Thursday

Baby and toddler groups in the Stroud area on a Thursday

As always, do let me know if there are any new groups or if there are any mistakes in the information below. Find Toddle Along on Facebook for other events and information in the area.

6th April : I hope you’re all surviving at the moment. I’ve made a few new pages, so we can all find some decent things to do online. I’ve become a bit overwhelmed with how much is popping up, so I thought it might help to have a few in one place!

Be safe, take care of yourselves, and feel free to contact me with any information or suggestions.


♥ Nice for Newborns 
All of the groups will welcome babies of any age but I understand that mums with very little babies might like something quieter, and with other newborns around. So I’ve put this symbol () next to ones that are more focused towards newborns (also sometimes called babes in arms, pre-crawling, not yet mobile).

 Classes and groups meets through the holidays
◊ Classes and groups meet through some of the holiday dates

Not all parents / carers run on school holiday timetable so it’s good to know what is available outside of term time. Not all have been marked as the website is still being updated, so please let us know if any of the classes and groups run through the holidays or not that don’t already say.


9.30am-11am

123 Toddler Group
at St Alban’s church in Stroud

This toddler group meets at St Alban’s on Thursday mornings between 9.30 -11.00am and enjoys games, songs, food and chat. The group is flourishing with around 16 children each week. There are toys and snacks for the children and hot drinks for the adults.

(There is ‘Messy Church’ on the first Sunday of every month and children with grown ups are very welcome at The Holy Trinity next to Stroud Hospital)

www.stroudchurches.org/dir

St. Albans Shared Church, Parliament Street, Stroud. GL5 1DP


9:30am-11:30am

Rodborough Toddlers
Old Endowed School, Rodborough

Friendly spot for toddlers & babies. Thurs am 9:30-11:30 at The Old Endowed School, Rodborough £2 per family (inc snacks & drinks).

Meets in the Lower Hall at The Old Endowed School, Church Place, Rodborough. Parking on Walkley Hill.

Contact Amy James on 07546538669

Check out Rodborough Toddlers Facebook


9.30-11.30am

ADoorables Young Parents Group
at Dursley Methodist Church

Parents aged up to 25 years are welcome to go to the group and meet other young mothers and fathers to get support from youth workers and community family workers.

There are toys, music, fun and games for the children and parents.

The group is held at Dursley Methodist Church between 9.30am and 11.30am.

There is also an ADoorables group in Stroud on a Friday.

If you would like more information about this group contact The Door on 01453 756745 or email becky@thedoor.org.uk  or  john@thedoor.org.uk
Stroud Young Parents Facebook


9.30-11.30am

Whiteshill Toddlers
at Whiteshill Village Hall

Whiteshill Toddlers is a really lovely, relaxed and friendly toddler group, including babies as well. £2 per family, with tea and biscuits included for the parents and snacks for the kids.

Every week the group offers craft and free play from 9.30am then snacks before music activities from approx 10.45am with one of the mums. The hall has a fully equipped kitchen and has baby changing facilities.

“Each term we try to organise, fund raising activities, a day out – and in the holidays we try to offer a local family day – where we can all get together and have a good play! If you are looking for somewhere fun to spend your Thursday mornings please come along – we look forward to meeting you!”


9.30am-11.30am (Term Time)

Horsley Toddlers Drop-in Play
at Horsley Village Hall

A warm welcome awaits you at Horsley Toddlers where a varied selection of activities and creative play will be available each week as well as a seasonal craft or cooking activity.

We offer a designated area which is more suited to babies and we welcome and cater for children up to age 5 within the different activity areas.

Horsley Toddlers is very lucky to have an adjoining grassy outdoor space where we can offer a selection of outdoor play activities often including water or sand play, trikes, seasonal activities and even the occasional bouncy castle!

Horsley toddlers runs in the same space as Horsley Playgroup so is a great way for children to ease into the playgroup environment should you choose that path, alternatively many families join us at toddlers outside of the Horsley area. Everyone really is very welcome and is a great way to meet other parents and carers as well as your little ones meeting new friends too.

During the session we offer a healthy snack for the children and a good cuppa and cake for the adults. The sessions end with either some singing and parachute play or a story sack and maybe some bubbles!

