Families in Rhydyfelin celebrated St David’s Day in style – with a free fun day showcasing the wonderful services on offer for parents, guardians, carers and, of course, little ones! Enjoy our picture special below.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s Rhydyfelin Integrated Children’s Centre, the venue for the event, was filled with the sounds of laughter, singing, reading, harp music and even Welsh Clog Dancing throughout Saturday.
Hosted by the Council and Communities First, the day celebrated life in Wales and offered visitors a taster of the services on offer for families at the centre throughout the year.
There were stories with local author Suzanne Carpenter, Welsh Clog Dancing demonstrations, music and information from a Royal College of Music and Drama harpist, arts, crafts, face painting and lots of daffodils!
Petwise from Treforest visited with rabbits, reptiles and creepy crawlies and local historian Brian Davies from Pontypridd Museum brought local items of interest and information on how to explore Rhondda Cynon Taf’s fascinating heritage.
There was also a children’s entertainer and fun from guests Menter Iaith, while Fresh Start Wales brought along their very own dragon to meet families and share important information on smoking in cars and the danger it presents to children.
Every person who attended was also given the chance to find out more about what is on offer every week at Rhydyfelin Integrated Children’s Centre, which is located in Holly Street.
The bright, welcoming centre offers a range of fun services and sessions for parents and carers, most of which are free of charge and a great way to enjoy time together as a family, meet new friends and strengthen parenting skills.
These include the ever-popular Language and Play and Talkabout Talk and Play, which use games, singing and crafts to develop communication and speech in children, as well as Ti a Fi sessions teaching early learners songs, rhymes and phrases in Welsh.
The purpose-built venue is also a Flying Start centre, offering those in certain areas free childcare for two-and-a-half hours a day, 42 weeks of the year and also hosts mother and toddler groups, a drop-in health clinic for babies, support for children with special needs and training and drop-in facilities for the wider community.
It is also home to the Toy Library, which is free of charge to use and suitable for those aged five to 14. Parents, groups and childminders can choose from a wide range of toys, games and activities to keep the kids busy – perfect for the school holidays.
Cllr Annette Davies, Cabinet Member for Children’s Social Services, said: “Rhydyfelin Children’s Centre is a gem in the heart of the community, offering a bright, modern and welcoming space where families can spend time together and children can flourish.
“The St David’s Day Celebration was a huge amount of fun and also a chance for people to see all the other wonderful services on offer to them throughout the year.”
To find out more about what’s on offer at Rhydyfelin Children’s Centre, contact 01443 404368. The centre forms part of Rhondda Cynon Taf Council’s wider commitment to providing support, services and information for parents, carers and guardians.
This includes access to free, fun play sessions, parenting support and advice, guidance on local childcare and how to choose the best provision for your family and signposting to other services such as health, leisure, culture and more.
Find out more on the Family Information Service pages or contact the team via 0800 180 4151 (freephone from landlines) or 0300 111 4151 (free from mobiles).
Enjoy the photographs from the Family Fun Day in the image gallery