Flying Start Groups / Services2024-07-18T09:41:34+00:00

Flying Start Luton Timetable

Please note that our services are for LUTON residents only- those in Central Bedfordshire/surrounding areas, even if close, cannot be given priority booking/space

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Please click here to view our full Flying Start Services BOOKING POLICY 2024

  • Please note:
    • *BOOKING is required for most groups to guarantee a place. ‘(Drop in)’ means you do not need to book but there is risk of being turned away once the room is full for Health and Safety reasons
      • DROP IN groups include: Baby Weighing, Breastfeeding Café, Early Days Postnatal Group, Parent Chat, Red Cross group and Dads Group
    • Most sessions in a centre are £2 charge (Except Bush Babies which is £3 due to venue hire/ snack and Farley Little Explorers and St Francis Mini Movers at £1.50 as shorter session).
      • FREE groups include: Antenatal classes, Zoom workshops, Baby Weighing, Breastfeeding Café, Early Days Postnatal Group, Parent Chat, Red Cross group and Dads Group
    • Sessions are subject to change depending on staffing- please follow our Facebook page for the latest and call/email to confirm
    • If you would like to book for following week’s session after you’ve attended a group, please email flyingstart@eyalliance.org.uk or call 01582 368245 to book a space if available. We do not allow advance booking for multiple weeks of any activity sessions. In addition, to enable as many families as possible the chance to participate in our sessions at least once a week, we will only accept each family to advance book a maximum of two similar groups each week
    • You can click on the pink titles for more info and/or to book directly for certain groups on our online booking system (only Dad’s group, Antenatal Groups and Special Events at present)

Timetable Colour Key:

PINK: Foxcubs YELLOW: Park Town GREEN: Pastures Way PURPLE: Hockwell Ring ORANGE: CYCD BLUE: Online on ZOOM WHITE: Other venues!

Monday

Play and Learn*

for under 8s

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

BOOKING REQUIRED

TUESDAY

Baby Weighing (Drop In)

for under 2 years

Time: 9am to 10.30am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every week

Wednesday

Sensory Play*

for non-walkers over 3 months

Time: 10am to 11am (open from 9.30am)

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

Every week

BOOKING REQUIRED

THURSDAY

Baby Weighing (Drop in)

for under 2 years

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

FRIDAY

Breastfeeding Café (Drop in)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ Pastures– LU4 0PE

Every week

SATURDAY

Birth and Baby Stuff 1 Day Course*

for pregnant women from 28 weeks and partners

Date: 17 August

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

@ Chaul End Community Centre (LU4 8QN)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Breastfeeding Café (Drop in)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 9.15am to 10.45am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every week

Seaside Fun Summer Session*

for under 8s

Time: 10am to 12pm

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

Date: 31 July

BOOKING REQUIRED

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of under 4 months

Time: 9.30am to 10.10am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

Baby Weighing (Drop in)

for under 2s

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ Pastures– LU4 0PE

Every week

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of under 4 months

Time: 9.15am to 10.45am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every week

Volunteer Drop-In Info Day

Connect with your community- come
along to find out about opportunities
to volunteer with Flying Start

@Park Town– LU1 3DU

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Date: 21 August

Breastfeeding Café (Drop in)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

Early Days (Drop in) for parents of under 4 months

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ Pastures– LU4 0PE

Every week

Fun in the Jungle Summer Session*

for under 8s

Time: 10am to 1pm

@ Stockwood Park- London Road, LU1 4LX

Date: 20 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Parenting Workshops on Zoom*

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

24/7- Starting Solids (3-6 months)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Sensory Play*

for non-walkers over 3 months

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am (open from 9am)

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 18/7)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Baby Rhyme and Sign*

for parents of non walkers over 3 months

Time: 10am to 10.45am (open from 9.30am)

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

BOOKING REQUIRED

Pregnancy Club* (HYBRID)

for pregnant women

Date: 30 July, 27 August

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE (AND ON ZOOM)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Bush Babies*

for under 5s

Time: 10am to 11.30am

@ Bushmead Hub– LU2 7SF

Every week (except Half Term and Holidays +18/7)

BOOKING REQUIRED

£3 for this group

Baby Weighing (Drop In)

for under 2 years

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Immunisation Catch-up Clinic (Drop in)

for children from 15 months to 5 years

Date: 8 Aug, 5 Sept

Time: 1pm to 3.30pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Breastfeeding Café (Drop In)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Baby Massage 5 Wk Course (£10 per Family)*

for parents of 6 weeks to 6 months

Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm

@ Foxcubs– LU1 1TZ

Starting 25 July to 22 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of under 4 months

