Nutkinz parent and toddler group is planning a pirates and princesses party on Saturday 2 August, 2.30 to 4.30pm, and wants to hear from children and parents who have attended the group over the years.
Established by Alison Kerr, Jill Wells and Julia Hinns, the group met for many years in Upper Shaw Community Centre before moving to the new Shaw Ridge Primary School in 2009 when the centre was closed and let to Hop, Skip & Jump respite care.
Nutkinz currently has 80 members on its books and has always provided a place for both parents and childminders to meet up. It meets on Wednesdays and Fridays, 9.30am to 11.30am, and extends for those who want to stay for lunch together.
Dawn Higham, a member for 14 years and chair for seven, said the group used to be much larger. “At one time we had four sessions a week but the number of families with toddlers has reduced in West Swindon.
“There are several reasons for the group’s success. Members like the friendly atmosphere where everybody looks out for everybody’s children. I think new mums like to meet the childminders in the group as they tend to be older and can chat about caring for a toddler. We have some dads and grandparents who come along too.
“We also open throughout the holidays so that older siblings can come along to take part in activities and go on outings.”
Group secretary Zoe John said: “Hundreds of families have been to Nutkinz over the years and we’d like to meet as many as possible at our party.”
Find out more and register for the party at westswindonshawtoddler.co.uk