Children's centres

Ockendon Children's Centre

Address

2a Afton Drive, South Ockendon, RM15 5PA

Contact

01375 413 936

Timetable from March 2020 – the centre is open Monday to Friday, from 8:30am to 5pm.

Mondays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 5pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9:15am to 10:15am Stay and play No session 9, 16, 23 March. 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.
10am to 1pm Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) drop-in Second Monday of the month. For parents and carers with their children between ages 0 and 25 years-old. Contact the Parent Advisory Team Thurrock (PATT) on 01375 389 894 for details. All welcome.
10:45am to 11:45am Let's talk with your baby 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.
2pm to 3:30pm Child health clinic, baby weighing For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome
2:30pm to 3:30pm Stay and play – messy babies No session 9, 16, 23 March. 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. Please wear old clothes! All welcome.

Tuesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 11am Blood testing At Ockendon Health Centre, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP. All welcome
9am to 1pm Health visitor ante-natal appointments By referral only.
9am to 5pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9:15am to 10:15am Stay and play No session 17, 24 March 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.
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.
11am to midday Baby massage 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 5 sessions.
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.

Wednesdays

Time Activity Notes
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 11:15am Child health clinic, baby weighing At Ockendon Health Centre, Darenth Lane, South Ockendon, RM15 5LP. For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome.
9:30am to 12:30pm Strengthening families, strengthening communities Sessions run by Coram. By referral only.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Introduction to solids Second 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.

Thursdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 11:30am Ante-natal blood tests For ages 24 months to 60 months. Book in advance.
9am to midday National careers service Book in advance.
9:15am to 10:45am Chatterbox For ages 24 months to 36 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.
1pm to 3:30pm Infant feeding drop-in For ages 0 to 12 months. All welcome.
1pm to 4pm Teenage midwife appointments 12, 26 March. Book in advance.
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.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Stay and play No session 26 March. 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. The session also shares ideas to support your child's learning at home. All welcome.
3:30pm to 4:30pm Bookstart corner No session 26 March. For ages 18 months to 60 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.

Fridays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 1pm Midwife appointments Pre-natal checks, advice and support for you and your baby. Book in advance.
9am to 4pm Benefits advice service For council tenants only. Book in advance.
9:15am to 11:15am Empowering parents, empowering communities For parents and carers who have children aged 2 to 11 years. Fun activities for you and your baby. This parenting group is provided by parents for parents. Parents will learn how to use a range of parenting skills, understand their children's feelings and develop a closer parent-child relationship. Book in advance.
2:30pm to 3:30pm Stay and play – messy time No session 20, 27 March 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.

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.