Little Bees Stay and Play (under 5s)

“Amazing place with mountains of experience and no judgement.. a place you can go where children are nothing more than just children and parents belong. I couldn’t recommend any more!!” – Touran a parent. Stay and Play sessions are for pre-school aged children and are run during term time only. These sessions provide opportunities for both group and individual support, allowing parents and carers to meet each other and network to help reduce feelings of isolation and provide fun and safe sessions for their children.
We prioritise providing stay and play provision for those children with additional and/or complex health needs as well as offering to those children that are typically developing – siblings are more than welcome to attend and join in too!

We have highly trained and knowledgeable staff who can sign-post families to external services and support at all our Stay and Play sessions. All of our groups allow parents/carers to meet, share experiences and feel at ease whilst their children explore and play in our specialist, safe environment with trained staff.

We have a large amount of specialist toys on offer in our sessions – these can be borrowed by our families to try at home. 

All our stay and play sessions are FREE of charge. Donations are very welcome, especially for tea and coffee. 

Our Morning Stay and Play Sessions:

Tuesday 10.30-11.30 Sensory Bees
Sticky, crunchy, sparkly and sometimes messy play is on offer! Stay and play in our fantastic sensory room and play activities! Explore sensory stimulation through specialist equipment as well as displaying ways to create sensory experiences at homes with everyday household items.

Wednesday 10.30-11.45 Nurture Group
This supportive group for families with babies discharged from the NICU until they are 6 months old. We provide the opportunity for parents to meet others who have experienced a similar journey, reducing feelings of isolation. Working together with health professionals offering parents and carers a nurturing environment filled with opportunities. 

Thursday 10-11 Active Bees
Play and pursue physical strengths through rocking, rolling, climbing and jumping - our activities help develop balance and coordination! The sessions are exciting and high energy with soft play and climbing equipment available each week. We have a ball pool to create fun and opportunities to throw into targets. We offer priority to children who have suspected or a diagnosis of Autism or ADHD, but we also welcome children who have lots of energy or are active! 

Friday 10-11 Sing, Shake and Sign

Play and explore movement and music through signalong in this vibrant stay and play group. These sessions will explore communication through the use of singing and dance in a fun and creative way. Children and their families will be supported by our experienced staff to access our excellent sensory room and play resources. 

For more information about any of our Little Bees services please contact The Hamlet, Johnson Place on 01603 766566 or email
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