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A Better Start Southend

Events

From Work Skills Industry Visits for job-seeking parents to tailored Let’s Talk sessions for babies and young children, we have a range of different events for parents and children under 4.

Some events are restricted to those living in the A Better Start Southend areas. Details are available in the booking information provided.

You can check whether or not you live in A Better Start Southend area click here.

For information of other events and activities on offer in Southend, please go to www.livewellsouthend.com

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ABSS Families Growing Together
Growing Together Shoeburyness
Every Monday
9:30am - 3:30pm
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Share the joy of planting, creative play and being outdoors with your children and other families!

Families can drop into the community gardens in Westcliff and Shoebury, and spend some much needed quality family time harvesting vegetables, cooking with the home grown ingredients, caring for the animals and even taking part in storytelling and crafting activities!

Drop in and enjoy family time at ‘Families Growing Together’ with plenty of activities available both in the gardens and online. The free sessions are available to local families with children 0-4 that live in A Better Start Southend areas.

Self referrals and professional referrals are accepted.

Address:

254 Elm Rd, Shoeburyness, Southend-on-Sea SS3 9RY

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YourFamily Cuppa and Chat
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Every Monday
9:30 - 11:30am
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Weekly drop-in support and playgroup session. Free tea, coffee, cereal and toast.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Bump to Breast Weekly Group
YMCA Eco Hub
Every Monday
10:00am -12:00pm

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You are welcome to join Bump to Breast at any of our friendly weekly groups for a cuppa, a chat and to ask any breastfeeding related questions. No booking is required, and older siblings are welcome too. We often have other events, cafe meet-ups etc, so check our social media pages for up to date information.

Find us on our Facebook page, Bump to Breast - ABSS Breastfeeding Group Support, with lots of helpful information, and we are on Instagram as @bumptobreastsouthend. You are welcome to message us on either Facebook or Instagram, and we will respond, or email eleanorking@southendymca.org.uk or phone/text 07867 379614

Our groups and events are all located in ABSS areas, and our project is targeted at families living in ABSS wards - however, we do not turn away anyone in need of support, and people living out of area are also welcome.

Address:

YMCA Eco Hub, 2a St John’s Road, SS0 7JZ

All welcome
YourFamily Messy Mondays
Centre Place Family Centre
Every Monday
*(Term Time only)

1:00 - 2:00pm
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Watch your little one enjoy the freedom of using messy play materials in any way they like to encourage them to learn on their own.

Address:

Prospect Close, Southend SS1 2JD

All welcome
ABSS Parent & Toddler Yoga
Labyrinth House
Every Monday
10:00 - 10:45am
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Free to those living in ABSS wards (up to 10 free spaces). Booking required. Siblings welcome.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

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ABSS Pregnancy Yoga
Labyrinth House
Every Monday
6:30 - 7:30pm
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Suitable for second trimester onwards. Free to those living in ABSS wards (up to 10 free spaces). Booking required.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

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ABSS Mini Milks
ABSS Parent and Community Hub
Every Tuesday
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Bump to Breast Breastfeeding support and sensory playgroup (drop in session)

Address:

29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend, SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Mother & Baby Yoga
Labyrinth House
Every Tuesday

12:30 - 1:30pm
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Free to those living in ABSS wards (up to 10 free spaces). Booking required.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

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ABSS Parent & Toddler Yoga
Labyrinth House
Every Tuesday

1:45 - 2:30pm
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Free to those living in ABSS wards. Book online at https://www.yoga4all.co/pregnancypostnatal

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

All welcome
Young Parents’ Group
ABSS Community Hub
Every Tuesday
1:00 – 2:30pm
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Drop in ante and post-natal group for parents who are 21 and under

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, Southend-on-Sea SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Chaos and Calm Twinkles Sensory Stay & Play
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Every Tuesday
* (Term Time only)

1:00 - 2:30pm
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Twinkle's playroom! Chaos and Calm for children under 4 with complex disabilities and medical needs.
Booking required: admin@chaosandcalm.org / 07828 230948.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Families Growing Together Kursaal
Centre Place Family Centre
Every Tuesday. Special themed events as follows:-
09 April - Under the Sea
16 April - Teddy Bears Picnic
23 April - Dinosaurs

1:00 - 3:00pm
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Share the joy of creative play and being outdoors with your children and other families.
Free drop in session.
Open to families living in A Better Start areas with children aged 0 - 4 years.
Self referrals and professional referrals are welcome.
For more details and to make a referral visit: www.trustlinks.org/projects/families-growing-together
Or for more information, email: youthlinks@trustlinks.org

Address:

Centre Place Family Centre, Prospect Close, SS1 2JD

All welcome
YourFamily Shoebury Ark
Shoebury Ark
Every Tuesday
2:00 - 4:00pm
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Free freshly cooked meals, plus tinned/packet food and children's clothing for sale at very low cost

Address:

Friar's Baptist Church,Eagle Way, Shoeburyness, SS3 9RJ

All welcome
ABSS Mindful Mums Sunshine Stay and Plays
Labyrinth House Wellbeing Hub
Every Tuesday and Wednesday
Tuesdays - 9:00 - 12:00pm (art session 11:00-11:45 am)
Wednesdays - 9:00 - 11:30am (art session 10:30-11:15am).
Wednesday sessions are supported by the YourFamily team. *no sessions during school holidays
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For children aged 4 and under and their parents / carers. Expressive arts sessions, bookable slots with early years professionals. Tea and snacks.
Limited spaces. Registration required. Please complete the online form: www.labyrinthhouse.org.uk/services or for more information email: contact@labyrinthhouse.org.uk
Some Wednesday dates are replaced by Tea and Tots.

Address:

Labyrinth House, 258 Westborough Road, Westcliff on Sea,SS0 9PT

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ABSS Parent Champion Day
ABSS Parent & Community Hub
Every Wednesday
9:00am - 12:00pm
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A group for our ABSS Parent Champions to meet with the ABSS Engagement Team and plan ABSS events

Address:

29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend, SS1 1BW

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YourFamily Family Storehouse
Coleman Street Community Centre
Every Wednesday
9.30 - 11.30am
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Family Storehouse is a referral service only. Speak to one of the YourFamily team for details or email YourFamily@eyalliance.org.uk

Address:

Coleman Street, Southend, SS2 5AW

All welcome
ABSS Bump to Breast Weekly Group
Trust Links Growing Together Community Gardens
Every Wednesday

10:00am - 12:00pm
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You are welcome to join Bump to Breast at any of our friendly weekly groups for a cuppa, a chat and to ask any breastfeeding related questions. No booking is required, and older siblings are welcome too. We often have other events, cafe meet-ups etc, so check our social media pages for up to date information.

Find us on our Facebook page, Bump to Breast - ABSS Breastfeeding Group Support, with lots of helpful information, and we are on Instagram as @bumptobreastsouthend. You are welcome to message us on either Facebook or Instagram, and we will respond, or email eleanorking@southendymca.org.uk or phone/text 07867 379614

Our groups and events are all located in ABSS areas, and our project is targeted at families living in ABSS wards - however, we do not turn away anyone in need of support, and people living out of area are also welcome.

Address:

Trust Links Growing Together Community Gardens on Elm Road in Shoebury SS3 9RZ

All welcome
ABSS Tiny Tots Time - Ironworks
Ironworks Southend
Every Wednesday
10:00am - 1:00pm
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Weekly drop-in baby & toddler group. Soft play, toys, arts & crafts, social & chat.

Address:

90, The High Street, Southend, SS1 1JN

All welcome
ABSS Chaos and Calm Sparkles sensory story sessions
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Every Thursday* (Term Time only)
10:00-10:45 am and 11:00-11:45 am
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For children with disabilities under 4 who need a relaxed and calm environment and who may have mobility needs. Booking required - contact admin@chaosandcalm.org /07828 230948.

Address:

ABSS Parent Community Hub, 29-31 Alexandra St, SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Bump to Breast Weekly Group
Plaza Centre on Southchurch Road
Every Thursday

10:00am -12:00pm
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You are welcome to join Bump to Breast at any of our friendly weekly groups for a cuppa, a chat and to ask any breastfeeding related questions. No booking is required, and older siblings are welcome too. We often have other events, cafe meet-ups etc, so check our social media pages for up to date information.

Find us on our Facebook page, Bump to Breast - ABSS Breastfeeding Group Support, with lots of helpful information, and we are on Instagram as @bumptobreastsouthend. You are welcome to message us on either Facebook or Instagram, and we will respond, or email eleanorking@southendymca.org.uk or phone/text 07867 379614

Our groups and events are all located in ABSS areas, and our project is targeted at families living in ABSS wards - however, we do not turn away anyone in need of support, and people living out of area are also welcome.

Address:

Plaza Centre on Southchurch Road (round the side in ‘The Living Room’) SS1 2PT

All welcome
YourFamily Cluny Hub Toddler Club
St Luke's Community Hub
Every Thursday* (Term Time only)
10:00 - 11:15am
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A free session aimed at 0 - 4 years, covering a range of activities including messy play to support your child's development.

