"Rushcliffe Children's Centre"

About: Abbey and Lady Bay Children's Centre

(as a parent/guardian),

When I was pregnant with my 1st child, I wasn't aware of Sure Start & the fantastic support & courses they run, as the midwife & health visitors didn't promote.

However, I was advised to go to the breastfeeding support session at WBYPC, which really helped me not give up. Whilst there I found out about the other groups, run by the Sure Start team, which really helped me to meet other mums & build a strong support network, as well as provide weekly meeting points.

When I became pregnant with my 2nd, I was keen to sign up to as many groups as possible, as trying to amuse 2 children under 2, is a challenge! Awareness seems much better & the timetable they provide, with what's on weekly, both by Sure Start & local churches, is really useful.

The team are so approachable & have been fantastic. We're signed up to swimming lessons, have tried baby yoga, drumming, baby massage, as well as enjoyed the Easter events & weekly bump to baby's sessions.

The Sure Start team at Rushcliffe, have been a real lifeline, in helping me in getting out of the house, meeting new people & providing my children with new experiences.

My only negative feedback, would be that there is not enough courses, to meet demand & that I am sure parents would be happy to pay a little towards attending the fantastic courses they put on, as I know budgets are a challenge.

I look forward to hearing about further courses being run, especially around weaning!

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Response from Kathy Wilkins, Children's Centre Coordinator, Sure Start Children's Centre, Health Partnerships

Thank you for taking the time to share your Sure Start journey with us. In Rushcliffe we really do value the thoughts and opinions of families who use our service.It is great to hear the wonderful experiences you have had with us and I am so pleased we have made entertaining the kids easier. With regard to courses, we really would love to run more but as I am sure you are aware we are a small team with lots of areas to cover. We constantly review the courses we offer and endeavour to offer as many places as possible with the resources we have. I will pass on your request for information on weaning support and will share your thoughts with the team.

Thank you again and We look forward to seeing you soon.

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