Child & Family Centres – Stay and Play

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Weekly Stay and Play sessions for children under the age of 5 and their carers/parents, held in Child & Family Centres and other venues across South Cambs.

This activity is good for wellbeing because

  • meeting other parents and carers and sharing experiences is reassuring and reduces isolation;
  • Stay and Play activities are an excellent way to support your child’s development and learning;
  • your confidence in your parenting skills will grow by observing and being around others – and professionals are available to help you with any concerns you have.

“I’ve been suffering (in silence) with post natal depression and the group really has made me get up and out. Staff welcome us every week with lovely smiles, they take an interest into both our lives and generally just brighten our day! We’ve both made friends and would recommend it to everyone.”

What to expect

A range of toys, play equipment and activities are available in ‘stations’ for your child to explore and play with. There could be messy activities so please dress your child in something you don’t mind getting dirty.

There’s a quieter baby area with wiggle mats, baby toys and cushions for your baby, and you can use this area for feeding. Self-weigh facilities are available during sessions if you’d like to weigh your baby.

Some Stay and Play groups include circle-time for rhymes, stories and singing. Please bring along some fruit or vegetables to be shared by the group at snack time.

Children do need to be supervised but you can still meet/chat with other parents/carers.

More information

Booking is essential and can be done over the telephone, via email or Facebook messenger.

There are toilets, potties and baby-changing facilities in all Child & Family Centres. Prams and pushchairs may need to be left outside at some venues; when you book your place you can check. There is no parking available on site at Melbourn or Waterbeach.

Older siblings up to the age of 8 are welcome in school holidays.

Monday – 10-11.30am, Melbourn Child & Family Centre

Tuesday – 10-11.30am, Northstowe Child & Family Centre

Wednesday – 10-11.30am Waterbeach Child & Family Centre

Wednesday – 10-11.30am Bassingbourn Barracks (residents only)

Thursday 10-11.30am, Melbourn Child & Family Centre

Thursday 10-11.30am Waterbeach Child & Family Centre

Thursday 10-11.30am Linton Cathodeon Centre

Friday 10-11.30am Blue School, Cambourne

Friday 10-11.30am Sawston

There’s a £2 charge per family per session. Please pay in cash on the day. Childminders pay £2 per childminder and own family, plus £1 for any child in their care.

Families on a low income are eligible for free entry – please have a word with one of the group leaders on the day.

How to contact

Where to go

Bassingbourn Barracks

The Blue School
Great Cambourne
Cambridge CB23 6DZ

Cambourne Child and Family Centre Sackville Way Cambourne Cambridge CB23 6HL

Cathodean Centre
Horseheath Road

Melbourn Child & Family Zone Melbourn Community Hub High Street Melbourn Royston SG8 6DB UK

Northstowe Child & Family Zone
The Cabin
1 The Green Pathfinder Way Northstowe Cambridge CB24 1DD

Sawston Child & Family Zone Sawston Community Hub New Road Sawston Cambridge CB22 3BP

Waterbeach Child and Family Zone (inside the primary school)
High Street Waterbeach Cambridge CB25 9JU

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