Online children's centres activity details

Seashells Children's Centre

'Coming up this week'

Join a Seashells staff member live for all you need to know about the week ahead.

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Family information and learning section

New key messages and learning opportunities for all.

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Stay and Play

A fun and interactive Zoom stay and play group for children and their families with puzzles, games and singing. You need to book this session by midday on the Friday before it takes place by calling 01795 667070 or emailing reception@children-families.org.

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Bubba Club

Bubba Club covers a range of topics such as the importance of communicating with babies, tummy time, introducing solids, safety, play and child development. The session is parent/carer led with the proposed theme of the week as the initial focus. Signposting to other services such as health visiting and reference to public health messages is continued throughout the sessions.

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Coffee morning

A chance to talk with others and find ways to bunce back through challenging times.

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Sensory time

Sensory time promotes and encourages sensory play between parents and under 5’s. The session explains some of the benefits and reasons behind why it helps children’s development and gives you a range of sensory play ideas for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers that you can achieve at home.

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Sing and Rhyme Time

An introduction to singing rhymes and learning useful signs that are based on British Sign Language. The aim is to encourage you to have fun learning with your child joining in as you would do during a drop-in children’s group. Singing rhymes encourages a child’s developing speech and communication skills through rhythm and repetition. Signing enables a child to see the words they are hearing and enables you and your child to communicate before verbal skills have fully developed.

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Activity pack ideas

Why not try out some of our activity pack ideas at home? There's something for all ages.

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Make and Munch

Make and Munch aims to give you ideas and recipes to prepare fresh and nutritious meals for your family. Recipes take into account the availability of products and shopping restrictions during lockdown. All of the recipes have tasks that all ages can get involved with. You can also can follow the journey of members of staff growing vegetables and flowers from seed to show you what can be done at home.

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Baby massage (Seashells)

What you will need for baby massage

Before you begin to massage your baby you will need:

  • a small bowl for a little bit of oil
  • pure oil, which could be sunflower oil, olive, grape seed or fractionated coconut. If your child has eczema or other skin conditions, please use their prescribed cream.
  • a soft surface and a towel for baby to lie on
  • a warm, calm atmosphere
  • low lighting
  • relaxing music
  • to remove any jewellery that may scratch babies skin
  • to be sitting comfortably

Dos and don'ts

Do:
  • massage between feeds when your baby is not too full and not getting hungry
  • massage when you have time and can relax
  • massage in a warm environment, but not too hot
  • massage in a calm and restful environment without distractions and noise
  • use natural edible pure oils such as vegetable, sunflower, olive grape seed or fractionated coconut oil
Do not:
  • massage if a baby is ill, especially if there is a raised temperature
  • massage over any areas of broken skin, bruising or inflammation
  • use oil if a baby has serious eczema or another skin condition. It is better to use a pure emollient cream which may already be used to soothe the irritation
  • massage until 48 hours after any vaccination
  • massage for longer than 20 minutes

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You Time

Ideas, support and tips on how to feel good, inside and out.

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Money workshop - 3 week course

Learn to create and maximise a budget and manage utility bills, with many more topics also covered. Booking is required.

You need to book this session by calling 01795 667070 or emailing reception@children-families.org.

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Programmes for parents

  • Solihull Antenatal
  • Solihull Parenting Programme
  • Kent Parenting Programme

If you are interested in any of these courses, call 01795 667070 or email reception@children-families.org.

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Millmead Children's Centre

Wake up with the Millmead Children’s Centre and Let’s Brush Our Teeth

This is a welcome video personally made for the Millmead Children's Centre to encourage children to brush their teeth regularly and properly and to implement a routine in a fun manner.

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Help, advice and information for parents and carers

A variety of help and advice for parents and carers of children of all ages. This will include information provided by various internal and external professionals in a wide range of topics. This may be a post, pre-recorded video or via Facebook Live.

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Help, advice and information aimed at parents and carers of under 2 year olds

A variety of help, advice and information for parents and carers of children under the age of 2 years of age. This may be a post or a shared link.

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Baby massage (Millmead)

Zoe is part of the Millmead Children's Centre outreach team and will be showing a step-by-step baby massage tutorial of techniques and advice.

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Singing and Stories

Encouraging children to sing along and move. This will help with speech and language, exercise and movement development. This may be a post, pre-recorded video or via Facebook Live.

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Activities to do at home

Great ideas for activities for children to try at home to encourage learning and development in areas of key motor skills, maths, English, imagination expanding and parent/carer interaction. This may be a post, pre-recorded video or via Facebook Live.

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Cooking with Millmead Children's Centre

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Little Explorers Live

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Virtual disco

A playlist of specially made videos of children's favourite party songs and nursery rhymes, encouraging children to sing along and dance too. This will help with speech and language and movement development.

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Bedtime stories via YouTube

A personalised playlist with a wide variety of bedtime stories read by members of the Millmead Children's Centre. This is to encourage children's speech and language, expansion of imagination and build in more one-on-one time with the parent/carer.

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