There are a range of groups run throughout the year at Glen for you to get involved in. Groups usually meet weekly for around 1.5 – 2 hours and last between 4 -8 weeks depending on the topic. Some groups are ongoing and continue to meet every week. Groups are led by a variety of people including those in our own staff team and we also have the help of others who may have specialist knowledge or skill including the Family & Adult Learning Team, educational psychologist, Social Work Service, health visitors, voluntary organisations, other parents and many more. Below are some of the topics we cover. If you have a suggestion or idea for a group you would like to see us offer, please speak to Claire Smith, our senior CDO or pop your comment in our suggestions box.
Spend some quality time with your baby learning simple baby massage techniques. This can help you both relax, supports sleep and can help with things like colic.
Psychology of Parenting Programme (POPP)
In partnership with NHS and East Renfrewshire Early Years, parents who attend the centre or indeed live in the community can access local supportive parenting programmes. These programmes are available for families with children 2.5/6 years. If you want to help improve your child’s behaviour and gain some new strategies and skills for effective, confident parenting come and speak to Margaret or Claire. Groups run across East Renfrewshire with flexible days and times. We can make a referral for a space on your behalf.
Come along on for a coffee and chat. The ‘Drop In’ group has no fixed agenda; it’s just an opportunity to meet other parents and relax. However the group have taken on some tasks within the centre when the need has arisen. They have spruced up our entrance foyer, took on some fundraising for Christmas and decorated Santa’s Grotto.
Stay & Play
Nursery isn’t just for your child. You can stay and play too and learn more about what your child gets up to during the session. You can also learn some new ways to play from working alongside your key worker with your child. This can be particularly useful in your child’s earliest months when it may seem that all they can do is eat, sleep and cry! Your toddler / older child will love showing you around and getting you involved in their play.