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Greenwich West Children’s Centres Improving the lives of local children and families

GWCC Robert Owen Early Years Centre

Sherington Primary School & Children’s Centre (Charlton)

Information booklet on services for families All you need to know about Children’s Centre services across Greenwich West including Invicta, Quaggy, Robert Owen, Rachel McMillan and Sherington


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Greenwich West Children’s Centres Welcome to our latest information booklet. Activities for our 5 Children’s Centres are detailed here. This includes weekly events as well as one-off events. We provide a variety of services to families across Greenwich West including health, learning and play opportunities, family support, parenting and different activities that you can attend with your under 5. We are always open to new ideas, so please let us know if you have any suggestions.

What is a Children’s Centre? Children’s Centres offer all families with children under five a range of services, information and support in their local community. The support varies according to local needs but most centres offer the following: l

advice during pregnancy and when your baby is born

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home visiting

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family drop-ins

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parenting support

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information about your child’s health needs

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training courses to improve your life skills or help you back to work

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help finding specialist groups and services

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family support.

Centres work closely with other local organisations, so if there is something they can’t help you with themselves, they will usually be able to give you details of an organisation who can. You can find out more information about Children’s Centres online at www.royalgreenwich.gov.uk.

How Can You Get Involved?

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Introduction

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What is a Children’s Centre? How Can You Get Involved?

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Some of the Services Explained

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GWCC Funday

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Invicta Children’s Centre Timetable

There are many ways you can get involved at your local Children’s Centre. You can volunteer by doing a variety of tasks including things such as helping out at groups, play sessions and supporting other parents and carers through our Parents in Touch Service. You can be part of a Parent Forum to help support and develop the Centre. Or you can just attend the activities and get involved, meet other parents and get to know the staff. If you would like to find out more about getting involved in your Centre or about anything to do with Children’s Centres then please speak to a member of staff who will be happy to talk to you.

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Quaggy Children’s Centre Timetable

Mobile Phones

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Rachel McMillan Children’s Centre Timetable

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Robert Owen Children’s Centre Timetable

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Sherington Children’s Centre Timetable

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Contact Details

We do not allow the use of mobile phones by parents anywhere on Children’s Centre sites. This is because we have a strict safeguarding policy that is in place to protect the children attending. Staff have use of a camera to take photos. If you have any questions around this issue please talk to a member of staff.

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Some of the Services Explained

Healthy Start Scheme

A Parents Forum is made up of interested parents who want to get involved in the Children’s Centre they attend. There are opportunities to have your say and influence the activities and events that take place. There are also opportunities to receive some training and develop skills.

All our children's centres promote the Healthy Start Scheme. If you are pregnant for have a child under 4, the Healthy Start Scheme can help you buy fruit, veg or milk. If you qualify for the scheme, you will be sent vouchers to use in many different shops. You will also get vouchers to swap for free vitamins suitable for mums and children aged 6 months to 5 years. All our children's centres can help you with: l Checking to see if you are eligible for the Healthy Start Scheme l Filling in the Application Form l Swapping your Healthy Start vitamin vouchers for vitamins l Using your Healthy Start fruit and veg vouchers in local shops If you want to know more about Healthy Start ask a member of staff or go to www.healthystart.nhs.uk.

Stay and Play

Together for Twos

This is usually a staff run drop-in where you can come with your child. You stay at the session and are able to meet other mums, dads and carers in a friendly atmosphere with opportunities to play with your child.

Did you know that your two year old could be entitled to 15 hours of free early learning a week? This could be with a registered childminder or a Children’s Centre, crèche, local nursery or pre-school playgroup. All of these early learning places have qualified staff who are trained to look after children. They are inspected by Ofsted and have been graded by Ofsted as providing good or outstanding learning experiences for children. Research has shown that good quality early learning and care can expand children’s development especially in communication and language, developing their physical skills and socialising with other children and making friends. Taking a Together for Twos place also helps families, as you can have time for yourself and take advantage of the activities and courses run at your local Children’s Centre, for example, courses such as preparing to go back to work, finding out more about child development and first aid. Currently, free Together for Twos places are not available for all families. If you are receiving benefits or on a low income, then you may be entitled. To find out more about a Together for Two place come in and visit your nearest GWCC Children’s Centre.

Dad’s Group or Dad’s Brunch This is a group for Dads and Male Carers and usually runs once a month. We have some exciting activities taking place including science activities, outings and even residential trips. The regular groups run at Sherington Children’s Centre on the 2nd Saturday of the month and at Quaggy Children’s Centre on the 3rd Saturday of the month.

