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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 activities that we run for local families (during school term time only):


FREE Cheeky Chimps Play and Learn - Give your toddlers a fun start to the week at our parent-led Under 5s playgroup at The Well on Monday mornings from 9:30 -11:30am. This popular group includes messy play, craft, games, song time, healthy snacks and workshops. The group also supports parent/carers through a massage station and trained breastfeeding and mental health peer supporters.

FREE Conversational English & Basic Computer Skills Courses for Parent/Carers – Are you looking to for a friendly place to develop new skills and build your confidence? We partner with BDCA's Active & Connected Project to run free courses throughout the year. Click here for more info about our Conversational English courses. You can book a place by emailing or give us a call on 0208 586 7070. 


FREE Parenting course – Our course will help you bond with your child, address challenging behaviour and reduce stress at home. Contact 0208 586 7070 ext 204 or email us to book your free place and hear details of our next parenting course.

Tots Go Wild – From Spring through to Autumn, our team support a group of local volunteers to run outdoor play sessions for Under 5s and their parent/carers in a variety of local green spaces. The nature themed activities include messy play, adult craft, gardening, storytelling and sensory from 9:30 - 11:30am Wednesdays. Locations include: BDCA's Community Garden, East Ham Nature Reserve and Central Park. Follow Tots Go Wild facebook page for details of meeting points. Adults are asked to contribute £1 per session towards craft materials.

FREE WELLyoga - Parent/Carers can enjoy our calming yoga class with core strengthening exercises and relaxing stretches. Yoga mats are provided and there's a small play area in the same hall so do feel free to bring children under 3 with you to The Well 9.30-10.30 Thursdays (term time). Please be aware that it is not a staffed creche so you remain responsible for supervising your child at all times.

FREE Tots Haven - Stay and Play group with breakfast snacks for children under 5 from from 9:30-11am on Fridays at The Well (term time). Extra support services and signposting available for families facing poverty during these sessions.


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.


Emergency food parcels: Our team are registered foodbank voucher providers so they can help local families that are struggling to buy food to access emergency food parcels.

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 or call us on 0208 586 7070 and dial extension number 204.

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