The cost is £3 per session with an additional 50p per additional child. Term time only.

Horsley Village Hall, Priory Fields, Horsley, GL6 0PT (Opposite Horsley shop, adjacent to the park)

Facebook: www.facebook.com/Horsleytoddlers

The group are also in need of a play assistant for this group, please see this advert or go to their Facebook page. 


9.40am and 10.40am

Music Monsters class
at Christ Church, Tetbury

In each Music Monsters workshop, the children have the opportunity to explore their world and music, in an assortment of ways, by singing, dancing, listening to music, playing percussion instruments and joining in stories.

For more information, or to book a free trial, contact me at julie@musicmonsters.co.uk or 01453 882236

The Chipping, Tetbury, Gloucestershire. GL8 8ET.

This class is also held at the same place and time on a Tuesday, and also on a Wednesday at the Ashcroft Centre in Cirencester.

www.musicmonsters.co.uk


9.45am-10.25am (Term Time)

Croc n Roll
at the Arkell Community Centre, Nailsworthcroc-n-roll-flyer

The class consists of guitar-led action songs, rhymes, puppets/props,stories, percussion instruments & bubbles & follows a different theme weekly. Classes last 40 minutes, are suitable for children aged 6 months-5yr & cost £4.00 for 1 child, £5.50 for 2 siblings & £7.00 for 3 siblings.* (Childminders bringing more than one child qualify for the sibling rate). All newcomers get one class free when they sign up for their first half term’s classes.

*Half termly rates.

Drop-in rates of £4.50 for 1 child, £6.00 for 2 siblings or £7.50 for 3 siblings.

Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West, Rodborough, Stroud. GL5 3TZ.

stephanie@crocnroll.co.uk    07957 235413    ‘Croc n Roll’ on Facebook

Also MONDAY Rodborough Community Hall (GL5 3TZ) at 9.30am.


9.45am-10.45am and 11am-12pm (Term Time)

Playcircle Music and Story Sessions
at Cotswold Playhouse, Stroud

Musical storytime, sensory sing along for babies and toddlers. Live music, ribbons, parachutes, scarves, birds, stars and all number of other lovely things, with guitar, piano, accordian, violin and anything else we can think of! Songs you know and songs you don’t.

A creative session of singing, movement and storytelling. Learn new songs and poems, enjoy singing as part of a group and help create adventurous play with your little ones.

www.playcircle.co.uk

Please pre-book Playcircle@live.com

All Playcircle Sessions:
Story Sessions
Monday 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 Nailsworth Town Hall
Thursdays at 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 at The Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud
Friday 9.45-10.45  Nailsworth Town Hall
(book in advance, free taster available)
Natural Play Space
Wednesday from 9.45-11.45 Nailsworth Town Hall
(drop in sessions, no need to book)
Peek-a-Boo! (under 12 months)

Wednesdays 1.45-2.45pm Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)

Messy Play (ages 2-4)
Mondays 1.15-2.30pm, Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)


9.45am onwards
Mini Gymnastics
at Stratford Park Leisure Centre

On Tuesday and Thursday mornings with Jenny Ford. Basic gymnastics movements structured to develop social and intellectual awareness, alongside fundamental movement skills for children aged 3-4 years. Our sessions are led by a fully qualified gymnastics coaches.
9.45am -10.30am :  Age 2 years
10.35am – 11.20am : Age 3 years
11.25 – 12.10pm : Age 4 years
Thursday afternoon 1.45pm – 2.30pm : Ages 2, 3 and 4 yrs

10am-11am 

MamaSings (3-12 month olds)
at Stroud Scout Hut

For parents with their babies aged 3-12 months. Together we sing old British nursery rhymes, sea shanties, African rounds and lots more fun and relaxing world music songs for you and your baby to enjoy.
This will be at The Stroud Scout Hut, Chapel Street, Stroud, GL5 1DU. There is a suggested donation of £3.

There is another session Thursdays 11.15-12.15 at Stroud Maternity Unit for pregnant women and babies up to 3 months old (free as it’s funded)

Keep an eye on Stroud Maternity Matters Facebook page for any dates where classes aren’t running.