Parents Forum

Counselling Service This is a one to one service where parents can get support on a variety of personal issues in confidence.

Family Support Children’s Centres offer support to families within our area in a variety of ways. All families go through some difficult times and our service understands that we can play a part in empowering mothers, fathers and carers in their role as parents. We can offer information on services you may wish to access. We provide group support in ways such as parenting courses and support groups. We even offer one to one support with different issues. Please feel free to talk to staff about any concerns you may have. We are here to help.

Functional Skills Functional Skills are practical skills in English, Maths and ICT for all learners. Functional Skills provide an individual with essential knowledge, skills and understanding that will enable them to operate confidently, effectively and independently in life and work.

Infant Feeding GWCC is working towards the UNICEF Baby Friendly Initiative (BFI) Award. This means we will be promoting in all our centres: l Breastfeeding l Safe & responsive bottle feeding l Strong & loving relationships between parents and their babies Staff are being trained and there will be information and advice for pregnant and new mums in the centres about infant feeding. If you would like to know more, please ask a member of staff.

ESOL English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). Learning English or improving what you already know is really useful if you want to study, get on in work or learn more about your rights and responsibilities. Creches are available for certain activities. Please let the Centre know if you cannot take up a creche place as this can then be allocated to another child.

GWCC Robert Owen Early Years Centre

Sherington Primary School & Children’s Centre (Charlton)


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Invicta Children’s Centre

TIMETABLE

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THURSDAY

WEDNESDAY

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Invicta Children’s Centre Opening Soon! We are pleased to announce that Invicta Children’s Centre will be offering Together for Two’s places for 3 days a week starting this term. Please contact the Centre to find out more information. We will also be running Stay and Play sessions and other services this term too so keep an eye out for this or contact us to find out’

Forest School 10.00am-11.30am Drop-in session for children from 6 months – come and have fun hunting for bugs, digging and exploring the outdoor environment

MYCENAE HOUSE 90 MYCENAE ROAD LONDON SE3 7SE TEL: 020 8858 1749 Story Rhyme Time 10.00am-11.30am This activity is at Mycenae House Drop-in session for children of all ages – have fun singing, listen to an interactive story time and finish with a craft activity

INVICTA CHILDREN’S CENTRE INVICTA ROAD BLACKHEATH LONDON SE3 7HE TEL: 020 8465 9785


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THURSDAY

WEDNESDAY

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MONDAY

Quaggy Children’s Centre ESOL Classes

Parent Gym

Messy Play

9.45am-11.45am at HTC (Crèche places need to be booked). Term time only

1.00pm-3.00pm New 7 week parenting course starting Monday 6th June

1.30pm-3.00pm drop-in session (£1 per child)

1.30pm-3.30pm (under 25s activities and social group – free crèche). Term Time only

9.30am-11.30am Have your baby weighed at this drop-in session with Health Visitors

Stay and Play

Quaggy Fit

Theatre Tots

9.30am-11.30am drop-in session (£1 per child)

9.30am-10.30am At HTC (Crèche available) Term time only

10.30am-11.30am at HTC (£5 per session) Term time only

Stay and Play

Functional Skills

9.30am-11.30am drop-in session (£1 per child)

9.30am-11.30am (Term Time only) Courses at all levels in Functional English Skills and Functional Maths Skills at HTC (Crèche available)

Lone Parents information session with Jobcentre Plus 9.30am-1.30pm at HTC – Contact for details

9.30am-11.30am Term time only, with crèche. Parent’s Social Group with ‘taster activities’ (£1 per adult)

QUAGGY CHILDREN’S CENTRE ORCHARD HILL LEWISHAM LONDON SE13 7QZ

Young Parents

Baby Club and Bumps ‘n’ Babes

Lifestyle Group FRIDAY

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Parents Forum Meeting 11.30am–12.30pm 1st Friday of each month (with crèche) Come and get involved with your Children’s Centre

Baby Music

Music Makers

2.45pm-3.15pm Music classes are term time only (£1 per child )

3.30pm-4.30pm Music classes are term time only (£1 per child )

HTC HOLY TRINITY CENTRE BENNETT GROVE LEWISHAM LONDON SE13 7RF Baby Massage Course

Bouncing Babies

2.00pm-3.30pm

Free session to encourage communication skills using songs signs and gestures. Contact for details

4 week course Please contact for more information

2.00pm-3.00 pm

Breastfeeding Group

SATURDAY

12.00noon-2.00pm Café Local at HTC Advice, Support and Social Group Drop-in (£2 per session)

