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Children’s Centre and activities

Communal Activities – Children’s Centre and Activities

The Fed runs regular activities in our beautiful Children’s Centre. There are groups specifically for children with special needs, and sessions open to the whole community.

Project Smile Play and Learn Service

Do you have a child with special needs aged 5 or above? You’ll be happy to hear about our Project Smile Play and Learn service.

This service offers children age- and ability-appropriate activities run by our skilled and knowledgeable Play Leaders, assisted by trained support workers and volunteers.

The service encourages children to achieve, acquire life-skills, and become empowered.

Sessions are held at our beautiful Children’s Centre at Heathlands Village and offers a high ratio of staff to the children in our care.

Our Play Leader and her team have a wealth of experience in looking after and responding to the needs of children who have complex and challenging behavioural issues, due to conditions such as autism and ADHD.

Your child can come along and make friends while enjoying some stimulating and fun activities, and you can be confident that he or she will receive the highest standard of care.

Our service is accessible to Jewish people across the religious spectrum. The activities are tailored to be sensitive to a strictly observant Jewish way of life and all food provided is strictly MH kosher.

Project Smile Play and Learn offers your child:

  • Twice weekly Play and Learn groups
  • School Holiday Play-Schemes

If you would like your child to attend one or more of these activities, we will first arrange to assess if he or she is eligible. If you live in Salford, there will be no charge for your child to come along.

If you live outside of Salford, our Community Advice and Support Team (CAST) can advise about applying to your local council for funding. Families can also privately pay for this service.

Find our more about CAST


The Fed’s Children’s Centre

The Fed’s purpose-built Children’s Centre is an ideal, safe venue for your child. It is situated on the ground floor of Eventhall House, at Heathlands Village.

The centre is beautifully decorated with lovely murals and has a fantastic selection of toys, games and play equipment for children of any age and ability.

Your child will love all the different activity areas for arts and crafts, dressing-up, quiet reading, musical play and make-believe.

On top of this we have a wonderful, multi-sensory room with a bubble tube, fibre optic lights, sensory wall, soft play and projection film. The technology is brilliant for improving physical skills, stimulating development or simply having fun. It’s also a great calming space if your child sometimes needs a little quiet time.

The Children’s Centre has a fully functioning kitchen for teaching life-skills and lots of outdoor play space – both grassed and tarmacked – for cycling, gardening, playing house, and wet play in the summertime.

It really has everything a child of any age could need.

Mums ‘n’ Tots Group

Our lovely Children’s Centre is also home to The Fed’s popular Mums ‘n’ Tots Group. This is held on Monday afternoons and Wednesday mornings and is open to the whole community. This is not limited to children with special needs. Come along with your 0 to 5 year old to meet other mums while the little ones have fun.

The sessions are run by The Fed staff who are assisted by volunteers. There are loads of different activities such as soft play, arts and crafts, dressing-up and healthy snacks for the children.

Activity Days

The Fed runs activity days which are also open to the whole community – not just families with children who have special needs.

Subject to available funding, we also hold day trips with coach transport for local families who are on a low income.

Additionally our Children’s Centre

  • Can be hired out for your child’s birthday party
  • Can be used as a venue for parents who are not living with their children, for supervised contact visits or handover for contact.

Call 0161 772 4800 (option 2) or contact CAST for further information or advice.


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