Stay and play sessions – what happens there?

Posted 6th April, 2018

Our stay and play sessions are always popular, with loved ones enjoying the opportunity to join us for an hour and find out more about life here at ABC.

But if you haven’t been to a session before you might not know what to expect.

You’ll be asked to sign up beforehand so we know how many parents or other family members to expect – and everyone is welcome (although please let us know in advance who is attending!).

The stay and play session may be themed depending on the time of year, so for example we’ve just held Mothers’ Day stay and plays at some of our sites and in June sessions will be focused on Fathers’ Day.

Before you arrive, staff will have set out numerous activities for the children and yourself to take part in, which could be anything from crafts to take home and messy play to role play and musical instruments.

It’s also a great opportunity for you to get to know the team working in your child’s room – we try and give you as much information as we can every day but we know it can be a rush when you drop off or pick up your child, so we find these sessions give you a chance to spend more time with your little one’s key worker and the other staff members working closely with them.

So do ask any questions you have, we’ll always give you as much information as we can about the types of activities your child enjoys most when they’re with us (as we know it can be handy if you’re running out of ideas about how to keep them occupied at home!) and it also gives you the chance to put faces to names as you may have heard your little one talking about their friends but not had the chance to meet them yet.

We know it’s not always possible due to other commitments, but we want as many families as possible to be able to attend stay and plays, so if you have any suggestions about how we can make them more inclusive and which days and times work best for you, then please let your key worker know so we can try and accommodate as many people as possible.

Sessions will be advertised at each site in advance, with the chance for families to sign up to confirm their attendance, and we’ll also keep you updated about events at all four sites on our Facebook page.