"Bumps,Babes @ Crawlers Group at Warsop Children's Centre"

About: Warsop Children's Centre

(as a staff member),

As a man in a predominately female environment it is always slightly intimidating and possibly uncomfortable however all the staff and a lot of the other mothers are lovely and welcoming I don't feel like an outsider because I'm a man. I feel just as included as everyone else. All the staff make me feel a part of everything that goes on and nothing is an issue to them. It is a genuinely lovely environment and atmosphere. That being said its not about me its all about my son and he loves it, so that is what is most important. I would still come even if I felt uncomfortable because it is beneficial for him. He enjoyed the session today as much as any other, he loves the singing especially "row row" thank you to all the staff for how welcoming they are!

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Response from Carol Pearce, Children's Centre Co-ordinator, Sure Start Children's Centres, County Health Partnerships

Many thanks for your comments and I am pleased to hear that you feel we offer an inclusive service at Warsop Children's Centre. Children's Centres generally have female staff and mothers who bring their children to sessions, so you are right to say it is a predominantly female environment. However we are now seeing more fathers and grandfathers attending the centres which is great to see. I hope any other male carers reading this will call into their local Children's Centre and experience this for themselves.

Carol Pearce
Children's Centre Co-ordinator
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