Party time!

party gameWell it’s that time of year when the normal routine ends and the parties begin.

It’s a busy week with two Range clubs parties with over 60 children and a trip to the panto, plus the Playroom party for families on Tuesday 18th.  We’re very lucky that Santa has promised to be there and is wrapping the presents right now!  The fridge if full of tasty party food, the tree is sparkling and there will even be a grotto and perhaps an elf or two.

Our adult groups finish on Friday 14th so the Health Group celebrated with some entertaining party games – we all know that laughter is the best medicine.

To welcome in the new year, come along to our Family Centre Open Day, on Tuesday 15th January, 10.30 – 1.30pm to find out about what we do and how you can get involved – there’ll be soup and cakes to sample too.  No need to book just drop in, call Tansy on 01506 857158 if you’d like to know more.

Play Works – A Scottish Conference on Play

3 boys in a bathWe are delighted to announce that we will be hosting a Play Conference on Saturday 23rd March 2013. Our confirmed key note speaker for the event will be Perry Else (theorist behind the Play Cycle). This conference is funded in partnership with West Lothian Council and will be free to those working with children in West Lothian. For more up to date info and comments please visit our conference facebook page at here

We are officially the Best Play Experience 2012!

nancy ovens award

Those of you who don’t know, we were nominated for The Nancy Ovens Trust Award for Play ‘Best Play Experience 2012’ and guess what? We only went and won it. Wooohooo Best Play experience in Scotland 2012. Get in.
We are not lying – go see for yourself:
You can also read the article in the December issue of the Children in Scotland magazine here.

Announcing our AGM

AGM 2011It’s that time of year again – the annual report has been lovingly prepared, the accounts carefully compiled and the invitations sent out for our Annual General Meeting.  This is a public event and anyone using our services or who has an interest in our work is welcome to attend. 

It will take place on Tuesday 9th October at 7pm, in Unit 2, Kirkhill business Units, Park Court, which is just round the corner from the Family Centre.  If you’d like to come, please email to let her know.

Mayfield Community House Date for your Diary!

Mayfield Community House is hosting The Big Breakfast in October.

On Thursday 4th October Mayfield Community House, in partnership with Together 4 Health are running the Big Breakfast from 7.30am to 9.30am. Come along with your children and try fresh fruit salads, yoghurt, cereal, bagels and there may even be porridge. Tea and coffee will be served and there will be plenty of toast to go with your drinks. There will be no charge for the breakfast and we look forward to seeing you, there will be a warm welcome whatever the weather.

Outdoor play experience extravaganza

Our pilot outdoor out of school care/play was a rip roaring success, with children from the age of 4 1/2 to 12 years participating in a truly outdoor experience.  The children who attended our outdoor playspace, did so from 9 a.m. and stayed untill 5 p.m. and while there they went about their business of play.  Highlights of the 2 days were gutting, boning, cooking and eating sea bass and rainbow trout, fire building, bread making, den building, tree swinging, tree net diving (please see our oosc facebook page for more on this) and general exploration.  Hopefully this will be the start of much more experiences like this for many more children.

What’s on for parents

wooden spoon prizeThe new Adult Programme is out now for the Autumn term at Broxburn Family Centre.

Our volunteers group, now known as the ‘Family Centre Squad’, organised a wee quiz to start the term off with some fun.  There were winners of course, as well as the inevitable booby prize for last place pictured here!  It’s amazing how competitive people get once you start asking the questions.

New groups for this term include a short course called Money Matters, where we have workshops on benefits and tax credits changes, energy bills, food waste and household budgeting.  There’s also a new ‘Get Cooking’ course starting after the October break.  All groups will start on Monday 3rd September – check our facebook page for regular news.

You can view the programme here or call Tansy or Simon on 01506 857158 for more information and to book places.

Play in print

photobooksParents at Mayfield Community House will soon be getting the chance to explore creative play with their children, when a new art project begins in September.

There will be play sessions with all kinds of arty stuff and some help for mums and dads to make sure they get some great photos.  Then we’ll be using online printing websites to make photobooks and canvas prints to show what we’ve been up to.  We’ll also be learning a bit about how and why children play and doing a bit of writing to go in the books, with the support of ABE worker Jenny.  The project ran at Broxburn Family Centre earlier this year – here’s one of the books which can be shared online too.

For more information contact Anne on 01501 733248

Don’t we look blaw

blawAs Manky Monday, Wet Wednesday and Freedom Friday are our popular days of our summer programme at the Range, we try to make our ”normal’ Tuesdays and Thursdays just as fun!

Like this fun photo?

You can recreate this wonderful look with a leaf blower and an eager and willing child. We had a great time with it and got some cracking photos. You can see these on our Range facebook page. See sometimes the simplest things are the best activities!

Tidying time

range cupboardNow the children have gone back to school it’s time for that most hated of tasks – tidying up.

After four weeks of manky, wet, energetic free play at the Range, there’s an awful lot of stuff to clean and put away.  The constant rain this summer has also meant that everything’s damp and muddy too so Playworker Alex has had her work cut out for her.  However, with the clubs starting again at the Range on the 10th September, she’s getting things in order and looking forward to welcoming those happy wee faces to play.

Parents – look out for new registration forms from school very soon!