10am-11am

FunkyMunky Music
at Eastcombe Scout Hut, Eastcombe

FunkyMunky music sessions are toddler/pre-school music/singing, movement and rhythm classes. (Babies will also enjoy the classes) Each session will be different, but all will include a mixture of props – rhythm sticks, finger puppets, bunny ears, scarecrow hats, wiggly woos, percussion, parachute, bubbles, etc.

The entrance price includes a variety of hot drinks and homemade cake for mummies/daddies/grannies/carers, plus juice/water and homemade cake / healthy snacks for the children.  Each child can also take home a picture to colour, with a ‘prize’ box to choose from for returning a coloured-in picture at a later session.

Currently all sessions are drop-in, and our sessions often run through all or some of the school holidays.  (But please check our FB page for full details).

 There is plenty of off-road parking.   For more details please check our Facebook page or our website (links below).  Alternatively contact Mrs Dale Hunter on 0791 287 2221.

All of the FunkyMunky sessions in the area are as follows:

Tuesday 10-11am: The Pavilion, Stroud Cricket Club, Ryeford Industrial Estate

Thursday 10-11am: Eastcombe Scout Hut, Eastcombe

Friday 10-11am: The Pavilion, Stroud Cricket Club, Ryeford Industrial Estate

FunkyMunky Music Website

FunkyMunky Music on Facebook


10am-11.30am

Toy Library
at The Chantry Centre, Dursley

The Toy Library provides parents, grandparents, childminders and playgroups/toddlers groups with over 550 toys available to borrow on a two week basis.

The Toy Library is open at The Chantry Centre every Thursday morning, during term time. You can register your membership online but you will need to bring proof of your address along to one of our sessions in order to complete your registration and begin to use the service. Once registered, you can use our online system to reserve toys, check due dates, etc.

Toy Library works on a membership where you either pay per year or per toy. Find out more from their website.

Visit their website or Facebook to find out which days they are open:
www.chantrycentre.org/toy-library
www.facebook.com/DursleyToyLibrary


10-11:30am

Sensory Baby Group at the Allsorts Toy Library
at Allsorts, Brunel Mall in Stroud

Open to Allsorts members and the public, this parent-led session will stimulate your babies senses in a safe, comfortable and clean environment. There will be lots to explore, with a different theme every week. Our specialist interactive sensory room will be open for parents and babies to enjoy together.Who’s this for? Babes in arms (pre-crawlers)

When is it? Every Thursday during term time

How do I book on? Drop in, no need to book!

How much is it? £5 for non-members and £4 for members

Unit 9, Brunel Mall, GL5 2BP Stroud, Gloucestershire

www.facebook.com/groups/2467290763592866

Contact Information : 01453 750474 / info@allsortsglos.org.uk


10am-11.30am

Mothers Together support group
at Quaker Meeting Rooms, Nailsworth

You are warmly invited to join a group of mothers in a relaxed space. Come as you are. Mothers Together is a friendly and open group for all mothers of young-ish children. The current group is formed of a diverse range of mothers with kids from newborn to school age. The space is for you- whether you want to share something worth celebrating or need support because things are rough.

For questions and to register: Please email me or contact me on 07981623981.  

We meet at Friends Meeting House, Chestnut Hill, Nailsworth GL6 0RA.

Hurrah: we now offer childcare! Provided in the room next door by the lovely Dani. She will be looking after up to 5 kids (for an additional fee: £5-  £7 per session sliding scale)- contact me to find out more.

For more information please see www.evakaria.com/mothers


10am-11.30am

Teddy Tunes
at Frampton on Severn Village Hall

Singing sessions last for about 45 minutes and are followed by refreshments for all (tea, coffee, squash, fruit and homemade cake) and includes dancing fun with bubbles for the children at the end, which really tires them out!

Costs per session are £6 per child and an extra £1 for each sibling. (Siblings under 6 months are free)

No pre-booking is required and no commitment is expected. Just come along as and when you wish for a friendly greeting and wonderful time.

Give your baby the best possible start in life. Not only is singing tremendous fun, it also develops excellent communication, concentration and coordination skills. The 3 C’s!

