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In Our Garden

 

At Mayfield FLC, after completing the Loose Materials Training, staff began to gather a mixture of pipes, branches, sleepers, ropes, stones, buckets, cable reels, tyres and whole lot more. The garden has been transformed and sometimes looks like a building site but the play has been amazing. We are out in all weathers enjoying the outdoors. For example, the children have been working out how to build bridges and cross them safely with the logs. Also they have hunted for the stones with trowels, they have used the stones with the letters painted on to find the initial letter of their name, they have problem solved in how to build and balance pipes to make a water way. Their readiness for learning is being stretched in new ways and the bikes are no longer dominant. Staff noticed that the children are extending their imagination more and are starting to use new language as they discover new experiences.

Our Play Room

 

In our playroom the children have the opportunity to experience various activities based on their interests. This is some of the topics the children have shown an interest in:

 

fire engines, dressing up, story telling, building, cooking, trains, puppets, people, messy play, art and craft, at the water we have had everything from Incy Wincy Spider to boats and divers,

with the playdough we have made everything from pancakes to snowmen.

Every day is a new experience!

Mayfield FLC is for families and carers with children predominantly under 3 years old who are looking for extra help and support, to meet in a friendly, non-judgemental environment. There are various groups including mums, dads, grandparents, Polish families, ante-natal and pre-natal, teenage groups. We offer a wide variety of services including parenting, counselling, baby massage, play at home, play therapy, support groups.

In the playroom we follow the Pre-Birth to 3 document.

 

We offer a bright, safe and stimulating playroom for the children where they will be encouraged to reach their full potential with the help of their parent/carer and trained staff. The parents/carers are encouraged to join in our Stay and Play sessions with the children giving them new experiences in their lives, i.e. painting, gluing, story telling, singing, hand puppets and mixing with others. We are always open to new ideas and sharing new experiences with our very young children and are very community-aware, using local knowledge to expand the young child's opportunities and experiences.

 

We offer weekly support where our registered families have time out to "chill out" and also to discuss, in a confidential setting, issues they may be finding it difficult to cope with in their every day lives. The parents have benefited from doing group/individual sessions on issues which are relevant. The families are involved in making up the centre’s programme through Plan and Partnership Meetings. The programme is reviewed 4 times a year. The centre also provides counselling and some play therapy. Skills for modern living are explored periodically, within our groups, such as first aid, confident parenting courses, literacy and numeracy skills, Hands-on, practical art and craft type activities are routinely explored and are fun!

We aim to have regular family trips outwith the Centre such as soft play, Safari Park, local play parks etc. We have other Family Days which are always enjoyed by all those who participate. The building itself is warm, friendly and relaxing and we have recently re-organised the rooms to maximise the buildings potential and use.

 

We are a project-user led service: You tell us what you would like to see happening in your Centre and, together, we will try our hardest to make it happen!

Mayfield Family Learning Centre

Mayfield (Full time - Open Monday to Thursday, Friday am only)

 

TU Hut,

Mayfield Combined Primary School Grounds,

Stone Avenue,

Mayfield,

EH22 5PB

Tel No: 0131 660 6644

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Mayfield FLC offers a community based family support service for young families in Mayfield, Easthouses, Newtongrange and surrounding areas. We are based in the grounds of Mayfield and St Luke’s Combined Primary School in our own purpose-built building which is bright, welcoming and well equipped with the added facility of a secure garden area.

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