Children & Families Project
Our Children & Families Project was set up in 2008 and provides low cost activities that help local children to have fun, stay safe, be healthy, learn and thrive! We also help parents/carers in Newham to form positive social networks and access support in order to build their resilience, tackle isolation, improve mental health and strengthen community connection.
In addition to our regular activity groups detailed below, our team have been running a social enterprise childcare service called 'BDCA After School Club' since 2012. This OFSTED-registered service was rated 'Good' at our last inspection in February 2018 and provides working parents with an affordable childcare solution, creates employment opportunities for local residents and helps sustain our community work so we can continue supporting families in need.
We are extremely grateful to the Henry Smith Foundation for enabling our Project Coordinators to stay in post and continue delivering this valuable project until 2022!
Regular FREE* activities that we run for local families during school term time only (*donations are always very welcome!):
Cheeky Chimps Play and Learn - Under 5s playgroup at The Well (E6 6DQ) Mondays from 9:30 -11:30am with toys, craft, games, song time, healthy snacks and support for Carers.
Basic Computer Course for Parent/Carers - From Tuesdays 11:15am - 12:45pm at Bonny Downs Church Hall (E6 6BT) to help you improve your online technology skills.
Conversational English and for Parent/Carers - Join us on Tuesdays 10:00- 11:00 at The Well for friendly, beginner-level course to boost your confidence and communication skills.
Parenting course – We run courses through the year to help you bond with your child, reduce stress and address challenging behaviour. Call 0208 586 7070 ext 204 to book.
Tots Go Wild – Outdoor play group for Under 5s and their parent/carers with messy play, gardening, craft and storytelling from 9:30 -11:30am Wednesdays. Usually meet in Central Park Café (E6 3AJ) but check Facebook.com/TotsGoWild as we sometimes go on trips.
Family Yoga - Relax your mind and stretch your body in our calming yoga class at The Well from 9.30-10.30 on Thursdays. There is a small play area for preschool children in the same hall so you can bring them along with you. Mats are provided and beginners are welcome!
Tots Haven - ‘Stay and Play’ group with breakfast snacks for children under 5 from 9:30-11am on Fridays at The Well. Extra support services such as second hand children’s clothes, uniform/ school equipment recycling and signposting is available for families facing poverty.
NEW!! All Age Lunch Club - Families, retirees and any other neighbours can enjoy home-cooked lunch for discounted price of only £2 per person then stay for games, quiz and craft (suggested extra £1 donation) from 11:30-13:00 on Fridays in Gem’s Delights Café (E6 6DQ).
Saturday Space - Drop-in group for 51/2 -14 year olds with homework support, crafts, sports and lunch from 10:30am - 12:30pm on Saturdays at Bobby Moore Pavilion (E6 2SG).
Family Gardening Club - Come to our Community Garden (E6 6EB) 1-3pm every Saturday for family friendly, nature-themed activities. Refreshments, gloves and tools are provided.
Our affordable childcare services:
- BDCA After School Club and holiday childcare service for primary school children
- 'Go Wild' summer playschemes for 8-14 year olds during the school holidays
Free family support services:
Growing Strong: Thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need, BDCA were able to launch a new programme of free support services for local children at risk of hunger and poverty in 2017. Click here for more information about what is on offer and how you can refer children in need to this service.
Parent peer support: Our team have been trained by Newham NCT to offer both breastfeeding peer support and perinatal mental health peer support during our 3 toddler groups. However you choose to feed your baby, it can sometimes feel like a struggle and many mothers experience anxiety and low mood so our team are very happy to have honest chats within our non-judgmental safe space.
KidsBank: Keeping fast-growing children kitted out with the right size clothes is a serious stress for parents on low incomes. We organise a swap shop recycling scheme where families can give and/or get decent quality secondhand uniform, school equipment and football boots on Fridays 9.30- 11.00 during our Tots Haven sessions at The Well Community Centre.
If you would like to find out more about our Children & Families Project please email email@example.com or call us on 0208 586 7070 extension 204.