So what is the pod? The pod is the new name for our toddler group. Why the pod? It is a bit random but it links back to the saying of peas in a pod as in people who either look alike or are very similar. We wanted the name to be inclusive of the babies we have and the name toddlers had people questioning if babies were able to come along. Although I am very aware that most of our regulars including myself will be calling it toddlers for a while until we get used to the new name! You may have guessed that we are a group for 0-5 year olds and their carers. We have mum's, dad's, grandparent's, childminders and foster carers at our group everyone is welcome those of faith and those of none, including pregnant women if you wish to get to know us before your baby is born.

We meet every Tuesday morning in term time. There are lots of toys to play with and things to do. Now the churches building work is done we will have an extra room for jigsaws, drawing and crafts. The theme for our crafts this term is creation and we will be turning them into a hanging mobile. We shall also be claiming our outside area back from the builders, so the sand, bikes and slide shall be dusted off and some new equipment  has been bought.

We charge just £1.50 a session and you can come and try the group for the first time for free. This includes a tea or coffee for the grown ups, water for the children biscuits and fruit. We end with a time of singing, look out for some new songs this term.

But don't just take it from me here is what some others think:

"Feels like family, seeing friendly welcoming people" - Ros, parent and helper.

"At Portswood Toddlers, I appreciate the friendly atmosphere, the warm the welcome as you arrive and how you feel like you can chat to anyone. I like the fact that you can arrive at any time, and just come on the weeks that suit you. It's a great place to meet parents and carers from different backgrounds. There's a variety of activities for different ages; having the baby area meant I could take Jasmine when she was very small, but she could also watch older children and play with them as she got a bit bigger, as well as having activities all together like the singing time. " -  Jo parent.