Our Group Programme

Our daily Groupwork timetable shows what’s on at all of the Children’s Centres across Corby. Dates and times could be subject to change so be sure to keep an eye on our Facebook page for updates.

The Group Programme at Pen Green and Kingswood offers families a wide range of activities, courses and support. Some groups are for you to come to with your children, others are just for adults.  In some situations we can provide a crèche for your child/children depending on the group you wish to attend. Crèche places are limited so if you would like a place, please speak to the group leader.

All groups at Pen Green and Kingswood are open to all families living in the local community. We define our community as:

  • all households in Northamptonshire County Council designated postcodes
  • the streets and postcodes that have historically been part of each centre’s local community
  • all families attending our nursery, early years provision and after school club

Families living beyond our designated community area are also encouraged to attend their local children’s centre.

A groupwork methodology has been seen by Pen Green Centre as an effective way of meeting the needs of the local community. From a small number of groups that began in 1983, we have developed a comprehensive programme to meet the identified needs of families in Corby.  These needs have been identified through dialogue with parents and other professionals, as well as regular review and evaluation of the programme three times a year.

Our groupwork programme can be seen as offering 3 main elements:

  • Education
  • Support and Therapy
  • Parent and Child Activity Groups

The values or principles that underpin the Groupwork Programme are:

  • Groups arise in response to community needs
  •  working relationship between workers and families needs to be based upon reciprocity where a sense of belonging is fostered
  • The importance of understanding people’s learning journey is crucial
  • Learning is through self-discovery not imparting knowledge
  • To provide equal access we need to understand the barriers that exist to accessing services and actively address those issues
  • Parents have a right to work at the level they want and within their own time framework
  • Reflexivity

In order to fulfil these values and offer families with a high quality of service, we provide group leaders with:

  • Regular training
  • Support and supervision
  • Review and evaluation
  • Group leaders from different disciplines and agencies to provide the skills and knowledge to meet the wide range of needs of families

Community Drop-in

This group offers a wide range of play resources for children to explore including an opportunity for you to use the shared spaces at the centre such as Soft Room, Snoezelen, Beach and Family Room. This group gives you the opportunity to meet other families and play together in a safe and stimulating environment.

Community Drop-in includes…

Family Room Drop-in at Pen Green (0-5 years) which runs from 8:00 am to 15:00 pm on
Mondays, 8:00 am to 18:00 pm on Tuesdays, 10:15 am to 15:00 pm on Wednesdays, 8:00 am to 18:00 pm on Thursdays & 9:00 am to 15:00 pm on Fridays. For a list of activities running in the Family Room, please see the Family Room timetable at pengreen.org.

Adult-Infant Drop-in at Little Jimmy’s, Pen Green (0-3 years) which runs from 9:00 am to 15:00 pm on Tuesdays & Thursdays, and 9:00 am to 12:00 pm on Wednesdays.

Community Drop-in in the Group Room, Pen Green on wednesdays at 10:00 – 11:30 am.

Drop-in at Kingswood (0-5 years) which runs from 9:30 – 11:00 am on Fridays.

– Drop-in at Exeter which runs from 13:30 – 15:00 pm on Mondays.

Social Babies

This is a group for parents/ carers and their babies to attend where you can explore your baby’s relationship with you and other babies within the group. To deepen your understanding of your baby’s development. This group supports you to discover your baby’s unique amazing abilities and includes Baby Self Weigh. This group runs at Kingswood from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Mondays and at Little Jimmy’s, Pen Green from 13:00 pm to 14:30 pm on Fridays.

Baby Massage

This group is a great way to meet and socialise with other parents. You and your baby can spend some special time together learning relaxing massage techniques.  We aim to cover all of the body parts so that you can incorporate massage at home with your baby. Massage includes techniques which helps with colic and constipation.

This group runs at Kingswood from 13:00 pm to 14:30 pm on Tuesdays, Exeter from 10:00 to 11:30 am on Wednesdays and at Pen Green in the Group Room from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Thursdays.

Songs & Stories

This group is for parents and carers to come with their children to sing songs and rhymes to encourage speech and language development in a fun environment.

Songs & Rhymes runs in the Green Room at Woodnewton from 9:15 am to 11:15 am on Mondays.

Stories & Songs runs at Exeter from 14:00 pm to 15:00 pm on Thursdays.

Stay & Play

This group is for parents and carers to come with their children to explore a range equipment and imaginative play opportunities. Children have the opportunity to socialise and play with other children and develop their learning through the range of play experiences on offer. Parent’s and carers can meet each other to support each other and socialise.

This group runs at St. Columba from 9:00 am to 13:00 pm on Thursdays.

Music & Singing

This is a group which is relaxed and fun, suitable for babies and toddlers (and adults) who love music. Our aim is to have lots of fun using a mixture of percussion instruments, actions and our own voices, as well as learning to count, learning repetition, and learning about different sounds and textures.

