Quality Play. Early Learning sessions & School Readiness

Across our seven centres we run quality play and early learning sessions catering for a wide range of parents and carers, grandparents and childminders. Our centre activities provide an opportunity to meet new people and to enjoy play activities in a safe, informal and friendly atmosphere. 

Our sessions are designed to support children’s development and children’s transition to the Early Years Foundation Stage when they start pre-school, nursery, or Reception class.

These sessions include:

  • Baby Groups
  • Stay & Play
  • Big Hopes, Big Futures
  • Sticky fingers, creative story telling etc

Our sessions are for anyone caring for a new born up to baby turns one.  During the sessions we role model lots of fun baby play stimulating sounds and ask an expert sessions.  Parents are able to access support services and  be signposted in areas of need such as postnatal depression, bonding, infant nutrition and health.

Our baby groups are designed to encourage bonding & play. We create a welcoming environment with big floor cushions, washable rugs with play mats and baby toys to stimulate the age group.

Baby Group/Baby Massage Timetable

Brookhill Children’s Centre
  • Every Thursday Baby Group 0-1 years Drop-In 10am-12pm
Cardwell Children’s Centre
  • Every Wednesday Messy Baby Group A ‘first foods’ based messy play session for babies under 18 months 1pm-3pm

  • Every Thursday Baby Soft Play Suitable for babies under 18 months 1pm-3pm
Eglinton Children’s Centre
  • Every Wednesday Baby Group Singing, stories and sensory play suitable for babies under 18 months 9.30am-11.30am
Glyndon Children’s Centre
  • Every Wednesday Baby Group 0-12 Months 10am-12pm
Plumstead Children’s Centre
  • Every Wednesday Baby Group 0-12 Months 10am-12pm
Slade Children’s Centre
  • Every Monday (Need to book due to space)

  • Baby Group Session 1 – 9am – 10.30am Session 2 – 10.45am – 12.15pm Thursday’s Baby Massage 4 week course 12pm-1pm Call for more information

Our stay and plays are a welcoming environment with plenty of activities to stimulate the full age range of children who attend. They are a great place for parents and carers to gradually introduce their children to a social environment where they can learn with other children and gain more confidence. It allows for parents to take part in different activities with their children which helps parents and carers to understand how their children learn and what their interests are.

Parents and carers also have the opportunity to socialise with and support one another. We provide activities in the session that reflect the diversity and ethnicity of families that attend, can help them to feel welcome and provide rich learning experiences for their children. 

Our sessions role model lots of play that parents can do at home and help children to develop early positive play and sharing habits with their peers.

Stay & Play Timetable

Brookhill Children’s Centre

Monday
  • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 1pm-3pm
    Tuesday
    • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 9.30am-11.30am
      Wednesday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 1pm-3pm
      Thursday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 1pm-3pm
      Friday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 9.30am-11.30am

      Cardwell Children’s Centre

      Monday
      • Messy Monday Stay & Play 1pm-3pm Interactive music and story groups at the end of the session
      Tuesday

      No Sessions

      Wednesday

      No Sessions

      Thursday
      • Stay & Play 1pm-3pm Voluntary donations accepted
      Friday

      No Sessions

      Eglington Children’s Centre

      Monday
      • Oxleas 6-8 week Checks 9.30am-11.30am Appt Only
      Tuesday
      • Stay & Play 9.15am-11.15am Voluntary donation accepted
      Wednesday
      • Messy Stay & Play 1pm-3pm Voluntary donation accepted
      Thursday
      • Oxleas Health Visitor Advice Session Drop-In 9.30am – 12pm

      • Oxleas Development review at 2! 1pm-4pm Appt Only

      • Mums Aid & Oxleas Support Group 1pm-3pm Appt Only
      Friday
      • Stay & Play 9.15am – 11.15am Voluntary donation accepted

      Glyndon Community Centre

      Monday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 9.30am-11.30am
      Tuesday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 9.30am-11.30am
      Wednesday
      • Stay & Play 0-5 9.30am-11.30am
      Thursday

      No Sessions

      Friday

      No Sessions

      Mulgrave Children’s Centre

      Monday
      • Oxleas 10-12 mth Development Review 9am-1pm Appt Only
      Tuesday
      • Best Beginnings Midwives Clinic 10am-12pm Appt Only

      • Oxleas Development Review 9,30am – 11.30am Appt Only
      Wednesday
      • Oxleas Development Review 9.30am – 11.30am Appt Only

      • Oxleas 6-8 week checks 1pm-3.30pm Appt Only
      Thursday
      • Oxleas Pre-Natal Clinic (Mornings) Appt Only
      Friday
      • Stay & Play For army Families At the Army Community Centre 9.30am-11.30am Please call the centre for more information

      Plumstead Children’s Centre

      Monday

      No Sessions

      Tuesday

      No Sessions

      Wednesday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 1pm-2.45pm Call to book
      Thursday

      No Sessions

      Friday

      No Sessions

      Slade Children’s Centre

      Monday

      No Sessions

      Tuesday
      • Stay & Play 0-5 yrs 9.30am-11.30am
      Wednesday

      No Sessions

      Thursday
      • Stay & Play 0-5yrs 1pm-3pm
      Friday

      No Sessions

      To register your child or for further information contact Hazel Smith at Brookhill Children’s Centre:

      020 8319 5320/Mb: 07715 233495 Email:hazel.smith@homestartgreenwich.org.uk 

      Getting your child ready for starting Pre-School and School

      Big Hopes Big Future is a Pre-School/School Readiness Early Learning Programme, with weekly sessions planned around the needs of you and your child.

      Benefits for your Child

      Structured play and activities offer your child the opportunity to interact with others, whilst making a start on early learning goals. Sessions are planned around the needs of your child, helping them to reach their own milestones, including establishing routines, potty training and dressing independently, in addition to supporting early literacy and numeracy development. 

      Benefits for Parents

      Alongside the social interaction and support you will receive, we will give you a variety of opportunities to interact with your child, with many activities that can be repeated at home.  Your child will also learn some independence and social skills and begin to move away from you whilst interacting with other children and adults.  All of this will go towards supporting your child to be ready to start pre-school and school.

      Parent & Child Bonding

      You will need to attend the session with your child, giving you the opportunity to interact in stimulating activities together.

      During the Covid-19 Pandemic, Families have continued to be supported virtually via Home-Packs containing lots of ideas on how to engage with their children’s early learning whist self-isolating. 

      The sessions are free and suitable for children from 2 years upwards and will continue to run at Glyndon Community Centre on a Thursday from (10.30-12.00) once we are out of the restricted movement phase.

      Contact

      Oak House,
      71, Barnfield Road,
      London,
      SE18 3UH

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