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Keeping Baby Safe* ZOOM

For pregnant people and parents of up to 3 months

Time: 5pm to 7.30pm

Date: 15 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Keeping Baby Safe* ZOOM

For pregnant people and parents of up to 3 months

Time: 5pm-7.30pm

Date: 30 July

BOOKING REQUIRED

Birth and Baby Stuff 3 Week Course*

for pregnant women from 28 weeks and partners

Date: 6 to 20 August

Time: 5pm to 7pm (3pm to 5pm on week 3)

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

BOOKING REQUIRED

MONDAY

Sensory Play for under 1s*

for non walkers over 3 months

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am (open from 9am)

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Baby Weighing (Drop in)

for under 2s

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

Breastfeeding Café (Drop in)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 9.30am to 10.30am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of 0 to 4 months

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ St Francis– LU2 9JZ

Every week (except 4/7)

Immunisation Catch-Up Clinic (Drop in)

for children aged 15 months to 5 years

Date: 8 August and 5 September

Time: 1pm to 3.30pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Baby Weighing (Drop In)

for under 2 years

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Breastfeeding Café (Drop In)

for pregnant and breastfeeding parents

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of under 4 months

Time: 1pm to 3pm

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every week

Baby Massage 5 Wk Course (£10 per Family)*

for parents of 6 weeks to 6 months

Time: 1.30pm to 2.30pm

@ Foxcubs– LU1 1TZ

Starting 25 July to 22 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Baby Rhyme and Sign*

for non walkers over 3 months

Time: 10am to 10.45am (open from 9.30am)

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

Every Week

TUESDAY

Baby Weighing (Drop in)

for under 2s

Time: 9am to 10.30am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every Week

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of 0 to 4 months

Time: 9.15am to 10.45am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every Week

Fun in the Jungle Summer Session*

for under 8s

Time: 10am to 1pm

@ Stockwood Park- London Road, LU1 4LX

Date: 20 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Play and Learn*

for under 8s

Every Week

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

BOOKING REQUIRED

WEDNESDAY 

Sensory Play*

for non-walkers over 3 months

Time: 10am to 11am (open from 9.30am)

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

Every week

BOOKING REQUIRED

Seaside Fun Summer Session*

for under 8s

Time: 10am to 12pm

@ Park Town– LU1 3DU

Date: 31 July

BOOKING REQUIRED

Volunteer Drop-In Info Day

Connect with your community- come
along to find out about opportunities
to volunteer with Flying Start

@Park Town– LU1 3DU

Time: 1pm to 3pm

Date: 21 August

Breastfeeding Café (Drop in)

for pregnant parents-to-be and breastfeeding parents

Time: 9.15am to 10.45am

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE

Every week

Parent Workshops on Zoom*

Time: 1pm to 2.30pm

  • 24/7- Starting Solids (3-6 months)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Birth and Baby Stuff 3-Week Course*

for pregnant women over 28 weeks and partners

Time: 5pm to 7pm (3pm to 5pm on week 3)

@ Hockwell– LU4 9LB

6 to 20 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Pregnancy Club (HYBRID)

for pregnant women

Date: 30 July, 27 August

Time: 12.30pm to 1.30pm

@ Farley Community Centre– LU1 5RE (AND ON ZOOM)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Fun in the Jungle Summer Session*

for under 8s

Time: 10am to 1pm

@ Stockwood Park- London Road, LU1 4LX

Date: 20 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

Birth and Baby Stuff 1 Day Course*

for pregnant women from 28 weeks and partners

Date: 17 August

Time: 9.30am to 3.30pm

@ Chaul End Community Centre (LU4 8QN)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Bush Babies* *£3 charge*

for under 5s

Time: 10am to 11.30am

Every week (except Half Term and Holidays and 4/7)

BOOKING REQUIRED

Keeping Baby Safe* ZOOM

For pregnant people and parents of up to 3 months

Time: 5pm to 7.30pm

Date: 15 August

BOOKING REQUIRED

THURSDAY

FRIDAY

Keeping Baby Safe* ZOOM

For pregnant people and parents of up to 3 months

Time: 5pm-7.30pm

Date: 30 July

BOOKING REQUIRED

Breastfeeding Café and Baby Weighing (Drop in)

for pregnant parents-to-be, breastfeeding parents and parents with under 2s (weighing)

