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Summer Timetable Including our newsletter for May

WELCOME TO MAY’S IN:FORM! This newsletter contains news and information about upcoming groups and sessions as well as our summer 2014 timetable. 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.

Nikki Bird Centre Manager.

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BANK STAFF WANTED Do you hold a level 2 or 3 in Early Years Care & Education? Are you interested in working at the Children’s Centre? Please speak to Nikki for more information.


WANTED! Do you have a few hours spare a week? Would you like to help out at any of our groups? Are you interested in finding out more about the work of Children’s Centres?

We are looking for volunteers to help out in the Children’s Centre. If you are interested or would like more information, please pop into the Centre any morning and chat to our Deputy Manager, Jane!

Notice Board Parents Forum Tell us your views week Monday 28th April- Friday 2nd May Your chance to let us know what you think about your Children’s Centre; what you enjoy and how we can improve. Pick up your questionnaire from reception. All completed questionnaires will be entered into a prize draw to win a £10 Toy Library voucher.

Half term messy stay and play session. Open to children under 7 years of age

Thursday 29th May 10am – 12 noon 50p donation per family

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! PLEASE NOTE THERE WILL BE NO PLAYTIME @ PLAYLINK ON THIS DAY. Please come along and join in the fun at Splodgers instead!

MONDAY 9.15am- 11.15am SPLAT! HBC

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.

10am- 12noon Playtime

A popular drop-in stay and play session run jointly by Merstham Playlink (Welcare in East Surrey) and us. @ Age Concern, Weldon Way, Merstham

£1.50 per child Term time only Donation 50p per family


1pm- 2.30pm A Step Up

Help with CV writing, interview skills, training 6 week course opportunities etc for those looking to return to work Starts 3rd June education or training. Free crèche. Call to book. @ Community Facility, Portland Drive, Merstham

1pm- 2.30pm Baby Massage Money Wise

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

3pm- 4pm A monthly drop in session offering free, confidential money and benefit advice and support.

£15 per child per course. Please call for dates 6th May

WEDNESDAY 9.30am -10.30am Play session with a focus on communication, speech


6 week courseplease call for @ Merstham Baptist Church, Weldon Way dates Donations 10am- 12 noon welcome Breastfeeding support & information for pregnant & Drop in- term Baby Café breastfeeding mums. (If you’d like to see a time only breastfeeding counsellor please arrive by 1130) Partners welcome. @ YMCA Princes Road, Redhill. Free 10am- 12noon Introducing An informal session on feeding & weaning for Family parents with children aged around 4 months old. 28th May Run by the Merstham 0- 19 Public Health Nursing Foods Team. Call to book.

Every Child & language development. Call to check if your child A Talker is eligible and to book your place.

WEDNESDAY Continued Post Natal Group

10am- 12noon A 4-week course for new mums covering topics such as feeding, massage and first aid. Call to book.

1pm- 3pm baby baby

A small, friendly session for parents to drop in with their under 1s. Join us for coffee, chat & play.

Free Starts 18th June Donation 50p per family

THURSDAY 9am-9.45am (Also runs on a Tuesday) Coffee Time Our Teeny Tiny Tea Bar is open specifically for

Donation 50p per drink

Furzefield Parents to meet for a coffee and chat!

10am- 12noon Playtime

A popular drop-in stay and play session run jointly by Merstham Playlink (Welcare in East Surrey) and us. @ Age Concern, Weldon Way, Merstham

12.30pm- 2.15pm Well Baby Clinic

Donation 50p per family


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.

FRIDAY Donation 9am- 11am (Soon to be renamed SPLAT!) What’s The 50p per family An interactive, imaginative & fun messy time with Story, craft, songs, rhymes and stories for children under 5 Jackanory? and their parents/ carers.

1pm- 2.30pm Under 25’s A group specifically for parents aged under 25 &

Donation 50p per family

their under 5’s to come and have fun together.

Little Sports Stars

2.30pm- 3pm 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

SATURDAY 10am- 12noon An opportunity for dad’s to bring their under 5’s to

Dad’s Club a session of play and activities. Runs every 4th Saturday of the month.

Donation 50p per family 24th May

Coming Soon A Step Up Returning to work? Accessing education or training? Join Jo from Raven Housing on our 6 week course writing CVs, job searching, interview skills, confidence building and training opportunities. There will be a free crèche run by The Red Oak to accompany this course. Start Date: Tuesday 3rd June 1pm- 2.30pm (for 6 weeks) Course venue: The Community facility, Portland Drive Crèche venue: The Epiphany Church Hall, Mansfield Drive. Please call The Red Oak to book your place.

Coming up at

9th May ~ Family Information Service 23rd May ~ Dental Talk 6th June ~ British Red Cross First Aid

Fridays 1pm- 2.30pm

MonÂŁywise Free drop in session offering money & benefits advice.

Tuesday 6th May, 3pm- 4pm * Checking * Maximising

benefit income

Help includes; entitlements * Negotiating * Budgeting * Applying

with for

creditors benefits

The Centre will be closed on Monday 25th May & Monday 26th May for the May bank holidays.

We are collecting Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers Please pop them in the box in reception.

Most of the activities provided by the Children’s Centre (or by our partners) 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 always appear on the programme, 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.

June’s edition will be available on

Tuesday 3rd June

Please recycle me when you pick up the next edition of in:form!

Inform May 2014  
Inform May 2014  

Summer timetable & newsletter for May 2014