Our Groups

Play at Step by Step

Play is the best way for young children to learn, grow and develop and is an essential part of the bonding process. Children learn from everything they do and everything that’s going on around them. Parents play a vital role in their child’s learning.

Play is key to children’s development and can take many different forms. There’s no right or wrong way to play, it can be with toys or safe household items. Through play children develop socially, physically, mentally and emotionally.

At Step by Step our sessions open with free play, with a selection of age appropriate toys to play with.  We also always have a craft and/or a sensory play experience. These encourage the development of imagination and creativity, and sometimes produce well-loved keepsakes to take home.

We always have a fun song and story time and encourage everyone to join in with the singing and actions. This helps children to develop words and language.

It’s never too early or too late to start talking and reading to children. The Bookbug children’s reading scheme tells us that sharing stories and songs will…

  • Develop children’s language skills
  • Give time to cuddle and help parent/child bond
  • Help parents and their children to feel more relaxed
  • Boost children’s confidence
  • Encourage children to draw and write
  • Give children a head start in life

Healthy Eating at Step by Step

Groups for families - Step by Step MorayAt Step by Step we promote healthy eating.  Good nutrition in the early years is vital for life-long good heath for the whole family. A varied healthy diet and positive messages about eating well and enjoying food supports healthy growth and shapes good eating habits.

At Step by Step groups we provide healthy snacks for children and parents to eat and drink together at a table which helps children to develop their social skills including table manners by sitting down with others.

Our snacks include a variety of fruit and vegetables to encourage children to try and enjoy different textures and tastes, whilst providing them with the essential minerals, vitamins, fibre and dairy needed for growth, development and energy. This also helps their bodies to develop strong bones and teeth – essential for an energetic childhood.

Our food is safely prepared into finger food size perfect for our weaning little ones, allowing them to explore taste, texture, colour and smell. We also provide support for breastfeeding mums.

We understand that some children have a food allergy or intolerance, therefore, we provide a sheet which details any allergens contained in our food.  If a family needs to bring their own food or drink, we encourage that they make prior arrangements with their Family Worker.

Group Guidelines

Step by Step provides safe friendly groups for parents and children from birth to 3 years. We encourage enjoyment through play, story time and singing to help build good relationships and help parents cope with the challenges of family life. Family Workers also give individual support if needed.

There are some things we ask families to do, to make sure our groups run smoothly and we all have fun together.

Groups for families - Steps Moray

Please help us by keeping in mind….

  • Each family attends one group each week, unless by special arrangement with a Family Worker
  • Parents are responsible for their own child at all times at Step by Step
  • Parents are expected to join inthe play activities we offer. Singing and story-telling are important parts of language development in young children
  • We provide a healthy snack and encourage families to share this social time together. We provide for food allergies or intolerances by arrangement and ask parents not to bring food or drinks to groups unless already agreed.
  • We provide good quality age-appropriate toys. Families are reminded to take care of them to ensure they last and are available for future children too
  • Parents are encouraged to be considerate, understanding and welcoming of each other and to include new families who may feel anxious at first
  • We celebrate every child’s birthday at group sessions with a card and a song
  • Children will sometimes need a change of clothes for some activities. We will let you know about this beforehand
  • Mobile phones should be used for emergency calls only while at Step by Step
  • Families should not attend if their child is or has been ill to prevent the spread of infection
  • We are equipped for children aged up to 3 years, to ensure their safety we don’t allow older children to attend
  • Our regular groups run during school term times with a reduced service in the holidays
  • We use our closed Facebook page to keep in touch with families, please always use it wisely and with consideration for others. Only parents who currently attend our groups are included
  • We take care to ensure all children are safe at all times, if anyone hasconcerns, they should report these to a Family Worker or our ‘Child Protection designated person’ – Carleen Broad on 07717 231013
  • We usually have donated food, nappies, hand knitted baby clothes and other useful items available for Step by Step families – parents can themselves to these or speak to a Family Worker about your needs
  • We are an independent charity and by successfully applying to Charity Funders we can provide our services free of charge. Donations and fundraising efforts are very welcome.

Group Times

 

Groups at Winchester House, Elgin

Monday: 1230pm – 2pm

Tuesdays: 10am – 11:30am and 12.30pm – 2pm

Wednesdays and Thursdays: 10am – 11.30 and 12:30pm – 2pm

Fridays: 9:30am-11am

Groups at St Leonard’s Church Hall, Forres

Wednesdays: 9.45am-11.15am and 12:15pm-1.45pm

Please contact us to book your place:

Phone 01343 544628 or Email info@stepsmoray.org

Waiting List

Step by Step set the maximum number of families per group at 12. This allows our families to worry less about how busy the group is and enables staff and volunteers to spend more time with families. Many families will remain with us until their child begins nursery at 3 years old.

Due to this, we have a high demand for our places and are operating a waiting list for families who are looking to join us. Waiting times vary; please contact us for further information.

Individual Support

Step by Step can offer one to one support for parents when it’s needed.