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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.

Anxiety Workshop

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

This 3 week workshops held at Goodwyns Road & West Street sites are for all parents, grandparents and carers who suffer from feelings of anxiety. The sessions are relaxed and friendly and focus on ways of maintaining and improving emotional health. One session will also look at children and anxiety and there will be practical ideas to try out each week.

Crèche available.

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


Baby & Family 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. Children under 6 months can attend with parent, no creche available.

Please call if you are interested in this course.

Cost £20 per person


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.

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 Becky on 0306 740095.


Are you pregnant or do you have a baby under 1? 

Do you ever feel stressed, worried or low?
Do you have difficulty relaxing?
Do you struggle with self-care?

We are running a 6 week group for Mums and Mums-to-be to help with symptoms of stress, anxiety and low mood.
Please contact 01483 906 392 to refer for an initial consultation and to reserve a place in the group.

Starts Mon 24 June for 6 weeks. 4.30pm - 6.00pm at Dorking Children's Centre, Goodwyns Road.

Contact 01483 906 392 to talk to us, or visit dhctalkingtherapies.co.uk.



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.


Helping your Child manage Stress and Anxiety

Many children face fears and worries. For some children these fears and worries affect their daily lives. This 5-week course at Goodwyns Road will cover some strategies to help you provide your child with tools to manage their anxieties and aims to support parents and carers of children with stress and anxiety.     

Crèche available, booking essential. Please speak to Becky at the Children’s Centre to book your place or call 01306 740095. Cost £30 or free if on benefits.

Introducing Family Food Talk

At Leatherhead Trinity School & Children's Centre, Aperdale Road, Leatherhead KT22 7QT

From 1.30 - 3.00pm on the following dates in 2019:

Wednesday 15th May 
Wednesday 19th June 
Wednesday 17th July 

To book a place onto one of these sessions, or for further information please contact 01372 812754

We also have Introducing Family Foods talks at the Goodwyns Road site in Dorking on June 14th and July 12th at 10am-11am. To book a place call 01306 740095

Managing Stress & Anxiety in Children & Teenagers

3 week course starting on Mon 1st July. Creche available but booking essential. Call 01306 740095 to book.

Parent Craft

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

Start Date: 29th June, 201910:00am to 2:00pm
November - 2nd
Saturday, June 29, 2019 - 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 is a 10 week course (term time only) that encourages parents to enjoy bringing up their child and get the best out of family life.  It is fun and informal.

Start Date: 23rd September, 20191:00pm to 3:00pm
September - 23rd, 30thOctober - 7th, 14th, 21stNovember - 4th, 11th, 18th, 25thDecember - 2nd
Monday, September 23, 2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
West Street 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

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. 

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 740095.


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