10.00am-12.00noon Held on the 3rd Saturday of each month

Dad’s Brunch


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FRIDAY

THURSDAY

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Rachel McMillan Nursery School and Children’s Centre Breakfast in the Family Room – 9.15am-10.00am Time to stop for coffee or tea, meet other mums or dads or chat to Children’s Centre staff

Breakfast in the Family Room – 9.15am-10.00am Time to stop for coffee or tea, meet other mums or dads or chat to Children’s Centre staff

Breakfast in the Family Room – 9.15am-10.00am Time to stop for coffee or tea, meet other mums or dads or chat to Children’s Centre staff

Breakfast in the Family Room – 9.15am-10.00am Time to stop for coffee or tea, meet other mums or dads or chat to Children’s Centre staff

Functional Skills

Walking Group

Music and Movement

9.30am-10.30am Each Monday we will be taking a healthy walk around Deptford. Come and join us

11.00am-12.00noon A group for children and their mums, dads or carers to dance, sing and make music

Stay and Play 9.30am-11.30am A place to come and play with your child, learn new activities and meet new friends

Stay and Play 9.30am-11.30am A place to come and play with your child, learn new activities and meet new friends

Stay and Play 9.30am-11.30am A place to come and play with your child, learn new activities and meet new friends

RACHEL MCMILLAN NURSERY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE, MCMILLAN STREET DEPTFORD, LONDON SE8 3EH TEL: 020 8692 4041

TIMETABLE 1.00pm-3.00pm (Term Time only) A place to get help with your Literacy and Numeracy skills – Booking is essential

Baby Club

Speech Therapy Drop-in

Baby Massage 1.30pm-3.00pm

1.30pm-3.00pm

9.30am-11.30am

A chance to spend time bonding with your new baby through massage – Places need to be booked – 5 weeks starting Tuesday 7th June 2016

For babies (0 to 18 months) and their mums, dads or carers. A place to spend time with your baby and learn about their development

A Speech Therapist is available for advice and to answer your questions – second Tuesday of every month

Twin Club 1.30pm-3.30pm In Shelter 5 A weekly drop-in session where you can meet other parents of twins and socialise with your babies

Creative Parents

Personal Development Course

1.00pm-3.00pm

1.00pm-3.00pm

A time for you to try a mixture of activities, just for the fun of it! Learn a new skill such as crafts, singing or sewing – Suggestions welcome

A fun and interactive workshop that can help you build confidence, manage stress and become more assertive. You must book onto this and the creche if required

Call the Midwife 12.00noon-4.00pm Are you pregnant? Do you have a new baby? Do you need advice? Booked appointments from 12noon to 3pm and a Drop-in Service is available from 3pm to 4pm

Friends of Rachel McMillan Would you like to join our Parent Forum? Would you like to have a say on what happens within the Children’s Centre? Contact for details


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Robert Owen Children’s Centre and Nursey School Midwife by Appointment

Counselling 9.00am-12.00noon Support on a variety of personal issues in confidence. Contact for details

9.00am-4.00pm Call in the morning 020 8331 3260

Bumps and Babies Group – Drop-in 9.30am-11.30am Pregnancy – 18 months £1.00 (voluntary donation)

Toddler Group – Drop-in

Young and New Baby Group with Joan Lee (Clinical Psychologist) – Drop-in 9.30am-11.30am Share your parenting experiences with other new parents

English Classes

9.15am-11.15am Health Visitor Drop-in – first Wednesday of every month £1.00 (voluntary donation)

9.30am-11.30am Crèche available Booking required £1.00 per session

Stay and Play Group – Drop-in

Robert Owen Early Years Centre

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ROBERT OWEN NURSERY SCHOOL AND CHILDREN’S CENTRE 43 COMMERELL STREET GREENWICH, LONDON SE10 0EA TEL: 020 8858 0529

Functional Skills 9.30am-11.30am (term time only) Improve your Literacy, Maths and ICT skills – Please enquire

Homestart Family Group 1.00pm-3.00pm Support for families in a group setting – by referral

Young Parent Group 1.00pm-3.00pm For families aged 25 or under with babies up to 18 months

Money Advice by Citizens Advice 2.30pm-3.30pm (drop-in) 3.30pm-4.30pm (by appointment)

Trekking Toddlers 1.20pm in the café space Depart centre at 1.30pm. A walk activity to local places of interest 28th April, 26th May, 30th June

Led by parents of Robert Owen 9.30am-11.30am £1.00 (voluntary donation) Childminders Welcome

Parent Forum Coffee Morning with Craft Activity

Breastfeeding Group – Drop-in

Personal Development Course

9.30am-11.30am

10.00am-12.00noon

Want to have your say or just hear about what’s happening at Robert Owen? Then why not join the Parent Forum? We meet once a month to share experiences and ideas and look at what’s new

