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What is a parent & toddler group?

A parent and toddler group is an informal session where parents, carers, childminders and their children can go to have fun and meet new people. Parents and carers stay with, and are responsible for, their children throughout the session. Most groups meet once a week for between one and two hours and welcome children from birth to 3 or up to school age. 

Every group is different and it may take a few visits before you get to know the group and feel part of it. Sometimes the best way to get to know people is to get involved and offer to help. Local Children’s Centres also provide parent and toddler groups for families who have children 0 to 5 years. 

Charges will vary depending on the group you choose to attend. Most groups charge around £1.50 per session to cover the cost of refreshments and craft materials.

A list of Parent and Toddler groups is available here. If you do not have access to the internet or cannot find the information you are looking for, contact the Family Information Service on 01753 476589.