Isle of Wight Family Centre Services

Activities for 0-5 Years: Family Play Sessions (led by volunteers)

What is a ‘Stay and Play’ group?

  • They are parent and child play sessions hosted at the various centres which allow children to use both inside and outside play facilities.
  • Some of the activities include: song time, stories, snack time, messy play. For children with additional needs the option for sensory play is available and encouraged.
  • Interaction is not just for children. Parents having the opportunity to speak to a range of agencies and centre staff who will drop in at regular intervals to offer additional information and support.


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What are the benefits?

  • Safe, creative fun for your child.
  • Stay and Plays can be a real opportunity for your child to develop socially and make more friends.
  • Parents/carers who attend can socialise, share experiences and feel more supported.
  • It is free! (However, donating £1 or fruit/healthy snack  is encouraged in some localities).

Who is it for?

For any children 0-5 years: Family Plays

For Children with additional needs: "Sparkles" (Previously known as 'C.A.N Do Play’, ‘Rainbow Club’, 'Sparkle Club', 'Kaleidoscope' )

For babies (0-12 months): Baby Play

For Parents who are 25 and under: 'Little Paws and Big Roars (West and Central Wight)' , 'M8ts Group (South Wight)'

When and Where?

Times can change and new groups are coming onto the timetable so please refer to the What's on Guides linked below. In addition, there is also a Community Guide of play sessions in the locality.

North East Wight Locality

What's on here?

Centres in this locality: Ryde Family Centre, East Cowes Family Centre

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South Wight Locality

What's on here?

Centres in this locality: Sandown Family Centre, Shanklin Family Centre, Ventnor Centre

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West and Central Wight Locality

What's on here?

Centres in this locality: West & Central Family Centre, Cowes Family Centre, East Newport Family Centre, West Wight Family Centre

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