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The Elgin Centre

Icon For Parking Parking Free parking
Icon For Accessibility Accessibility Wheelchair accessible
Icon For Facilities Facilities Toilets, baby changing and changing facilities
Icon For Rooms Rooms Meeting and function rooms
Icon For Sports and games Sports and games Indoor sports hall and outdoor multi-use games area
Icon For Community area Community area Elgin Community Kitchen

Deckham Children's Centre is based within the Elgin Centre which is directly next door to Carr Hill Primary School. The Centre is the home of Gateshead's Children's Centre and Play Service staff and volunteer team.

View Deckham Children's Centre Ofsted report

Other services at Elgin Centre

The Nest Cafe is open Monday to friday from 9am to 3pm.

Andy's Man Club is a free to attend peer to peer support group for men aged over 18. The group meets on a Monday night at 7pm. You can link to the Andy's Man Club facebook page

If you are in urgent need of support please contact Samaritans on 116 123. 

Booking Information

Booking lines now open. Telephone 0191 433 6310

Day

Time

Group

Description

Ages

Monday9.30-11amPlay TimeProvides an opportunity for children and their parents/carers to enjoy some Play Time. The sessions include baby toys, farm yard/zoo animals, songs, stories, rhymes, crafts and messy play.Birth to 5 Years
Monday9.30am-4.15pmSensory Room

Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children to play while supporting the development of their senses.  Our sensory rooms are equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment.  Booking is essential. 

Birth to 5 years

Monday

1.30‑3pm

First Words Together

First Words Together is a 5 week course providing parents/carers and children the opportunity to enjoy rhymes, stories and games. The activities help baby or toddler learn to talk and provide parents/carers with ideas for supporting communication.

Booking is essential.

Tuesday9.30-11.30Portage GroupThe Gateshead Portage Service works closely with multi-agency partners to deliver group work for babies, children and their families which can be accessed following discussions with Portage staff.  Groups include "Sunbeam" "Lets Start Learning" "Lets Start Moving" "Sensory Group" and "Splish Splash Communication Group"Under 5 Years
Tuesday9.30am-4.15pmSensory Room

Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children to play while supporting the development of their senses.  Our sensory rooms are equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment. Booking is essential. 

Birth to 5 years
Tuesday10 -12pm

Soft play and bouncy castle

£1.00 per child. (Height and age restrictions for bouncy castle). Term time only. Drop in session.For children under 5 years
Tuesday1-2.30pmWell Child Clinic - Stay and Play - Infant Feeding Group

Health advice including breastfeeding, hygiene, weaning, nutrition and safety.  Stay and Play also available at this clinic providing and opportunity for parents/carers and children to play before and after session with the Health Visitor.

Appointments only, to book please contact 03000031918, email Spoc.hdftgateshead@nhs.net or message via Facebook, Growing Healthy 0-19 Gateshead

Birth to 19 years
Wednesday9.30am-4.15pmSensory Room

Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children to play while supporting the development of their senses.  Our sensory rooms are equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment. Booking is essential. 

Birth to 5 years

Wednesday

9.30-11am

Toddler Time

Toddler Time provides an opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their toddlers. The sessions include songs, stories, rhymes, crafts and messy play. Activities delivered across the term help to support Childrens physical, social and emotional development as well as communication and language skills. Booking is essential.

1 to 3 years

Wednesday

12.30 -1.30pm

Baby Time

Baby Time provides an opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their baby. Experienced staff are on hand to offer advice and support to parents/carers and facilitate music, rhymes and sensory play. Booking is essential.

Birth to sitting

Wednesday1.45 - 2.45pmBaby TimeBaby Time provides an opportunity for parents/carers to spend quality time with their baby. Experienced staff are on hand to offer advice and support to parents/carers and facilitate music, rhymes and sensory play. Booking is essential.Sitting to crawling
Thursday9.30am-4.15pmSensory Room

Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children to play while supporting the development of their senses.  Our sensory rooms are equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment. Booking is essential. 

