Local Children's Groups and Activities

This page was created at the suggestion of Paula, a regular visitor to the site, who had a baby in early 2001 and had been looking for this kind of information in a number of places. It is compiled from information within the public domain.

Special thanks to Marple Library for help setting this page up and to all the local mums who have helped to keep it up-to-date by advising me of changes and additions.

If you are aware of any details that are incorrect or out of date, please get in touch. If you are involved with an organisation that you think should appear in this list, please get in touch too.

For more information on registered childcare, toddler groups, support groups and self help in the Stockport area, visit Family Info Link:

Visit the Family info Link web site

1st Marple Bridge Rainbows Contact:
1st Marple Bridge Rainbows meet at Marple Bridge United Reformed Church, Hollins Lane, Marple Bridge on Friday during school terms from 5:15pm to 6:30pm.

To join fill out the online application form form or ring Amanda on 07974645312 or Julie on 07779551976.

All Saints Marple Contact:
All Saints Nursery & Pre-School
Monday - Friday 9.15am-12noon

KIDS' CHURCH - 0-11's (more information)

Dawn Carroll (Manager)

Tel: 0161 449 5293 (MORNINGS ONLY)

 

Phil Alston - Tel: 0161 406 6110

Baby Sensory - Precious Early Learning for Babies Contact:
Baby Sensory provide parent and baby classes specifically designed for babies aged from birth-13 months. Activities include: light shows, baby signing, massage, movement and exercise, scent and texture exploration, musical instruments, bonding activities, calming techniques, ideas for play at home, plus much more. Every week is different and every activity is research based in order to aid and promote development in a warm and fun environment. Baby Sensory have just been voted as ‘Favourite Preschool Class’ in East Cheshire on Netmums!

Local classes are held every Monday at The Hatherlow Sunday School on Otterspool road. We would love to welcome you and your little one!

Becky Campbell 07503 547 083

Baby Signing Classes Contact:
Baby signing - in TinyTalk classes - teaches Baby sign language - a form of pre-verbal communication. Babies understand so much before they can talk!
From as early as 6 to 9 months old, babies can begin to tell you what they want, what they are thinking about and how they feel.

WEDNESDAYS, 10:00 - 11:00am
Marple Methodist Church Church Lane Marple Stockport Cheshire SK6 7AY
Price £5 per lesson, block of 10 (3 month expiry) £45.

Tracy-Anne Birds on 07794 803 781

Baby Splash Contact:
Baby Splach at Life Leisure Marple, Stockport Road (Marple Swimming Pool).

Mondays 1.15pm, Tuesday 2pm.

Call reception 0161 427 7070 to book and for more information.
Child-minding Coordinator Contact:
Vacancy list coordinator for Marple, Marple Bridge and High Lane areas. Lesley Millington 427 1660

or Janet McMurdock 483 6784

Crafty Crocs Contact:
Crafty Crocs is a weekly arts and craft session for 0-5 year olds open in the school term time. 

It is on Thursday afternoons 1.30-2.30 at Marple Surestart Centre, Marple Library.

There is a small charge of £3 per child and £1.50 any extra child to cover the costs.

Dawn Rowlands 07879897813 or
Email
Craft Table Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only on Thursdays at Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road.

10am - 11.30am. Supervised craft table, toys, sing-song and refreshments.

£2 per adult. 

Contact: Alison 077483 41075

Parish Centre: 0161 484 5079

The Dale Playgroup / Preschool Group Contact:
The Dale Pre-School provides a happy, safe and stimulating environment where children play and learn, through opportunities and resources covering the Early Years Curriculum. There are excellent outdoor play facilities with a private playground for bikes and grassed area with small climbing frames and slides.

Open Mon - Fri 8am - 6pm
Sessions for 2 years 4 months - 5 year olds
Funded places available

Full day - 8am - 6pm = £29.50
9am - 3.30pm = £19
Morning (9.00 - 11.30) or afternoon (1.00 - 3.30) session = £7.50
Lunch = £4
Early and late wrap around care = £1.50 per half hour

You can mix and match sessions to suit your needs.

