Eastwood Children’s Centre
Each year well over a thousand young children and their families access some part of our children’s centre programme. We provide a wide range of drop-in groups and services that focus on parents and carers supporting their baby and/or young child’s learning and development. Children and babies can have fun, play with other children, sing songs and listen to stories in our play sessions offered at Eastwood and at various community settings in the Roehampton area.
Learning is not just for the children! Eastwood offers a comprehensive programme of courses for parents and carers covering language skills, family learning programmes, accredited courses and some fun practical workshops as well!
Our programme includes a range of clinics and advice drop-ins for parents provided by our partners in the Health Team who are also based here at Eastwood.
We provide more targeted support where parents and families need some extra support- a wide range of courses (some taught by members of the team, others by our multi-agency partners) are offered over the year, sometimes with free crèche facilities for children. See our programme or talk to one of our team for more details.
Multi-agency working is at the heart of our work and we are fortunate to be co-located with the local Health Visiting team, midwives, speech and language therapy, 4 Children (our family support service), Contact a Family, Family Action Newpin, Small Steps School for Parents, Early Years CAMHS and a Consultant Social Worker. The wide range of services on site means that families can easily access the support they need when they need it.
We work closely with these partners to plan a programme of drop-in and booked services. The programme is refreshed each term and there is a little variation during school holidays but in the main our drop-in services are provided year round.
We are very proud of our extensive programme of family learning courses that run all year round and culminate in Family Learning Week in July. You could enjoy a wide range of accredited and non-accredited courses. Our accreditation is either by the Open College Network or Wandsworth Family Learning and therefore successful completion is well worth putting on job applications or CVs!
SEAL (Social and Emotional Aspects of Learning) and SHARE family learning are two of our most popular choices- each course lasts for 6 weeks and there are a variety of themed SEALs and SHAREs. Another popular choice is our Story Sack course that is fun, accredited and promotes your child’s communication and literacy skills!
Family Forest School
Forest School is too exciting to be left just for the children to enjoy! Our Forest School programme takes groups of children out into local, safe natural environments under the close supervision of key persons and our trained Forest School Leaders. As well as regular sessions we provide Family Forest School sessions for all the family at least once a term. In addition our groups for dads has a Forest School theme. The web page is currently being updated.
Dads, grandads and male carers
All of our drop-in services and nearly all of our group courses are open to dads, granddads and male carers but ‘Dads Go Wild’ is our Saturday morning programme for any male parent or male carer looking for fun with their young child out of doors, exploring nature and Forest School activities. Weather permitting we finish off with a campfire! ‘Dads Go Wild’ runs from 9.30am to about 11.30pm on the first Saturday of the month.
We reserve the right to restrict access to some groups and activities if they become too busy. In our play sessions we can only welcome older siblings in our community centre-based groups as these have large outdoor areas.