To see what’s currently on in the Clyst Vale, Ottery St Mary and Sidmouth areas; download our current activity timetable.
Here you can find out what groups we offer and what they are about. see our timetable above for times and dates.
Stay and Play
A group for parents/carers and their under 5s.
A chance to meet other local families and have a chat. Everyone is welcome to come along and have some fun in a warm, friendly environment. The session is on a ‘drop in’ basis. Parents and children are welcome to come along any time during the session.
What We Do In The Sessions
Free play Children need the opportunity to play to enable them to develop and grow. During the session the children are able to indulge in lots of activities including sand, water, table top, books, puzzles and lots more.
Snack Time There is a natural break in the group when all the children sit together for fruit and a drink. This is a very social time when all the children join in with songs and rhymes.
Outside Time Time for fresh air and riding on bikes, trikes and cars and a time for lots of spontaneous physical activity.
Details: There will be lots of opportunity for messy play, so please dress your children accordingly. Parents/carers and under 5s are welcome. We has a policy of not allowing school age children to attend groups. To protect all the children and families please do not bring your child if he/she has an infectious disease.
Child Health Clinics and Developmentals
Health visitors run Child Heath Clinics across the cluster for parents/carers and their under 5s. A chance to see a health professional and ask any questions you might have about your child’s health. You can raise any concerns or simply ask for more information. There is also an opportunity to weigh and measure your baby. The session is on a ‘drop in’ basis. Parents and children are welcome to come along any time during the session.
Through the centuries, in many different cultures, parents have used baby massage to calm and soothe. Recent medical research into baby massage has shown that there are many benefits to both baby and parent. Babies who have regularly received massage have better feeding and sleep patters than those who have not. A reduction in colic and constipation has also been noted.
Benefits for baby – Experience a relaxed, gentle touch – Aids digestion and eases wind – Encourages non-verbal communication – Soothing – Improves muscle tone and flexibility Benefits for parent/carer – Offers a unique opportunity top get to know your baby other than feeding/winding/changing – supports bonding – Confidence building Communication – opens a non-verbal channel
What we do in the sessions
Learn a full body massage routine to use on your baby. We also offer a colic routine for those parents whose babies have colic issues. The session lasts for an hour.
Benefits for baby
– Experience a relaxed, gentle touch – Aids digestion and eases wind – Encourages non-verbal communication – Soothing – Improves muscle tone and flexibility
Benefits for parent/carer
– Offers a unique opportunity top get to know your baby other than feeding/winding/changing – supports bonding – Confidence building Communication – opens a non-verbal channel
Spaces Available – We are offering Baby Massage courses in Exeter and East Devon this term and please phone Whipton to put your name down by phoning 01392 464754
HERE’S LOOKING AT YOU BABY
Here’s Looking at You Baby is a group for brand new parents with their babies of 6 months and under.
A group which will help you find out what you baby is trying to tell you with their smiles, wriggles, grizzles and sounds. The group will cover a variety of topics. During this time we will be using video to illustrate the way in which your baby communicates.
This group has been developed from long term research into infant behaviour. It tells of the importance of parents understanding what their babies are trying to communicate, before they can use words to ask for what they want. Parents are offered a virtual toolkit of information enabling them to understand their child’s behaviour, which can be accessed when needed.
Parents have described the sharing of this knowledge as building on their instincts, and providing them with a greater understanding of the emotional, physical and communicative abilities of a new born infant. If you would like to put your name down please let a member of staff know or email into the centre.
UNDERSTANDING YOUR CHILD’S BEHAVIOUR
Book in Advance – limited places
For parents/carers with under 5’s Would you like to know more about your child’s development? Do you understand your child’s behaviour? Would you like a chance to meet with other parents with children of a similar age? Do you know why children have temper tantrums? What We Do In The Sessions We explore various topics: – Communiction – Having fun together – Development needs – Parenting styles – Behaviour difficulties – Sleep