Support and advice for pregnant and breastfeeding mothers

9.30am-11.30am and 1.00pm-3.00pm 10th, 17th and 24th June 2016 Contact for details

Parent Partnership For families with children who may have SEN and disabilities and/or challenging behaviour. For advice or to book an appointment please call: 020 8921 6921


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Sherington Children’s Centre

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Midwife – By Appointment Only

Breastfeeding Drop-in

Stay & Play 9.30am-11.00am A fun filled play session for you and your child. Story time and singing. Outside Play Area

10.00am-12.00noon Support and Advice for Mums

TUESDAY

Music and Rhyme Time!

Dads’ Stay and Play

9.15am-10.00am

Session for Dads and Male Carers to have fun with their children and meet other Dads and Male Carers

THURSDAY

Bumps ‘n’ Babes – 9.30am-11.00am

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Midwife – By Appointment Only A group for parents/carers with babies up to 18 months as well as mums-to-be. Information sessions and a chance to meet other parents/carers

Music and movement session for toddlers and young children

Health Visitor Clinic

11.30am-12.00noon Join us for a singing and movement session with your toddler

1.00pm-3.00pm 2 year developmental checks – by appointment only

Speech and Language Drop Ins Dates to be confirmed – please enquire at Reception

Sherington Primary School & Children’s Centre (Charlton)

Oral Health Drop-in Session

IMPROVE YOUR ENGLISH AND MATHS – 1.00pm-3.00pm

9.30am-11.30am

FUNCTIONAL SKILLS in ENGLISH and MATHS, including ESOL Learners – Every Tuesday at The Community Café, Cherry Orchard Estate – For further information please speak to a member of staff

17th May 2016 – Oral health advice for your baby. Come along and receive support and guidance

9.30am-11.30am

Counselling Service

Being Me

10.00am-1.00pm

1.15pm-2.45pm Running from 20th April to 18th May 2016 – A course about building happy, confident and calm toddlers. Contact staff for more details

Every Wednesday If you feel this is a service you require please speak to Sherington Children’s Centre Family Engagement Worker

Stay & Play for Childminders and Parent/Carers

Baby Massage Course

Baby Drop-In Clinic

10.30am-11.30am

9.30am-11.30am

5 Week Baby Massage from 21st April 2016 – Booking Essential – ask at Reception for more details

1.00pm-3.00pm The First Thursday of Every Month

A fun filled session with the chance for you to meet your local childminders. Play, story time and messy play available.

Sherington Family Group FRIDAY

Baby and Toddler Singing

9.30am-11.30am Crèche Available Invitation Only

Health Visitors from Vanbrugh Health Clinic will be at Sherington Children Centre Come along have your baby weighed and receive support and guidance from your health visiting team

SHERINGTON CHILDREN’S CENTRE SHERINGTON ROAD CHARLTON SE7 7JW TEL: 020 8305 3140

DAD’S SATURDAY CLUB 10.00am-11.30am 2nd Saturday of the Month Dads / Granddads / Uncles / Male Carers All welcome – Playtime, arts, crafts, singing – Breakfast Included


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Greenwich West Children’s Centres Improving the lives of local children and families ____________________________________________________________

Invicta Children’s Centre Invicta Road, Blackheath, London SE3 7HE Telephone: 020 8465 9785 Email: admin@quaggychildrenscentre.org.uk www.quaggydevelopmenttrust.org

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Quaggy Development Trust Quaggy Children’s Centre, Orchard Hill, London SE13 7QZ Telephone: 020 8465 9785 Email: Info@quaggychildrenscentre.org.uk www.quaggydevelopmenttrust.org ____________________________________________________________

Robert Owen Nursery School and Children’s Centre 43 Commerell Street, Greenwich, London SE10 0EA Telephone: 020 8858 0529 Email: info@robertowen.greenwich.sch.uk www.robertowenearlyyears.org.uk

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Rachel McMillan Nursery School and Children’s Centre McMillan Street, London, SE8 3EH Telephone: 020 8692 4041 Email: admin@rachelmcmillan.greenwich.sch.uk www.rachelmcmillannursery.co.uk

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Sherington Children’s Centre Sherington Road, Charlton, London SE7 7JW Telephone: 020 8305 3140 Email: sao@sherington.greenwich.sch.uk www.sheringtonprimary.co.uk/childrens-centre

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GWCC Robert Owen Early Years Centre

Sherington Primary School & Children’s Centre (Charlton)

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