Frampton on Severn Village Hall, The Street, Gloucestershire. GL2 7ED. (Go further than The Green and past the Three Horseshoes).

www.teddytunes.co.uk       01453 828557       vanessa@teddytunes.co.uk


10am-12pm

MOBS – Mothers Offering Breastfeeding Support
at Rodborough Community Hall, Butterow West, Stroud, GL5 3TZ

MOBS is part of The Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters’ Network (GBSN), a charity providing support groups for breastfeeding mums, run by breastfeeding mums. There are 7 groups in the county and you’re welcome to attend any of them. These groups all run weekly, offering information and support to women who would like to breastfeed or are already breastfeeding. Check out the GBSN website for more information.

If you would like to drop into one of our groups for some one-off information, you will be made to feel very welcome. Drop in for support or to meet other mothers and babies. A safe and friendly place to go for a cuppa and cake.

For further information on any of the groups, please contact info@gbsn.org.uk.

MOBS Stroud Community on Facebook


10am – 12pm

Little Owls Parent & Child Group
at The National Trust’s Ebworth Centre, near Birdlip

Little Owls gives parents/carers and their children the opportunity to meet, explore and play in the great outdoors. This session is suitable for children between 18 months and 6 years, younger siblings welcome.

The sessions are a mixture of guided activities and free play for which we have a range of resources on hand. We do mud play, walks, stories, wild art, bug hunting and generally having a lovely, relaxing time surrounded by nature – good for body and soul, for children and grown ups alike

Booking is essential so please get in touch.

A proportion of the fee is passed on to the National Trust in support of their conservation work.

info@natureconnectionsglos.org
www.natureconnectionsglos.org
www.facebook.com/natureconnectionsglos

The Ebworth Centre, The Camp, Stroud, Gloucestershire, GL6 7ES


10am-12pm

Time 4 Tots
St George’s Church, Kings Stanley

Parents, grandparents and childminders are all welcome with babies and toddlers for stories and craft activities. Tea and coffee on call at all times. [from the Tiddlywinks website]


11am-12pm (Term Time)
(and 9.45am-10.45am)

Playcircle Music and Story Sessions
at Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud

Musical storytime, sensory sing along for babies and toddlers. Live music, ribbons, parachutes, scarves, birds, stars and all number of other lovely things, with guitar, piano, accordian, violin and anything else we can think of! Songs you know and songs you don’t.

A creative session of singing, movement and storytelling. Learn new songs and poems, enjoy singing as part of a group and help create adventurous play with your little ones.

Please pre-book Playcircle@live.com

All Playcircle Sessions:
Story Sessions
Monday 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 Nailsworth Town Hall
Thursdays at 9.45-10.45 & 11-12 at The Cotswold Playhouse in Stroud
Friday 9.45-10.45  Nailsworth Town Hall
(book in advance, free taster available)
Natural Play Space
Wednesday from 9.45-11.45 Nailsworth Town Hall
(drop in sessions, no need to book)
Peek-a-Boo! (under 12 months)

Wednesdays 1.45-2.45pm Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)

Messy Play (ages 2-4)
Mondays 1.15-2.30pm, Nailsworth Town Hall (book in advance, free taster available)

www.playcircle.co.uk


♥ 11.15am-12.15pm

MamaSings (BABYS 0-3m)
at Stroud Maternity Unit

For pregnant women and babies up to 3 months old (free as it’s funded). Together we sing old British nursery rhymes, sea shanties, African rounds and lots more fun and relaxing world music songs for you and your baby to enjoy.

For parents with their babies aged 3-12 months. There is a class, also Thursdays, running 10-11am be at The Stroud Scout Hut, Chapel Street, Stroud, GL5 1DU. There is a suggested donation of £3.

Keep an eye on Stroud Maternity Matters Facebook page for any dates where classes aren’t running.


11.30am-12.30pm

Mummy & Me Exercise Classes
at King’s Stanley Village Hall

Mummy & Me classes allow you to exercise and bring your baby/child along too.

The classes aim to help you to feel healthier in your mind and body, bond with your baby/child and find support and friendship.

Little ones can chill in the room’s ‘baby/child zone’ where play gyms and toys are provided or you can lift and stretch with your baby as part of each exercise.

Who can participate?

