Our sessions have now come to an end for summer 2022. Many of our children will begin their next adventure by starting school in September. We will miss those little faces who regularly come to play and readily sing along, joyfully showing us their dance moves at song time or the creative skills at Cooking and Craft Club. It has been a pleasure to watch the children grow and progress through our playgroups, from babes in arms at our Bumps and Babies session, to the energetic and inquisitive pre-schoolers they have become. Good luck to parents and children as they start school in September.
Attending playgroup is an excellent way to prepare for school. Children & parents alike form friendships at playgroup, so much so that the children can often recognise a familiar face on that first day at school. Playgroup prepares a child to feel confident being in new settings, explore different play, & learn to share and take turns.
As we come to the end of term at PACS we can reflect on the year. We returned in September 2021 with a full timetable…something we were unsure would happen after the last few years!
Our ever popular Totally Toddlers and of course the Firm Favourite, Diddy Discoverers took off with a flying start. We saw an increase in new Mum’s at Bumps & Babies, all of whom wanted to talk about their experiences of having babies during lockdown. This group provides such valued support to new parents. It’s really lovely to watch new friendships grow as mothers support mothers.
Cooking Club also returned and proved to be as popular as ever. Our little cooks have enjoyed making lots of amazing things and we’ve been amazed by how skilled they’ve become.
Last May, we introduced a new play session to the PACS family. Sensory Stories, which runs every Thursday from 1-2, at the Methodist church, catering for children 18 months and above. The popularity of this group has increased week on week and it’s been a joy to see how much the children love books!
But as many of our parents know, we’re always trying to find new ways to keep the children entertained. From September we introduced our monthly Craft Club. This gave the children a chance to use their creative skills and of course create the kind of mess parents prefer not to have at home!
One of our proudest achievements this year is the fact that we have been able to offer two Positive Parenting Courses working in conjunction with Childline. The parents definitely benefitted from the course and we were able to look after their little one’s whilst Ines from Childline delivered the course.
And last but by no means least…after a lot of work and planning we have been delighted to offer a new group on a Tuesday morning at The Family Centre called “Play Sense.” It had come to our attention that some of the children find our sessions too overwhelming and loud. Play Sense is a Sensory Friendly playgroup session which is smaller, less structured and much quieter than our other sessions. To ensure this we restrict numbers and have a booking system in place. So far the feedback we have received from parents has been very positive and we’re so pleased to be able to offer such a valuable session.
So, as you can see, PACS has had a very busy 2021 / 2022.. New sessions, old favourites and a lot of fun! Planning for September has already taken place and we’ve got lots of exciting things planned for our Autunm Term. We pride ourselves on being able to offer our sessions to the whole community. Apart from Cooking & Craft Club, we work purely on a donation basis. We are also run solely by volunteers, without whom we wouldn’t be able to operate. Come join us in September to see what we are about. And of course, if you’d like to volunteer we’d love to hear from you!