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Courses for Parents and Carers

Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre

Do you want to find out more about how to enhance your child's development and learning? If so, we have a range of courses covering every age and stage of your child's early life.

Being a parent doesn't mean that you have to stop building your confidence and skills and this year we have extended the range of courses focusing on your needs. Our courses are always welcoming, fun and interactive, and run at times to suit you and your family.

To make it even easier, free creche places are usually available.

If you would like to find out more about what's running this year, pick up one of our Workshops and Courses leaflets or call Becky at West Street on 01306 882397 or Sarah at Goodwyns Road on 01306 740095.

Post-natal Early Days

We run a relaxed and informal Early Days drop in, which includes post-natal information and is available for all expectant Mums/Dads of new borns. There is breast feeding support available as well as advice on sleep, baby massage and brain development in infants. This quiet group is a good first activity for you and baby and is held in the Playroom at our Goodwyns road site.

To register your interest in this group please ring 01306 740095. For more information please ask to speak to Jackie.

The Early Days Drop in group is weekly on Friday mornings from 11.30am to 1.00pm. We provide a sandwich snack and a drink and we ask for a donation of £1.50 each week.

Every Friday - 11:30am to 1:00pm until 31st August 2018
Friday, April 6, 2018 - 11:30am to 1:00pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Anxiety Workshop

  • What is anxiety?
  • How do we get anxious?
  • Techniques to manage anxiety

These 2 week workshops held at the Goodwyns Road site are for all parents, grandparents and carers who suffer from feelings of anxiety. They are relaxed and friendly and focus on ways of maintaining and improving emotional health.

Crèche available.

Please speak to Sarah or Becky at the Children’s Centre if you are interested in this workshop.


Monday, June 4, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am
West Street Site
Monday, June 11, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:00am
West Street Site

Baby First Aid

These 2 hour workshops focus on First Aid for all the family including babies and young children and are delivered by “Daisy First Aid”.

The workshop covers issues such as: Adult, child and baby CPR and recovery positions, head injury, fevers and seizures, choking and fractures.

It is ideal for pregnant mothers and new parents as well as those with older children.

Please call if you are interested in this course.

Cost £15 

Baby Massage

Baby Massage classes usually run twice a term for 4 weeks and are for babies under 6 months old.

It is a fun way to:

  • Bond and spend time with your baby
  • Make new friends.
  • Learn some simple baby massage strokes

The day of the course may vary for each course so ring the centre to find out when the next one is planned for.  The groups are very popular so we give priority to families referred to us by health partners and those living in RH4 and RH5 postcodes. If you live outside our reach area, we are happy to let you know where your local Children's Centre is and help you to find the services you need.

If you would like to add your name to the waiting list for Baby Massage, please ring us on 01306 740095.

Every Tuesday - 1:00pm to 2:30pm until 3rd July 2018
Tuesday, June 12, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Bump to Baby

Becoming a Parent-what every Parent needs to know about how to care for baby in the first few weeks. Mums and Dads are welcome.

This antenatal workshop is a Fun relaxed 2 hour practical session exploring bathtime, nappy changing and safe sleeping.

At Goodwyns road site, to find out more and to book a place contact Jackie or Sarah on 0306 740095.

Saturday, July 21, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:30pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Cook & Eat

These 4 week workshop give you and your child experience of preparing simple and nutritious meals. Sessions start with a fun time together preparing a meal or snack and then there will be a time away from the children to talk about portion sizes, healthy life styles and share ideas to try at home.

£2 per session, creche available, call 01306 740095 for more information/dates.


1. We run Basic English classes for parents of children under 11 at our West Street site on Wednesdays from 9.30 - 10.30am.

Do you want to improve your spoken English? Join us for an informal lesson for adults while your children (under 5s) play. We will end with some traditional English nursery rhymes and songs with the children.

The next course runs from Weds 6 June to Weds 18 July (no session on 20 June). Further courses will be running in the Autumn term.

Children under 5 are very welcome to come along with you. Booking required, please speak to Becky on 01306 882397 for the next dates. Cost, £12 for 6 weeks

2. English for EAL families

FREE 4 week Course for parents & carers, Monday 23rd April – 21st May 2018 (7th May is a Bank Holiday), 9.30am – 11.30am at our West Street site. There will be a crèche for children under 5 years. Booking is essential as crèche places will be limited - please call Becky on 01306 882397.

