Q: How much do the groups cost?
At the Haven we ask for a contribution of £1 per family to support us with resources, snacks and events.
Q: Do I need to book?
For most sessions, yes, booking is required. Our sessions can be very busy and we have a limit for the numbers we can have. So to avoid any disappointment of being turned away, we ask our families to book to secure their place. Please see our newsletter for more details.
Q: What do you do at The Haven Children’s Centre?
We offer support, advice and guidance to families with children aged 0-5 years. We do this in a variety of ways, sometimes with input from our partners, for example, the health team use the centre to provide antenatal & post natal groups and child health clinics. We also offer various groups and sessions for parents to attend with their children (please see our timetables) and we facilitate adult-only programmes such as parenting support and further education programmes. We can provide individual family support which is tailored to the particular needs of any family such as support after having a baby, advice on setting boundaries and routines or starting nursery or school. Please call the Centre to discuss this further if this is something that would help you.
Q: Can I just 'pop in' to the centre?
Definitely! We encourage parents to pop by and meet us and have a look at our facilities. We have lots of information and leaflets available for parents.
Q: What type of activities do you provide?
At the Stay & Play sessions we provide a range of activities such as painting; sticking; icing cakes; planting seeds; and play dough. There are lots of toys and resources always available, for example books; dressing up; bricks and push-along toys. The activities are varied and are usually linked to a theme such as Pancake Day, Spring or Mother’s day.
During the school holidays we provide activities that are suitable for older siblings up to 8 years old so they can join in with the family fun - some examples include family picnics, circus skills workshops, and an Easter egg hunt. All of our activities are carefully planned and resourced.
Q: Can I get advice & information on issues such as weaning and child development?
Yes! All members of staff have years of experience and knowledge, as well as professional training backgrounds. If we are unable to answer your question we have a variety of information books at the centre and access to the internet and we are able to signpost you to a variety of other professionals.
Q: I am a childcare professional, can I access The Haven Children's Centre in any way?
Most definitely. We offer on-going support, advice and resources. We also work in partnership with other agencies such as local nurseries, pre school groups, Jobcentre Plus and the NCT.