Support we give and how to register

Happy, healthy and looking forward to the future? That’s what you and your child deserve. It’s why Camden has developed a complete range of services, designed to offer support during the first months and years of your child’s life. We’re here for the whole family. From the moment you know you’re expecting a baby, our services and support will be available to you and your child, right up until birth and for years into the future.

These are some of our services:

Register with a centre online

Contact us

  • Email us: camdensurestart@camden.gov.uk

  • If you would like to contact us or ask a question about Camden's Children's Cnetres, please Freephone 0800 731 0232 or 0800 389 5789

Centre addresses and phone numbers

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  • Parent-Child Psychological Support, Somers Town Children's Centre Services, 45-47 Polygon Rd NW1 1SR.
  • Phone: 020 7974 8076
  • Find us on Google Maps

Stay and Play drop-ins and sessions

Things to do for mums, dads and carers, pregnancy to age 5

Join a Stay and Play drop-in or session in person

Online sessions

 

 

Stay and Play drop-ins and sessions - October 2021

Area timetables for mums, dads and carers, pregnancy to age 5.

No pre-bookings required (unless stated), but there is a limited capacity at these activities while restrictions continue to ease.

Euston area

Kentish Town East area

Kentish Town West area

King's Cross and Holborn area

Kilburn area

 

 

Euston area 

Activities at Regent's Park Children's Centre and at Hampden Children's Centre

(location listed underneath each entry)

For more information for Regent's Park CC, please call 020 7974 8934

For more information for Hampden CC, please call 020 7974 2841

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Stay and Play in the Park

10.30-11.30am
Meet: Regent’s Park
(Chester Gate entrance)

Baby Play for Under 1s

​​​​10am-12pm

(Hampden)

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm

(Hampden)

Toddler Time for Under 2s

10am-12pm

(Regent's Park)

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm

(Regent's Park)

 

Toddler Time for Under 2s

10am-12pm

(Regent's Park)

Stay and Play in the Park

10.30-11.30am
Meet: Regent’s Park
(Chester Gate entrance)

 

Stay and Play in the Park

10.30-11.30am
Meet: Oakley Square Gardens

 

 

 

Baby Play for Under 1s

1.30pm-3pm

(Regent's Park)

 

       

 

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Kentish Town East area

mostly at Agar Children's Centre

For more information, please call: 020 7974 4789 

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Fun for All for Under 5s

9.30-11.30am

 

Stay and Play in the Park

10-11am
Meet: Camden Square Park

 


 

Toddler Time for Under 2s

10am-12pm

Stay and Play in the Park

10-11am
Meet: Camden Square Park

 

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Kentish Town West area

mostly at Harmood Children's Centre

For more information, please call: 020 7974 8961

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Baby Play for Under 1s

10am-12pm

Stay and Play in the Park

10-11am
Meet: Talacre Park

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm

Stay and Play in the Park

10-11am
Meet by The Mutt Hut,
Mansfield Rd, Hampstead Heath

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm

     

 

​​​​​​​Baby Bonding for 0-6 months

10am-12pm

 

 

Toddler Time for Under 2s

1.30-3.30pm

 

 

 

 

Stay and Play in the Park

2-3pm
Meet: Talacre Park

 


 

 

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King's Cross and Holborn area

mostly at 1a Children's Centre

For more information, please call: 020 7974 7024

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm


 

 

Stay and Play in the Park

10-11am
Meet: Wilmington Square

 

Toddler Time for Under 2s

10am-12pm

 
   

 

Baby Play for Under 1s with Health & Wellbeing

1.30pm-3pm

 

   

 

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Kilburn area

Activities at Kilburn Grange Children's Centre and Abbey Community Centre

(location listed underneath each entry)

For more information for Kilburn Grange CC, please call 020 7974 5080

For more information for Abbey CC, please call 020 7624 8378

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday

 

Fun for All for Under 5s

10-11.45am

(Abbey CC)

Fun for All for Under 5s

10-11.45am

(Abbey CC)

 

Fun for All for Under 5s

10-11.45am

(Abbey CC)

 

 

Stay and Play in the Park

10.30-11.30am
Meet: Kilburn Grange Park

 

 

 

Stay and Play in the Park

10.30-11.30am
Meet: Kilburn Grange Park

 

Fun for All for Under 5s

10am-12pm

(Kilburn Grange)

 

Toddler Time for Under 2s

10am-12pm

(Kilburn Grange)

 
 

 

Baby Play for Under 1s

1pm-3pm

(Kilburn Grange)

 

 

Fun for All for Under 5s

1.15pm-2.45pm

(Abbey CC)

 

 

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Online activities

Timetable for things to do online for mums, dads and carers, pregnancy to age 5.

To book, call 020 7974 8961

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Camden Baby Feeding

10.30-11.30am
Support with all feeding types

PRE-BOOKING REQUIRED
​​​​​​​Please Register Here

 

Story Time

11-11.30am
With Camden Libraries
Suitable 0-5 years (term time only)

 

 

 

 

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Courses - book your place

Book a course

To cancel or change your booking, email camdenunder5s@camden.gov.uk.

Courses:

Bump to Baby Group

Group for new and expecting parents, focussing on becoming a parent and bonding with your baby.

Starting Solids (for babies who have not yet started solids)

Free 90-minute session on recognising when your baby is ready for solid foods.

