Stay & Play Family ‘Drop in’ sessions

These popular sessions are jointly run by Cherene Roberts (Stay and Play Co-ordinator) and Wendy Robbins (a Family Worker from Barton Hill Settlement Family Centre).

The purpose of the Stay and Play Family ‘Drop in’ sessions:

We provide this service as a place where family and friends have the opportunity to participate in planned activities, to develop friendships and mutual support networks and to provide a safe and supportive environment for your child.  We are also available to provide advice and help in confidence on any issue.

Session times

Monday – 9.00 to 11.00 am (Wendy/Cherene)
Wednesday – 9.00 to 11.00 am (Cherene)
Thursday – 9.00 to 11.00 am (Cherene)

If you would like to volunteer to help out at any of the sessions, please talk to Cherene or Wendy or your child’s key person.  We would welcome your suggestions as to how we can develop the sessions further.


9.00 am to 10.00 am – Play session (including planned activities)
10.00 am to 10.30 am – Outside (weather permitting)
10.30 am to 10.40am – Drink and fruit
10.40 am to 10.55am – Mat time (songs, rhymes and stories)
11.00 am – Goodbye

Who can join in?

If you have a child under 3, with brothers or sisters in school, if you are on our waiting list, or if you had a child here who has gone on to infant school you are welcome to join us.

Can I leave my child?

No, you will be expected to stay with your child.  It is important for the parent/carer to be involved in activities/play with your child and to support/encourage participation in all aspects of the session.

How much does it cost?

There is a small charge of £1.00 per family per session.

Do I need to bring any food?

Coffee/tea is available to parents and is included in the £1.00 charge.  Please could you bring donations of fruit/healthy snack for snack time.

What will my child be doing?

We aim to provide a varied range of activities, including art and messy play.  We will also be involved in active movement, enjoy action songs and sing along during our mat time. From time to time we also have outings which are suggested by parents.


For further information, download the Stay and Play brochure 2016.