Free Bees baby and toddler group

Thursdays 10am & 1:30pm

Where kids are busy and grown-ups relax!

Free Bees baby and toddler group update

In March 2020 we were forced to close the doors of the Free Bees toddler group due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In September 2020 we were able to open our doors for a small number of parents and babies, by running a New Parents Support Group, as permitted by the government guidelines. Since March 2021 this group has grown in numbers as the rules allowed. Now that most Covid restrictions have been lifted we are looking at the future of the group. We have made the decision that for the foreseeable future our emphasis will be on supporting new parents, particularly during the maternity leave period. Our priority will be towards Staplehurst families and the aim will be to ensure that new parents have the opportunity to make friends, build up a support network and become confident in their role. We are not currently able to also run a full toddler group for all parents and carers with pre-school children. We understand that this will cause some disappointment amongst previous attendees who have been waiting for the group to re-open and we are sad that we cannot currently welcome you back.

To ensure a calm environment with the opportunity to develop relationships, we limit the number attending each session of Free Bees. When numbers reach a comfortable maximum we will operate a waiting list. There is a small charge of £10 per family per half term or £1.50 per week for those preferring to pay weekly. We don’t wish this cost to stop anyone coming and so please let us know if you cannot afford to pay.

If you or someone you know would benefit from attending this group, please send us a message, via social media or email so that we can offer you a place or add your name to our waiting list. We would be glad to hear from expectant parents who want to join the group in late pregnancy or soon after the birth of their baby.

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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 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.