Children's centres

Ockendon Children's Centre

Address

2a Afton Drive, South Ockendon, RM15 5PA

Contact

01375 413 936

Timetable from June 2018 – the centre is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5pm.

Mondays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 10am Fun, food and fitness No session on 4 June. For ages 18 months to 60 months. Fun, physical activities and ideas to keep your child healthy and fit. An opportunity for your child to try different types of food each week and for parents to receive advice on healthy eating including fussy eating and portion sizes. Book in advance.
11am to midday Pyramid parenting From 14 May. For parent and carers of children from 5 to 11 years-old. A course on the role parents and carers play in promoting a positive self-image and resilience in their children. It also provides knowledge, skills and experiences that can enhance your relationship with your child.
1pm to 4pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
1:30pm to 2:30pm St Mungo's Floating Support Service St Mungo's helps people recover from the issues that create homelessness, such as rent arrears, debt and benefits, and support families with employment and education. All welcome.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Stay and play – messy play No session on 4 June. For ages 24 months to 60 months. Fun activities for you and your baby. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your child's development. Please wear old clothes! All welcome.
2pm to 3:30pm Child health clinic, baby weighing For ages 0 to 60 months, at Ockendon Health Centre, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP. All welcome
3:30pm to 4:30pm Bookstart corner No session on 4 June. For ages 18 months to 60 months. A Booktrust programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.

Tuesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 11am Blood testing At Ockendon Health Centre, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP. All welcome
9am to 1pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9am to 1pm Health visitor ante-natal appointments By referral only.
9:30am to 10:30am Stay and play For ages 12 months to 24 months. Fun activities for you and your child. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your child's development. The session also shares ideas to support your child's learning at home. All welcome.
9:30am to 1pm 1 year-olds development assessment checks Health and development assessment to check your child's weight, height, learning, diet and behaviour. By referral only.
10:45am to 11:45am Stay and play For ages 24 months to 60 months. Fun activities for you and your child. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your child's development. The session also shares ideas to support your child's learning at home. All welcome.
12:30pm to 5pm 2 year-olds development assessment checks Health and development assessment to check your child's weight, height, learning, diet and behaviour. By referral only.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Patch parenting From 19 June. A course that provides support with the everyday challenges of parenting young children. Sessions cover topics such as being a parent, play, temper tantrums and praise. Parents have the chance to discuss other areas of concern. Book in advance.
2:45pm to 3:45pm Baby massage From 5 June. For ages 0 to 12 months. Baby massage offers a wonderful opportunity for you to bond and learn how to communicate with your baby through nurturing touch and massage in a relaxed and welcoming environment. Book in advance. £12 for 6 sessions.

Wednesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 11am Parents First support Peer support during midwife appointments. Book in advance.
9am to 1pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9am to 3pm Health visitor ante-natal appointments By referral only.
9:30am to 11am Introduction to solids Last Wednesday of the month. For ages 0 to 8 months. A programme to support parents and carers with introducing solid foods to their baby. Book in advance. Call 0300 300 1541.
9:30am to 11:15am Child health clinic, baby weighing No session on 27 June. For ages 0 to 60 months, at Ockendon Health Centre, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP. All welcome.
11am to midday Child minder-led session For ages 0 to 11 years. Sessions led by child minders to support the learning and development of children who are in the care of a child minder.
12:30pm to 2:30pm Paediatric first aid 27 June. One-day course. Call 01375 372 476 to book in advance, quoting course code OUT3L03. A fee of £2.70 must be paid at the time of booking.

Thursdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 10:30am Chatterbox For ages 18 months to 60 months. A structured language group running for six to eight weeks providing support, advice and guidance to help your child develop their communications skills. By referral only.
9am to 11:30am Glucose tolerance test (GTT) and antenatal bloods For ages 24 months to 60 months. Book in advance.
9am to midday National careers service Book in advance.
11am to midday English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) conversation club A club for parents and carers to develop their speaking and listening skills in English with friends. Book in advance.
1pm to 2pm Stay and play For ages 0 to 12 months. Fun activities for you and your baby. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your baby's development. The session also shares ideas to support your child's learning at home. All welcome.
1pm to 4pm Teenage midwife appointments Fortnightly. Book in advance.
1pm to 4pm Infant feeding drop-in For ages 0 to 12 months. All welcome.
1pm to 5pm New born screening A weight and blood spot (heel prick) test of your newborn baby. The hospital will give you an appointment.
3:30pm to 4:30pm Let's talk with your baby From 21 June. For ages 0 to 12 months. A programme to promote positive adult-child interaction and communication skills, attachment, stimulation in a rich environment through interactive, fun activities. Book in advance.

Fridays

Time Activity Notes
9am to midday Benefits advice service Book in advance.
9am to 1pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30am Stay and play – rhyme time For ages 0 to 12 months. Fun activities for you and your baby. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your child's development. All welcome.
10am to midday Meet your Local Area Coordinator All welcome.
11am to midday Go girls From 8 June. A programme to support parents and carers with practical approaches for supporting girls' emotional development and building their self-esteem. Packed with ideas for activities, exercises, group-work, games and helpful hints on supporting girls' and young women's personal development. Book in advance.
Midday to 2pm Changing Pathways Domestic abuse and violence support. Call 07875 342 015 to book in advance.
12:30pm to 1:30pm Stay and play – story sack fun For ages 12 months to 24 months. Fun activities for you and your baby. The sessions promote social skills and stimulation to support your child's development. All welcome.
2:30pm to 3:30pm Play and learn From 8 June. For ages 24 months to 60 months. A 6-week programme for families to support their child’s learning through play. The sessions also provide ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home. Book in advance.

Other activities

A wide range of activities are organised at children's centres across Thurrock, either regularly or from time to time. You can find out more about these activities in the document below. Check the monthly timetables of individual children's centres for latest details.