Kids First events

Kids First organises a variety of different events which include workshops, meetings with local service providers, and social and family events.

Events for 2017


Wednesday 14 June, 10am to 2pm (lunch included)
Chaucer Centre, Room B, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
with Deborah Norman, Consultant Dietician

Practical advice on nutrition & diet which could improve your child’s behaviour, concentration, sleep & more…. If you have a specific issue you wish to discuss please advise when booking your place. Only 25 places available!

Aurora Centre, South Thames College, Merton Campus

Tuesday 27 June, 10am to 12pm
with Manager, Kelly Phillips

The Aurora Centre is a non-residential specialist centre offering bespoke educational opportunities for 16-25 year olds with autistic spectrum disorder & complex needs. The centre offers a curriculum tailored to an individual’s specific needs based around 3 key areas to develop independence – living, work & community. Find out more about the centre & the application process. Only 25 places available!

SEN update

Monday 3 July, 10am to 12pm
Chaucer Centre, Room J, Canterbury Road, Morden, SM4 6PX
with Karla Finikin, Merton’s Head of SEN & Disability (SENDIS)

An opportunity to discuss SEN issues. Topic to be arranged. Come along & ask your questions. Only 36 places available!

Autumn 2017

Mental Capacity, and Enduring Power of Attorney

Thursday 21 September, 10.15am to 12.45pm
Philip Warford, Managing Director of Renaissance Legal

If a person lacks the ability to make a decision then their mental capacity is questioned. Phil will explain the principles around mental capacity and what you need to consider. He will also talk about Powers of Attorney, the appointment of someone to make decisions on behalf of another person, and how they can be used.

First Aid: A basic course

Friday 29 September, 9.30am to 12.30pm
Lucy Kiddle, Freelance First Aid Trainer

A basic First Aid course covering: CPR; recovery position; choking; bleeding and burns.

SEN update

Tuesday 12 October, 10am to 12 noon
with Karla Finikin, Merton’s Head of SEN & Disability (SENDIS)

An opportunity to discuss SEN issues. Topic to be arranged. Come along and ask your questions.

Managing anxiety, and stress and anger management

Friday 10 November, 10am-2pm (lunch included)
Janey Bell, Professional Trainer

Learn techniques to help you cope with stress and anger management, as well as managing anxiety.

Occupational Therapy

Monday 4 December, 10am-2pm (lunch included)
Sheena Rufus, Team Leader Children's Occupational Therapy

Spring 2018

Wills and Trusts

Thursday 1 February 2018, 10.15am to 12.45pm
Philip Warford, Managing Director of Renaissance Legal

Phil will be able to help you make informed decisions and choices about what you can do to look after your child after you are no longer here. Includes: Free advice on planning for the future; What will happen to your child after you are gone? Why do you need to make will? Things to consider when making a will; What is a Trust and how do they work?

How to book

If you are interested in finding out more or attending any Kids First events, please book your place by contacting Tracy Blackwell, Kids First Administrator, on 020 8687 4644, or email us.

Sometimes places are limited, and we do need to know numbers for catering purposes.

If you are visiting Kids First for the first time, just call us and ask to meet a friendly face before the meeting so you are not alone!

Download maps to all our venues:

Chaucer Centre
Lavender Children’s Centre (Steers Mead)
Intergenerational Centre & Adventure Playground
The William Morris Function Room
Polka Theatre
Mitcham Parish Centre/Village Hall

Future events

Workshops are intended to help parents develop a particular skill or technique or learn more about a topic which is relevant to their child. This is to make life easier when caring for a child or young person with a disability. Workshops regularly include topics such as Behaviour Management, Special Education Needs and Disability Law, Nutrition, Paediatric First Aid, Growing Up / Sexual Development, Signing, Sleep Problems, and Occupational Therapy / Brain Gym.

Meetings with local service providers are your chance to meet the people who could work with your children face-to-face, to find out more about their services, to raise any concerns or queries, and to meet other Kids First parents. Meetings with local service providers regularly include professionals from Children’s Social Services, Community Police, Education Psychology Service, Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service, Parent Partnership Service (educational advice), and local MPs.

Social events are your chance to get out, have fun, and meet with other Kids First parents. Normally you can just turn up on the day, no need to book.

Family events provide an opportunity for your whole family to have fun together including children, grandparents etc.

Kids First events are for you. What would you like to know more about?

Please let us know if there is anything which would help you. Tell us if you know about anything which other parents might benefit from. Please contact us.

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