Ducklings – a new parents and toddlers group

Green shoots are appearing and ducks are nesting…a dynamic group of Mums and Grannies have got together a Tots and Toddlers Team (TTT) to start a group for young families in our Harbour Churches Area. We plan to start small but we will do it properly with due regard to safeguarding and safe recruitment. We hope to open in late Spring (May?), once restrictions are lifted, and we aim to be a ‘safe haven’ for one morning a week from 8.45am-10.15am in the Play Room at the St. James Centre Birdham. If we find there is a need we can expand to other mornings and even other venues but it will be run by volunteers and we will welcome Mums, Dads, Carers, Grandparents to attend with babies and toddlers under 4 years old. The hope is that it will be  safe haven for young families to meet, enjoy refreshments and watch the children play, with a simple structure to include, craft work, storytime and songtime. The donation will be just £1 a session.

All this came out of a discussion about how we were nurtured ourselves, so it is a church initiative but it won’t be a church activity but a COMMUNITY project. We have a very dynamic and excited team and we can’t wait to get started, so watch this space! We will even have a Facebook page. We hope you are feeling generous because we do need some cash for running costs and outside fencing to keep the children safe so please contact Susan yarnallmonks@yahoo.co.uk if you can contribute in some form.

We decided on the name ‘Ducklings’ as it would appeal to the tinies and we hope we might even get some knitted or crocheted ducklings for the children!!!

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