A MESSAGE FROM SURREY COUNTY COUNCIL
As you may know there will be changes this year to Children’s centres and how Surrey County Council supports families
The new approach will involve Surrey County Council focusing its resources on helping the families most in need of support, which means some of the existing Children’s centres will close and others will become Family centres. Surrey County Council will no longer provide universal services for all families at Family Centres but other organisations, such as Health visitors, may offer these at the centres and at other community venues.
You can use the Family Information Directory to find universal and other services, support groups, activities, events and more.
The changes will take place at different times across Surrey’s 11 districts and boroughs, so to make sure families can find out what is happening in their area the district and borough pages on the Family Information Service website will be regularly updated. They will provide information about when current activities offered at children’s centres will close and where Family centres will open.
The lastest information about changes to the services running at the Children’s Centres in Surrey Heath can be found here:
Surrey County Council Family Information Service
We would like to thank you all for your continued support
Caroline, Manda and Tamsin
Our Messy Monday session is from 9.30 am to 10.30 am and is suitable for children over 2 years of age (please note that younger siblings are also welcome during this session)
Our Tiddler Time session is from 11.15 am to 12.15 pm and is suitable for babies/children under two years of age
Our play & learn sessions are a great opportunity for you to join in with your baby/child’s play and have fun together exploring the resources and activities available including:- craft activity (paint, gloop, glue etc), story and rhyme session, sensory play, reading area, sand, mud & water play etc. Both sessions are planned using the revised Early Years Foundation Stage Principles (learning development & care for children from birth to five)
This term we will be sharing ideas on how you can support your children with their personal, social and emotional development and more information can be found here:-https://www.surreycc.gov.uk/people-and-community/family-information-service/publications-for-families/being-belonging-becoming-parent-information-cards
During previous Play & Learn sessions we shared ideas and strategies for supporting your child’s communication and language skills. If you would like more information please ask a member of staff during the session.
Leaflets to download can be found here:
We hope to see you and your family at a session soon!
Liane from Daisy First Aid will be running day time and evening 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 our next Workshop on:-
Thursday 11th July – 7.30 pm until 10.00 pm
please email or call the Centre to book your place.
(please note that priority is given to families living in the Bagshot, Lightwater and Windlesham areas)
Free help & support from our qualified Careers Adviser available through Bagshot, Lightwater & Windlesham
Sure Start Children’s Centre
The National Careers Service 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
To book your place on the next session, please telephone us on 01276 473093
or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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 – remember to wrap up warm!
Please call the Centre if you would like to join the walk –
Our Health Visitor Drop-In Baby Weighing Clinics
during June 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 17th June
(Bagshot Clinics are held the first and third Monday of each month)
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:
Please note there is no clinic on Tuesday 25th June
Tuesday 23rd July
(Lightwater Clinics are held the fourth Tuesday of each month)
Starting Solid Food Workshop
Monday 22nd July
1.30 pm to 2.30 pm
If your baby is over 5 months, you are very welcome to come along to this workshop. Lois will demonstrate the principles of baby led weaning and provide information on suitable food to give your baby.
If you are interested in attending this workshop,
please contact us to book your place
Did you know that your two year old could qualify for up to 15 hours of free childcare a week?
What’s stopping you
(Click on the link above for more information)
To see if you can apply for FEET please contact the Children’s Centre on 01276 473093 or go to www.surreycc.gov.uk/feet
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
- 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
Visit the Booktrust website and sign up for their newsletters to receive reading ideas, activities and competitions every month
please click on the ‘Booktrust’ link below
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.