Norbury playgroup was started by June Carlos in 1979,with a couple of helpers, the large dining room at the Rectory was filled with children, noise and toys. As there was not any early years provision in the area,we soon outgrew the Rectory and moved to Norbury hall.
The group changed from a playgroup where mums could leave their children to the present days mums and toddlers or just toddlers as most people call us.
We meet every Wednesday morning between 10am and 12 noon. Some mums can`t wait and arrive before we have put out all the toys others arrive for coffee at eleven. We are a drop-in centre for the Sure- start program,there is a notice board with loads of information and once a term one of “the team ” comes out to chat to parents.
Norbury Toddlers is unusual as it is run by a team of five women Anita Bright (playleader), Mary McGoldrick ,Trish Clark, Rachel Coles and Jo Evans, who turn up every week of term time, to put out all the toys and to prepare the teas and coffees, make birthday cakes, offer advice, sympathy and their time to both children and mums, dads, carers and grandparents. They all help us to put away the toys, the children really enjoy helping.
When the children first come to Toddlers they cling to mum and very few chat to us but they soon get more adventurous leaving mum just out of sight, the first stage of growing up in a safe and fun setting.
Norbury Toddlers is non profit making, we try to keep the admission charge low. Myndtown Parish Council and HarryTuffins both donate money to re-new the toys, for which we are very grateful .
We are all looking forward to our third move to the new village hall.