We run groups and workshops to enable us to reach more families and provide a welcoming and supportive environment for those who come to use our services. Groups can be an excellent way for families and children to share their experiences, as well as build up a local support network.
We run a wide variety of groups and workshops throughout the year. A full list of groups and workshops we offer are listed here but to see which groups we have running on our current timetable please visit our East Surrey Services page.
The Baby Café is a group for breastfeeding mothers to meet up in a relaxed setting and get support with any breastfeeding worries. Partners and other family members are welcome. The Baby Café meets on a weekly basis except during half term holidays.
This course is for parents/carers and their non-crawling babies from 8 weeks old. The course helps parents to increase their bond with their baby through touch in a relaxing and informative setting.
Throughout the year we provide cookery courses to help families with limited cooking skills learn the basics and enable them to prepare healthy and delicious meals! The main aim of this course is to show parents how you can cook great tasting healthy food on a budget.
This two hour course gives an introduction to first aid, such as the essential contents of a first aid box, baby CPR, baby choking, the recovery position and the information that is asked if you call 999. There is a small charge for this course and it is only available to parents, carers and soon-to-be parents.
Home-Based Child Carers Group
This is a self-supporting group to assist home-based child carers in developing and sharing good practice, providing a network in an informal and friendly environment. The session also provides opportunities for evidencing the EYFS Learning Journal.
Introduction to Family Foods
This is a two hour course which is run by the 0-19 team. For parents/carers with babies aged up to 6 months we can also help provide advice on introducing them to solid foods.
This course encourages parents/carers to enjoy bringing up children and get the best out of family life. We offer positive and practical ways of guiding children so they can better learn to handle their feelings and their behaviour. We have 4 week and 10 week courses available.
Playtime at Merstham Playlink
Playtime at Merstham Playlink is a twice weekly drop in for parents/carers and their under 5’s to come along and have fun playing together. Each session offers a craft activity, singing and refreshments.
Say & Play
Say & Play is a parents/carers forum meeting where we listen to your views to help us provide the services families are looking for from their local Surestart Children’s Centre.
Stay & Play and Messy Play
Weekly drop-ins for parents/carers and their under 5’s to come along and have fun playing together. Each session offers a craft activity, singing and refreshments.
Bumps & Babes
A weekly session of play and singing for bumps to pre-walking babies.