Toddler Playgroups(6 Posts)
Does aybody know any toddler groups in the Kent area- particularly Maidstone???
If you're in the South East (Surrey, Sussex, Kent mostly) and also Bath you could try
http://www.thegrapevine.co.uk It's the online version of the Parents listings paper which is delivered free in our area.
Lara, I recently moved to Kent & found it really difficult to get details of mum & toodler activities. (Kent County Councl was useless!).
However, I contacted the NCT website, they had a list of telephone numbers for local branches. From there I was put in touch with some wonderful wonderful mum's who have been a brilliant source of infomation! They have given me details of so many groups/activities, soft play area etc that My son & I now do things every day of the week!
I'm actually in Swanscombe (near Blue water shopping complex) but I recall seeing things listed over your way... Hope it helps, if you still have problems let me know & I'll ask my new sources of info next time we meet up......
Just to say that I do a music class and Crechendo with my little one. Music is great, very relaxed, singing things like 'Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star' in a group together. Everyone I know who has done this say their children love it, mostly they all love rhymes and singing and just being with their own age group. Crechendo is good but a much bigger group. Really helps them gain confidence on their feet as part of it is climbing, crawling through tunnels, bouncing on trampolines, etc. We've been doing it for about 5 months or so and it is starting to get a little repetitive but will still go for a while. I keep meaning to try the various 1 o'clock clubs and wonder if anyone can just say what you do there?
Have you tried your HV? She provided me with a long list of parent and toddler groups. Or look on the net at www.upmystreet.co.uk, which is a comprehensive guide to everything in your area.
Janus, I've been to a one o'clock club with friends and they have toys etc obviously (an outside area to run & play on bikes etc with a sand pit as well) Inside they are able to do Messy play (Painting & play-do) equipment & aprons etc are all provided. Then They have a break half way through with Juice & biscuit.
Lara, just to add...the places I've ben put in touch with are a sing-along group like what Janus mentions (it's in Meopham) hte 2nd half of the session lets them play with musical instruments as well. We also go swimmimg & are soon to try a gym-tots session for under 3's. The NCT group also meet up fortnightly where we play, do painting & sticking things etc.....
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