The Dale Pre-School
c/o The Dale Primary School
Walton Drive
Marple
Cheshire
SK6 6HB

Tel: 0161 427 1352

Manager: Mrs Celia MacDonald

Footytotz Contact:
Footytotz is a unique play programme aimed at 2-5 year old boys and girls helping to develop balance, co-ordination and control of a football. Also enhancing their social skills and confidence through specially designed sessions that tie in with the younger years curriculum. The programme has NHS and Surestart backing and is fast becoming the leading provider of football for tots. To find out where your nearest venue is please contact on 0845 539 9899
Goyt District Scout Council Contact:
District Commissioner for Bredbury & Marple. Ms V. Tipler,
District Commissioner,
24 Catherine Road,
Romiley,
Stockport,
SK6 3DH
Girl Guides Goyt Division Contact:
Covering Marple and Mellor Districts.

For enquires into Rainbows, Brownies, Guides and Senior Section.

Brownie Waiting List Contact:
Michaela Atherton-Davies
0161 351 0278

For all other enquires:
Stella Olliver, Marple District Commissioner 0161 427 5750

High Lane Baby and Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only in High Lane Village Hall.

Mondays 9.30am - 11.30am

Sarah on 01625 268301
High Lane Youth Club Contact:
To provide the youth in High Lane through a considered programme of social education and activities. Mrs. Lynn Marshall - Leader,
High Lane Library Building,
High Lane,
Stockport.
01663 763125
Hollins Wood Childcare Contact:
A unique day care facility for 0-5 year olds with a qualified Pre-School Teacher, limited term time places available.

Fantastic spacious building with superb indoor/outdoor play areas. Open 7.30am to 6.00pm daily

Qualified caring staff, shift work patterns and same day emergency bookings catered for.

Stephen McMylor
Hollins Wood Childcare
Hollins Lane
Marple Bridge
Stockport
Cheshire
SK6 5BB
Tel: 0161 449 8800
Jubilee Youth Club Contact:
JYC Youth club for Juniors (7 to 11) and Seniors (11 to 14). Events usually on Saturday evenings around 6.30pm-9.30pm but times vary. Occasional Sunday events and outings. Jill Turner 0161 2853747
jartill@genie.co.uk
 Kids Disco Classes Contact:

Wednesday Evenings

Marple Conservative Club, Church Lane.

5.00pm - 6.00pm (Under 10's class)

6.00pm - 10.00pm (over 10's class)

£3.00 per class, ring for more details.

01254 872036
or
07711 565732.
 Little Stars - Parent, Baby and Toddler Group Contact:
Brabyns' Parent, Baby & Toddler Group, Little Stars, has become so popular that we now have two weekly groups.

Tuesdays: 9:45 - 10:45am
Just turn up on the day
£1.50 per session

Fridays: 9:00 - 10:30am
Fixed price per half term, depending on the number of sessions 

Supervised by qualified staff, Little Stars offers an engaging and friendly environment for children from newborn to 3½ years to develop their social skills, whilst having fun and taking part in a range of play-based activities.

For more details visit: Little Stars at Brabyns Preparatory School

0161 427 2395

Marple and District Twins Club Contact:
Aims to offer support and advice to parent / expectant parents of twins, triplets or more. Regular meetings, social events, clothes and equipment held.
Meetings: 2nd & 4th Fridays of every month at the Mellor Parish Centre, Church Road, Mellor 10-11.30 am. £2 per family.
Social: several family events each year and quarterly Mum's Nights Out.
Sue Garrone,
Marple & Marple Bridge URC Contact:
Strictly Come Craft - A new way of being church for children & their families
Craft activities followed by short informal worship & a meal
4pm - 6pm usually the third Saturday in the month at Marple URC.
Contact Church Office 0161 449 5370
Strictly Come Together - every Wednesday 10.30am- 12 noon at Marple URC
Pop in or stay as long as you want
coffee morning with organised activities, talks & presentations. Suitable for all ages.
Contact Jenny Austen 0161 427 9456
Marple Methodist Church Toddler Group Contact:
Meet at Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane, Marple. 

