Children's centres

Thameside Children's Centre

Address

Thameside Primary School, Manor Road, Grays, RM17 6EF

Contact

01375 387 894

You can phone or visit the centre at the following times:

  • Monday to Thursday, from 8:30am to 5pm
  • Fridays, from 8:30am to 4:30pm

Mondays

Time Activity Notes
9:15am to 10:15am Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 30 months. A Booktrust 4-week programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.
2pm to 3pm Play and learn For ages 24 months to 60 months. A 4-week programme for families to support their child's learning through play. The sessions will also provide you with ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home. Book in advance.

Tuesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 1pm Well baby concern clinic For ages 0 to 60 months. Book in advance by phoning 0300 300 1999.
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. Book in advance.
11am to midday Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 30 months. A Booktrust 4-week programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.
1pm to 4:30pm Domestic abuse and violence support Phone 07494 167 408 to book in advance.
2pm to 3pm Let's talk with your baby For ages 3 months 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.

Wednesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 4pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30m Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 30 months. A Booktrust 4-week programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.
10:30am to 11:30am Stay and play – Just for You, special educational needs and disability (SEND) group For children with additional support needs, ages 0 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. Book in advance.
11am to midday Brighter Futures babies For ages 0 to 12 months. A group for first-time parents who have had a baby during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. It gives parents and baby a chance to socialise and meet others, and for parents to learn new skills that will support their baby's learning and development. Book in advance.
1:15pm to 2:15pm Let's talk with your toddler For ages 12 months to 24 months. A programme to support your child's communication and language skills, including advice and strategies you can use in the home. Book in advance.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 30 months. One-to-one session.

A Booktrust 4-week programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.

3:30pm to 4:30pm 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. Book in advance.

Thursdays

Time Activity Notes
9:45am to 11am Chatterbox For ages 18 months to 60 months. A structured language group running for 6 to 8 weeks providing support, advice and guidance to help your child develop their communications skills. By referral only.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Baby massage At Community House, New Road, Grays, RM17 6DR. For ages 0 to 12 months. The baby massage course 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.
2:30pm to 3:30pm Baby massage At Acorns Community Centre, Headon Hall, Crawford Avenue, Stifford Clays, RM16 2AS. For ages 0 to 12 months. The baby massage course 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.

Fridays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 4pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30am Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 30 months. A Booktrust 4-week programme to support families to develop a love of stories, books and rhymes to help their children's early reading skills. Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30am Play and learn At Drake Road Community Centre, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6PS. For ages 24 months to 60 months. A 4-week programme for families to support their child's learning through play. The sessions will also provide you with ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home. Book in advance.
11am to midday Let's talk with your toddler For ages 12 months to 24 months. A programme to support your child's communication and language skills, including advice and strategies you can use in the home. Book in advance.
11am to midday Play and learn At Drake Road Community Centre, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6PS. For ages 24 months to 60 months. A 4-week programme for families to support their child's learning through play. The sessions will also provide you with ideas on how to support your child’s learning at home. Book in advance.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Fun, food and fitness 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.
2:30pm to 3:30pm Baby massage For ages 0 to 12 months. The baby massage course 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.

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 timetables of individual children's centres for latest details.

If you would like to register yourself and your child at this children's centre, please complete and return one of the versions of the form below. Forms are also available from the centre itself.