Mummy & Me is suitable for mums who :
•Are 6 –8 weeks post delivery
•Have been signed off by their GP / Midwife / Health visitor
•Have a little one between 6 weeks and 2 years old

If you have more than one child under two, please talk to us. Safety permitting we will try to accommodate you all together but there must be a ratio of 1 adult to 2 children at all times.

Before your first session?

Please arrive a few minutes early to complete a enrolment form and have a chat with the instructor or click here to complete before you first class.

When attending an exercise session please wear loose comfortable clothes, trainers and a good supportive bra.

Postnatal Ladies: If you can it is best to feed your baby before the session starts. However if you need to stop to feed or comfort your little one, that is absolutely fine.

Wednesday – Sub Rooms, Stroud -10.00am-11.00am – £3.00 per week
Thursday – King’s Stanley Village Hall –  11.30am-12.30pm – £3.00 per week
Friday – Hardwicke Village Hall​- 13.30pm – 14.30pm -£3.00 per week

Website for group : www.facebook.co.uk/mummyandmestroud

Contact Information : hwb@stroud.gov.uk


11.45am-12.45pm

Baby Massage with Kath
GL11 Community Hub, Cam

5 week course of baby massage with Kath from tender-touch.

Come along and learn so much more than just a massage routine! The comprehensive IAIM baby massage curriculum covers touch, movement, relaxation, interaction and communication.
Enjoy some wonderful 1:1 time with your baby where you can truly get to know each other and share loving touch.
£20.

Contact Kath Thomas www.tender-touch.net

GL11 Community Hub, Fairmead, Cam, GL11 5JS


♥  1pm-2:30pm 

Baby Clinic and Parent Volunteer Led Baby Time
at Cashes Green Children’s Centre

Parent Volunteer Baby Time/Baby Weigh In (Health Visitor present for any questions or concerns)

Cashes Green Children’s Centre, Hillcrest Road, Cashes Green, Stroud.
01453 765983
www.cashesgreen-pri.gloucs.sch.uk/childrens-centre


1.45-2.30pm

Mini Gymnastics
at Stratford Park Leisure Centre

Basic gymnastics movements structured to develop social and intellectual awareness, alongside fundamental movement skills for children aged 3-4 years. Our sessions are led by a fully qualified gymnastics coaches.
On Tuesday and Thursday mornings, and Thursday afternoons, with Jenny Ford.
9.45am -10.30am :  Age 2 years
10.35am – 11.20am : Age 3 years
11.25 – 12.10pm : Age 4 years
Thursday afternoon 1.45pm – 2.30pm : Ages 2, 3 and 4 yrs

1.45-2.45pm

Buggy Circuits
at Eastcombe Village Hall.

VFit has been delivering fitness and health solutions for over 10 years. More recently VFit has been delivering buggy circuits, which has proven to be popular with new mums, given its accessibility, as clients can bring their children, and a workout tailored towards restoring  and improving that pre-natal body and fitness level.

Expectant mothers are also welcome and those without children. Sessions are £6.50 a class or 10 sessions for £50, to be used within 12 weeks.

Clare Viggers
VFit-Fitness and Personal Training
Tel 07870599474

2pm-3.30pm

Baby Hub
at Frithwood Surgery, Bussage

Runs the first and third Thursdays of the month 2pm-3.30pm

01453 886251

Frithwood Surgery, 45 Tanglewood Way, Bussage, Stroud GL6 8DE


3.30 – 4.45pm

Thursday Club
at the Hub in Minchinhampton

MBCs very welcoming group for babies to Year 4 children and their families on Thursdays
from 3.30 (arrive when you can) until 4.45 in The Hub, Minchinhampton (GL6 9JJ/ next to the youth centre/ where Sparklets and PEEPs were held).

Come and enjoy:
 Snack/tea/coffee
 Crafts
 Lively outdoor games and activities
 Table top games and construction
 Baby corner and preschool toys
 Gentle singing for little ones
 Ending with a short pause for thought.

Dates for Autumn 2019:

3 and 17 and 31 October
14 and 28 November
12 December

Contact Annie Fletcher on 07816568684 or visit www.minchbc.org.uk


If you know if a group that’s not on here please contact me with all the details so I can add it to the timetable. Equally, if you know of one that’s not running anymore please let me know so that I can take it off immediately to prevent someone turning up to find no-one there!