Regular and group activities
Baby Play & Learn Session (PALS) - (0-12 mths)
These sessions provide opportunities for all carers to 'Play and Learn' together while having fun. It is through play that children learn about the world around them, so come along and experience this together. There will be a wide variety of sensory toys and books in a stimulating environment, all aimed at supporting your child's learning. We will provide you with ideas for things to do at home! This session is suitable for babies 0-12 months. It will not be possible to bring older siblings to this group.
Breast Feeding Workshop
On the first Thursday of each month a Breast Feeding Workshop is held between 2-4 pm at Buttercups Childen's Centre. Bookable via Windhill & Little Squirrels CC on 01279 696853. Further advice and support can be found at the http://www.hertsdirect.org/breastfeeding website under the East Herts heading.
Child Development Checks
Bookable via the Child Health Department at Herts & Essex Hospital
Theses checks are carried out on an appointment basis by the Health Visiting Team.
Coucoucraft - Adults Only Sewing Course
This beginners sewing course run by Coucoucrafts will help you to create and make beautiful items for yourself, your family and your home. You will be working in a small, friendly and relaxed group, building your sewing confidence and skills. The course covers using sewing machines and accessories, hand sewing skills, using patterns, choosing the most suitable fabrics for the job and will help you to save money carrying out your own simple alterations and repairs. For more information about course fees and to book your place contact Windhill & Little Squirrels CC on 01279 696853.
Early Years Autism Support (EYAS) Group
A weekly focused support group (by invitation only from the Communication Disorder Team) providing sessions for Early Years children.
First Parents Group
First Parents is a 5 week course run by the Children's Centre Staff, Health Visitors & the Red Cross for first time mums/dads to come and share experiences and learn about play and development, sleep, resuscitation, minor ailments and information about local services. Bookable via Windhill & Little Squirrels CC on 01279 696853.
Fun with Drums & Music - (0-12 mths & 1-2 yrs)
The aim at Fun with Drums and Music is to start your child's musical journey. Day 'o' Drums are an educational group, developing listening and musical skills through fun filled sessions where learning takes place subconsiously. Rhythm, beat, harmony, texture, style and instruments are introduced in all activities using a variety of musical styles and genres. Children use all their senses to experience music in the Fun with Drums way. We play, listen, dance, sing, jump, act and explore the world we live in. Come, learn and have fun! These sessions are suitable for babies aged 0-12 months and 1-2 years.
Infant Massage - (6 wks to crawling)
This session is suitable for children aged 6 weeks to crawling.
Gentle strokes for tiny folks! A unique bonding experience for you and your baby. These sessions are run by a qualified IAIM instructor (International Association Infant Massage). You will learn techniques that will enable you to respond to your baby appropriately.
Infant Massage for Dads
This session is suitable for children aged 6 weeks to crawling
In the early months how many dads can attend activity classes and spend quality one to one time with their little one? The good news is that these baby massage classes are run by a qualified IAIM (International Association of Infant Massage) instructor are a wonderful way for dads to get that special bonding time with their baby. You and your baby can enjoy the baby massage while giving Mummy a bit of 'me time' too.
These sessions are suitable for babies from 16 weeks and are bookable via Windhill & Little Squirrels CC on 01279 696853
Advice and support from the Health Visiting Service on all aspects of starting your baby on solid foods. Contact Windhill & Little Squirrels CC or check our website http://www.windhillchildrenscentres.org.uk under News tab for session dates.
Learners Community Library (LCL)
These drop in sessions are ideal for families who need advice and support with concerns about their child’s communication skills, additional needs or disability. Members of the Children's Centre team are on hand to offer additional support. Sessions take place at the Herts & Essex Hospital, Bishop's Stortford, CM23 5JH.
Me ‘n’ Dad
These Saturday morning sessions for dads, grandads and male carers are a chance to enjoy play, fun and learning with your children (0-5 yrs). The session includes free play, singing, dancing, craft activities and even an opportunity to relax and read the newspaper whilst enjoying a cup of tea and a bacon butty! It is a session for the male role models in your children's life to come along and enjoy the fun, whilst you take a break! The Children's Centre Team support the Community Church in delivering these sessions. Check our website http://www.windhillchildrenscentres.org.uk for dates under the News tab.
