The Children's Centre services are based on St. Mary’s and strives to provide the best possible opportunities for babies, toddlers and their families. Services are also delivered across the islands for families to access opportunities on their own island.
The Children’s Centre run a range of activities for families, with children aged 0 up to 5 years old. To ensure you receive regular updates with details of all our activities taking place please complete a Children's Centre Registration Form, you can return this by email: FamilyScilly@scilly.gov.uk or by post. You can also see what's on by Liking our Facebook page to see upcoming events.
Weekly Health Visiting & Play Sessions
The Children’s Centre team host a weekly event for families on a Thursday morning in partnership with the Health Visiting team. Families are welcomed along to these sessions to meet new friends, access professional support, to have their babies weighed and measured. Additional Health Support sessions are also offered throughout the year on topics such as breastfeeding, weaning, healthy eating and dental care. With informative and professional support, play sessions and drop-in sessions there is something for everyone.
Stay & Play Sessions
Regular stay and play sessions are delivered across the Islands, offering many opportunities to partake in physical, creative and imaginative play. Both children and adults can benefit from these wonderful sessions, as they can meet up and make new friends, learn new skills, get involved in many new experiences and enjoy having lots and lots of fun. These are led by a member of the Children’s Centre team and are advertised well in advance so families are aware of what is on.
A range of workshops take place within the Children's Centre aimed at parents, carers and extended family. Workshops are organised with a view to adults learning about specific topic areas, meeting with professionals from the mainland and enjoying being in a group situation with other adults who have similar interests.
Story Time at the Library
Regular monthly Story Time sessions are held at St. Mary's Library these are led by a member of the Children's Centre team. During the session a story is read, songs sung and an activity to accompany the story topic is offered. A great session to build on children's experiences of books and to encourage families to visit the local library.
Active Scilly Splash Tots
Active Scilly Splash Tots is run by the Active Scilly team at St. Mary's Normandy swimming pool. Babies and toddlers accompanied by an adult can enjoy the wonders of the water and begin to develop an understanding of the importance of water safety, making rapid progress with their swimming skills and abilities.
Off Island Access
Funding for families from the off-islands to access services is available, for more information please contact the Children's Services Team.