.5-4 year olds.
Thursday
9:30am Clifton Village Hall, Otley Preschool Class 2.5-4 year olds.
10:30 Clifton Village Hall, Otley Minis  Class 1- 2.5 year olds.
Friday
9:30am Clifton Village Hall, Otley Preschool Class 2.5-4 year olds.

10:30 Clifton Village Hall, Otley Minis  Class 1- 2.5 year olds.

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FUN, EDUCATIONAL & AWARD-WINNING music classes.

Your little one’s confidence, creativity and coordination will flourish with our fun, quality music sessions.

Rhythm Time Yorkshire North West was recently voted Wharfedale & Craven Mumbler’s favourite class or activity for the under 5s! Our classes will help to nurture and enhance EVERY child’s development and innate musical ability.

At a critical time in your child’s formative years, Rhythm Time offers a wide variety of activities. These activities help brain development, balance, concentration, listening skills and language which in turn help with reading, writing, maths, coordination and socialising.

Rhythm Time also helps stimulate your child’s imagination and also develops specific musical concepts such as rhythm, pitch and listening. It’s the perfect foundation for school and future music making!

Rhythm Time’s baby classes and Young Baby Courses will help the development of your baby from birth. Our Young Baby Courses have been created specifically for very young babies from birth to 6 months. These focus on developmental and multi-sensory activities specifically designed for very young babies and their early development.

Did you know you get UNLIMITED classes as part of your booking? (Ts & Cs apply) As well as your primary class booking, you are welcome to come to as many classes as you like at any of our venues. You can join us five days a week for the ultimate Rhythm Time fix and MEGA value!

Plus, you get FREE access to our Facebook Members’ Hub to support your face-to-face classes with more weekly online classes from home!

We are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association which means that you can be confident that our classes are some of the best available for parents and carers.

Cub, The Modern Nursery

The Croft, Kirk Deighton, Wetherby LS22 5HG

Mondays:

10.30 – 11.00 Toddler

11.15 – 11.45 Baby

12:00 – 12:30 Pre-school

Elim Pentecostal Church, Harrogate

Elim Pentecostal Church, Park View, Harrogate, North Yorkshire, HG1 5LZ

Tuesdays:

9.45 – 10.15 Pre-school

10.30 – 11.00 Toddler

11.15 – 11.45 Baby

12.00 – 12.30 Young Baby

Saturdays:

9:30 – 10:00 Family class

The Laughing Giraffe, Boroughbridge

7 Becklands Close, Roecliffe, Boroughbridge, North Yorkshire, YO51 9NR

Thursday:

9:45 – 10.15 Toddler

10:30 – 11.00 Baby

Chain Lane Community Hub, Knaresborough

Chain Lane Community Hub, Chain Lane, Knaresborough, West Yorkshire, HG5 0AS

Fridays:

9.30 – 10.00 Pre-school

10.15 – 10.45 Toddler

11.00 – 11.30 Baby


07577 531359
laura.j@rhythmtime.org
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Pre- School Drama classes for 2-4 year olds!
At Stardust, your little stars will be developing a wide range of theatre skills & social skills, developing their confidence, building their self-esteem & making new friendships.
Through drama & imaginative play, movement and song, we will be going on exciting adventures, exploring a range of imaginary worlds & ‘real world’ situations in a fun & safe environment.
Each class will be based on a different national event or special day, including ‘World Book Day’ in which we will be ‘Going on a Bear Hunt’, & ‘World Maths Day’ where we will be working on our numeracy skills & becoming aliens in our flying saucers!
TaDa the Star will accompany us on each adventure & will become a familiar face for the children.
Every activity we do is linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage framework, helping the children to learn and develop in each of the areas of learning.
Wednesdays at Community Centre
12.50pm- 2-4 years
1.40pm- 3-4 years
Thursdays at Elim Pentecostal Church
9.50am- 3-4 years
10.40am- 2-3 years
We will also have ‘Intergenerational Stars’ at The Cuttings (Harrogate Neighbours) on Monday afternoons once or twice a month. Please keep an eye on our social media for dates.

ami@stardustdrama.com
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CLASSES, PARTIES, AND CAMPS

For every stage of your child’s development – from 4 months to 12 years – The Little Gym offers a diverse lineup of classes, camps, and parties filled with movement, music, learning, and laughter. Your little ones will make friends, reach developmental milestones, and build self-confidence while having Serious Fun.