Address:

1 - 3 Cluny Square, Southend on sea, SS2 4AF

All welcome
YourFamily One Love Little Love Baby Bank
Holybrook Site
Every Thursday
Two Sessions:-
11:30 am - 12:30 pm for parents with no accompanying children
1:00 - 2:00 pm for parents with accompanying children
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Providing support and essential items, including clothing, to families in need.
You must be a Southend resident, be expectant parents 28 weeks+ or a family with children under the age of 4.
You will be required to register upon arrival.

Address:

Holybrook Site, Carnarvon Road, SS2 6LR

All welcome
ABSS Families Growing Together
Growing Together Westcliff
Every Friday
9:30am - 3:30pm
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Share the joy of planting, creative play and being outdoors with your children and other families!

Families can drop into the community gardens in Westcliff and Shoebury, and spend some much needed quality family time harvesting vegetables, cooking with the home grown ingredients, caring for the animals and even taking part in storytelling and crafting activities!

Drop in and enjoy family time at ‘Families Growing Together’ with plenty of activities available both in the gardens and online. The free sessions are available to local families with children 0-4 that live in A Better Start Southend areas.

Self referrals and professional referrals are accepted.

Address:

Growing Together Westcliff, 47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff-on-Sea, SS0 9AG

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ABSS Chaos & Calm Teddy Hewitt Stay & Play
Blenheim Childrens' Centre
Every Friday* (Term Time only)
1:00 - 2:00pm
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Messy play / sensory activities for children under 4 with disabilities who like to be on the go.
Physical play including balancing, climbing, sliding etc.
Free cake!
Booking required - contact admin@chaosandcalm.org /07828 230948.

Address:

School Way, Blenheim Chase, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4HX

All welcome
ABSS Chaos & Calm Teddy Hewitt Stay & Play
Blenheim Childrens' Centre
Every Friday* (Term Time only)
2:15 - 3:15pm
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Messy play / sensory activities for children under 4 with disabilities who need a relaxed and calm environment and who may have mobility needs.
Physical play including balancing, climbing, sliding etc and a wide variety of sensory toys suitable for children with more complex disabilities.
Free cake!
Booking required - contact admin@chaosandcalm.org /07828 230948.

Address:

School Way, Blenheim Chase, Leigh on Sea, SS9 4HX

All welcome
Bibs & Bobs
Summercourt Family Centre
Last Friday of every month
9:30am - 2:00pm
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This is a project based on donations of new and used children's items.
The aim is to reuse, recycle and re-love. Open to parents and carers of 0-5 year olds. Booking is required.
For more information or to book a place please call 01702 220810 or email Yourfamily@eyalliance.org.uk

Address:

Summercourt road, Westcliff, SS0 7AU

All welcome
ABSS Coffee Morning, Family Support Team for Social Communication Needs
ABSS Parent Community Hub
First Friday of every month
9:30 -11:30am
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Booking required: Monthly coffee morning sessions for support for families whose child is on the multidisciplinary waiting list or has a recent diagnosis related to concerns around communication, interaction and/or imaginative play.

For families living in ABSS wards. To book your place, contact laura.pullum@eyalliance.org.uk or phone 07957 018788.

Address:

ABSS Parent Community Hub, 29-31 Alexandra St, SS1 1BW

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ABSS Bump to Breast
Cliffs Pavilion Cafe
Last Friday of the month
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Cuppa and a chat get together.
Ask any breastfeeding related questions. No booking is required, and older siblings are welcome too. We often have other events, cafe meet-ups etc, so check our social media pages for up to date information.

Find us on our Facebook page, Bump to Breast - ABSS Breastfeeding Group Support, with lots of helpful information, and we are on Instagram as @bumptobreastsouthend. You are welcome to message us on either Facebook or Instagram, and we will respond, or email eleanorking@southendymca.org.uk or phone/text 07867 379614

Our groups and events are all located in ABSS areas, and our project is targeted at families living in ABSS wards - however, we do not turn away anyone in need of support, and people living out of area are also welcome.

Address:

Station Rd, Westcliff-on-Sea, Southend-on-Sea, Westcliff-on-Sea SS0 7RA

All welcome
ABSS Families Growing Together Dads Group
Growing Together Shoeburyness & Westcliff (alternating weekly)
Every Saturday
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Share the joy of planting, creative play and being outdoors with your children and other families!

Drop into the community gardens in Westcliff and Shoebury, and spend some much needed quality family time harvesting vegetables, cooking with the home grown ingredients, caring for the animals and even taking part in storytelling and crafting activities!

Open to those with children under 4 living in an ABSS ward.
Self referrals and professional referrals accepted.

Visit https://www.trustlinks.org/projects/families-growing-together/
or email youthlinks@trustlinks.org for more information.

