COVID-19 UPDATE
Please note that due to the current social distancing measures enacted by the government in response to the coronavirus pandemic, none of our classes are currently taking place in the Centre. The class descriptions in this page are given for illustrative purposes only

We are here to offer support to children and families within the local area.

Our service aims to provide practical help and emotional support to families who need a little extra help. We all want our children to be happy and receive the best possible start in life.

At times we all experience difficulties in our lives. We can offer you support, guidance and advice to help you overcome problems you may be experiencing.

By working together we may just find the right solution to your problems which can improve the quality of your life.

What’s on at the Centre?

Soft Play


A Stay and Play for under 5’s to encourage babies and children physical development in safe, fun space. Bookable as places limited to 20 children per session.

Sensory Baby


A Stay and Play for little ones under 12 months. We focus on the importance of time together, tummy time and stimulating baby’s senses. Enjoy a range of sensory activities and meet other families.

Come & Play


Our room and garden are set up with activities for children under 5, including messy play, stories and rhyme time. Adults can enjoy a chat with staff and meet other families in a relaxed, informal environment.

Let’s Communicate


A six-week programme to help develop your child’s language and communication skills.

Charlie the Chef


Are you concerned about your child’s eating habits? Enjoy learning the importance of a healthy/balanced diet and try new foods with our puppet Charlie The Chef.  Parents can refer themselves to The Sunshine Centre or a professional might make a referral on your behalf.

TIPS


Our 6 week, one to one course in your own home, aims to give you as parents/carers TIPS, to support and celebrate your child’s communication and language development, through             interacting together, playing together and speaking together.

ESOL


Improve reading and writing skills if English is your second language

Family Maths


Learn how maths is taught in schools, improve your own maths skills, and help with your childrens homework

Mini Market


Term Time Only. A chance to buy affordable ‘new to you’ items including clothing for babies, children and adults, toys, books, bric a brac and baby equipment. Regular Grand Sales in the holidays.

Baby Massage


 Massaging your children promotes health and wellbeing, for both you and your child. It encourages bonding and stimulates physical and mental development.

Saplings


Ante Natal checks and support throughout your pregnancy, bookable via your midwife.

Health Visitor Clinics


Drop in sessions with health visitors, allowing you to raise any concerns about the health of your child

Parenting


Parenting is perhaps the most difficult job there is and most rewarding!. Our parenting programme is a guide to transforming family life by inviting attendees to try out ideas, strategies and gaining new skills.

Freedom


A closed group for those facing specific challenges such as Domestic Abuse.

Healthy Eating Courses


A 5-week course learning new skills and making healthy recipes with guidance and support.

Our Other Services

Referral service for individual support for you & your family.


Visiting families in their own home is one of the ways we can provide consistent support to families. We may be doing so to encourage a new family to come and use our facilities, or a family  who are unable to leave their home.  We have policies and training in place to ensure visits are conducted safely for staff and families. If we are unable to meet families at home, it is also possible to meet in the centre.

Parents can refer themselves to The Sunshine Centre or a professional might make a referral on your behalf. Forms can be returned to reception, via the post or e-mailed to centre.manager@sunshinecentre.org

Holiday activities for families


We offer a range of family fun sessions and day trips during the school holidays, Enquire at reception for a full range of activities due to take place during each holiday.

Weighing scales


We have baby weighing scales so you are able to weigh your baby. The scales can be accessed at any time during the Centre’s opening hours and can be found in the women’s toilets

Room Hire

We have a range of meeting rooms available to hire for organisations, professionals, and partners to book space for meetings, training courses etc.

Session Guidelines

  • Children in any of the sessions remain the responsibility of their Mums, Dads and Carers.
  • A variety of activities are set up for you and your children to join in and enjoy together.
  • As the Centre has many groups using the toys and equipment, it is important they are used safely and correctly.
  • At the end of the session we all tidy up the rooms together.
  • In the interest of safety for yourself, children, staff and all participants of the Centre, please read  the statements and policies on display in the room (if you would like to read the full version of our policies, please see a member of staff).
  • Children are required to be accompanied by an adult in the toilets.
  • Parents/carers can take photographs or filming if the images are for personal use only:
  • We ask for photos taken during the event not to be shared on social media or ask you to gain permission from children and their parents/carers before sharing photographs and videos that include them.
  • We recommend that you check the privacy settings of your social media account to understand who else will be able to view any images you share.

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact us to book your place at any of our classes

Al of our classes are booked on a first come first serve basis. Find more about our classes and availability now.