A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.

A new programme to support parents and carers with their babies and toddlers, launches in over 300 centres across the UK.
Apr 10, 2013 12:41 BST

In response to more than 400 Sure Start centres closing in the last two years, new hands-on creative workshops have been developed by The Creation Station to enable parents to share, develop and discover with their child. The new programme called ‘Shimmy Shapes’ have been developed in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage, to nurture parenting skills and to develop essential bonds. The fun and practical weekly classes provide a range of art and craft activities and include top tips to continue the play ideas at home.

Sarah Cressall founder and Managing Director of The Creation Station stated “It’s a really tough job being a parent and it’s really important that as a society we value this critical role. As parents, we are often short of time, resources, ideas, energy or confidence to play and interact with our children in a meaningful way. That’s why we’ve developed our classes to support parents and carers, not only to learn new skills to play with their child, but so that they can also have fun and make new friends too.”

The weekly classes are based on nurturing a child’s own natural curiosity to develop a love of learning through shared hands-on creative fun. The ‘Baby Discover’ classes have been developed for babies aged 4 months to 1 years of age and the ‘Little Explorer’ classes are for toddlers aged 1 year to 5 years of age. Activities include exploring wet and dry clay and creating their own clay creatures, matching shapes and colours and creating dancing puppets.

Laura Dark from Bath said ”We’ve been going to The Creation Station for several months now. My little one was 6 months when we first started going, she’s now 14 months and we still have just as much fun now as we did when we first started going. The classes are fantastic with different activities each week, painting, clay hand and foot prints, canvas foot prints etc. Lots of ideas and keep sakes to take home too”.

To find out about more about The Creation Station parenting, baby and toddler classes contact Matt Appleyard on 0844 854 9100 or email matt@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit www.thecreationstation.co.uk

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