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Baby and toddler groups
Baby and toddler groups are usually based in church halls,
community centres or children’s centres. Most run once a week for a
couple of hours and are used as social venues for parents, carers
and their children. Some parents and carers are happy to become
involved as helpers, while others use it as an opportunity to meet
new people and enjoy socialising with their friends.
They usually operate during term time and provide an opportunity
for children to play with different equipment and interact with
There are many advantages to attending a parent and baby or
toddler group for both you and your children. Children can
socialise with others and so gain in confidence, which means they
are a good first step towards leaving your child in some form of
daycare. Children have the opportunity to play with new toys and
join in new fun activities and parents have the opportunity to
socialise with other parents.
A few things to look out for
- What sort of equipment and play materials are offered?
- Is the group close to your home or near good public transport?
- How many children are there and what is the age range?
- How much involvement is expected from you as the parent or
- Is there a safe play area?
- Is it accessible for children or parents and carers with
What does the group provide?
Some baby and toddler groups are aimed at particular groups, for
example young parents and carers, parents and carers with children
from multiple births and parents and carers of children with
Baby and toddler groups do not have to be registered, as parents
and carers do not leave the children unattended. They stay with
their children and take responsibility for them at all times.
Staffing and qualifications
Most baby and toddler groups depend on the help of volunteers to
run them but some are run in registered provisions such as
nurseries and children’s centres, so will have some qualified staff
on hand to assist.
Baby and toddler groups are not expensive. Many are free or ask
for a voluntary contribution, usually a minimal amount around £1
per session. This may include refreshments for both you and the
children you bring with you.
For more information
Please contact the Family Information Service using the details
below or visit the Family Information Service
Medway Family Information Service cannot recommend or endorse
any childcare providers and do not accept responsibility for the
accuracy of this information.
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