Watten Wee Ones is a voluntary run Toddler Group supported by one of our Family Practitioners, Jules Taylor. She has shared with us how the committee has worked together to support their families during Covid-19. Here’s what Jules had to say:
I just wanted to share the thoughtful good practice of Watten Wee Ones in supporting children’s play and learning during lockdown.
Watten Wee Ones used to be a small group, which was poorly attended but some lovely local parents agreed to form a new committee and became a CALA member group. This enabled them to apply for funding and gave them the freedom to implement their own ideas and encourage more families from the community to join in. The group is now thriving and last year received funding from the local wind farm which has helped them to continue to improve, providing rich play experiences for the children and families attending. Each week they provide a variety of activities, usually in themes that run over a course of around 4 weeks supporting children’s interests.
Because they are not able to offer their weekly activities to the families that attend during the pandemic, the very proactive Committee has come up with the idea of putting together an activity pack to send out FREE to families that wish to receive one.
When a family opens the pack, they find a rainbow with their child’s name on it. Packs include a whole range of inviting resources to support play experiences including kits to make and assemble, crafts, playdough, paints, puppet kits and bubbles. There are also some glue dots and lollipop sticks so they can make the box into a small world scene – nothing is wasted!
The packs have been posted out to families and here are some of the responses:
“Flora was very excited to receive her craft box today! She’s already had loads of fun with it (as did her brother and sister) and still has lots left to do! Thank you so much!!”
“Cammie loved the box and has painted everything including herself. Thanks so much for the box it’s been great. We are really missing the group and Cammie has turned into a grump not being able to socialise.”
“Amazing support and contact from Water Wee Ones, it ensures that we still feel part of a group even though we are apart. The excitement of getting the parcel to cheer us up and give a constructive activity was just the pick me up for us mums and babies indoors every day with little social interaction. Many thanks and thank you to the volunteers cannot wait until we are together again…. stay safe – Archie.”
The committee has done a wonderful job and this pack clearly demonstrates their ongoing commitment to supporting their families and thinking of others during these strange times.
A huge Well Done and Thumbs Up from CALA