"ideas from mansfield/ashfield sure start"

About: Mansfield & Ashfield

(as a volunteer/advocate),

After having a conversation today with a few parents they have sugessted that we have a under 5s sure start football team, with quite a few very energetic young boys and girls that all love football I think this is a very good idea that could go to other sure start centres especially with spring and summer coming up and maybe a work towards a football tournament.

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Response from Jenny Newman, Digital Health Project Manager, Health Partnerships, Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

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Hi Xsmithx,

I think this sounds a great idea, and can just imagine all the families getting into it.

It's always good to see ideas from parents, they really do shape our services. I look forward to seeing feedback from the service - and maybe a football team or even superstar in the future...



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Response from Karon Foulkes, General Manager, Sure Start, Health Partnerships - Nottinghamshire Healthcare We are preparing to make a change


Thank you for your idea and as you say there is a lot of interest in football for the under 5's. The centres in Ashfield have just set up some 6 week skills sessions for 18 months to 5 years in Sutton and Kirkby and soon to be in Selston during the week and Sundays. The Toddlers 4 Fun sessions use football as a fun way to have physical exercise and develop skills based on agility, balance and coordination.The group in Sutton has been so popular that it has been extended and are a great way for dads in particular to get involved with their children's development.

I have put your idea about starting a team for under 5s to Andy White who has been the lead on this work. He will discuss with the parents, coach and volunteers attending the sessions as to how or if this could work locally. I will keep you updated.

In the meantime if you want to know more about the Toddlers 4 Fun sessions contact Andy on 0115 753828

best wishes


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Response from Tina Hancock, Sure Start Children's Centres Service Manager, Broxtowe District, Sure Start, Health Partnerships

hi Xsmithx,

Thank you for your wonderful ideas to extend the opportunities for the unders 5's to be active. Children's Centres are always seeking new ways of keeping our children fit and healthy and it's great to have support from parents and carers. Early signs are showing that 'Toddlers 4 Fun' is being very well supported by families which will enable more children to be part of this wonderful opportunity.

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