Birth to 5 Years
Thursday9.30-11.30amChildminder GroupA group of childminders to come together to share childminding experiences and support each other while the children play in a safe and stimulating environment.Birth to 5 years
Thursday10 - 12pmMum's TalkAre you pregnant? Are you a Mum or Dad with a baby under 2? Have you been worrying a lot, feeling more anxious or feeling down? Is life different to what you expected after having a baby? Do you have high expectations of yourself as a parent? Are you overwhelmed with all the changes and new challenges? Are you feeling tearful and isolated? Does your worry cause you to feel anxious? If you answered 'yes' to these questions, you're not alone! These are very common thoughts and feelings and we can help.

New or expectant mothers will be prioritised for treatment.

For further information and booking please contact stsft.thecroft@nhs.net

 
Thursday10-10.45amLittle Movers

Fun class for walkers to 4 years and their parents/carers, lots of fun through singing, dance and play.

For further information on start dates and prices please contact Suzie gatesheadCE@littlemovers.net

Suitable from walking to 4 years
Thursday10.50am-11.35amBaby Movers

Fun class for babies from birth to crawling and their grownups. Introducing little ones to movement through the use of song, play and sensory props. Great way to meet other parents/carers. 

For further information on start dates and prices please contact Suzie gatesheadCE@littlemovers.net

Suitable from birth to crawling
Thursday1.15 - 2pmLullababy Step 2

Lullababy Step 2 is a weekly themed baby class which is linked to the EYFS (the curriculum for birth to 5 years old) It is carefully designed to stimulate, delight and promote your baby's development.  Every week is different as you and your baby will go down in the jungle, explore the secret garden, zoom into outer space, enjoy all the fun of the circus and so much more, as you bond and make precious memories together.

For further information on dates and how to book please contact Abi lullababy.abi@outlook.com

2 to 13 months
Thursday2.15 - 3pmLullababy Step 2

LullaBaby Step 2 is a weekly themed baby class which is linked to the EYFS (the curriculum for birth to 5 year olds). It is carefully designed to stimulate, delight and promote your baby's development. Every week is different as you and your baby will go down in the jungle, explore the secret garden, zoom into outer space, enjoy all the fun of the circus and so much more, as you bond and make precious memories together.

For further information on dates and how to book please contact Abi lullababy.abi@outlook.com

 
Friday9.30am-4.15pmSensory Room

Sensory rooms provide a safe place for children to play while supporting the development of their senses.  Our sensory rooms are equipped with music, lighting and specialist equipment. Booking is essential. 

Birth to 5 years
Friday 10 - 10.45am 

Crawlers and Walkers

 

Lullababy Crawlers and Walkers  is a weekly themed baby class for babies up to 24 months.  It is carefully designed to stimulate, delight and promote your baby's development.

For further information on dates and how to book please contact Abi lullababy.abi@outlook.com

Babies up to 24 months
Friday10-11.30amTrike Time

Try out a range of ride-ons, bikes and trikes. £1 per child. Term time only. Drop in Session.

For children under 5 years
Friday11.15am - 12pmStep 2 LullaBaby

LullaBaby Step 2 is a weekly themed baby class which is linked to the EYFS (the curriculum for birth to 5 year olds). It is carefully designed to stimulate, delight and promote your baby's development. Every week is different as you and your baby will go down in the jungle, explore the secret garden, zoom into outer space, enjoy all the fun of the circus and so much more, as you bond and make precious memories together.

For further information on dates and how to book please contact Abi lullababy.abi@outlook.com

From 2 months  to 13 months 
Friday1pm-2pmStep 1 LullaBaby

 LullaBaby Step 1 is a baby class covering, Baby Massage, Baby Yoga, Paediatric First Aid, Sensory Play and so much more. The 5 week course is designed for our youngest babies and their caregivers. The course is relaxed, where you are free to tend to your baby's needs, as well as ask questions, share ideas and discuss areas of interest. The focus of the course is to teach you a variety of skills which will promote bonding, attachment and your baby's development. 

For further information on dates and how to book please contact Abi lullababy.abi@outlook.com

Birth to 5 months

Friday

1.30‑3pm

Sensory Kidz

An Introduction to Children's Centres for families with children who have Special Educational Needs and Disabilities
A welcoming space for families to come together
Play and sensory activities for the children delivered by experienced staff
Parenting support, advice and signposting

Birth to 5 years

Opening hours
Monday to Thursday, 9am to 5pm
Friday, 9am to 4.30pm
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