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Courses for Parents and Carers

Dorking Nursery School and Family 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 leaflets or call us at Goodwyns Road on 01306 740095.

Anxiety Workshop

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

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.

Next dates: 29th January, 5th February, 12th February 2020.

Please call the Family Centre on 10306 740095 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 are ideal 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 groups are very popular so we give priority to families referred to us by health partners. 

The next 4 week course starts on February 27th and will take place at The Bridge in Leatherhead.

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

Balancing Family Life

This is a fun and friendly group where you can learn and share ideas about how to develop parenting skills for under 5s.

A 4 week parenting course at Mole Valley Family Centre, Goodwyns Road, RH4 2LR

There will be a small creche. Advance booking is essential and a £5 deposit is required to secure your place.

To book a place on this course, please call the Family Centre on 01306 740095.

Bump to Baby

Becoming a Parent?

Bump to Baby covers what every parent needs to know about how to care for baby in the first few weeks.  A fun, relaxed practical session exploring bathtime, nappy changing and safe sleeping plus lots of useful tips from other new parents. 

(Additional feeding advice session available too.)

This 2 hour session takes place at The Bridge, Leatherhead on Thursday 26th March.

Referrals are taken from Midwives, Health Visitors and from parents themselves.

To book your place, call 01306 740095 or speak to your midwife for more information. 


Early Days Postnatal Sessions

Early Days Post Natal Sessions

A 4 week course covering the following:

  • Sleep Advice
  • Baby Massage
  • Importance of Play
  • Safety in the Home
  • Early Speech & Language
  • Early Speech & Language

Next course starts on Wednesday 3rd June, 1.30 - 3.00pm at our Goodwyns Road site.

Suitable for parents/carers with babies under 6 months
£10 per person
Speak to your Midwife or Health Visitor for a referral.

Handling anger in the family

A 4 week course for anyone with children age 5 to 16.

Every Monday, 12:45pm - 2:45pm
8th June - 29th June

Held at Dorking Nursery School, RH4 1BY

The course costs £12pp and this includes a parent handbook and refreshments during the sessions.

There are creche spaces available but these are limited so advance booking is essential, secured with a £5 non refundable desposit.

To book, call the Family Centre on 01306 740095.

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 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.     

A crèche is usually available, but booking is essential. Please call the Family Centre on 01306 740095 if you are interested. 

Makaton for Parents & Carers

The best way to learn Makaton is to attend a workshop. It means you can learn with other people and share your experiences. In this session you’ll learn some basic signs and how to use them in short phrases and conversations as well as a few songs and nursery rhymes. It will also give you the opportunity to think about taking a further follow-up Makaton course, should you wish to.

This small group ‘taster’ is recommended for parents, family members and carers who need to use Makaton at home with their children.

The workshop is delivered by Tracy King, a highly experienced and passionate Makaton Regional Tutor. Tracy has extensive experience of applying Makaton in a wide range of settings as well as a passion for helping others to build up and apply their skills. You will leave the session feeling inspired and confident.

Trainer(s): Tracy King
The workshop is delivered by Tracy King, a highly experienced and passionate Makaton Regional Tutor. Tracy has extensive experience of applying Makaton in a wide range of settings as well as a passion for helping others to build up and apply their skills. You will leave the session feeling inspired and confident.

Please call 01306 882397 or email centre@dorking.surrey.sch.uk if you are interested in attending a session.

Parenting Course

Parenting Course for parents/carers with KS1, 2 & 3 children. 6 weeks, Monday afternoons from 12.45 - 2.45, with a creche -24 Feb, 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30 March 2020 at Dorking Nursery School West Street.  Please call to book a place - 01306 740095.

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.

The Primary Years

Time out for Parents: Primary Years. This 6 week course is run by MVFC in partnership with Bookham Baptist Children's Centre.

Starts on April 29th 12.45 to 2.30pm at Bookham Children's Centre (no course at half term) - last session will be June 10th.

Cost £20 per person includes the course manual.
Creche available.

All bookings via Bookham Baptist Church Children's Centre: https://bookhambaptistchurch.org.uk/bbcc

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

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.

Course dates tbc.