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Groups for Children, Parents and Carers

Dorking Nursery School and Children's Centre

We run 'Stay and Play' groups at both our sites for parents or carers and their children.

You will find:
  • a wide range of exciting activities for the children
  • support and information from experienced staff
  • no booking required
  • a request for £1.50 per session per family towards the cost of activities and/or a snack
Families in our area:

Due to the high number of families using the Children's Centre, we need to prioritise places at Stay and Play sessions for families living in our reach area (RH4 and RH5).

If you live outside our reach area, we are very happy to let you know where your local Children's Centre is, or tell you about other groups and venues locally.

We are sorry for any inconvenience this causes and ask for your understanding. 


'Stay and Play' Groups at West Street

These groups are for parents or carers and their children under three, run on a weekly basis, term time only. Please note that as from 5th April, the Wednesday group is no longer running

Every Thursday - 9:30am to 11:15am until 22nd December 2017 Except for the following dates: 3rd August 2017, 10th August 2017, 17th August 2017, 24th August 2017 and 31st August 2017
Thursday, June 25, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:15am
West Street Site
Every Friday - 9:30am to 11:15am until 21st December 2017 Except for the following dates: 4th August 2017, 11th August 2017, 18th August 2017, 25th August 2017 and 1st September 2017
Friday, September 11, 2015 - 9:30am to 11:15am
West Street Site

'Stay and Play' Groups at Goodwyns Road

The groups here are for children under the age of 5 with their parents or carers and run on a weekly basis. Childminders are encouraged to go along to the childminders group on a Tuesday morning at West Street but Grandparents and family members offering care are welcome to attend the Stay and Play sessions.

Every Thursday - until 17th August 2017
Thursday, July 27, 2017 - 10:30am
Goodwyns Road Site
Every Monday, Tuesday and Thursday - 10:00am to 11:45am until 22nd December 2017 Except for the following dates: 28th August 2017, 29th August 2017, 31st August 2017, 4th September 2017, 5th September 2017, 25th December 2017 and 26th December 2017
Monday, September 21, 2015 - 10:00am to 11:45am
Goodwyns Road Site

Childminders' Group

This is a term-time drop-in 'Stay and Play' session at Dorking Nursery School Children's Centre each Tuesday morning from 9.30am - 11.30am (term-time only) for all local registered childminders as well as homebased carers who are registered with Ofsted. The group provides fun and stimulating activities for the children in their care.  It also enables childminders to share best practice and to support each other.

There is a noticeboard for both parents and childminders, including information for parents on how to choose a childminder, future group activities for childminders and childminding training opportunities as well as a vacancy list for childminders to advertise their availability to new parents and carers. For a list of local childminders or help in finding one, contact Nicole Lawrence, the Childminders Group representative, by email - lawrenceandsons@gmail.com.

Kickers and Crawlers

A drop in group for pregnant Mums and babies under 1 year. Come along and meet other parents and have a play with your baby in a friendly environment. No pre-booking needed.  

The Kickers and Crawlers is held at our Goodwyns Road site and  runs at the same time as the baby clinic held by the health visitors. Advice on feeding is available from trained staff throughout the session.

Every Thursday - 1:00pm to 2:45pm until 31st December 2025 Except for the following dates: 31st August 2017
Thursday, June 4, 2015 - 1:00pm to 2:45pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Post-natal groups

We run 3 week post-natal courses at Goodwyns Road for first time mothers. The course covers issues such as sleep, weaning, safety and language development.
Please call Jackie on 01306 740095 for further information. To add your name to the waiting list speak to Becky or Sarah at either site.

Every Wednesday - 1:00pm to 3:00pm 3 times Extra dates: 10th May 2017
Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Goodwyns Road Site

Toy Library

The Toy Library is open at our Goodwyns Road site each week on a Tuesday morning at 11.15am -11.45am.

Membership is only £2 per year.  This helps us to cover costs of losses and breakages. We understand that children will play with the toys and occassionally things may get lost or broken!! Any profit we make is reinvested in new equipment.

Feel free to pop in to the Toy library and have a look at the range of games, toys, books and instruments we have on offer. Lesley is our volunteer at the moment and she is working hard to add new resources and interesting toys

It costs only 50p to borrow a toy for a couple of weeks.


Every Tuesday - 11:15am to 11:45am until 31st December 2017 Except for the following dates: 20th June 2017, 29th August 2017, 5th September 2017 and 26th December 2017
Monday, May 8, 2017 - 11:15am to 11:45am
Goodwyns Road Site

Young Parents' Provision

All young parents are welcome at all our Kickers and Crawlers and Stay and Play sessions at both sites

Our Outreach team are able to offer support to young parents in their own home as well as in the Centre. If you would like any advice or support with managing things like baby's sleep, feeding, and behaviour or you would like to talk to someone about money issues or a difficult relationship, please give us a call and we can arrange for you to meet with one of our Outreach team. 


Baby Chat

This group (preveiously called 'Getting to know your baby' is an informal drop-in advice session for parents and their babies under 1 year old.  It is held on Tuesdays 9.30am to 11.00am at the Goodwyns Road site.

Lesley Crunden, from the company baby-massage.uk, will be there to offer a friendly face and helpful advice on topics such as massage, infant feeding, sleep routines and helping your baby to feel secure.  She is qualified to train parents in baby massage and has worked closely with CSH Surrey to help the Children’s Centres gain UNICEF level 3 Baby Friendly Status. Lesley has years of experience as a nurse, a Mum, a children’s centre outreach worker and now she runs her own Baby Massage company.

No pre booking required 

Every Tuesday - 9:30am to 11:00am until 31st December 2017 Except for the following dates: 20th June 2017, 29th August 2017, 5th September 2017 and 26th December 2017
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 - 9:30am to 11:00am
Goodwyns Road Site

Crawling to Cruising

Soft Play for the Under 2s. If you have an under 2 and you would like to do this session with them, it takes place each Tuesday from 2pm – 2.45pm at the West Street site, term-time only and costs £2 per session. Please book in advance via the office each week to attend.

Every Tuesday - 2:00pm to 2:45pm until 31st December 2017 Except for the following dates: 4th April 2017, 11th April 2017, 30th May 2017, 18th July 2017, 25th July 2017, 1st August 2017, 8th August 2017, 15th August 2017, 22nd August 2017, 29th August 2017 and 5th September 2017
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 - 2:00pm to 2:45pm
West Street Site


Tadpoles is a small group for 2 year olds and their parents exploring their learning and development, with a focus on language, emotions and socialising. It runs on a Friday morning and is ideal for those who have been home-visited or any who have just turned 2 years old.  In September 2017 we will be offering a 3 week Tadpoles course focusing on promoting speech and Langauge in 2 year olds. For more information ring us and ask to speak to Helen.

Every Friday - 10:00am to 11:15am until 31st December 2017 Except for the following dates: 1st September 2017
Friday, May 12, 2017 - 10:00am to 11:15am
Goodwyns Road Site