The Parenting Puzzle Course

4 week course starts Thursday 3rd May 2018
7.30 pm until 9.30 pm
Call us for more information 01276 473093

Other 2018 dates for courses running in Surrey can be found here:

What is the Parenting Puzzle?

Children are rewarding, stimulating and fun, but looking after them can be stressful and challenging. 

The Parenting Puzzle courses help deal with those challenges so that you can have a calmer, happier life. They are tried and tested programmes, they helps us think about what we do, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

The courses encourage and support parents & carers to enjoy bringing up children of all ages and to get the best out of family life.

They offer positive, practical ways of guiding children so they learn to handle both their feelings and their behaviour.

The sessions are informal, fun and a great confidence booster.

Course content:

4 week programme

These workshops help deal with challenges so that you can have a calmer, happier life, it’s a tried and tested programme that helps us think about what we do, why we do it and how it makes us feel.

We look at a range of topics including:

Praise & Encouragement

Child-led Play

Boundaries & Parenting Styles

Choices & Consequences

10 week programme

Over the 10-week Programme, you will look at lots of different topics, including:

Understanding why children behave as they do

Recognising the feelings behind behaviour (ours and theirs)

Exploring different approaches to discipline

Finding ways to develop co-operation and self-discipline in children

Learning the importance of looking after ourselves.

Details of other parenting courses running locally can be found by following this link:

Comments from parents who have attended the course

Some of the sessions that we covered I found very interesting and one in particular was aimed at family time and listening.  I found that I didn’t really listen to my children and realized that is why I was probably shouting a lot as they were doing the same to me. I cant say it has been a miracle cure but I now more aware of listening to my children, sometimes it is painful especially my 3 year old but they seem happier in the long run as I am giving them my attention.

I thought the Parenting Puzzle was really useful and enjoyable and full of lots of useful tips and advice.  I also thought it was a great opportunity to reflect on how you and your family are doing and what things you would like to do more of and what things you would like to change.  It also reminded me not to get so caught up in the day-to-day chores of family life that you lose sight of having fun with your children!   

If you would like to be placed on our waiting list for the next available course then please contact:

Caroline Atkins: 01276 473093 or email

Please note there is a small charge of £16 per person.

Baby Weighing Clinics 2018

Baby Weighing pic

Our Health Visitor Drop-In Baby Weighing Clinics
during  May will be held on the following dates:

Bagshot Clinics (held at the Bagshot Sure Start Children’s Centre, School Lane, GU19 5BP) are from 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm and will be held on:

Monday 21st May  

(Bagshot Clinics are held the first and third Monday of each month)    Please note, however, that due to the Bank Holiday there is only one Baby Weighing Clinic in May


Lightwater Clinics (held at the All Saint’s Community Hall, Broadway Road, GU18 5SJ) are from 1.30 pm – 2.30 pm  and will be held on:

Tuesday 22nd May

(Lightwater Clinics are held the fourth Tuesday of each month)


National Careers Service

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

30 minute appointments available
from 9.30am until 11.30am

Free help & support from our qualified Careers Adviser available through Bagshot, Lightwater & Windlesham
Sure Start Children’s Centre.

We can help you:

  • Identify your skills
  • Build up your confidence
  • Develop your CV
  • Brush up on your interview skills
  • Explore your career options
  • Search for courses and training

For more information and to book your place please call: Caroline Atkins on  01276 473093
or email:

Welcome Workshops

Each month we hold a Welcome Workshop
for our new parents

The workshop will enable you to meet other parents in the area and chat about life with a new baby.
Also, it is an opportunity for you to find out about the services that we offer at the Centre. We can answer any questions you may have about our sessions and take bookings for any courses that you are interested in; for example Baby Massage.

The next workshop date is:

Thursday 7th June from 10.30 am – 11.15 am

Please contact us to book your place, please note priority will be given to families living in Bagshot, Lightwater & Windlesham

Buggy Walk

Every Thursday between 10.15 – 10.30 am a group of parents meet at the Children’s Centre entrance in School Lane, Bagshot to go for an hour long walk with their baby, in a push chair or in a sling.

We hope to see you for a stroll soon

 Please call the Centre if you would like to join the walk –

01276 473093

Baby & Child First Aid Workshops

first aid box

Next Workshop Date: Thursday 21st June 2018
9.30am until 12pm (non mobile babies welcome)

Liane from Daisy First Aid will be running workshops at our Centre covering CPR, choking, meningitis, seizures, burns and much more.

There is a small charge of £15 per person to attend a Workshop,
which must be paid on booking to secure your place

If you are interested in attending a Workshop
please email or call the Centre to book your place on the next available course.

(please note that priority is given to families living in the Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham areas)


Messy Monday and Tiddler Time Fun

During our recent Play & Learn sessions we have been introducing ideas on how to support your children in their personal, social and emotional development
more information can be found here:

The Messy Monday session is aimed at children over 2 (younger siblings are welcome) & Tiddler Time is aimed at children under 2.
Both sessions are planned using the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Principles (learning development & care for children from birth to five)
It is a great opportunity for you and your child to have some fun with paint, gloop, glue, etc and to help your child to develop through sensory play.
We also do stories and rhymes during the session.
Many of the activities we do during our
sessions can also be done at home to help continue the learning process.

We hope to see you and your family at a session soon

Messy Mondays 9.30 am until 10.30 am

Tiddler Times 11.15 am until 12.15 pm

Please note that our Play & Learn sessions can be very wet and messy so we suggest that you and your children wear old clothes and to also bring a spare set for your children to change into at the end of the session.

We will continue to use our outside play area as
much as possible during the Winter term, (alongside our indoor area) so please remember to wear suitable clothing and footwear for the weather conditions on the day, raincoats, wellies, etc.

FREE Bookstart Baby Pack

Do you live in the Bagshot, Lightwater or Windlesham area and have a baby who is under one?

Have you received your Bookstart Baby Pack for them? 

If not, please speak to a member of staff when you next visit the Centre for Baby Weighing or our New Babies and Under One’s Group and bring your Red Book with you


Your Bookstart Baby Pack is a great free resource that contains everything you need to get started with sharing stories, rhymes and songs with your baby to help build their early language skills – it is never too early to start:

  • Board books– perfect to enjoy with your baby
  • Babies Love Books– get top tips about sharing books, recommendations for more books to share and a £1 book token
  • Information on local library services join your local library where you can have access to a wide range of suitable books and take part in their free Rhymetime/Storytime sessions for babies and toddlers

You can also join Bookstart’s Bear Club – for more information on this and other great ideas

please click on the ‘Bookstart’ link

Childcare Choices

Have you visited the new Government website which provides parents with a single point of information for all the government funded childcare offers?
This includes the two new offers of 30 hours free childcare and Tax Free Childcare.

Click on the link to go to the website – Childcare Choices

It is an easy to use website that can help you work out
which funding you are entitled to.
If you would like more information 
please ask
a member of the Children’s Centre team.