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Our Services
 
There is a preview of our Services and shown Activities below, these will change as we continue to review and develop our work and we would be very pleased to hear your views

To find out what Activities are running now please select the Activity Timetable menu on the left

To give us your feedback and ideas please call in and see us or click here to use our Feedback form
Baby Beeps
Join us for a trip through baby land, a squishy, squashy place where everyday activities are turned into sing song events.  Play with our puppet characters, sensory props and relax with our baby touch massage, creative movement and lullabies. For all pre mobile babies.

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Baby Massage
Fun and relaxing baby massage sessions, learn about the importance of touch and massage for attachment with your infant, plus the importance of handling and communication with babies.

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Barclays Money Skills
Through our flagship UK community programme, Barclays Money Skills, we’re driving an industry leading initiative to help one million people build the skills, knowledge and confidence they need to manage their money more effectively. We’re also contributing our time, energy and resources to make sure Barclays Money Skills makes a long term positive difference for society.  All of the team at Weymouth and Portland are trained to give you money and finance advice.
The programme gives young people who may be struggling to manage their finances the tools and support needed to improve their money management skills and gain a better understanding of financial matters.

This year, through running Barclays Money Skills sessions, Action for Children projects aim to reach more than 2,500 of the UK’s most vulnerable young people aged 16-25, to include:
• Young parents in Children's Centres who are struggling on a tight budget.
• Young people in youth clubs and training centres needing general money management advice to prepare them for work.
• Young people in hostels and care services who are getting ready to manage their own tenancy for the first time.
Volunteers from Barclays support the sessions, bringing their expertise to help young people learn how to get started on topics such as budgeting, managing bank accounts and making informed financial decisions. The sessions encourage young people to use creative, practical and fun ideas to manage their finances, increase their confidence and help them get to grips with this essential life skill.


Click here to view Barclays Money Skills

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Bookstart Corner
Our friends at the National project Booktrust - have brought a new project called Bookstart Corner - which helps alll children's centres to provide children at around two years when they are accessing funding - a brand new book pack or if parents wish to sign up to learn more, there is a short couple of sessions which can help you to understand the benefits of reading to your children and sharing stories from an early age - again with this scheme you receive a free book pack.
Click here to view from our friends at Booktrust

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Breast Feeding Peer Support
Run by CIC, Real Baby Milk, Breastfriends runs across the centre group either within the centres or in local family friendly venues.
For information on ALL the groups click here.
All peer supporters are trained and provide the same support and advice which compliment your health visitors and midwife, plus local children's centre staff.
Click here to view Real Baby Milk

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Childminder Groups
Our centres are here to be the hub of the community and this includes welcoming our childminder colleagues into the centres to run sessions for the children they are looking after.  At various locations over the week, for fun and adventure!

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Citizens Advice Bureau Drop In
Sophie from the CAB visits the centres every Friday morning to see our families and offer much needed advice around finance, debt and housing.  Although it is a drop in, Ann often has a long queue so please be sure to test out the play sessions which run alongside these until she has a space in her appointments.  Call the centres for more information.

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Crafty Kids
If your kids love digging into arts and crafts projects with paint or glue up to their elbows, relax -- they’re learning and developing in essential ways while they’re making a beautiful mess. Children derive many important benefits from the opportunity of working with arts and crafts projects, making creative activities worthwhile in your home.

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Forest Garden
Community Forest gardening is about people and their communities, learning and working with nature not against it, to fufil their diverse needs.


Foest gardens can be planted in community spaces, peoples gardens, school grounds.They have the potential to contribute enormously to the social, physical, spiritual,economic and environmental well being of communities.

Creates opportunities to learn experiencially about natural ecosystems and sustainable design in practice. In addition children can be taught core subjects using a forest garden.Forest gardens are very special, healing places for people.

Ours is in Wimborne and we try to use it as much as possible for sessions including Dads Group and Young Parents groups.


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Job Club
Looking for work?  Updating your CV?  Then come along to the Job Club at Wimborne on a Weds - or sign up for a course.  Use the free internet provision and free computer access to get signed up for a great new beginning.

Booking is not necessary and the best bit is it's open to the whole community.


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Library Gets Lively
Lively drop in sessions for children under five and their parents or carers.


Children are never too young to enjoy using a library and even babies can be library members.  Enjoy fun stories, songs and rhymes, sessions have also been shown to help babies develop an early love of language, rhymes and songs, which build a firm foundation for learning to read. Sessions are free.

 


Click here to view libraries running Library Gets Lively

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Rhyme Time
Bounce and rhyme sessions are fun for babies, toddlers and their parents or carers. Loads of noisy fun and instruments to shake and rattle.
Noisy fun for under twos and you! Rhyme time! Clap, tap, wiggle and jiggle together.
We combine stories, songs, rhymes and instruments to rattle and shake to help young children get the most from their library. It's enjoyable, interactive and noisy!
Rhyme time sessions are aimed at babies and toddlers along with their parents and carers.  The events are based on sharing nursery rhymes, action songs and music.
It is fun, interactive and noisy! Nursery rhymes are great for language development.  It is also a nice way of introducing babies and toddlers to their local library!
Click here to view libraries running Rhyme Time

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Tricketts Cross Parent and Toddler Group
Through term time only, we run a play and learn for parents and toddlers under five years, come along and have fun at The Heatherlands Centre.

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Under 2's Group
A session for parents with under two year olds to focus on schemas, child development and developing skills and knowledge, opportunities to share stories and songs and develop an understanding as to why it is never too early to start reading and sharing books with your children.

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