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ Pastures Way– LU4 0PE

Every Week

Early Days (Drop in)

for parents of 0 to 4 months

Time: 9.30am to 11.30am

@ Pastures Way – LU4 0PE

Every Week

SATURDAY

* = Booking Required

Venue addresses:

  • Park Town Family Hub, Bailey Street (LU1 3DU)
  • Flying Start Family Hub in Foxcubs Nursery, Runley Road (LU1 1TZ)
  • Flying Start Family Hub in Pastures Way Nursery, Pastures Way (LU4 0PE)
  • Hockwell Ring Community Centre and Family Hub, Mayne Ave (LU4 9LB)
  • Farley Community Centre on Delphine Close (LU1 5RE)
  • CYCD, 94-106 Leagrave Road (LU4 8HZ)
  • St Francis Church, Carteret Road (LU2 9JZ)
  • Chaul End Community Centre, 515 Dunstable Road (LU4 8QN)
  • Bushmead Hub, Hancock Drive (LU2 7SF)
  • Chantry Primary School Community Hub Building, Wedgewood Road (LU4 0RH)
  • The Olive Tree Church, 42 – 46 Blenheim Crescent (LU3 1HB)
  • Whipperley Infant Academy, Whipperley Ring (LU1 5QY)
  • Stopsley Community Primary School, Hitchin Road, Stopsley (LU2 7UG)
  • Red Cross, 232 Dunstable Road (LU4 8JL)
  • Bramingham Primary School, Freeman Avenue (LU3 4BL)

Booking:

As well as emailing flyingstart@eyalliance.org.uk or calling 01582 368245 to book, you can also submit a parent group enquiry here

Professionals can also refer families they are working with via our online referral form here

An outline of all the services can be found below:

EXTRA: Solihull Online (e-courses for parents of children 0 to 18, including those with SEND) Visit: www.inourplace.co.uk using Access Code: HATTERS

Pregnancy Groups/ Services

Pregnancy Club *Women only* (Hybrid- any stage) Women at any stage of pregnancy are able to join others for this monthly hour-long group which has a Midwife and Guest Speaker available for questions/answers. It aims to support a healthy pregnancy with advice on nutrition, physical activity and emotional wellbeing. You can join from home on zoom or come in person. It runs on the Last Tuesday of the Month from 12.30pm to 1.30pm on Zoom and at Farley Community Centre- booking required.

Bump, Birth and Baby stuff (over 28 weeks- partners welcome): This later pregnancy programme is for first time parents to be in the third trimester of pregnancy. The programme is delivered in person and will support you with key information around labour and birth and caring for your new-born baby, as well as providing a great opportunity to meet other parents to be. Delivered in partnership by midwives, health visitors and family workers the programme will cover labour and birth information, responsive feeding, baby’s brain development, looking after yourself and your baby. The programme runs as a 3 week course or a one day course.

  • Feedback: “All 3 sessions I felt like I had learnt something. I also had the chance to exchange numbers with some other parents, which was important to me. Staff were very friendly and I felt I could ask questions.”

Keeping Baby Safe Zoom Workshop (any stage- partners welcome): What every pregnant or new parent needs to know in order to keep baby safe – offered as a 2 and a half hour online zoom group session with Safe at Home

  • Feedback: “The session was very informative and helpful for me, especially for choosing baby products. I have realised the things I thought would be safe are not safe and even bring danger to my baby. Also learned about co sleeping and bed sharing tips. Thanks for a wonderful session”

Managing Healthy Relationships Workshop (any stage- partners welcome): This workshop aims to help parents to identify how disagreements start, identify how disagreements impact themselves and their children, identify helpful and harmful behaviours during arguments and log in to One Plus One online training

Baby Groups/Services (In Person)

Baby Massage 5- Week Course (£10) for under 6 months: Massaging your baby provides a wonderful opportunity for expressing your love, whilst meeting the need for touch and affection that is so essential for the healthy development of your baby. The benefits for your baby are: helping baby to feel securely attached, reduced crying and emotional distress, increased levels of relaxation, development of body awareness, relief from wind, colic and constipation. The benefits for you: Feeling closer to your baby, an increased understanding of your baby, feeling the relaxed benefits of giving your baby nurturing touch. The benefits of attending a class: Enjoy focused time with your baby, the opportunity to socialise in a welcoming and supportive environment and have fun whilst learning a life-long skill. Our relaxed classes include time for informal parent discussion. Massage strokes are reviewed each week and handouts are given as a reminder.

