Fun and advice at children’s centres

PARENTS of pre-school children can take advantage of a host of new activities at Hartlepool’s Sure Start Children’s centres.

The family-friendly sessions are open to anyone in town with children under five and cover cooking, crafts, sing and signing, and preparation for nursery and help for parents to give up smoking.

Centre bosses at Hartlepool Borough Council are urging families not to miss out on the fun and advice that is on offer.

The sessions will run until the end of August and all the activities are free but places at some of must be booked.

Gemma Wilson, Administrative Assistant for the Children’s Centres, said: “We’ve lined up lots of great activities which not only keep youngsters amused but also enable young parents to tap into lots of friendly advice and support.”

Rift House Children’s Centre, in Masefield Road runs a Read and Rhyme session starting on June 5 for six weeks, Teens and Tiny Tots Play for young parents and a sensory play sessions for babies.

Rossmere Children’s Centre, Rossmere Way provides a childminders group, baby massage, breast feeding support group, baby clinic, sign and sign, cooking sessions, credit union drop in and weight management.

And Stranton Children’s Centre, in Southburn Terrace provides weekly activities including childminders’ and parent and toddler groups, and baby yoga, and coffee and crafts.

West View Advice Service visits some of the centres to offer help with budgets and benefit applications.

The Bungalow at Golden Flatts Primary School, in Seaton Lane runs Little Uns on Tuesdays providing a fun opportunity for parents and pre-school children to play together, plus a baby clinic and a pre-nursery group for children who are due to attend Golden Flatts Primary School.

For full details of all the sessions available see the council’s website or visit any of the Sure Start Centres.