An imaginative interactive play and learn programme is being offered at Crescent Link Community and Cultural Centre.
Beginning on February 4, the 10-week course is designed to enhance the playing and learning experience for both parent and child, as well as encouraging mental and physical stimulation among little people.
The course will run once a week on a Tuesday, beginning on February 4 with four feeks of Jo Jingles play and interactive learning.
The second phase of the structured learning and play group is arts and crafts, which will also run as a four-week sub-programme, and the 10-week course will end with a two-week session of horticulture. The art and horticulture aspect of programme is being facilitated through Newpin, while the Jo Jingles aspect of the course is primarily about movement, dance and co-ordination to music with Jo. It is being run with funding from the Neighbourhood Health Improvement Project.
“There has been a high demand for Jo Jingles in the past, and in deciding to run this course it was a good chance to introduce a programme where children and their parents got an opportunity to take part in a programme and learn together. It is the first time we have run a course like this rather than the child going into supervised play while the parents or guardians are studying,” said community co-ordinator Linda Watson.
The course is for infants aged three months up to toddlers of three years of age, and it is essential that parents interested in taking part register, as there are a limited number of places.
“If there is a good uptake and the course is a success, or if we get a list then we will look at securing more funding to run it again,” said Linda