Children's centres

Thameside Children's Centre

Address

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

Contact

01375 387 894

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

Mondays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 10am Stay and play – rhyme time Term time only – 13, 20 January. At Warren Primary School, Gilbert Road, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6NB. 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.
9:15am to 10:15am Go girls A programme that helps parents and carers to support girls' emotional development and build their self-esteem. These sessions are packed with ideas for activities, exercises, group-work, games and helpful hints on supporting girls' and young women's personal development. Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30am Child health clinic At Brooke Road Health Centre, Brooke Road, Grays, RM17 5BY. For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Let's talk with your toddler For ages 12 months to 24 months. A 6-week course that supports your child's communication and language skills. It includes advice and strategies you can use in the home. Book in advance.
3pm to 4pm Let's talk with your toddler For ages 12 months to 24 months. A 6-week course that supports your child's communication and language skills. It includes advice and strategies you can use in the home. Book in advance.
3:30pm to 4:30pm Stay and play – rhyme time 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.

Tuesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 12:30pm 2 year-olds development assessment checks Health and development assessment to check your child's weight, height, learning, diet and behaviour. By referral only.
9:30am to 10:30am Stay and play No session 28 January. 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.
10:45am to 11:45am Stay and play No session 28 January. 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.
1pm to 4pm Language-focused play For ages 24 months to 60 months. An evidence-based therapy for children with expressive or receptive language delay. By referral only.
1:15pm to 2:15pm Bookstart corner For ages 12 months to 24 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.
1:15pm to 2:15pm 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.
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. All welcome.

Wednesdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 11:30am Glucose tolerance test (GTT) and antenatal bloods Appointment only by your midwife or health visitor.
9am to 11:30am Parents First Breastfeeding support, ante natal, 3 months to 6 months. All welcome.
9am to 1pm Midwife appointments Book in advance.
9:30am to 10:30am Child health clinic At Stifford Clays Health Centre, Crammavill Street, RM16 2AP. For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome.
9:30am 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.
1pm to 3:30pm Infant feeding drop-in For ages 0 to 12 months. Support sessions for you to discuss any matters relating to feeding your baby, such as breastfeeding, formula feeding and introducing solid foods. All welcome.
1pm to 4pm New born screenings A weight and blood spot (heel prick) test of your newborn baby. Book in advance.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Stay and play – sensory play For ages 0 to 12 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.
3pm to 4pm Child health clinic For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome.

Thursdays

Time Activity Notes
9am to midday Early interaction advice sessions For ages 24 months to 60 months. By referral only.
9:15am to 10:15am 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.
9:30am to 10:30am Stay and play 16, 30 January. At Drake Road Community Centre, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6BZ. 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.
10am to 11am Introduction to solids 23 January. For ages 0 to 8 months. A programme to support parents and carers with introducing solid foods to their baby. Call 0300 300 1999 to book in advance.
10:30am to 11:30am Stay and play – Just for You, special educational needs and disability (SEND) group No session 30 January. 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. All welcome.
1pm to 2:45pm Child health clinic At Beacon Church, Drake Road, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6RW. For ages 0 to 60 months. All welcome.
1pm to 4pm 2 year-olds development assessments checks Health and development assessment to check your child's weight, height, learning, diet and behaviour. By referral only.
1pm to 4pm Teenage midwife clinic 9, 23 January. Book in advance.
1:15pm to 2:15pm Let's talk with your toddler For ages 12 months to 24 months. A 6-week course that supports your child's communication and language skills. It includes advice and strategies you can use in the home. Book in advance.
1:30pm to 2:30pm Stay and play – rhyme time 16, 30 January. At Acorns Community Centre, Headon Hall, Crawford Avenue, Stifford Clays, Grays, RM16 2AS. 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.
3:30pm to 4:30pm Stay and play – messy play No session 30 January. 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. Please wear old clothes! All welcome.

Fridays

Time Activity Notes
9am to 10am Stay and play Term time only - no session 3, 10 January. At Warren Primary School, Gilbert Road, Chafford Hundred, RM16 6NB. 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 10:30am Stay and play 10, 24 January. At Community House, Seabrooke Rise, Grays, RM17 6FJ. 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 11am Speech and language drop-in First and third Friday of the month. For ages 18 months to 60 months. All welcome.
10am to 11am Stay and play 3, 17 January. 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.
1pm to 2pm Fun, food and fitness For ages 24 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.
1pm to 2pm 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.
3pm to 4pm 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. £12 for 5 sessions.

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.