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May 2013

WELCOME TO MAY’S IN:FORM! Spring is finally here and we hope you are all enjoying the sun! Don’t forget sun hats and sun cream when the weather is warm. We would like to welcome Jane Morgan, our new Outreach Worker. Find out a little more about her on page 3. If you would like to receive our newsletters electronically, then just complete the ‘Email updates’ form in the ‘Contact’ section of our website – – or ‘like us’ at We hope to see you at The Red Oak soon.

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Duane Kirkland, Centre Manager.

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who took part in Active8. The aim of which was to raise money to help fund Stefan Glasson’s trip to America for treatment for a brain tumour. The total amount raised through sponsorship and donations is an outstanding

£1,236.50 Stefan and his family will be leaving for America on 8th May. We wish them all the best.

Dad’s Club Saturday 25th May & Saturday 29th June 10am- 12noon Toys, craft and snacks for the children and bacon sandwiches for the dads! For children aged 0-5 and their superheroes!

Save the date….

Saturday 22nd June Friends of Furzefield

Summer Fete Look out for more information in the June edition of in:form!

….is a new series of activity sheets for toddlers. They are a great tool for you to use to help your toddler develop their communication and language skills.

Make a posting box in May!

Take it in turns to post pictures or items through the hole into the box, encouraging your child to choose what they post and to name the items as they go.

You can download the activity sheet from our website, where it can be found under ‘activities and events’, or scan the QR code with your mobile. Check out our website for more ideas of activities you can do with your toddler. Why not have a go and see what fun you can have together!

Summer is coming…. ….and we are starting to plan our summer holiday programme! We would love to hear your ideas of activities and events that you would like us to run during the summer holidays. So let us know what you and your family would love to take part in and help us plan a fun filled summer for everyone!

‘Hello’ from our new Outreach Worker…. Hi, my name is Jane Morgan and I am the new Outreach worker here at The Red Oak. I have now been here two weeks and have settled in nicely! My back ground is early years education, supporting child-minders and children who have additional needs; with Croydon Local Authority. What a real change from the hustle and bustle of grid locked Croydon to the suburbs of Reigate & Banstead! My biggest accomplishment has been to negotiate single track roads and stubborn tractor drivers and my biggest challenge has been to change the toilet rolls, sadly to no avail! It is a real privilege to work with a great team and I look forward to getting to know the families who use the Centre.

Activities: Drop in and see us if you have a question or need help on anything to do with raising a family, or if you need help with completing paperwork.


A small, friendly session for parents to drop in with

50p per family Free

Baby Café

Term time drop-in breast feeding support & information for pregnant & breast feeding women. Partners welcome. @ YMCA Princes Road, Redhill.

Baby Massage

A 5-week course to teach you all you need to know about baby massage. It’s great for relaxation, bonding and communication. Call to book.

£15 per child per 5 week course

Advice & Info

baby baby their under 1s. Join us for coffee, chat & play.

Dad’s Club

An opportunity for dad’s to bring their children to a 50p per family session of play and activities. Open to children under 5, and their superheroes! Is your baby around 4 months old & showing an


Little Sports Stars

A drop-in active session with ‘Little Sports Stars’ – the specialists in children’s multi-sports and activities. Open to children aged 2-5

£1.50 per child

50p per family


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 A 4-week course for new mums introducing a wide


Stay, play & learn all together! Use all our facilities & equipment, meet others, and take part in organised activities… There’s LOTS to do! SPLAT (HBC) is only for home-based child carers.

HBC-£1.50 per child/ £2.00 during holidays


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!

£2 for first child, then £1 each

Well Baby Clinic

Drop-in to have your baby weighed or to see the health visiting team... then stay for a while and have a drink while your little one plays.


Introducing interest in food? Come along for information & Family advice about feeding and weaning your baby. Run Foods by the Merstham 0- 19 Public Health Nursing Team.

Post Natal range of topics including Baby Massage, First Aid, Group Feeding and more. SPLAT!

