Allsorts is run weekly on a Wednesday morning from 10am-11.30am by Sonia and Kerry, this group is for children aged 18months – 3yrs. This is a structured group so the children have the opportunity to have fun and learn, make new friends and learn new skills all at the same time. Each term we set a theme so we are able to base our craft, stories, singing and physical activities around that specific theme. This group allows parents/carers to spend quality time with their children, encouraging, helping and learning about their child’s development by simply just playing with them.

Those attending our groups are from every walk of life, multi-cultural, and everyone enjoys the inclusiveness of the groups and the activities on offer, it is a great way for parents to meet and share experiences. We encourage healthy snacks as this is an important step in establishing good eating habits that will benefit children through their lives, helping them to stay a healthy weight and prevent tooth decay. I have also completed Childhood Obesity and HENRY training this year and is an excellent programme to run out at both groups and in the home which help the parents adopt a healthier lifestyle, improve parenting skills and behaviour changes within families.

The NHS Health Improvement Fund also ran out Baby Massage Training and I was successful in securing a place and am now a trained Baby Massage Instructor along with Morag who runs out groups in Banff, Turriff and Huntly.  I have been able to support and meet the criteria by doing one to one baby massage in the family home.

With the funding from the NHS I was also able to start up a group in Turriff for approx 12 weeks to encourage Mums to use the Play at Home books which incorporate messages of weaning, nutrition, children’s physical activities into daily routines.

We are also encouraging the benefits to Health of outside play/learning and this year have been using our Community facilities such as Princess Royal, Deveron Sports centre, swimming pool, Duff House Grounds, Boyndie Centre, Hoodles and also a day at the Beach, where lots of fun was had by all !!

This group operates a waiting list, please contact the office to put your child’s details onto this.

Home Start Deveron T : 01261 819964

10 Carmelite Street     Banff     AB45 1AF     E :