Early Days Group: for parents in the fourth trimester (from birth to 4 months) to join an informal and relaxed group for new parents with Flying Start staff on hand if you want any information or advice.

  • Feedback: “It’s an opportunity to get my baby out and around others. There is also an opportunity to have great discussions and learn new things about parenting. For example, weaning ect. As a first time parent, it a constant learning journey and it’s great to see we’re all in the same boat.”

Sensory Play: (for parents of non-walkers over 3 months as mat-based activity) This weekly hour-long face to face group encourages quality time for parents and baby- exploring various objects and using various senses

  • Feedback: “All the staff are lovely and very supportive. They also engage well with all babies and ensure that they enjoy the session.”

Parent Baby Self- Weighing: (for parents of under 2 years) Opportunity to self-weigh your baby on our scales. Please note this is not a health visitor clinic, a member of staff will be on hand to show you how to use the scales and how you can record your baby’s weight, however if you have any health concerns about your baby please contact the duty Health Visitor on 0300 555 0606 or text parentline 07505331866 and they will be able to help.

Baby Rhyme and Sign: (for parents of non-walkers over 3 months) Nursery rhymes and action songs are great fun and also help stimulate language development. Flying Start’s Sing and sign group combines the benefits of both music and signing.

Breastfeeding Café: Support for mothers breastfeeding. In addition to the 3 Breastfeeding Cafes in Luton shown on our timetable, Bedford/Central Bedfordshire have Baby Brasseries you are welcome to, find out more here

Toddler/Preschool Groups/Services

Little Explorers for new walkers under 2– ideal for toddlers on the move who would find larger Play and Learn groups too busy

Play and Learn: Our play and learn (stay and play) sessions are opportunities for parents/carers to come along and meet other people with young children. A variety of age appropriate activities are available, such as messy play, soft play, stories and rhymes and lots more!

  • Feedback: “The staff are always friendly, asking about our children, sometimes play with kids showing their interest, even giving advice”

Mini Movers: A physical fun group with music and instruments for confident walkers over 1

Parent Chat Drop in: For parents of children under 5 years old. Our friendly Community Link Worker will be available to tell you about Flying Start sessions as well as to answer any questions you have about parenting topics such as developmental milestones, age-appropriate behaviour and family relationships. They can also signpost you to other Luton services as appropriate. No need to book as a drop in with 10 minute one to one slots available.

Zoom sessions for parents on Starting Solids, Sleep, Toileting, Fussy Eating, Oral Health, Childhood Illnesses and Understanding Behaviour: These workshops will be in a relaxed style- giving a great opportunity for parents to talk with others, share experiences, and support each other whilst getting some parenting support and advice. *NEW- VIDEO VERSIONS TO WATCH IN YOUR OWN TIME-!*

  • Feedback: “Thank you again for all your help! I’m always learning something new and really encourages me to stay on track to be a healthy mama and good role model”

HENRY Healthy Lifestyles on Zoom: This 8/9 week programme supports parents in ensuring a healthy start for their child. Henry helps to overcome those mealtime challenges so parents can have a happy and healthy family life

  • Feedback: “I was able to share my experiences without judgement and also listen from other parents experiences. Being able to have group discussions was quite enjoyable We have increased level of physical activity by going out more often to the park etc. Also I have been making healthier lifestyle choices for myself and my family.”

Parenting Puzzle on Zoom: This 4/5 week programme supports parents of babies and young children with a focus on the importance of attachment, empathy, positive discipline, play and communication

  • Feedback: “Helped me by being about to speak in a group and take in everyone view point and learning new techniques”

Dad’s Saturday Group: Monthly group for fathers, grandfathers, stepfathers, uncles or brothers who would like to share some quality time with their child or relative under 8. Click here to book

The Early Years Alliance are also running sessions nationally (click on the name for more information/to book):

  • Baby and Me – 5 week zoom group focusing on topics such as brain development, sensory play, and positive mental health and keeping your baby safe.
  • Let’s learn together at home – These are one-off online events providing wellbeing and other advice. They support children’s return to, or introduction to, early education.
  • Family Corner – Various workshops for parents