Children’s Centres Offer Even More Fantastic Family Sessions

With the autumn half term now over, Sunderland parents are being reminded that there are many exciting activities available all week long at their local Children’s Centre. Sunderland Children’s Centres are encouraging families to take advantage of the many new sessions taking place and to access the support, learning and social opportunities they provide. Raj Singh, Extended Services Manager within Sunderland City Council’s Children’s Services, said even as under-12s are settling back into the school routine, it was vital to make the most of support services and activities available. The Children’s Centres’ autumn/winter timetable is packed full of over 50 different sessions for parents and children across the city to enjoy, nearly all of which of which are completely free. He said: “Now is a great time for parents to look at the larger programme of sessions running this autumn/winter. Older children will have settled into new school routines, so introducing them to additional out of school activities like Dads and Kids clubs, Fit and Fun or Stay and Play sessions is a fantastic way to further stimulate their growth. “It’s also a good time to start introducing younger children to organised play groups where they can meet children of different ages and learn how to play together. Children develop rapidly in the first few years of life, so groups such as Messy Play, Busy Bodies and Time for Rhyme provide an excellent starting point for early learning. “Additionally there are a number of new sessions designed especially around parents, such as Budgeting Classes, Knit and Knatter groups for young parents and Cake Decorating courses, so there really is something for everyone. We encourage families to get in touch with their nearest centre to find out what activities are going on in their area.” There is always something exciting going on at Children’s Centres throughout Sunderland, so check for up to date listings. Sunderland’s 17 Children’s Centres are designed for children aged from birth to five years, and bring together health services, early education, childcare, parenting support, and help for parents looking to find work or training – helping to ensure that every child has the best start in life. ENDS