Tanya Parkinson, manager at the Sure Start Butterflies Children’s Centre in North Swindon and her team are delighted with their new purpose built premises adjoining Abbey Meads Community Primary School, after six months located in a mobile at Catherine Wayte Primary School which is now used as a satellite centre and continues to offer a range of activities.
“The new centre is purpose built, offering a flexible use of space, from midwife and Health Visitor clinics to Story Active and Stay and Play groups; we’re a lot busier and we can offer a greater range of groups responding to the needs of the local community,” said Tanya.
As well as the Catherine Wayte site, Butterflies holds groups and classes at Oakhurst school.
Tanya added, “more space means there is scope for more groups to be volunteer led, such as the Mandarin Mums on Friday mornings.
“The brand new Swindon Twins or More group began in June and we will shortly be starting a Young Mums group.”
“Our dads and toddlers lunch group is a great way for fathers to meet each other and over the summer break we’ll be running groups for 0 to 8 year olds at our Abbey Meads and Catherine Wayte sites and also at Uplands, Redhouse and Orchid Vale schools”
Other groups and courses include positive parenting, baby massage, ballet and tap, and mess and makes. The full timetable is available at www.abbeymeads.swindon.sch.uk by clicking on the Butterflies link.
Newcomer Lisa Mutton said, “I came to give Finlay the chance to meet other children before he starts nursery. It’s a lovely centre, with lots to do and friendly, welcoming staff.”
For details call Butterflies on 722984.
Pictured: Family support workers Jayne Holloway and Catherine Talmage with Erin; front right, centre user Lisa Mutton with Finlay and Fletcher