Tel: 01423 701560 or email: harrogate@thelittlegym.co.uk

1 Cardale Park, Harrogate HG3 1RY

Link to Sep 23 – July 24 Schedule

 

 


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Adventure Babies – Bring Books to Life

Take your little one on an adventure with our multi award winning sensory storytelling classes.We bring books to life through sensory stimulation to support all round development and help your baby to fall in love with books & reading.
Wednesday’s at Crimple HG1 3EW (9.45 / 10.45 / 11.45)
Call or Text Helen on 07922200153

Astral Gymnastics Club

At Astral Gymnastics Club, we offer recreational classes for all abilities, including an intermediate class for more advanced gymnasts, as well as preschool classes.

Gymnasts can expect to learn a range of exciting individual gymnastic skills as well as acrobatic skills.

All our classes are held at Harrogate High School

Mindfulness and Relaxation classes

Baby Mindful are lovely classes to join with your young babe but more than that there’s a chance practice simple mindful techniques that can really help in everyday parenting scenarios through babyhood and beyond

Call Jo on 07958517259 to book.

 

Ballet at Chatsworth Dance

 

Chatsworth Dance believe our combination of expertise and enthusiasm provides top quality tuition and facilities.

We hold over 70 classes a week in 2 dedicated studios as well as additional classes at Harrogate Gymnastics at Hornbeam park with 8 qualified teachers teaching over 500 students (Girls, boys & ladies)
Classes start from 18 months upwards (no upper limit!) there is something for everyone including Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre

 

 

Breathe and Be

Baby Yoga and Baby Massage Classes

Classes start from 8 weeks old until cruising/walking. You don’t need to have any experience of yoga to enjoy Baby Yoga together.

Baby Yoga at Pannal Village Hall starts Wednesday April 19th

Wednesdays 10.30-11.30

£54 for 6 week block

Massage classes starting soon!

07583818912

Busy Bees Baby Group

Every Wednesday 9.30am – 10.30am.

All sessions are free

Busy Bee Nursery, Hookstone Road

Call Helen on 01423 815990

Busy Birds Role Play Adventures

Busy Birds at Grange Park Sports Club, Wetherby

Join us every Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday anytime from 9.30am-12pm at Grange Park Café for role play adventures (crawlers up to 6 years, no booking required). Outdoor learning also available from March to October. Open during term time and most school holidays.

Football tots Ripon

The classes are a great way for children and parents to enjoy time together and develop the essential skills needed for starting school.
Contact Brian on 01765 620374 or 07595 297639

Wednesday at Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon
9.15 – 10.00 for 2 – 3 years

10.00 – 10.45 for 2 – 3 years

13.00 – 13.45 for 3 – 4 years

14.00 – 14.45 for 3 – 4 years

Friday at Hugh Ripley Hall, Ripon
9.15 – 10.00 for 3 – 4 years

10.15 – 11.00 for 3 – 4 years

11.15 – 12.00 for 2 – 3 years

Harrogate Gymnastics Pre-School Sessions

Our structured pre-school sessions are fun and energetic sessions designed to help little ones find their confidence in a class setting whilst exploring the equipment.

For those who want to explore and play on their own terms, we have our drop in sessions which run several times during the week – these sessions are also great as there is no booking required just turn up on the day!

