Grow in Tameside online

Arts & Education

CHILDREN missing their baby and toddler groups are delighting in seeing their favourite Early Years workers online.

Tameside Council's Early Years team have been posting daily rhyme time and story time videos on their popular 'Grow in Tameside' Facebook page.

Mums have left heart-warming messages in response of how their little ones have been laughing, dancing and clapping along and how their faces have lit up at the sight of their favourite teachers.

And other creative ideas have also been shared to help parents entertain and educate their children. These include making 'Treasure Baskets' for babies to explore and 'Dough Disco', a fun activity that combines the use of play dough with a series of hand and finger exercises that improve fine muscle control, dexterity and hand-eye co-ordination.

The videos have received thousands of views and many lovely messages, and even photos showing tots and toddlers enjoying the activities.

There's also a range of information and advice to support parents during the Coronavirus restrictions. All the videos and details can be found at

Our Parenting Team has also set up a Parenting Helpline for anyone needing support, advice or guidance or to share worries or concerns. The numbers and times to call can be found at or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Cllr Leanne Feeley, Tameside Council Executive Member for Lifelong Learning, said: "This is a great example of how our staff are working differently to deliver services. The Early Years team have created some brilliant videos, from sharing stories and rhymes to creative activities, which have proved extremely popular online.

"And it's wonderful to hear how much joy they're giving children across the borough. Please keep your feedback coming as it helps brighten everyone's day to know how well they're received."

There are lots of parenting information, tips and advice on our parent resources web page to use whilst staying in at home with your children. Visit

And a dedicated web page has also been created for young people to find activities and help whilst stuck at home. Visit

For further information on the local response to coronavirus, local service changes and public health advice please visit our website at