THE owner of a children's role-play centre has revealed a number of activities coming up to aid parents and guardians of children and toddlers in and around Romsey.

I Wanna Be Role Play Village in Abbotswood Road is holding several workshops through May to support and guide parents and carers of children from the age of nine months to pre-school age.

The sessions will consist of a children's behaviour workshop as well as baby and toddler workshops, all aimed at different parts of parenting and supporting parents with questions about how best to manage their children's needs.

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The play centre will be holding a two-hour workshop on managing children's behaviour with Kari Ann Roberts on Wednesday, May 22 from 7.15pm until 9.30pm.

Hampshire Chronicle: I Wanna Be Role Play Village in Abbotswood RoadI Wanna Be Role Play Village in Abbotswood Road (Image: Katie Betteridge)


This workshop aims to provide parents, guardians, and caregivers with practical strategies and tools to effectively manage children’s behaviour and promote a positive home environment.

The session will start with a workshop focused on managing children’s behaviour with 45 minutes for an open parenting surgery.

The topics covered will include understanding children’s Behaviour, effective communication and connection, positive discipline strategies, and navigating challenging behaviours. The session will also provide an opportunity for participants to ask specific questions and receive personalised advice.

On top of the behavioural sessions, the centre will have staff from Barnardo's holding workshops to give help and advice to parents of babies and toddlers.

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On Monday, May 13 from 9.30am to 11.30am, a school readiness workshop will be available to parents of children aged three to five years. The one-off session will help the whole family to prepare and adjust to school life. Based on the Five to Thrive approach, along with the Ready Child, Ready Family, Ready School model, you will explore and discover what it really means to be school ready.

The centre will also be holding a SEND session on Wednesday, May 22 from 12.30pm to 2.30pm, where a reduced number of people will be let into the centre to help make the children feel comfortable. The aim is to encourage anyone and everyone to enjoy fun activities and socialise in a safe and welcoming environment.

This will be supported by a SEND haircut session being held on Thursday, May 16.

On Friday, May 24 a session will be aimed at parents with babies and non walkers, to provide an opportunity to sit together and chat with others about the ups and downs of parenthood.

The final session of the month will be a toddler talk workshop held on Thursday, May 30, where parents will discover how children’s speech and language develop and give parents and guardians different ideas of how you can support your child.

The play centre will also host Naomi from Catching Little Dreams, who visits once a month to chat to customers about problems they have with their children's sleep.

I Wanna Be Role Play Village owner, Katie Betteridge said: "Here at I Wanna Be, we look after the children but now its time to help the adults. 

"According to a recent survey of our customers, we have identified the areas that parents/careers would like help with most and our aim is to support as much as we can. 

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