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Activities and events for under fives

Rhyme times

Many libraries have rhyme times for babies and toddlers. These are free, friendly and fun sessions led by a member of library staff or a volunteer, where young children and their families share rhymes and actions. They are usually 30 minutes long and are a great way to help children develop early communication skills and interaction with other children, as well as being an opportunity for parents and carers to meet other families, too. Some sessions may be more suitable for babies, others for toddlers. For more information ask at your local library.

Bookstart Bear Club

The Bookstart Bear Club is a free club running in libraries that hold rhyme times. The club aims to encourage families with young children to join and visit the library on a regular basis. Bear Club members have their own special ‘passport' and receive pawprint stamps every time they visit the library, borrow a book or take part in an activity. Children collect certificates as the number of pawprint stamps grow. The Bear Club is part of Bookstart, a national programme that gifts books to all young children as babies and at three years old.

Leisure centres

Our leisure centres offer a number of different activites for children under five. Activites vary, depending on the centre. Find a leisure centre near you.

Children's centres

Children's centres are places where parents with children aged 0-5 years can share the challenges and joys of parenthood. They offer a range of activities and support services to help you with all aspects of parenting to make sure your child gets the best start in life. Find a children's centre near you.

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Last updated: 30 August 2016 | Last reviewed: 30 August 2016