Our Group Programme

Our daily Groupwork timetable shows what’s on at all of the Children’s Centres across Corby…

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

Activities For Children Under 5

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.

Growing Together (at Pen Green and Kingswood)

For children up to 3 years old. This group provides you with the opportunity to engage and play alongside your child. Our aim is to encourage reflective parenting, and for parents to learn more about their child’s interests by thinking about how their child is developing and communication.

There is an opportunity to be filmed with your child in the session, which is a helpful way to consider your child’s play and interaction from a different perspective. For parents, this group is also a platform to share your experiences with staff and other families, increasing your confidence in parenting.

This group runs twice a week, at Pen Green and Kingswood. Please check our timetable for current days and times.

Social Babies (at Pen Green and Kingswood)

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.

Infant Massage (at Pen Green and Kingswood)

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 techniques include the tummy one which helps with colic and constipation.

Music and Singing (at Pen Green and Kingswood)

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.

U2 Can Be Messy

Our popular messy play session.  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.

Groups for specific carers

Childminder's 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.

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