This group runs in the Family Room at Pen Green from 9:45 am to 10:15 am on Wednesdays.

Growing Together

This group provides parents/ carers the opportunity to engage and play alongside their children.
Our aim is to encourage reflective parenting. There will be an opportunity to be filmed alongside your child and spend time with a worker thinking about the video material and producing your own
portfolio.

This group runs at Kingswood from 13:00 to 14:30 pm on Wednesdays and at Little Jimmy’s, Pen Green from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Fridays.

Creative Play/Messy Play

This group is for parents and carers to come with their children to explore a range of messy play material together, they can also explore a range of construction equipment and imaginative play opportunities. Children have the opportunity to socialise and play with other children and develop their learning through the range of play experiences on offer. Parent’s and carers can meet each other to support each other and socialise.

This group runs at Exeter from 9:15 am to 11:00 am on Fridays.

Childminder's Support Group

This is a group for Childminders to access with the children they are caring for. A wide range of play resources are available including the Soft Room, Snoezelen, and Beach. Childminders and children have the opportunity to socialise with others and play together in a safe and stimulating environment.

This group runs in the Group Room at Pen Green from 9:30 am to 11:00 am on Mondays.

Little Angels

This group is for parents and carers to come with their children and explore creative play and
construction. Children have the opportunity to socialise and play with other children and develop their learning through a variety of play experiences.

There is a charge of £2 for this group.
This group runs at Woodnewton from 9:15 am to 11:15 am on Tuesdays and Fridays.

U2 Can Be Messy

This group is for parents and carers to come with their children and to explore a range of messy play materials together. Children have the opportunity to socialise and play with other children and
develop their learning through the tactile play experiences on offer. Parents/ carers can meet other parents to support each other and socialise.
This group runs at Pen Green in the Group Room from 9:30 to 11:00 am on Tuesdays.

Little Sparkles

A small closed group for children aged under 5 with additional needs. We aim to provide a nurturing and stimulating environment where children’s individual needs and interests can be supported. The small, friendly group enables families to access our fully equipped Sensory Room, and activities in our Family Room. Led by members of our SEND team, this group gives families the chance to share their experiences, and learn from one another. Staff can also offer guidance on how to access other agencies or services.

This group runs at Kingswood from 10:00 am to 11:15 am on Wednesdays.

Let's Play Together

A chance for children with any special needs (diagnosed or undiagnosed) to play and discover together. Let’s Play Together offers well resourced play opportunities for children, their carers and their siblings. Led by members of our SEND team, this group gives families the chance to share their experiences, and learn from one another. Staff can also offer guidance on how to access other agencies or services.

This group runs in the Group Room at Pen Green from 9:30 am to 11:00 am and 13:00 pm to 14:30 pm on Fridays.

Premature Babies

A clean, safe environment for premature babies from birth to crawling. This group offers families the chance to form social networks outside of the often complex medical world. Alongside conversation and a cuppa, we are able to offer the use of our Snoezelen (sensory light room), baby massage and a neonatal health visitor.

This group runs at Kingswood from 13:00 pm to 15:00 pm on Thursdays.

Breastfeeding

A drop-in support group for mums who wish to breastfeed their babies. Get help and advice around feeding your baby in a relaxed atmosphere and meet other mums.

This group runs at Little Jimmy’s, Pen Green from 12:45 pm to 14:45 pm on Mondays.

Choices*

A support group for women who have experiences of emotional/ sexual trauma in childhood. We provide a safe environment with supportive and well qualified group leaders so that you can explore these issues. This is a closed, confidential group.

This group runs at Pen Green from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Wednesdays.

Growing with Your Family

This is a reflective 20 week course for parents to think about all elements of raising their family. During the course, parents explore how their childhood experiences could influence their parenting and allows time to consider different styles and options.

This group runs at Pen Green from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Wednesdays.

Freedom*

The Freedom Programme is a support group designed for women who are experiencing or have experienced domestic abuse.

The Freedom Programme is designed as an intervention to empower women to make positive choices about their lives by providing information and support within a group context. It gives women an opportunity and space to develop ways of thinking and building protective behaviours for themselves and their children from harm.

This group runs at Exeter from 9:30 am to 11:30 am on Tuesdays.

Get Creative

This is a group for parents to come and share their knowledge and creative skills, support each other in the group and build friendships. We offer safe and warm environment for parents to be creative by providing a varied range of resources to use.
This group runs in the Adult Education Suite, Pen Green from 12:45 pm to 14:45 pm on Wednesdays.

Getting Ahead of Postnatal Depression (GAP)*

GAP is a group that offers a time and space for women to access a supportive environment where they can explore concerns that they may have in relation to depression, distress or anxiety, associated with their well- being or where a parent has identified on- going mental health issues and concerns, which have been identified or exacerbated after the birth of a baby.

