Pinhoe Parent and Toddler Group, America Hall
Time: 9:30am – 11:30am – Term Time only
Cost: £1 per adult, 70p per child (under 1s are free)
America Hall is huge! So much space for burning off energy, there are loads of cars and push along toys, pushchairs and ride ons, there’s a seesaw and a slide. There are craft tables and various artistic activities. Half way through the session we stop for a snack and a drink with Tea and Coffee for grown ups. At the end of the session we sing some songs whilst they toys are tidied away. The highlight of the group is the ‘Ready Steady Go’ game which involves running/toddling from one end of the hall to the other!
Ladysmith Primary School, Pretoria Road, Exeter
Time: 9:30-11:00 Term Time Only
Cost: £2 per family 50p for extra adult
Ladysmith Toddler Group is located next to Ladysmith Infant School, in the Community room (accessed via Pretoria Road near the bottom of Sampson’s Lane).
The group is run by Ladysmith Community Action Team (LCAT). The Toddler Group was originally designed to welcome the growing number of families who speak English as an additional language. Since then the group has developed, and now welcomes families from across our community to enjoy and share the experience of bringing up children, whilst celebrating cultural diversity.
There are various activities set out for children to explore including some sort of tactile/ messy play, art/ craft activity, plus lots of toys and a small outdoor area with ride-ons.
Hot drinks for adults are provided, along with squash or water and biscuits for all. Families are welcome to bring their own snacks as well if required.
In all sessions we finish by gathering on the carpet for a story and to sing songs together as a group; we encourage everyone to join in, although please don’t worry if your child has other ideas! At the end of each session we sing a ‘good bye’ song, in which we sing good by to children individually.
Come along and play!
Ladysmith Baby Cafe
Time: 11:30am – 1pm Term Time only
Precrawlers! Come and have a cup of real coffee and a slice of cake at this warm and welcoming group. It’s a super friendly group, a chance to meet others at the same stage of life – share experiences and support each others.
Charlie prides herself on the real coffee and cake – yum!
The community room at Ladysmith is off Pretoria Road, behind the Infants school, there is covered parking for prams.
Merry Go Round Toy Library, Belmont Park
Time: 1pm – 4pm
Cost: £5 annual membership – see website for more info
I just love the toy library, especially for toys which are big or expensive! It is especially good when you just know your kids are bored with the wet weather and all their indoor toys. Come and BORROW something….like a library!!! Who knew! We borrowed a small activity table whilst Nancy was learning to stand and all manner of other stuff I could never afford to buy let alone house!
Chattertots, Alphington Community Hall
Time: 9.30am – 11am
I’ve yet to review this myself but I’m told there is an area for babies, a craft activity for the older ones each week, toys to play with and then a book and song at the end. Sounds great! I’ll see you soon! This group occasionally opens in the summer holidays but please check first.
Gudrun – 07785268568
Riverside Christian Center, St. Thomas
Time: 10:00am – 12 noon Term Time
Nicola emailed me with this review…I visited the above Toddler Group yesterday and offer this review of the setting.’Riverside Christian Centre Toddler Group is run by Rosie with her daughter. It is located by the Exe Bridges and easily accessible from the river. The group’s spaces are large and uncrowded with a soft area for babies and younger children, and a more physically challenging toddler area in a separate space. Buggies and prams have ideal parking near the play space for children who fall asleep on the way to the group – it’s easy to keep an eye on sleeping children in their buggy.The baby area toys are appropriate and in good condition. The toddler area has slides and climbing equipment, tunnels and age-appropriate blocks, dolls and pushchairs etc.Tea and coffee is offered for parents and carers and juice/water and biscuits for the young ones. The first visit is free. The only drawback to the visit was the steps into the building, which means asking for help from inside or negotiating with another parent to help with getting up the steps.’Thank you Nicola!….xx Jen
Riverside Christian Centre – 01392 210146
Pinhoe Road Baptist Church
Time: 10:00am – 11:30am and 1:30pm – 3:30pm Term Time Only
Cost: Voluntary Donations
The only playgroup I’ve found with a sand pit! This a huge bright room full of fun!
There‘s a Wendy house, dressing up clothes, a reading corner with squashy cushions, a safely cordoned off carpeted area with smaller toys for babies, Jigsaw tables,Arts and Crafts, Playdoh table, dolls house table. Tea and coffee for grownups and juice and a biscuit for little ones. We agther for a good old sing song before tidying up. I love it!!
Julia – 01392 424181
Clyst Heath Nursery and Community Primary School, Clyst Heath
Time: 10:00am – 11.20am Term Time only
Run by members of Trinity church. Loads of toys and things to do in a very friendly environment, there is a craft session making facemasks, supervised sticking and painting. There are soft toys and ride ons, Playdoh, puzzles and bricks. At 11o’clock we have a drink and a biscuit and a good loud sing song before we finish.
Jane: 01392 460940