- Find out about Education in England

- How to be more confident in helping your child with schoolwork

- Improve your own English skills and meet new people

Every Wednesday - 9:30am to 10:30am until 18th July 2018 Except for the following dates: 20th June 2018
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 - 9:30am to 10:30am
West Street Site

First Aid Course

This course is run by Surrey Care Trust and aims to give participants the confidence to act appropriately in difficult situations and will include assistance to babies, children and adults.

The course includes:

  • Basic life saving skills for Adults
  • Emergency first aid procedures
  • Dealing with unconscious casualities
  • Minor injuries
  • Childhood illnesses

We run courses during the day time and in the evening. To add your name to the waiting list, please ring us at the centre.

Once you have been offered a place on one of the first aid courses we will ask for a £5 booking fee to secure your place. This helps us to cover the administartive costs of running the course and to cover refreshments. If we do not receive the £5 booking fee before the start of the course, your place will be given to another family as this is a very popular course and there is always a waiting list for places. Tuition is provided free of charge by Surrey Care Trust.


Introduction to Solid Foods

Once a month, on the 2nd Friday of the month, from 10am to 11am, the Health Visiting team will be holding an “Introduction to solid food” talk at our Goodwyns Road site. Please let us know if you intend to come.

every month on the second Friday - 10:00am to 11:00am until 13th July 2018
Friday, January 13, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Goodwyns Road Site

Parent Craft

New sessions organised by the Midwives - please call your midwife to book.

Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Parenting Puzzle

Raising children can be puzzling at times, but puzzles have solutions – and the Parenting Puzzle provides them.

The Parenting Puzzle workshop is a 10 week course that encourages parents and carers to enjoy bringing up their child and get the best out of family life.  It offers positive, practical ways of guiding your child so they learn to handle both their feelings and their behaviour.  The course is informal, fun and a great confidence booster.

Open to parents and carers of children aged 0-11 years. Some courses are day time and some are evening so ring us to find out when the next one will be- call us on 01306 740095.

We also run a 4 week parenting puzzle course from time to time for parents of under 5s. Please let us know if you are interested and we will add your name to a waiting list.

Every Monday - 12:45pm to 2:45pm until 25th June 2018
Monday, June 4, 2018 - 12:45pm to 2:45pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Post Natal First Aid

This 2 hour workshop will focus on First Aid for all the family including babies and young children and will be delivered by Stacey from Daisy First Aid.

The workshop will cover issues such as: adult, child and baby CPR and recovery positions, head injury, fevers and seizures, choking and fractures. It is ideal for pregnant mothers and new parents as well as those with older children.

Cost £15

To find out more and to be put on the waiting list contact: Jackie or Sarah on 01306 740095


We have swimming sessions available in the heated indoor learner pool next door to our Goodwyns Road site at St Johns C of E Primary School. 

  • The sessions are private classes for Children’s Centre families only and the water is very warm.
  • The teacher is a qualified swimming teacher and she will be on hand to help and guide you.
  • Book a 4 week block for £12 (for one adult and one child under the age of 3 years). 
  • Call us on 01306 740095 for further information.
  • Thursdays 12.00 - 12.30pm.


Tadpoles is a small group for 2 year olds and their parents exploring their learning and development, with a focus on speech and language, emotions and socialising. It is ideal for those who have been home-visited or any who have just turned 2 years old.  

Our next Tadpoles group will hopefully start in September 2018 so please speak to one of us if you think you and your 2 year old might like to attend.

Understanding Children's Behaviour

Feeling like you need some help to know what makes your child behave the way they do?  This 5 week course for mothers/fathers/carers of young children will help you identify factors that may affect your child’s behaviour and gives you LOTS of ideas that can help.

Come along and find out

  • how to encourage positive behaviour
  • how to deal with difficult behaviour

Courses runs for 5 weeks, 9.45 - 11.45am (creche available). Attendance is important so please only book if you can come along to all 5 sessions. Next course Autumn 2018.

The course is free, however, we ask for a donation of £2 each week to cover refreshments and admin costs.

If you are interested, call Becky on 01306 882397.


Understanding Speech & Language Communication

3 week workshops for parents and carers of children 0-5 years on Tuesday 1st, 8th and 15th May from 9.30am-11am


Week 1: What makes a good communicator? What stage is my child at?
Week 2: Ideas to help promote good speech and language development. What to do if you are worried.
Week 3: Learning to read and write. What can parents do to help?

Come and join us for this informal workshop that explores how communication skills develop in young children.

To book your place, please ring the Children’s Centre on 01306 740095. Crèche available-booking required.