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Support Services

Groups for families

Do you or anyone you know need support?

Our groups are a great way to give your child the opportunity to meet other children, and for you to meet other parents.

We also offer remote activities and support for when you cannot leave the house but would still like the feel of a group setting.

Home from Home Barnet

Located in Barnet

CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. This twice-weekly family drop-in has been running successfully for more than 10 years. Perfect for families with children under 5.

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Location:

The Community Centre, The Concourse, Grahame Park, NW9 5XB

Time:

Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 – 12:00

Suitable for:

Families with pre-school age children.

What to expect:

  • Your children to be provided with a wide variety of fun and educational toys, and the opportunity to socialise with other children in a friendly environment 
  • Arts and crafts for you to make with your children 
  • The opportunity to meet other parents and to chat over a (free) tea/coffee 
  • An opportunity for you to discuss concerns confidentially 
  • A varied programme of events, including special holiday events, visitor talks and trips 

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    Home from Home Harrow

    Located in Harrow

    CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19 RESTRICTIONS. This group started running 2019 and quickly became popular with local parents. Great for families with pre-school age children.

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    Location:

    Kenmore Park Children’s Centre, Warneford Road, Harrow HA3 9HZ

    Time:

    Wednesday mornings, 10:00 – 12:00

    Suitable for:

    Families with pre-school age children

    What to expect:

    • Your children to be provided with a wide variety of fun and educational toys, and the opportunity to socialise with other children in a friendly environment 
    • Arts and crafts for you to make with your children 
    • The opportunity to meet other parents and to chat over a (free) tea/coffee 
    • An opportunity for you to discuss concerns confidentially 
    • A varied programme of events, including special holiday events, visitor talks and trips 

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      Healthy Starts Group

      Newsletter

      Healthy Starts is a project that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of children under the age of 5. The project will change as lockdown restrictions are relaxed, so sign-up to hear about changes to the project here.

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      Suitable for:

      Healthy Starts is a project that aims to enhance the health and wellbeing of children under the age of 5, who live in the borough of Barnet.

      What to expect:

      The Healthy Starts project will offer support for families to promote healthy lifestyles as well as targeted support where children have underlying health concerns that impact on their wellbeing.

      At this time, the project is offering this support remotely via a monthly newsletter.

        Additional information:

        The focus will be on healthy eating, movement, and strength in their bodies; education around correct nutrition; and the importance of eating whole foods.

        Perinatal Support Group

        Online group

        Having a baby is exciting, but it can also be a time of anxiety. Join other parents to share your feelings with parents who are going through the same things at the same time. 

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        Location:

        Your home via Zoom!

        Time:

        Thursdays, 11:00 – 12:00 

        Suitable for:

        Parents-to-be and new parents with babies under 1-year old.

        What to expect:

        This group is led by Caroline, an Antenatal Teacher, and Helen, our Perinatal Co-ordinator.

        In this group, you can share your experiences of pregnancy labour, birth and the early months of living with your baby. You can ask questions, found out information, and share your feelings with parents who are going through the same things at the same time.

        Stretch-n-Grow

        Online group

        These sessions will be led by a qualified instructor and are suitable for pre-school and primary school aged children.

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        Location:

        Your home via Zoom!

        Time:

        Mondays, 11:00 – 11:30

        Suitable for:

        Pre-school and primary aged children

        What to expect:

        A specially designed, fantastically fun, fitness programme for pre-school and primary school children conducted weekly by a trained Stretch-n-Grow instructor.

        Additional Information:

        Our aim is to give children a healthy exercise and nutrition foundation on which to build their future habits, their confidence and their self-esteem.

        Kids Kitchen

        Online group

        Cook and bake along with us from your kitchen. Children will love our healthy recipes and getting to play Head Chef.

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        Location:

        Your home via Zoom!

        Time:

        Wednesdays, 10:30 – 11.00

        Suitable for:

        Children (and adults!) of all ages 

        What to expect:

        A guided cook along with our chef, Samina. You will be given the recipe and ingredients list prior to the sessions. During the sessions, Samina will give instructions and help with cooking techniques. The recipes use healthy and seasonal ingredients to create delicious dishes that children and adults will enjoy.  

        Additional Information:

        Children will gain confidence and self-esteem when they create something that other family members can share. 

        Adjustments can be made for allergies and dietary requirements. Just let us know if you need any substitutions made and we will be happy to help you.

        Story Time

        Online group

        Come on an adventure with us without having to leave the house. It’s all in our imagination, so snuggle up and get ready for story time. 

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        Location:

        Your home via Zoom!

        Time:

        Thursdays, 10:30 – 11.00

        Suitable for:

        Children (and adults!) of all ages

        What to expect:

        Come and share some well-known classics with us and hear some new stories too.   

        Additional Information:

        Sharing stories is a beneficial activity for children of all ages. Younger children and babies will enjoy listening to new sounds and words and older children can join in and offer their ideas. 

        Music Time

        Online group

        Sing along to all your child’s favourite songs and nursery rhymes, complete with actions and some improvised instruments. 

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         Location:

        Your home via Zoom!

        Time:

        Fridays, 10:30 – 11.00

        Suitable for:

        Children (and adults!) of all ages 

        What to expect:

        A fun-filled 30 minutes with David who sings children’s favourite songs and nursery rhymes.

        Join in with the actions and the words and meet the animals on Old MacDonald’s Farm, the passengers on the bus, some cheeky monkeys, and a very hungry crocodile.   

        Additional Information:

        Singing songs is a wonderful way to introduce new words and concepts to children. It also supports children’s self-esteem to hear and repeat songs that they are familiar with.