Address:

254 Elm Rd, Shoeburyness, Southend, SS3 9RY.
47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff, SS0 9AG

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ABSS FGT Spring Swap
Families Growing Together Westcliff
Friday 19 April 2024
10:00am - 12:00pm
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Bring items from home and swap for new preloved items from others.
Clothes, toys, baby hygiene, art & craft supplies, books. Good quality donations required, to be dropped off to the Westcliff site by Friday 12 April.
Event is for families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

47 Fairfax Drive, Westcliff SS0 9AG

All welcome
YourFamily Feel Good Friday
ABSS Parent, Families & Community Hub
Friday 19 April 2024 (First of six week course)
12:30pm - 2:30pm
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First of a six week course exploring self-care. Free creche. For expectant parents/parents of children aged 0-4 living in Southend. Book place/creche space at YFSouthend@cityfamily.org.uk. Please note booking is for all six sessions.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra Street, Southend, SS1 1BW

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots Dads' Zone
Shoebury Youth Centre
Saturday 20 April 2024
2:30 - 4:00pm
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Stay & play sessions giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. This session has a dedicated Dads' Zone for quality play time with Dad. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email spooley@savs-southend.co.uk / 07951 078863.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

202 Delaware Rd, Shoeburyness, SS3 9NS

All welcome
ABSS Let's Play Maths
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Friday 26 April 2024
9:30 -11:30am
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Stay & play sessions for families with children aged 2-4 years living in ABSS wards to explore early maths together. Booking essential.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, Southend, SS1 1BW

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ABSS Tea & Tots
Labryinth House
Wednesday 01 May 2024
9:30 -11:00am
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Relaxed stay & play session giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email rgardner@savs-southend.co.uk / 07960 434815.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

All welcome
ABSS Let's Play Maths
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Friday 10 May 2024
9:30 -11:30am
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Stay & play sessions for families with children aged 2-4 years living in ABSS wards to explore early maths together. Booking essential.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, Southend, SS1 1BW

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ABSS Tea & Tots Dads' Zone
Shoebury Youth Centre
Saturday 18 May 2024
2:30 - 4:00pm
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Stay & play sessions giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. This session has a dedicated Dads' Zone for quality play time with Dad. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email spooley@savs-southend.co.uk / 07951 078863.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

202 Delaware Rd, Shoeburyness, SS3 9NS

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots
Labryinth House
Wednesday 05 June 2024
9:30 -11:00am
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Relaxed stay & play session giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email rgardner@savs-southend.co.uk / 07960 434815.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots Dads' Zone
Shoebury Youth Centre
Saturday 15 June 2024
2:30 - 4:00pm
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Stay & play sessions giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. This session has a dedicated Dads' Zone for quality play time with Dad. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email spooley@savs-southend.co.uk / 07951 078863.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

202 Delaware Rd, Shoeburyness, SS3 9NS

All welcome
ABSS Let's Play Maths
ABSS Parent Community Hub
Friday 28 June 2024
9:30 -11:30am
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Stay & play sessions for families with children aged 2-4 years living in ABSS wards to explore early maths together. Booking essential.

Address:

29-31 Alexandra St, Southend, SS1 1BW

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ABSS Tea & Tots
Labryinth House
Wednesday 03 July 2024
9:30 -11:00am
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Relaxed stay & play session giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email rgardner@savs-southend.co.uk / 07960 434815.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots Dads' Zone
Shoebury Youth Centre
Saturday 20 July 2024
2:30 - 4:00pm
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Stay & play sessions giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. This session has a dedicated Dads' Zone for quality play time with Dad. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email spooley@savs-southend.co.uk / 07951 078863.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

202 Delaware Rd, Shoeburyness, SS3 9NS

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots
Labryinth House
Wednesday 07 August 2024
9:30 -11:00am
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Relaxed stay & play session giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email rgardner@savs-southend.co.uk / 07960 434815.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

258 Westborough Road, Westcliff, SS0 9PT

All welcome
ABSS Tea & Tots Dads' Zone
Shoebury Park (on the green near children's play area)
Saturday 17 August 2024
2:30 - 4:00pm
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Stay & play sessions giving parents and carers the chance to enjoy quality time as a family and meet other parents. This session has a dedicated Dads' Zone for quality play time with Dad. Includes sensory / messy play activities. There is also a chance to borrow Storysacks from the Southend Storysack Library, Free beverages & fresh fruit available.
To book your space email spooley@savs-southend.co.uk / 07951 078863.
For families with children aged under 4 living in ABSS areas.

Address:

Elm Rd, Shoeburyness, SS3 9SF

All welcome

For information of other events and activities on offer in Southend, please go to www.livewellsouthend.com

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