Community Midwives and Children's Centre staff will be on hand to offer support and advice at these clinics
Musical Play & Learn Sessions (PALS) - 12-18 mths & 18-24 mths
Two age specific sessions for children aged 12-18 months and 18-24 months.
An opportunity for you and your toddler to learn new rhymes that you can also enjoy at home. Your toddler will enjoy songs with you and as part of a group and learn to hear the rhythm and rhyme of speech. Songs on CD and musical instruments are introduced.
Musical Play & Learn Sessions (PALS) for 2-3 year olds
This session is suitable for childred aged 2-3 years
An opportunity for you and your child to learn new rhymes that you can enjoy at home. Your child will begin to take an active role in singing, actions and music making. Songs on CD and musical instruments are introduced.
Parent Craft Course: Preparation for Labour, Birth & Parenthood
Course of 3 free evening classes run by the Community Midwives at Windhill & Little Squirrels CC from 7-9 pm on the first 3 Tuesdays of each month, bookable via Windhill & Little Squirrels CC on 01279 696853. Sessions aim to help Mums to Be (from 32 weeks) and their partners prepare for labour, birth and life as parents. Sessions are adapted to meet the needs of each group but typical session contents include:
Wk 1: Normal labour and birth,
Wk 2: Interventions inc. Induction, Caesarean Sections, Pain Relief (inc. epidurals)
Wk 3: What happens immediately after your baby is born, taking baby home, normal newborn behaviour, when to call the midwife and newborn screening.
Parent Effective Educational Partnership (PEEP)
An early learning intervention strategy for the under 5s
The PEEP Learning Together Programme focuses on how to make the most of the learning opportunities in everyday life at home – listening, talking, playing singing, sharing books and having fun! PEEP supports parents and carers in their role as first educators of their children. All Children’s Centre sessions include elements of the PEEP programme. Please talk to a member of the Children’s Centre Staff if you would like more information.
Please look out for details of parenting courses which run throughout the year, often in Partnership with Extended Schools (ASPECTS). If you feel you need support with any aspect of parenting, please speak to a member of the Children’s Centre Staff, your Health Visitor or Early Years Setting.
This free 10 week parenting programme is for parents and carers of children aged 0-10 years and is provided with funding from Hertfordshire County Council Children's Services. Over the 10 weeks topics such as understanding why children behave as they do, recognising the feelings behind behaviour (ours and theirs), exploring different approaches to discipline, finding ways to develop co-operation and self discipline in children and the importance of looking after ourselves. Check under the Activities Tab for parenting courses for next available dates.
Physical Play & Learn Sessions (PALS) - (0-4 yrs)
Come and enjoy our Physical Play and Learn Session. These sessions will give you and your child the opportunity to engage in a wide range of physical activities together, such as balancing, skipping, ball throwing and using gross motor skills. We will also be using music to exercise. These sessions will focus on the importance of physical activity. There is a healthy snack and drink at the end of the session. This session is for all children aged 0-4 years.
Play & Learn Sessions (PALS) - (0-4 yrs)
These sessions are aimed at children aged 0-4 years
Our PAL sessions will give you the opportunity to 'Play and Learn' together, in a stimulating environment. We encourage you to use all toys and resources with your little ones, all aimed at supporting your child's development and learning...... You can even pick up ideas of what you can do at home! There is a healthy snack and drink at the end of the session, before everyone helps with the tidying up. The session ends with singing and rhymes.
Fancy breakfast, the papers and a time to play with your children? Then why not come along with the whole family (as long as the children are under 6 yrs) for an hour and a half of fun? There will be crafts, books, activities, games and outside play. This will be your very own Saturday Stay & Play session. Check our website http://www.windhillchildrenscentres.org.uk for dates under the News tab.
Well Baby Clinic
A drop in session run by the Health Visiting Team held at the Charis Centre in Bishop's Stortford (CM23 2JZ) on a Wednesday morning from 9.30-11.00 am and Thorley Community Centre Wednesday afternoons from 1.30-3.00 pm which offers new mums the opportunity to see their Health Visitor, have their baby weighed and receive breastfeeding advice and support (Breast Feeding Support at Charis Centre AM sessions only). A member of The Children's Centre Team also attends these sessions to offer additional support.
Although we are not currently running a Young Parents Group at Northgate Youth Centre (watch this space for further details) Young Parents will continue to be supported by the Outreach Team at Buttercups Children's Centre on 01279 508759.