We have two thriving toddlers groups at our two churches – Little Treasures at St Andrew’s and All Saints’ Toddler Group which is now into its 6th year.
All Saints Toddlers – Thursday mornings 10am-11:30am (term time)
All Saints Toddlers runs on a Thursday morning from 10.00am until 11.30am during term time for all little people aged 0-4 and their grown-ups. We aim to provide a fun, safe and supportive environment in which parents/carers can spend quality time with their little ones and friendships can be discovered and support found.
The church is transformed with toys of every shape and size, ones that you can hold, chew, climb in, on, up or under. There is a team of around ten volunteers who do a variety of different roles from washing up to organising the craft but our most important role is to sit with parents, to listen and to offer a spare pair of hands when needed. We also have links with the local Children’s Centre and they come in every so often and offer practical advice to parents and answer any questions or concerns that parents may have.
It’s not just about Thursday mornings. We do lots of different activities throughout the year. In the summer, we hire a coach and go to a local farm park for the day when around 30 families join us. It is a really great day out for the whole family and a wonderful opportunity for dads and grandparents to join in.
At Christmas, we always have a visit from a very special guest who takes time out of his very busy schedule to come and deliver a gift to each of the children and in celebration of Easter, each child receives an Easter egg. And just to let each of the mums know that they are cared about, they each receive a rose for Valentine’s Day.
Little Treasures – Friday mornings 10:30am-12:00 at St Andrew’s (term time)
Our Little Treasures Toddlers Group meets on Friday mornings in term time in St Andrew’s church from 10:30-12:00 and is a great place to connect with others, have fun and find support as you journey through the roller-coaster of parenting. Each week there are toys, songs and a snack with support from a fantastic team of helpers.
We also have a Facebook page for our toddlers groups called ‘Slurps and Burps.’ You can access it here.