Term tine only on Tuesday mornings 9.30am-11.00am

£2 per family.

Mrs. Ann Lally,
18 Kayswood Road,
Marple.
449 9088
Marple Swimming Club Contact:
Marple Swimming Club offers swimming lessons from beginners through to competition level for both children and adults. For more information and to book your lessons please contact Libby Reeve using the details opposite. Libby Reeve
0161 427 4998

Alternatively please visit our website www.marplesc.com

Mini Movers Contact:
Mini Movers is a borough wide activity scheme for pre-school children organised jointly by the Sport Development Section of Community Services and Sports Trust.

The scheme helps develop physical activity in children through a programme of planned activities.

Not only are sessions great fun but the children also have the opportunity to play with each other and work towards an Award Scheme with lots of exciting activities.

Sessions at Brabyns Recreation Centre:
Tuesdays 9.30am  - 10.30am and 10.30am - 11.30am.
Jane Hynes
Community Leisure Development Officer (Exercise)
Stockport MBC
Tel: 0161 474 4465
 Music & Movement Classes Contact:
This is a music and movement class, designed for pre-school children. It is held at the Scout Hut, Memorial Park Marple, during the following sessions

Monday 10am - 11.15am
Wednesday 10am - 11.15am
Friday 10am - 11.15am

The session comprises time on gym equipment, followed by activities with balls, hoops, games, dance, song and action. The cost is £3.00 per session (and mums get a hot drink !)

Contact Jean on 01663 765859.

National Childbirth Trust Contact:

The NCT (National Childbirth Trust) run loads of coffee mornings, around two per week, in peoples houses all over Marple. They also run Nearly New Sales, Tea Parties, Days out, Social Evenings and more.

You don't have to be a member to attend, you just need to ring the national telephone line to get the details.

0870 444 8707

North East Cheshire Society for Mencaps Contact:
Activities for people with a mental handicap. Volunteers always welcome, especially for youth club.

Monday & Thursday. Youth Club Tuesday 7.30pm-9.30pm at Glengarth, Station Road, Marple.
Phone 427 7355

Caroll Battersby and Phil McFall

427 7355

Nurture Nursery & Pre-school  Contact:
Nurture is an under 5s Early Learning and Day-Care Centre, situated on Station Road in the centre of Marple catering for children from 3 months to 4 years.
O
pen 7:30 til 6:30, five days a week, 50 weeks of the year.

Baby & Toddler Group Monday, Wednesday & Friday 9.30-11.30am
£3 per child or £5 per family.  Refreshments included.
Come and explore our fantastic environment and resources.

0161 427 9891

www.nurturemarple.co.uk

Rhythm Time Classes Contact:
Rhythm Time Classes at Rough and Tumble every Thursday.

Kimberley Walker

01625 533510

Rose Hill School Playgroup Contact:
Playgroup & pre school run in a classroom of Rose Hill school, for children from 2 yrs 6 months until school entry age. Children can be accommodated full days in some instances and sessions can be mix and matched.

We are open 9.00am until 3.00pm.
Session times are 9.00 - 11.30 (Playgroup) 11.30 - 12.30 (lunch) and 12.30 - 3.00 (pre-school)

Rose Hill School Playgroup
Rose Hill Primary School
Walton Drive
Marple, Stockport,SK6 6HB

Telephone number: 07984 614303

Rough 'N' Tumble Toddler Time Contact:
Term time only. Rough 'N' Tumble Goyt Mill.

Every week day 10am - 3pm 1-4 year olds.

£2.50 per child including cordial and biscuit.

0161 427 0007 for more information.
St Sebastian's Nursery Class Contact:
Friendly and welcoming childcare for 2 – 5 year olds in Marple Bridge.
9 am to 3 pm, Monday-Friday (term time).
  • FREE* places currently available
  • OFSTED: Good with outstanding qualities
  • Fantastic new OUTSIDE space

*All 3-4 year olds and some 2 year olds are entitled to 15 hours of free early education 38 weeks of the year. See www.gov.uk/free-early-education for details.

