Today's Monday Mentor is a lifeline for many parents; Sure Start Centres!
These centres provide classes and support to parents and children alike. My local centre has organised first aid classes (aimed at teaching parents a little about first aid for children rather than first aid of adults), computer classes, sewing classes, fitness classes that are Mummy and Baby friendly, and a whole host of toddler mornings / afternoons.
Sure Start centres are run by people who understand how life changing having a baby is. All of their activities are baby friendly; or at least have a crèche where baby can play happily while Mummy or Daddy concentrates on her class.
Sure Start centres not only provide events & classes for parents and their little ones they also provide services such as toy libraries, equipment hire, and a chance for people to gain a qualification such as GNVQ English or basic computer course. A much needed and helpful resource for parents who need to retrain or refresh their post baby CVs for going back to work after the maternity break.
The staff at the centre are friendly and approachable, so find your local Sure Start centre and see what they can offer you!