Following the success of their first meeting, North Camden Zone and the Camden Sure Start Integrated Early YearsService are organising the second meeting of the North Camden Early Years Network. The meeting will focus on vulnerable families and their challenges in accessing ; and will explore ideas around how organisations can mitigate these challenges. Experts in the area will be present to share their experience. Both parents and professionals are welcome! Please book your place here


We  are very happy to say that our Family Meals sessions are once again in full swing, now taking place on the third Wednesday of each month. The new sessions have added in a discussion group for the parents on topics that are of interest to them, while the children watch a film. Last month we had Noel Janis-Norton speak on a "calmer, easier, happier approach to screen time". To support our efforts, the wonderfully generous staff of the Meliá Hotel are volunteering to cook, serve and clean up the meal.  


The Library will be hosting a session for people aged 60+ who would like some extra support using technology. The Techie Tea will be held on Wednesday 7th March from 11-3pm and is free to attend, we look forward to seeing lots of people there and learning some new skills.


As usual our Early Years sessions have been very busy with parents and babies. The Connecting Parents group had a fun trip to the Science Museum, stopping off on the way to watch the skaters outside the Natural History Museum and enjoying a hot chocolate in the snow! Many parents tell us they don’t always have the confidence to travel into central London with their children on their own, so it was brilliant to open up the City to our group.

The Connecting Parents Christmas party was lots of fun and buzzing with playful parents, excited staff and toddlers and a good few sleepy babies all celebrating the end of a great year, with many lasting friendships made and helpful information and memorable experiences shared. Parents and their little ones got stuck in to festive crafts, cake decorating and singing and each child that came was given a Christmas present to take home, kindly donated by Little Village.

A wonderful time was also had at the Cradles to Crawling Christmas Party.  We had a festive Bring and Share and play time for babies, whilst the Games Room was turned into a mini spa for the parents, with head massages, reflexology and spiritual healing.


On Tuesday 19th December we were lucky enough to get a taste of what our young researchers for our Take Back The Power programme have been working on in a small, sharing event. The Participatory Action Research project has focused on the effects of the education system on the lives of young people, with the researchers visiting the May Day rooms and participating in a range of sessions from a poetry writing to a visit from Sian Berry (Greater London Assembly Member for the Green Party). The sharing event gave staff an idea of the passion and hard work which has already gone into the project, both from young people and staff. Young people talked through their processes and findings so far, as well as showing some visual work they have completed and performing some spoken word poetry written themselves for the project.


We were very happy to be joined by students and parents from The Hall School to serenade people in Swiss Cottage market area with carols on 8th December. We had a lot of fun and got many passers-by into the Christmas giving spirit, raising £236.86 from the event. Thank you to all who attended!