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Support groups

Activities for Parents and children aged 0-5

These activities help promote the development of communication by:

  • supporting children and their families/carers at groups and advice sessions
  • identifying any speech language and communication needs (SLCN) early on at these groups in order to provide timely and appropriate ideas to meet the needs of individual children

Groups are delivered by staff with an Early Years qualification of NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent).

Play and learn sessions

  • Baby Massage
  • Little Rhyme Makers
  • Let’s Get Moving
  • Look, Listen & Play
  • HENRY – Parenting Programme
  • HENRY Starting / Weaning Solids
  • HENRY Eat Well for Less Workshops
  • HENRY – Peer Support Group
  • Play & Communication Advice Sessions

To view and book, please visit our events listings page

Play and Communication programme - September 2021 to March 2022 (PDF, 980KB)

Fairtrade chocolate scented Playdough

Equipment needed:

  • 2 cups of plain flour                                                

  • half a cup of salt

  • half a cup of cocoa powder (preferably Fairtrade for Fairtrade fortnight).

  • 1 to 1 and a half cups of water

  • 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil


St David’s Day daffodil

Equipment needed:

  • egg box

  • orange paint

  • yellow card

  • glue

  • green lolly stick / rolled up green paper/ or white paper coloured in green



Mother’s Day card

Equipment needed:

  • different colours of paint   

  • paint brush

  • card or paper


St Patrick’s Day shamrock

Equipment needed:

  • card or paper

  • scissors 

  • green papers / materials or green pencils, paint, crayons or pencils


Holi Hindu Festival of Colour picture

Equipment needed:

  • paper 

  • bright paints

  • water to mix into paints

  • paintbrush / leaves


Easter egg suncatcher

Equipment needed:

  • different coloured tissue paper

  • glue

  • sticky back plastic

  • string/ribbon


    Speech and Language Therapy Service (SALT)

    The speech and language therapy (SALT) service for children in Barking and Dagenham works with parents, carers, early years practitioners, schools and other healthcare professionals to create a supportive environment and develop communication skills for children who are displaying:

    • voice disorders
    • stammering
    • hearing impairment
    • language delay and disorder
    • speech sound difficulties
    • eating, drinking and swallowing difficulties

    The service provides Play and Communication advice sessions.

    To book, please contact your local Children's Centre

    To find out more about the service please call 0300 300 1754 or email bdsalt.admin@nelft.nhs.uk

    Referrals are accepted from parents/guardians and healthcare, education and social care professionals. Referrals forms should be posted to Trinity School, Heathway, Dagenham, RM10 7SJ or emailed to nem-tr.BDTCSreferrals@nhs.net