This group runs at Pen Green from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Fridays.

Great Expectations*

This is a group that offers a time and space for women to access a supportive environment where they can explore concerns that they may have in relation to health and well-being of themselves and their unborn child. The group is co-led by a midwife from the community and experienced group workers from within the children’s centres.

This group runs at Pen Green from 13:00 pm to 14:30 pm on Wednesdays.

Parents of Children with Additional Needs (POCWAN)

This is a group to support parents/carers who have children with additional needs. Parents tell us that having a child with additional needs impact on the whole family therefore we aim to provide support in the form of providing a safe space in a safe environment with crèche provided and consistent group leaders working using the person centred approach to ensure the parents voice is being heard.
This group runs in the Adult Education Suite at Pen Green from 10:00 am to 11:30 am on Mondays.

Solihull*

This 10 week informal parenting course for parents and carers who want to know more about sensitive and effective parenting skills.  Come and meet likeminded people and learn about child development, behaviour and parenting styles.  Creche available by booking with centre staff.

This group runs at Exeter from 12:45 pm to 14:45 pm on Tuesdays.

NORPIP*

NorPIP (Northamptonshire Parent Infant Partnership) offer families at Pen Green counselling facilities. The psychotherapeutic interventions are for parents and their child (from pregnancy to 2 years).
The length of therapeutic intervention offered to each family is determined on their individual needs therefore one family may have psychotherapy sessions over a ten week period while another may have 26 weeks of intensive support.

These sessions are at Pen Green on Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays. Please note that this is
appointment only.

For groups marked with an * please speak to a Children’s Centre worker  if you are interested in attending this group. 

Sleep Solutions*

Meet with an early health practitioner who can offer advice and techniques to support your child’s sleep routine. (From 2 years and up).

These sessions run at Pen Green on Mondays & Wednesdays.

Midwife Appointments*

There are multiple midwife clinics that run across Corby’s 4 Children’s Centres. This is an opportunity to have a one-on-one appointment with a midwife.

These sessions run at Pen Green on Mondays & Fridays, and at Kingswood on Fridays.

Child Development Reviews*

All children and families in England and Wales are offered a development review between 2 and 2½. Families meet with a health visitor to review their child’s development, and if necessary, to discuss any concerns.

These sessions run at Kingswood from 10:00 – 13:30 on Mondays, and at Pen Green on Tuesdays & Thursdays.

Health Visitor Drop-in

A chance to meet with local health visitors for advice and guidance.

For accurate dates and times as to when this service runs at each Children’s Centre please visit: https://www.nhft.nhs.uk/0-19#venue-ages-04-tab

For groups marked with an * please book an appointment via reception.

Parent's Involvement in their Children's Learning (PICL)

An evidence based way of working with parents that improves outcomes for children and families. It has been developed at the Pen Green Centre for Children and their Families over the last 30 years.

This group runs on Tuesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am or 13:00 pm to 15:00 pm.

Level 3 Diploma for the Early Years Workforce (Early Years Educator)

A nationally recognised qualification for those working/planning to work with children or young people. This course is completed over 18 months with a combination of taught and study sessions. This is a nationally recognised qualification for all those who wish to, or are already working with children or young people and would like to gain a full and relevant qualification.

This group runs on Tuesdays from 18:30 pm to 20:30 pm.

English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

Improve your English language skills across speaking, reading, writing and listening. The course also covers spelling, grammar and punctuation.

This group runs on Wednesdays from 9:30 am to 11:30 am.

Introduction to Childcare: level 1 Award in Adult Introduction to
Early Years Settings

This course offers students an introduction to working with children. The course runs for 20 weeks with taught sessions and an opportunity to complete a placement within the centre for 10 weeks. Students will explore what it is like to work in an early years setting and gain some knowledge in child development. This is a nationally recognised CACHE Level 1 Award in an introduction to Early Years Settings.

This group runs on Thursdays from 9:30 to 11:30 am

Functional Skills: Maths

An on-going course to improve your Maths skills. Modules are completed at your own pace with support from the tutor.

This group runs on Fridays from 9:00 am to 11:30 am.

New Start Volunteer Course

This is an in house training course that runs for 8 weeks that all volunteers must complete before they volunteer in the children’s centre. The course covers getting to know the children’s centre, listening skills, diversity, confidentiality, safeguarding procedures, centre policies and endings. Volunteers will explore the ethos of the children’s centre and what is expected of them when they commence volunteering.

Family IT Course

An opportunity for parents to gain some technological understanding. The tutor is open to cover topics of parent’s interest including: ‘What is phishing? What is a scam? And how to look out for these things’, ‘What is GDPR?’, ‘How to keep children safe online’ and any technological support.

This group runs on Mondays from 12:45 – 14:45 pm.

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