Useful links, advice, support and groups
          Local groups  
Jiggy Wrigglers
A fun music and movement sessions which provides several learning opportunities while being able to socialise with other children and  families. 
Sessions: Session are up and running again from Wednesday 14th April 
  • Mixed age group 10am - 11pm 
  • Babies (Birth - 1) 11:20 - 12:05 
Location : Gamble Hall, St Helens 
Get in touch with Lorna at Jiggy Wrigglers
Find Jiggy Wrigglers West Lancashire  on facebook! 
https://www.jiggywrigglers.com/locations/jiggy-wrigglers-west-lancashire-st-helens/
Pilkington Recs Rugby Club  - St Helens 
We are very proud to say that St Mark's Preschool sponsors Pilks Recs rugby club. We feel like groups like this are great for our community! Pilks give all children at different age ranges the opportunity to be active, have fun and socialise with other peers and adults and while learning a new sport and skill. 
Sessions : 
  • Cubs - Every Thursday 5:30
 
New players welcome!
Cubs rugby is aimed at 4 - 6 year olds learning the basics of rugby in a fun environment. 
Contact :
Call : 07931793826 
https://www.pilkingtonrecs.org/
Diddikicks 
Diddikicks is a football group that promotes development beyond football, the groups are suitable for children  age 18 months up to 5 year olds. 
Sessions - 
  • Dids (18months - 2.5 Years) 9.10 am - 9.55am or 10.05 am - 10:50am. 
  • Mids (2.5 Years - 3.5 Years) 11:00am - 11:45 am 
  • Bigs (3.5 Years - 5 Years) 11:55am - 12:40 pm 
Location :
St Helens Carr Mill
Park Farm ACYP Centre
Contact : 
Call : 0161 300 4665
Email: info@diddikicks.co.uk
https://diddikicks.co.uk/classes.php
Baby Ballet 
Providing dance classes for children aged from 6 months up to 6 years.
 
Sessions:
  • Tinies 18 months - 3 years 
    Monday's 10:am  
  • Movers 3 + 4 years 
     Monday's 10 : am 

 Located: St Johns Community Centre (Crossley Road, Thatto Heath WA10)
Contact : 
https://babyballet.co.uk/babyballet-school/liverpool-central-st-helens/
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 Local Libraries / Opening Times : 
Due to some local libraries being currently closed, the libaraies team are running weekly online sessions that you can watch through their facebook page!
Facebook live sessions: 
Mondays (alternative weeks) :
  • Read and Rhyme at 10am
  • Bed time story at 6:30pm 
 
Tuesdays 
Stay at home and read (aimed at adults)
Wednesdays (1st Wednesday of the month)
Quiz (aimed for adults)
Wednesdays at 4:30 pm 
Plugged in (homework - aimed for children 7+)
Thursdays 6:30 
Wheres my book? (aimed at children at teens and young adults) 
click the link below to find local library opening times ...
 

Local Swimming centres 

Par Swimming + Fitness 

Queens Park Health - Fitness

Children Centres 
The centres remain closed to the public but we're still engaging with our families through virtual sessions and activities - follow their facebook page for timetables and to book a place! 
 
Currently facilitating a 'family tea-time' at our Parr and Thatto Heath centres:​
  • Complimentary jacket potatoes and filling (take-away only)

 Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 3.30pm-5pm

Pre-book by private messaging us on Facebook or ringing either Parr (01744 671788) or Thatto Heath (01744 673444).

Click the button below to find your local children's centre and see what they have to offer ... 

Tips / Advice 

Toilet Training

First of all .. is your child ready for toilet training? 

It is really important that you wait until your child is ready for toilet training, they will show you that they are ready by showing you certain signs, these signs include .... 

  • Your child wanting to wear underpants/nickers 

  • Your child telling you they have had a wee or a poo and want to be changed 

  • Your child telling you they need a wee or a poo 

  • Your child showing interest in using the toilet/potty 

 How to start toilet training 

  • Dress for training - we want to encourage the children to be independent this is by pulling their pants/knickers/underpants  up and down themselves. 

     Tips -

  1. Put your child is loose trousers, shorts or leggings. 

  2. Try to allow your child to wear dresses/skirts or pants that have an elastic waists 

  3. Use pull ups not nappies! 

  • Routine - Ensure all parents, grandparents, childcare providers are all following the same routine for the child as this will help the child feel more confident and supported.

  • Keep your child motivated - introduce rewards to get your child excited to use the potty this could be doing a fun dance or a sticker. 

  • Normalise the potty - When your child is first starting, encourage them to use the potty regularly. Your child may just sit on the potty as you chat away to them, this is great as it will get them familiar with it.  

  • Accidents - accidents will occur so don't panic! This will allow your child to become aware of the wet and dry feeling.  

  • Outside the house - Your child may not be fully ready and confident to attend the toilet away from their home setting or you may be worried that your child may have an accident went out and about. While your child is still learning why not put a pull up on? Place either the knickers or underpants on first then put the pull up on over them.  This way your child won't have a wet accident in their pants but will still be able to feel the wet feeling noticing they have had a wee.

Reminder, these are general tips and advice but every child is different and will learn at their own pace! If your child attends with us here at St Mark's Preschool then please speak to your child's key worker for some more support and advice. Don't forget we also have our toilet training topic bag that you can take home!