Panda Playgroup ward grant report 2016-17

Published Thursday, 27th July 2017

Panda Playgroup based in Copmanthorpe - ward grant report 2016-17

Panda Playgroup, Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots received ward grant from the Copmanthorpe Ward in 2016-17 towards running of three parent, toddler and baby sessions in Copmanthorpe.

The applicant reported as follows:

''The project relates to families with young children and aims to reduce the isolation that can be felt when first at home with a baby.

The sessions promote the mental health of parents and carers and support the development and well-being of babies and young children.

Sticky Mitts and Tiny Tots sessions support parents and carers (with a focus on grandparents). We provide a safe environment with a range of toys and art and craft activities designed by Early Years qualified staff.

Throughout the project, the session organisers:

  • canvassed parental views in order to improve our service
  • updated resources and toys, particularly for babies
  • encouraged new parents to attend by direct marketing and offering free sessions
  • ensured that new parents were aware of the baby scales available
  • collated comments from parents and carers about the benefits of attending

The grant enabled us to offer free sessions but we also recognised the importance of advertising and regular updates. In response, the marketing of the facility was addressed via:

  • A-boards
  • posters
  • the village newsletter
  • social media
  • word of mouth

360 children attended during the 2016 autumn term and 342 children attended during the spring 2017 term.

Variations in attendance are due to term length and are affected by parents returning to work and children moving on to other child care.

We estimate that approximately 45 to 50 families took advantage of the provision during the financial year 2016/17.''

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