Calendar Monday

Tuesday 30 April 1300- 1430 Baby Massage (2)

Wednesday 1 May 1000- 1200 Post Natal (2) 1000- 1200 Earlswood Baby Cafe 1300-1500 baby baby

Thursday 2 1000-1200 Playlink 1230-1415 Well Baby Clinic

Friday 3 0930-1100 Splodgers! 1430-1500 Little Sports Stars

Saturday 4


7 0915- 1115 Parenting Puzzle

8 1000- 1200 Post Natal (3) 1000- 1200 Earlswood Baby Cafe 1300-1500 baby baby

9 1000-1200 Playlink 1230-1415 Well Baby Clinic

10 0930-1100 Splodgers! 1430-1500 Little Sports Stars


15 1000- 1200 Post Natal (4) 1000- 1200 Earlswood Baby Cafe 1300-1500 baby baby

16 1000-1200 Playlink 1230-1415 Well Baby Clinic

17 0930-1100 Splodgers! 1430-1500 Little Sports Stars


22 1000- 1200 Earlswood Baby Cafe 1300-1500 baby baby

23 1000-1200 Playlink 1230-1415 Well Baby Clinic

24 0930-1100 Splodgers! 1430-1500 Little Sports Stars

25 10001200 Dad’s Club




1300- 1430 Baby Massage (3)

13 0915- 1115 SPLAT! (HBC) 1000-1200 Playlink

14 0915- 1115 Parenting Puzzle

20 0915- 1115 SPLAT! (HBC) 1000-1200 Playlink 1130- 1300 Introducing Family Foods

21 0915- 1115 Parenting Puzzle




1300- 1430 Baby Massage (4)


1300- 1430 Baby Massage (5)


29 30 SHINING STARS CLOSED FOR HALF TERM 1300-1500 baby baby

1000-1200 Playlink 1230-1415 Well Baby Clinic

31 0930-1100 Splodgers! 1430-1500 Little Sports Stars

These are the activities provided by the Children’s Centre (or by our partners) that are open to all our 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 and recommend you check before attending. Many of the courses we run at the Children’s Centre are free and although some activities have a suggested donation these are not intended to prohibit families from attending. Fees may be charged for the services we provide for other professionals and for courses and activities run by external companies.

What’s On Baby Massage Post Natal Group

Tuesday’s 1.00pm- 2.30pm

Free 4 week course starting

4th June- 2nd July

Wednesday 5th June

£15 for the 5 week course

10am- 12noon Giving new Mums the chance to make new friends and cover a wide range of topics including Baby Massage, First Aid, Feeding and more.

Suitable for babies over 8 weeks old until they can crawl! Key benefits of baby massage are: Improves relaxation, encouraging longer sleep duration Helps to relieve the effects of colic, teething, constipation & wind Stimulates all of a baby’s major systems, immune system, co-ordination, respiration, digestion, learning ability, language development…

Is your baby around 4 months old? Are they starting to show an interest in food? Come along to a free session on

Introducing Family Foods for advice and information about feeding and weaning your baby. The next session at The Red Oak is:

MONDAY 20TH MAY 11.30am- 1.00pm Run by the Merstham 0- 19 Public Health Nursing Team. Please call to reserve your place.

Little Sports Stars Fridays 2.30pm-3.00pm £1.50 per child Multi sports and exercise for children aged 2- 5 years No need to book, just come along and join in the fun!

The Parenting Puzzle is a 10-week course, presented in a friendly, informal way which encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. The course can help us to understand how emotions influence our actions, and offers many positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn to handle both their feelings and their behaviour. It suggests ways of helping us feel good - boosting self-esteem in ourselves and in our children and has activities for parents to take part in. It’s open to parents and carers of all ages and only costs £20 (although you can pay weekly if you wish) which covers the cost of your book and refreshments. Unfortunately there will be no crèche facilities for this course. Start date: Tuesday 7th May 2013 Time: 9.15am- 11.15am Venue: Furzefield Primary School Delabole Road, Merstham, RH1 3PA For more information, or to book your place on the course, please call us on 01737 645908, email or speak to Christine Harper. These courses are jointly provided by The Red Oak Sure Start Children’s Centre and Furzefield Primary School.

The Red Oak Children’s Centre is pleased to support the Earlswood

Wednesdays 10.00 am- 12.00 noon (term time only) YMCA Princes Road, Redhill, RH1 6JJ Breastfeeding support & information for pregnant & breastfeeding women. * Specially trained staff * Partners welcome * Toddler play area * Refreshments*

Are you and your child getting enough vitamin D? All women who are pregnant or breastfeeding are advised to take a daily supplement of vitamin D. All infants and children from 6 months to 5 years should be given vitamin drops unless they are drinking at least 500ml (1 pint/20oz) or more of infant formula.

Due to a change in legislation we are unable to supply Healthy Start vitamin drops from the Children’s Centre as we would now need a wholesaler’s drugs licence to distribute them. They can be purchased from your local supermarket or chemist. You can still buy your Vitamin D (10mg) tablets from the Children’s Centre. (We can also take the Healthy Start vouchers for the tablets.)

We are now collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids Vouchers. Please bring them to the centre and pop them in the box in reception. Thank you.

June’s edition will be available on

Tuesday 28th May

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