Corona Virus Update

Free Bees bumps to babes group


The Free Bees toddler group in its usual form is currently closed. Although government guidelines would allow for the re-opening of the group, the restrictions would make it very difficult, stressful and quite likely not very enjoyable.

In order to continue to provide a level of support to new parents, we have opened a temporary group which will run as a ‘support café’. You are welcome to come along to this ‘bumps to babes’ group if you are expecting a baby or have a young, non-mobile baby. We sadly cannot accommodate toddlers, as they do not know how to do social distancing.

The new “Free Babees” group will run in the café of Staplehurst Free Church between 10am and 11.30am on Thursday mornings. Drinks and snacks will be on sale at very low prices. The room will accommodate up to 8 parents with babies and 2 staff one of which has a number of year’s experience as a Family Liaison Officer. In order to ensure we do not exceed the capacity of the café, we need you to book a place. This can be done simply and quickly using the Eventbrite link here. We have initially put 6 dates on the calendar. If government guidelines remain static we will add further dates.

We look forward to meeting you and your little ones.

Free Bees toddler group

Where kids are busy and grown-ups relax!

THURSDAYS  from 10am to 12 noon

Unfortunately in it’s current form Free Bees is suspended. But please see to the left for information on our new temporary group for expectant and new Mums.

Free Bees is a group for parents, grandparents and carers with babies and/or toddlers. It is run by volunteers from Staplehurst Free Church all of whom are experienced in child care and have an up to date DBS certificate. Our aim is to provide a safe and happy space where children can play whilst parents and carers are able to relax, chat and meet new people.

Any parents, carers or minders of babies and/or toddlers are welcome to come along. There is lots of space for children to play and a wide variety of toys. Most weeks there is also a quieter, organised activity such as playdough or painting.

Refreshments are provided including tea, coffee, squash, biscuits and cakes.

Facilities available

The church has plenty of space where you can leave buggies and prams. There are toilets with baby changing facilities. We welcome breast feeding or we can warm a bottle for you. There is a ‘safe area’ for small babies to play and a quiet room, should you need to use it. In the summer we can use the garden as an extra play space.

The building is totally accessible for adults or children with disabilities.

There is a car park in front of the church and spaces for disabled parking.  If the car park is full you can park on the main road (do not park on the pavement) on the side nearest to the church.  Please do not park in the centre space in the car park as this needs to be kept clear for emergency vehicles.

How do I join Free Bees?

Come along on a Thursday morning between 10am and 12 and meet Corinne Laming or one of the other helpers. They will show you around, ask you to complete a registration form and ensure that you feel welcome.

When's it on?

The group meets every Thursday from 10am till 12noon during school term time.  If you are unsure when the group starts up after a break – click here to see the church calendar or check out the Free Bees Facebook page.

How much does it cost?

It’s free!  Donations are welcome and there is a pot available when refreshments are served.