In none COVID-19 times the Little Fishes Toddler Group happens on Monday mornings, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m in Ashby school's term time, in the St Helen's Community Heritage Centre (4 Churchyard, South St, Ashby de la Zouch LE65 1AA) which is across the churchyard from the church. There is plenty of indoor 'parking' for buggies, pushchairs and prams.
It is a free event for parents, grandparents, carers with pre-school children, and includes stories, Bible stories and fun craft activities. There is a healthy snack and juice for the toddlers, teas, coffees and biscuits to the adults.
BUT at the moment things are different. During 'Lockdown' Caroline began posting a video of a story and four songs on the Little Fishes Facebook page each Monday morning, and we're continuing with that.
The Little Fishes team has been talking about how and when we would be able to welcome everyone back. Currently the Church of England have said that we shouldn’t proceed with ‘stay and play’ gatherings because they can’t easily be run in Covid-secure ways. We are to wait for further guidance before proceeding. This is very disappointing for us all but everyone’s health is a priority.
Looking forward a few months we have Christmas to think about (sorry!) and this will inevitably mean some changes to how we would ordinarily do things. The service for Christingle is one of the most popular for families and we plan for it to go ahead but by Zoom. More details will follow but a date and time for your diaries should be December 13th at 4pm. We hope that it will still be a fun time and that we can retain some of the important parts of the service. Watch this space.
We also appreciate that sometimes Little Fishes is important for our parents to spend time with other adults! We would like to offer a social zoom call for parents/carers starting on Tuesday 6th October from 8pm – 9pm. If there is an appetite for this we will look to offer it monthly.
In the meantime please stay in touch with us – we love to hear what you’re all up to – and we look forward to when we can meet in person again.
Finally, if you know of other parents who are not on Facebook but would regularly attend Little Fishes please let them know of our plans.
Our motto is still - Play, Learn and Grow Together!