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Playgroups/Toddler groups?

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GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 17:43:11

I know it’s probably hugely unlikely, but does anybody think they’ll be opening in September if all schools go back? I’m really aware of how little socialisation by 22 month old is getting and that he’s an only child too.

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Redolent Sun 17-May-20 17:46:29

I’m really hoping this too. Always with a toddler who’s an only child.

Redolent Sun 17-May-20 17:46:37


Cait73 Sun 17-May-20 17:51:04

I (personally) can't see it happening this year at all but I hope I'm wrong

Scruffyoak Sun 17-May-20 17:52:49

Schools will still be social distancing in sept so I very much doubt it.

Spinakker Sun 17-May-20 17:56:28

I don't know but I'm also wondering what the heck I'm gonna do with 7, 5 and 1 year old boys with no sports or playgrounds available. My 7 year old has been going to the skate park every day which has helped but I'm worried he's going to seriously injure himself there one day. I think they should at least open the playgrounds. There should be a balance between safety and quality of life.

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 17:56:51

Rubbish sad so I guess he won’t get to play with other children until next year. Worrying thought.

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FTMF30 Sun 17-May-20 17:58:51

Could he not go to nursery? Or play with extended family? I'm sure we'll be able to see family by then.

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 18:01:11

@FTM30 we can’t really afford nursery and yes he could play with family, but that’s only if we’re allowed to by then.
The other option I guess is taking him on play dates with other children, assessing our own risks accordingly, but then again so many people are terrified I’m not sure they’d want to.

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Redolent Sun 17-May-20 18:04:53

What about outdoor activities? Little Kickers (football) and such like.. I’m sure the risks will be a lot lower. That’s what I’m hoping anyway.

SunbathingDragon Sun 17-May-20 18:10:33

I wouldn’t be surprised if schools don’t go back in September. We might well have another spike or wave and even if we don’t, some parents won’t send their child to school (high risk or anxiety) and those who do go will likely have staggered start and finish times, perhaps being at school some days and home other days, means many previous normal things like toddler groups will struggle to run.

Even if children are proven not to transmit the virus, adults will still need to distance and venues will probably remain closed for such things.

Whitewinetonight Sun 17-May-20 18:41:30

Our local playgroup is planning to open the same time as schools if that goes ahead. They've been given all their guidance. They take children from two years old.

CaryStoppins Sun 17-May-20 18:45:27

I run a toddler group and we don’t think we will be opening in September. Too much cleaning, too difficult to keep children apart, it’s a large gathering essentially.

Possibly park meet ups where everyone brings their own food and drinks.

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 18:49:48

@carystoppins just out of curiosity, when do you think you will open? Next year? Or sooner than that? I’m aware it’s all guess work.

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GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 18:50:38

I’m wondering if my local sure start centre will run their groups, they help support vulnerable families too. They were implementing hand washing at the door before lockdown.

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DisappointingAvocado Sun 17-May-20 19:05:07

Sadly I think playgroups may be one of the last things to come back. They involve a lot of random mixing, and many are run by older volunteers. So sad as they are a lifeline for parents and so important for kids, especially those not in nursery yet. We'll be trying to get our 2.5yo a day at nursery if possible when they reopen, as playgroups, soft play etc are his only chance to play with other kids and I think they'll be gone for a long time.

CaryStoppins Sun 17-May-20 20:41:09

No idea! We often have 20 parents and 35 children so who knows when gatherings that size, indoors, will happen. Think it will be one of the last things, like pubs.

FTMF30 Sun 17-May-20 21:04:04

Obviously I have no factusl knowledge of this, but I'm pretry certain they will allow some sort of household mixing by September. The government can not honestly be so blatantly hypocritical about telling people to go back to work/school, but not mix with their own family. Not until or even beyond September anyway.
Many people would have flouted the rules by then.

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 21:19:28

What about playgrounds? Outdoor swings etc?

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YourHandInMyHand Sun 17-May-20 21:24:05

I miss them too. Its a big group situation though isn't it so who knows when they'll reopen.

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 21:27:18

I’m starting to get very worried about DS’s socialisation.

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TotorosFurryBehind Sun 17-May-20 22:06:44

Sadly I don't think they will ☹️ They were one of the first things to close, so think will open last. I think some of the paid baby classes (baby sensory etc) will open again in September as they are mostly run by self employed who will need the money.

It makes me really sad for isolated mums with no nearby family. Personally I have found the first year of motherhood crushingly lonely. I don't have any mummy friends and don't know how I can make any now with no groups in the near future.

Redolent Sun 17-May-20 22:13:37

Right now I’d give anything to sit through Wind the Feckin Bobbin again at rhyme time grin

GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 22:18:39

@TotorosFurryBehind our playgroups closed at the same time as schools.

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GruffaloandMouse Sun 17-May-20 22:19:19

@TotorosFurryBehind yes, that’s me. No family nearby and I’m worried about feeling very isolated.

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