The drop in sessions are £6 per child, and more information can be found on our website:  01423  874793

Hartbeeps

At Hartbeeps we put your child at the heart of our magical, musical adventures. We offer original and super fun, developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes, as well as educational sessions and fabulous children’s parties.

We run 3 types of classes:
Baby Bells (newborn to sitting)
Baby Beeps (sitting to walking)
Happy House (walking to pre-school)

I want to Ride My Bike with Dave Burns

Magic Hours are available every weekend. If your little one is itching to get onto 2 wheels be it balancing and or pedaling, now’s your chance! If they are already riding and need to brush up on their skills/got a new bike, then an hours 1:1 tuition is perfect too

More info on website.

Kidslingo Spanish!

Kidslingo Spanish! Fun Children’s Spanish Classes in Harrogate, Ripon & Wetherby

Our interactive, multi-sensory classes are action packed with songs, games, stories and activities to engage children in a foreign language in a natural and intuitive manner, so that they learn through play and social interaction.

Contact Ellen for more information 07402337347

 

Little Beans

There is a new parents starting at Harlow Hill Methodist Church, on Wednesdays from 10-12. A very informal, drop in session which is non-profit, non-religious, just a space for parents of young children to get together for a hot drink and a chat.

Moo Music

Moo Music is a fun and interactive musical group for 0-5yr olds!We use our incredibly catchy original music to help us explore the world around us. Through singing, dancing, signing and sensory play – we are continuously learning without even realising!

 

01765 650151

Special Families United, Knaresborough

1.15-2.45pm Special Families United at Knaresborough Children’s Centre Wednesday , Support Group for families with children with additional needs

Talking Tots

Talking Tots classes combine fun interactive games, songs, activities and stories to build on those vital early skills needed to communicate effectively. The sessions promote speaking, listening, attention, sharing, cooperation, confidence, self-esteem and phonological awareness

call Ruth on 07984327465

Tea & Tots at St James Church Boroughbridge

Starting 8th September 2021

1.30-2.30pm every Wednesday during term time. Ride-ons, slide, toys, colouring & refreshments.

0-5 yrs old £1 first child, 50p additional child/ren

St James Church, Church Lane, Boroughbridge YO51 9BA

The Little Explorers

The Little Explorers is a messy play class for babies and toddlers. We are the only class that caters for allergies.

Our classes put the fun back into learning with a new theme and activities every week.

Messy play is crucial to a child’s development.

Come Join us for lots of fun!

Tuesday’s – CALSA, Collingham – 9.45am / 11:30am

Thursday’s – Crimple, Harrogate – 9.45am / 11.30an 

Lauren

07792554314

TinyBeats Harrogate and Knaresborough 

TinyBeats provides a magical musical journey for you and your baby, toddler or preschooler. Each week we explore a different theme with a range of sensory experiences. We have BabyBeats for newborns to babies who are sitting, LittleBeats for sitters to walkers and BuddyBeats for babies walking to preschoolers.
Please text 07969060890.

Tots and Toys Toddler Group

9.30-10.30am Wednesdays (term time) Tots and Toys Toddler Group at Mowbray Community Church Westmoreland Street Harrogate HG1 5AT

Tumble Tots Harrogate

Our progressive play programme is designed to develop your child’s physical skills.  Using bespoke colourful equipment, we focus on agility, balance, climbing and co-ordination, which enhances brain development and builds confidence.

Every session is supervised by our amazing specially trained staff, getting the best out of each child.

07734 375 077

Water Babies

Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. suitable for little ones from birth up to school age.  As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.

 

Contact 01904 607110

 

World of Their Own Play and Dine

Read our Mumbler review here.

9.30 a.m – 12.00 Wednesday – Friday (Term Time only)Friday 12.30 – 3 p.m.

*Only 18 tickets per Play & Dine Experience, so online booking is essential to avoid disappointment.World of their Own is located at:

17A HORNBEAM PARK OVALHORNBEAM PARKHARROGATEHG2 8RB

 

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