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Alban Way Children's Centre

Alban Way Children's Centre

This Sure Start Children's Centre provides information and advice to parents, carers, grandparents and childminders of children aged 0-5 years. Their programme currently includes:

  • Childminders Support Network:  regular evening meetings and training events.
  • Body Confidence: Mondays from 10.30am-noon. An opportunity for mums who have recently given birth to do some gentle exercise where baby is included in the process. Have a coffee, chat and socialise with other mums.
  • Young Mum's Body Confidence: Wednesdays from 11.15am-12.45pm. For mums under 21 years of age who have recently had a baby, an opportunity to do some gentle exercise where baby is included in the process and meet other young mums. From January, baby massage sessions will follow at 1pm.
  • Baby Massage: Thursdays from 10-11.30am. Baby massage is an enjoyable and fun experience for both baby and parent/carer. It enhances the bond between parent and baby; relieves colic, wind, constipation and teething pain; soothes restless babies and improves baby's sleep. For local parents.
  • Breastfeeding Network: a breastfeeding drop-in group open to all breastfeeding and pregnant mums. Fridays 1-2.30pm (term-time only). Baby and toddler toys plus refreshments for a small donation.
  • Parenting courses: are regularly held by the Children's Centre.

Coming soon:

  • Infant First Aid - 2 hour courses with the British Red Cross
  • 0-6's parenting courses

Please contact Lorraine or Vicky on 01727 855134 for information on any of the above. Alban Way also runs a Drop-in for children who have special needs, run by Marian Le Blond on Monday mornings at Ashley Church.

Up on Downs: For information on the Up on Downs (Down's Syndrome Support Group) programme for all of Hertfordshire, including meetings, new parent contact, trips, training courses and drama club, please contact Sande, [email protected] or see www.upondowns.com

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Baby Massage, Sleep consultant, parental workshops

Baby Massage, Sleep consultant, parental workshops
We provide Baby Massage lasses (trained through IAIM) in English and Spanish in st Albans.
Sleep Consultancy and workshops for parents/carers and childcare practitioners.

Massage: Massage is a gorgeous activity that parents can attend as part of a small group or one on one from their own homes.
The list of benefits are endless but mainly fall in to these categories, Communication, relaxation, sleep, less crying, growth and development.
What to expect, A Baby Massage course comprises of 5 weekly sessions of 1.5 hours. The whole idea of these sessions are to create a happy and relaxed atmosphere, a happy and relaxed parent and a happy and relaxed baby. We focus on babies needs so changing and feeding in encouraged in the class and should your little one be asleep there is no need to wake them. 
Mats and cushions are provided and you will each receive a bottle of fractionated coconut oil and parent handouts so you can keep massaging at home.
Half way through the session we will have a break where refreshments and snack are provided and we end the sessions with facilitated discussions which can be a great way to get chatting with each other, sharing thoughts, experiences and any helpful tips and tricks.
Age: birth to 1

Sleep: Sleep coaching can often be regarded with suspicion and caution but put simply it, it's about helping parents/carers and childcare practitioners to understand and optimise sleep in a gentle manner.
What to expect, Understand how and why your child sleeps, or doesn't as the case may be
Find realistic, gentle solutions that are individually tailored to you and your family's needs
Have the necessary on-going support whilst implementing these new changes
Age: birth to 10 years

Workshops: Workshops give parents/carers and childcare practitioners the opportunity to discuss and learn more about the hot topic "Behaviour and Tantrums" in children
They are informal, educational discussion groups held in coffee shops and pubs, so not sitting in an awkward circle hoping you won't be picked for an answer.
These workshops are here to empower parents/carers with useful tools, evidence based information and simple techniques that you can apply in everyday situations.
Best of all there is cake and wine
Age: Birth to teenage years
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