Ofsted Registration No: 307185   Registered Charity No: 520082

T: 0161 427 8208
T: 07909 770614
E:

United Reform Church,
Hollins Lane,
Marple Bridge.

Scout Association - Marple Contact:
Beavers - Tuesday
Cubs - Monday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
Scouts - Tuesday & Thursday
Ventures - Friday

Annual bonfire, fireworks and BBQ nearest Saturday to 5 November in Brabyns Park. 

Mr. M H Spreckley,
Scout HQ,
Memorial Park,
Stockport.

427 2598

Scout Assoc. - Mellor & Marple Bridge Contact:
Beavers (4.45 pm) - (Mellor HQ) - Monday
Cubs (8-11) -  (Mellor HQ) - Wednesday (6.45 pm)
Scouts (11-14) - (Mellor HQ) - Wednesday (6.45 pm)
Contact Mr. A. Burton
 Scout HQ
Moorend Road
Mellor
Tel 427 2863
Email
Sensory Stars Contact:
Sensory Stars - Join us for fun interactive sensory sessions. Activities include lights, messy play, textures, treasure baskets...different themes each week, with a super Glow & Lights session as well! 

Sessions run in blocks of 5 and cost £15 and are for babies aged from 3 - 12 months

Sessions are held at Marple Children's Centre, Fridays @ 10am - 10.45am

For more information please email Laura at
St Paul's Compstall Church Baby & Toddler Group Contact:
St Paul's Compstall Church Baby and Toddler group is held on Monday afternoons 1.15 - 2.45 in the Sunday School hall (term time only). There is a craft table, paint or play dough, jigsaws, role play areas and other toys for the children to choose from. There is also a soft mat area with toys for babies.

£1.30 for adult with one child, £1.50 for two children or more.

Tea/juice and biscuits included.

Contact: Lisa on 0161 427 7829

St Paul's Church
Compstall Brow
Stockport
SK6 5HU

Story Time at Marple Library Contact:
Term time only on Tuesdays 2pm - 2.30pm

Marple Library.

Contact: 0161 217 6009
Toddler Group "Coffee Break" Contact:
Tuesdays (term time only) 9.15am-11.15am approx. We ask for £1.50 per adult.

Pre-school children are welcome here. Children can play with assortment of toys, playdoh, jigsaws, books, games etc. There are soft toys for babies and play mats.

We sing with the children which is followed by refreshments (tea, coffee and fruit loaf/biscuits for adults, drinks, fruit and biscuits for kids). After this we do some craft.

Evangelical Church,
Queen Street,
Marple.

Alexandra Hall tel. 07521 094 282
Email

 Toddler Group Contact:
Term time only on Tuesdays 9.30am - 11am. 

Marple Methodist Church, Church Lane.

£2 per family.

Contact: Anne - 0161 449 9088
 Toddler and Baby Group Contact:
Brookside Primary School, High Lane on Wednesdays in Term time only 9.15am - 11am.

£2 for one adult and child, £1 per extra child, price includes a snack.

Contact: 01663 308 008
 Toddler Group Contact:
At All Saints Church, Marple on Wednesdays in Term time only 1.30pm-3.00pm.

£1.50 per family. Drinks and biscuits plus singing for the children.

All Saints Church, Marple.
Totally Kids Pre-School Circuits Contact:
Watch your little one grow in physical confidence! Mini action stations and gymnastic skills to challenge your child's movement, recognition and balance skills. Structured classes guided by exercise professionals in a fun and friendly environment. Try for free.

Held each Thursday at Marple Cricket & Squash Club,
Bowden Lane, SK6 6ND
9.30-10.00: Assisted walking to age 2 - £2 per session
10.15-10.45:  2 to 3 year olds - £3.00 per session

Naomi Fulwood / Vicky Owen (Instructors)

0772 4887772 0r 0161 6886281

   

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