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January 2012

Welcome to the NEW monthly newsletter of The Red Oak Sure Start Children’s Centre. in:form will bring you information about your Children’s Centre, the programme, dates for your diary, news and LOTS more. We’ve listened to what you told us about the Centre in your parent questionnaires in October and November last year, and the main and recurring things you said were: that you valued the range of activities on offer; you liked the affordable nature of our services; that you wanted us to be more responsive to ideas you have; that, whilst our publicity was good, our communication of up and coming events and news could be better. As such, we have kept the same number of activities available to you, and have worked hard to keep costs down. Alongside this, we have developed in:form, to work on the other 2 points. This is only a trial for the next few months, and it will replace the termly programme that you will be used to seeing. in:form will be available from the Children’s Centre, from our website, from Facebook or you can have it emailed directly to you as soon as it is available. Please complete the ‘Email updates’ form in the ‘Contact’ section of our website – If you have any comments about the newsletter, or would like anything including, please don’t hesitate to let us know. I do hope that you find it useful!

Duane Kirkland Centre Manager

January’s activities: SPLAT!

Come, stay, play & learn all together! Use all our facilities and equipment, meet others, take part in organised activities… There’s LOTS to do!

A popular drop-in stay and play session run jointly by Merstham Playlink (Welcare in East Surrey) and us. Runs at Age Concern, Weldon Way, Merstham Post Natal A 4-week course for new mums introducing a wide range of topics including Baby Massage, First Aid, Group Feeding, Dentistry and more. baby baby A small, friendly and open session for parents to drop in with their under 1s. Join us for coffee, chat and play. A drop-in group offering help, support and play for COCO children with additional communication and language needs. Splodgers! A chance to come and do all the arty, crafty and MESSY things you want to do with your children, but without the stress of doing it at home! Advice & Drop in and see us if you have a question or need help on anything to do with raising a family, or if you Info need help with completing paperwork. A 5-week course to teach you all you need to know Baby about baby massage. It’s great for relaxation, bonding Massage and communication. Call to book. A drop-in active session with ‘Little Sports Stars’ – the Little specialists in children’s multi-sports and activities. Sports Open to children aged 2-5. Stars


An informal, friendly 10-week course which encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. Call to book. Drop-in to have your baby weighed or to see the Baby health visiting team... then stay for a while and have a Clinic drink while your little one plays. A group for children (aged 3-5) and their parents to Nature enjoy, explore and learn about nature, the Tots environment & wildlife. Run with Surrey Wildlife Trust. Dad’s Club An opportunity for dad’s to bring their children to a session of play and activities. Open to children under 5, and their superheroes!

Parenting Puzzle

Childminders: £1 per child Bletchingley: 50p per family 50p per family


50p per family


£2 for first child, then £1 each Free

£5 per week

£1.50 per child

£2 per week



50p per family

January’s Calendar: Monday 2 CENTRE CLOSED


Wednesday 4 0800 – Shining Stars reopens

9 930 – SPLAT! Childminders 1000 – Playlink


11 930 – SPLAT! Bletchingley 1000 – Post Natal Group (New group) 1300 – baby baby

16 930 – SPLAT! Childminders 930 – Advice & Info. @ Bletchingley 1000 – Playlink

17 1000 – Parenting Puzzle (new course)

23 930 – SPLAT! Childminders 1000 – Playlink

24 1000 – Parenting Puzzle (week 2)

30 930 – SPLAT! Childminders 1000 – Playlink

31 1000 – Parenting Puzzle (week 3)

18 930 – SPLAT! Bletchingley 1000 – Post Natal Group (week 2) 1300 – baby baby 25 930 – SPLAT! Bletchingley 1000 – Post Natal Group (week 3) 1300 – baby baby

Thursday 5 1000 – Playlink 1230 – Baby Clinic 12 930 – COCO 1000 – Playlink 1230 – Baby Clinic

19 1000 – Playlink 1230 – Baby Clinic 1530 – Nature Tots

26 930 – COCO 1000 – Playlink 1230 – Baby Clinic

Friday 6 1300 – Baby massage (5 weeks) 13 930 – Splodgers! 930 – Advice & Info. @ Nutfield 1300 – Baby massage (week 2) 1430 – Little Sports Stars 20 930 – Splodgers! 1300 – Baby massage (week 3) 1430 – Little Sports Stars 27 930 – Splodgers! 1300 – Baby massage (week 4) 1430 – Little Sports Stars

Saturday 7



28 1000 – Dad’s Club

These are the activities provided by the Children’s Centre (or by our partners) that are open to all families with children aged 0-5. In addition, we host or run some groups or activities that are only open to some families, or which need an appointment to attend. These do not appear on the calendar, so don’t worry if you are coming to an appointment that isn’t showing! We reserve the right to change the programme at short notice & recommend you check before attending.

Post Natal Group

The next group begins on 8th February.

Baby Massage

5 week courses are running every half term The next course starts on 2nd March.


Our 5 week course looking at Health, Exercise and Nutrition for the Really Young is coming back after Easter – Call to reserve your place. Thursday 9th February – come along for a glass of wine, nibbles and a chat about your Children’s Centre. (see next page)

Have your voice heard!


us’ @ /theredoak

Find out more about your Children’s Centre at /about-us

Is our new programme to give you information about topics which we think you’ll find interesting and/or helpful. Resources and information will be available from the Centre and our website. If you have any topic ideas, please let us know.

HELP! We are looking for some parents to help us decide what the Centre does, and help to shape the way the Centre runs.

You can now advertise any clothes, toys and equipment for the under 5s that you’re looking to sell, at the Children’s Centre for only 50p per A5 advert

If you would like to ‘have your voice heard’, then come and see us on 9th February at 7pm for a glass of wine, nibbles and a chat.

So, if you’re looking to sell, or if you’re looking for a bargain, pop along to see what’s on offer!

Did you know that we run a DAD'S CLUB? It's open on the 4th Saturday of every month from 10am 12pm for games, crafts and activities for children (7 and under) and their superheroes! The next 3 dates are: 28th Jan, 25th Feb, and 24th Mar. Pop along and play!

Are you worried about your child’s communication? CoCo may just be the answer you’ve been looking for! It’s a stay and play group for children under 5 who may be struggling to communicate. It’s led by Nikki (from the Children’s Centre) and Alex (from the South East Portage Service) who are on hand to offer support, information, tips, tricks and advice. Come along to CoCo on a Thursday morning (9:30 – 10:30) at the Centre. It runs fortnightly from 12th January. Contact us for more information.

Colour me in!

February’s edition will be available on Tuesday 24th January… DON’T FORGET to sign up online to receive an e-version in your email inbox!

Newsletter - January 2012  
Newsletter - January 2012  

The Red Oak Sure Start Children's Centre's newsletter and programme for January