What’s on at the Centre?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Improve reading and writing skills if English is your second language
Learn how maths is taught in schools, improve your own maths skills, and help with your childrens homework
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.
Massaging your children promotes health and wellbeing, for both you and your child. It encourages bonding and stimulates physical and mental development.
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 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.
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
Frequently Asked Questions
If you are in a group with children present, you will need to keep your mobile phone in your bag or pocket during the session. You can take a call by stepping outside the session..
All our staff are supportive and encouraging. We also have a trained specialist who can support you.
You can call in to weigh your baby at any time during opening hours. We have baby scales in our women’s toilet facilities.
If you are using the Centre, we have a vending machine in our Reception. Drinks cost 25p. There is tea, coffee, hot chocolate or cappuccino. You can sit in Reception with your hot drink. You cannot carry it down the corridor because of the risk to children from hot drinks. You may have a hot drink in a group with children but will need to take great care because even 15 minutes after they have been made, hot drinks can still scald young children. Ask to see our Hot Drinks Policy if you wish to know more.
No. You may not take photos anywhere in the centre without prior consent from Sunshine Centre management.
Yes. We have a range of books. You are welcome to choose a book and borrow it.
Yes. There is a selection to choose from including some bi-lingual books, and some in Urdu and Polish.
Yes. We always have courses here in English and Maths. The courses are brought to you from different colleges. We also run Parenting Courses too.
All staff are trained in First Aid.
Yes. One of our Outreach Team will be happy to advise.
Yes. Any of our Outreach Team will be happy to advise. We also have Charlie The Chef, he is a puppet that is used to help with eating.
Yes. Any of our Outreach Team will be happy to advise.
Yes. There are several different parenting courses such as Incredible Years.
No. Children need to be accompanied by an adult to the toilet.
We close at 6pm.
Yes. There is a drop-in Health Visitor Clinic 10:00 to 11:00 on Thursdays all year round.
Our Come and Play session is on all year round for children aged under five and their Mum, Dad or carer.
Yes. We welcome donations. We have a Mini Market once a week during term time where we sell donated children’s clothes, school uniforms, toys, books and equipment at very minimal prices.
Our Tiny Talkers Mini Movers is an eight week course to promote children’s speech, language and physical development. It is for under threes and their Mum, Dad or carer. It costs £2 per session and you need to book your place.