Canterbury & District Early Years Project
Poets Corner 11a South Street, Canterbury CT11EA
Children develop quickly in the early years, and at the Canterbury & District Early Years Project, we aim to do everything we can to help children have the best possible start in life. Children should be able to develop their personalities, talents and abilities regardless of ethnicity, culture or religion, home language, family background, learning difficulties, disabilities or gender. Every child and their parents or carers need understanding and support, and through our carefully planned groups and services, following the new Early Years Framework, we aim to offer these things.
The Canterbury & District Early Years project operates over several sites. Poets Corner is located at 11A South Street, Canterbury and is a wonderful space to enjoy your young children and meet other parents. Chartham Village Hall, Station Road, Chartham is a great place for children to let off steam in a spacious environment. Activities vary from week to week, and in the summer why not enjoy the adjoining play park.
These groups are facilitated by two project Workers and enable parents to meet together and discuss a range of subjects and issues such as; Child development, Play, Managing difficult behaviour, Effective communication, Managing stress, Health issues, Budgeting & Child safety.
These group sessions are informal and friendly and new parents are always very welcome!
The health visitor clinics attached to the play sessions provide parents with an informal drop in facility to have their babies weighed, measured and an opportunity to discuss feeding, sleeping, weaning as well as any general health issues. Parents do not need to make an appointment but can just call in to see the health visitor and also attend the play session if they want to. Clinics are held at both Poet's Corner & Chartham.
Please contact us to book your place on:
Developing Word - popular English as a second language course. Crèche provided.
Stich in Time - new course beginning 21st February 2017.
Baby Massage - new 4 week course - dates 1st March to 22nd March 2017
Incredible Years - New Course starting February 2017 : more details
Counselling for non-Councillors - tbc
Choose Life - tbc
Let's Cook Together - tbc
Our AGM was held on Wednesday 30th November, giving everyone an opportunity to meet people involved with the project, both the team and the families who use the facilities.
It was very well attended with so many inspirational speakers and parent testimonies.
For more information, please take a look at our AGM Booklet and annual report via the link below:
Just some of the support groups and facilities we run for parents, carers & families.
For the full list check out the calender or our service guide.
This is for Grandparents and relatives who have the sole care of the children and young adults in their family.
We meet on the first Thursday in every month during term time at Poet's Corner, from 09.30-11.30am. Only £1.00 per family.
Our Friday Community Breakfast, for parents, carers, partners. At Poet's Corner, 09.30-11.00am. Informal relaxed session, opportunity to talk together, meet old and new friends.
Every Friday at Poet's Corner, Crèche provided. £3.00 per person.
Stay and Play for parents, babies & pre-school children.
Wednesday mornings at Poet's Corner, Tuesday Mornings at Chartham Village Hall. Relaxed friendly session, all welcome, just turn up and have fun!
09.30-11.30am. £1.50 per family.
The health visitor clinics are attached to the play sessions and provide parents with an informal drop in facility to have their babies weighed, measured with an opportunity to discuss feeding, sleeping, weaning as well as any general health issues. Parents do not need to make an appointment but can just call in to see the health visitor and also attend the play session if they want to. It is helpful if parents can bring their child's Red Book with them. Held at Poet's Corner on Mondays from 12.30 - 2.00pm. Clinics are also held at Chartham Village Hall once a month, (every second Tuesday, Term time only) contact us or the Health Clinic for further details.
A free four week course to help understand how the mind works and equip you with coping skills to better handle the pressures of everyday life. The next course starts on 4th November 2016, from 10.00am to 11.30am at Poet's Corner.
Held on Mondays at Poet's Corner from 10.30-11.30am, our Rhythm and Rhyme sessions support speech and language with movement, singing and rhymes.
£1.50 per family, just turn up! ALL WELCOME !
Working with families to help them develop a quality of life and experience for themselves and their young children in which they can learn together.
For Parents, Babies & Pre-school Children, held on Tuesday Afternoons, between 12.30 and 2.30pm at Poet's Corner.
Held on Mondays at Poet's Corner from 12.30-2.00pm.
Play activities, music and health and development information.
£1.50 per family, just turn up! ALL WELCOME !
Our sewing group for enthusiasts of all levels of ability and skills, Stitch in Time meets again early in the New Year on 10th January 2017, between 9.30-11.30am at Poet's Corner.
We look forward to seeing you there !
A weekly programme for adults with English as a second language
Held on Mondays at Poet's Corner from 11.30-12.30pm.
For information or to book a place contact us at Poet's Corner
Starts Monday 7th January 2017 : £1.50 per week.
This evidenced based programme supports parents of Children between the age of 2 and 12 who are experiencing difficulties with emotions or behaviours. Parents who would like to further develop their parenting skills and relationship with their children will also find this programme helpful.
New Course starting February 2017
We have a selection of leaflets with more information on our various courses and help groups for parents. Click on any of the links below for all the details:
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