Online children's centres activity details

Parenting tips

A parent-led interactive and informative session that covers areas requested by parents. Sessions have covered feelings and emotions, children’s behaviour, online safety, adapting to the current ways of home-schooling and stress upon children and parents and carers. Positive messages are portrayed throughout the session, which establishes the importance of the mental health and wellbeing of children, parents and carers and encourages you to look after yourselves.

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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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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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Questions and answers

Parents and carers can submit any questions they have and they will be answered by various members of the Millmead Children's Centre team. Anonymous submissions can also be taken by direct message.

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Jamie's SEND tips

Jamie is the Millmead Children's Centre Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Co-ordinator. He will be giving advice in areas where additional support is required such as social, mental and emotional health, behaviour management and sensory.

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Virtual disco

Bringing you music and dance in the form of a virtual party. Requests and suggestions can be submitted by parents and carers thorought the week to add to the playlist. This will encourage exercise and activity at home that families can do together with a touch of fun.

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Singing with Millmead Children's Centre

Encouraging families to sing together, helping children to develop their vocabulary with familiar songs and nursery rhymes.

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Indoor activity ideas

Ideas and suggestions for easy activities that can be dome at home on a budget or with items already in the home. This is to encourage children to learn through play, develop fine motor skills and use their imagination.

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Today's topic (chosen by you)

A poll will be available throughout the week with a choice of topic to be voted on by parents and carers. Topics will change weekly, promoting a wide variety of advice, suggestions and support.

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Healthy eating tips

Taking a healthy look at what we eat and drink, giving a range of ideas and suggestions for families to introduce a healthy balanced lifestyle into their home.

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Sing and Sign

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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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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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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Yoga Warriors

Yoga Warriors aims to give you and your family a 15 to 20 minute guided yoga session with a story to help stretch your bodies and calm your minds. Families are spending more time at home and possibly sitting more than usual, and yoga can help to keep your body supple and free of aches and pains. Our yoga teacher Claire shares fun poses and we finish with a breathing exercise that can be used to calm moods.

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Wiggles and Giggles

These activities provide your family with simple tasks they can do at home that shouldn't cost anything or very little, with links to other resources and videos. Activities cover the age range from babies up to school aged children and are aimed to be family friendly to enable you to take part together and promote the stages of development across the age range.

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Play and Giggles

These activities provide your family with simple tasks they can do at home that shouldn't cost anything or very little, with links to other resources and videos. Activities cover the age range from babies up to school aged children and are aimed to be family friendly to enable you to take part together and promote the stages of development across the age range.

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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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Bounce and Boogie

Bounce and Boogie is an energetic, fun filled activity full of action songs and rhymes with different members of the team. It seeks to provide families with some of your favourite songs alongside a selection of new songs that you may not have heard before so you can learn them and take part with your children. The aim is to encourage physical movement alongside enhancing communication and language through songs.

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Wacky Wednesdays

These activities provide your family with simple tasks they can do at home that shouldn't cost anything or very little, with links to other resources and videos. Activities cover the age range from babies up to school aged children and are aimed to be family friendly to enable you to take part together and promote the stages of development across the age range.

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Fun time Friday

These activities provide your family with simple tasks they can do at home that shouldn't cost anything or very little, with links to other resources and videos. Activities cover the age range from babies up to school aged children and are aimed to be family friendly to enable you to take part together and promote the stages of development across the age range.

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Chill Out Saturday

Chill Out Saturday aims to bring the whole family together to encourage social interaction, reduce isolation and build family relationships in a fun and supported way. Families can enjoy time together enhancing bonding and communication. Live sessions include family quizzes, board games, Lego building challenges and physical fun activities. Families develop ea sense of community through the weekly sessions, providing essential emotional connections to maintain their mental health and wellbeing.

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Rhyme time Sunday

Chill out to some more relaxed songs throughout the session from the team. A mix of traditional and new nursery rhymes to learn and join in with.

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