Activities & Courses Currently Offered

Our weekly timetable is subject to change each half term. A brief outline of what we offer is shown below:


Stay and Play Tuesday 9.00 to 11.00 and Friday 1.15 to 3.15
Come along and join in with your child learning through play which is the most effective way for young children to learn and develop. We offer a range of activities both indoors and out for all parents/carers of children aged from birth to 5 years. Our practitioners are able to explain how and what young children learn through play whilst also providing lots of useful tips on how to support and encourage your child’s learning and understanding at home. £1 per family.


Tuneful Tots Tuesday 1.30 – 2.30
Come and join this fun course to get creative by enjoying music with singing, musical instruments and dancing. Music and movement develops children’s physical control and their sense of spatial awareness. Research shows that speech and music have a number of shared processing systems and musical experiences can improve language development.

This course demonstrates how gentle massage strokes and techniques will increase baby’s sense of security, improve circulation, and strengthen the immune system and their feeling of well-being. Massage can enhance parent/carer and baby communication and also ease sleep problems, colic, constipation, digestion, circulation and so much more…

Through yoga poses children can develop their gross and fine motor skills. Yoga helps to improve sleeping patterns both in duration and frequency, as well as encouraging sleeping through the night. Yoga poses and stretches for infants help digestion, constipation, and
relieve gas and colic. Yoga promotes bonding between parents and babies.

Nurturing Programme Wednesday 1.00 to 3.00 from February to May ‘13

The Nurturing Programme helps parents and children understand and manage feelings and behaviour, improve relationships at home and in school, improve emotional health and wellbeing and develop self-confidence and self-esteem. Limited crèche places are available. The course runs for 10 weeks. Please contact the school/centre on 01274 584368 or call into Family Support office if you are interested in attending.

Sponge Tree's Learn, Make, Sell Fri 9.15 - 10.45am
An 8 week course that enhances participants’ abilities to learn new and exciting creative skills. Sponge Tree will model how to make seasonal craft items, then show you how to price, package, display and ultimately sell the finished items. These adult learning sessions are for beginners who have an interest in selling their own handmade items. Limited crèche places available. £5.00 per week. Please book at Reception.

Healthy, Happy Babies Thursday 9.00 to 11.00
Specifically designed for babies aged 0-18 months. Advice and support on all aspects of caring for your baby, e.g. breast feeding, weaning, sleeping, potty training and much more. Some sessions also include visiting health professionals for specialist help and advice. Find out how to make the most of learning opportunities in everyday life at home. This is a time to relax, chat and meet new friends and share your experiences. £1 per family.

Stepping Stones Thursday afternoons 1.30 - 3.00pm
A variety of different activities including baking, make your own play dough, exploring media, construction, creating with recycled materials. Children will begin to appreciate the need to share space and resources, to work together and develop their social skills as they interact and play with others. The aim of this group is to help children aged 2-5 years gain the skills and confidence that are needed for a happy transition into Nursery and/or Primary school.

Multi Babes First Thursday of every month 1.30 to 3.00
Twins/multiple birth support group. An exciting play session for babies and toddlers and an opportunity for parents to gain an understanding of the ways in which young children learn. Meet other families experiencing life with twins and triplets. The group aims to offer practical help and support to share ideas on how to multi-task and manage with more than one baby!


Dads’ group Monthly Saturday mornings from 10.00 to 12.00

A wide variety of experiences and fun for all male carers and their children.

Click HERE for 2014 dates.


Lending Library
We have a new lending library in the Community Room. Please borrow books to enjoy at home. Sharing books with babies and toddlers is a wonderful way to help children to understand the world around them. The first five years of life are crucial in terms of language development and research shows that babies and toddlers who enjoy books have developed skills that will ultimately support their emergent reading and writing skills.

Holiday activities

During the school holidays we offer a variety of days out and centre based activities for families to enjoy together. Refer to the timetable in the Centre or on the website for each holiday period.

Job Centre Plus
Do you need help finding work? Accessing training? Writing a CV? Make an appointment with the JobCentre Plus advisor by calling us on 01274 584368. A private room will be provided for appointments at Hirst Wood.

Safety equipment
During birth visits we can provide a range of home safety equipment such as plug and corner covers and thermometers.

Fluoride Varnish Programme
For all children aged 2 years and above, whose parents have given permission. The process involves painting a varnish containing high levels of fluoride onto the surface of the tooth every six months to prevent decay. This works by strengthening tooth enamel, hopefully making it more resistant to decay. The school/centre will contact all parents of eligible children.