Starting Solids - Next Steps (babies under 1 year)

Free 90-minute session about moving onto family foods.

Families for Life - healthy eating and active play (2-4 years)

4 weeks of free 90 minute sessions focussing on fun family cooking and eating sessions.

Family Learning Story Sacks (activities suited for ages 3+)

Free sessions for your family to create a sack full of activities and ideas to help your child with reading. Book online, or phone 020 974 6510.

Becoming a parent

Refer yourself to an NHS hospital maternity service

Bump to Baby group

Help for Dads

 

Refer yourself to an NHS hospital maternity service

 

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Bump to Baby group

 

A group for new and expecting parents, focusing on becoming a parent and bonding with your baby. 

Becoming a dad or mum is an exciting as well as challenging time. Over the 5 weeks you will meet other parents and talk together about:

  • preparing for and managing labour
  • bonding with your baby before/after the birth
  • working out your baby’s sounds, signals and cues
  • coping with crying and comforting your baby
  • becoming a parent and your changing relationships
  • where to go if you need a little extra help

Book a place

Bump to baby video: 

You can come along on your own or with your partner or a friend/family member

  • there are 5 sessions lasting 2 hours
  • the group is FREE and runs in local Camden venues
  • there are 10–12 parents at each session as well as two trained group leaders.

Bump to baby leaflet (PDF)

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Help for Dads

 

Feelings of anxiety and depression are very common in fathers but sadly, this is not widely recognised, just as post-natal depression (PND) was not widely recognised in mothers 20 years ago.
Having a new baby and making the transition to parenthood is equally challenging for fathers and mothers. It is important that Dads look after themselves too and if you do feel low or anxious remember this is very common and it will help if you talk to someone.
For the best start for you and your baby, join the Bump to Baby group and prepare for becoming a parent.

Why fathers matter

Fathers who care for and play with their babies, make a huge difference to their child’s growth, development and confidence. They have:

  • higher self-esteem and life satisfaction
  • higher educational achievement
  • better relationships with friends
  • greater capacity for empathy
  • more satisfying adult sexual partnerships
  • better career opportunities and higher earnings compared with their parents
  • lower adolescent risk behaviour and criminality

Useful contacts

The Camden Parents’ Wellbeing Service
A team offering therapy to parents who are Camden residents or
parents with a GP in Camden.
07795 968 949 / 020 3317 6670 — cpws@candi.nhs.uk

Children’s Centres for Dads, Mums and Carers with Children from Pregnancy to Age 5
Contact your local children’s centre, join a bump to baby group or
ask to speak to a family worker.
020 7974 8961 — camdensurestart@camden.gov.uk

MIND in Camden
Working alongside people of all ages who are experiencing
mental ill health.
www.mind.org.uk

Mental health for Dads (PDF).

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Health visiting and family support

We offer:

  • family support (home visiting and 1-1 advice)
  • parenting support (1-1 and groups) and child psychotherapy
  • mental health services for parents
  • children’s speech and language therapy
  • housing advice

Contact us for more details

These online services are also useful:

First Aid 

First aid advice for choking - whether it's a choking baby, child or adult - including what to do and when to get medical assistance.

Promoting communication in young children

BBC - Tiny Happy People 

Healthy start vitamins

Free Vitamin D available

Where to get your free vitamins

All pregnant women, new mums and children under 4 years can receive free Healthy Start vitamins in Camden.

You can also get the free vitamins if you are trying for a baby.

You or your baby should not use other vitamin supplements as well as Healthy Start vitamins. Talk with your health visitor or midwife for more information.

As well as vitamin D, the women’s tablets contain folic acid to help ensure your baby’s spine develops normally, and vitamin C which helps you absorb iron better.

The children’s vitamin drops also contain vitamins A and C which are needed for healthy growth and development. 

 

Why is vitamin D important for pregnant women, new mothers and children? 

Taking vitamin D in pregnancy helps to ensure that your own needs for vitamin D are met and you also have enough to pass on to your developing baby. This provides your baby with some stores of vitamin D to begin with.

Low levels of vitamin D in children can lead to a condition called rickets, where the child’s bones are unable to support their body weight. This results in bowed legs or knock knees.

Symptoms of low levels of vitamin D are:

  • poor growth
  • delayed growth of teeth/weak teeth
  • delayed walking
  • bone and muscle pain

Severe vitamin D deficiency can cause muscle cramps, seizures, breathing difficulties, and heart failure in rare cases. 
 

 

Further information

The vitamins are available for all families in Camden, but families on a low income may be able to get additional free food vouchers, which can be exchanged for milk, and fresh or frozen fruit and vegetables.

To find out more, speak to your health visitor or midwife to request an application form, or visit www.healthystart.nhs.uk or call 0345 607 6823.

 

Pick up your free vitamins from:

 

 

Where to get free vitamins for your child (PDF)

Information for young parents

What is the Young Parents Team?

  • Are you aged 24 years old or younger?
  • Do you live in Camden?
  • Are you about to become a dad or mum?
  • Do you already have a child under five?

If you answered yes to all of these questions the Young Parents Team (YPT) could support you.

The YPT offers emotional support and help to young dads and mums through individual, couple or family therapy, before and after the birth of their child.

Some of the things that we support people with include:

  • Anxiety, worries, fears, low mood, post-natal depression; frustrations, excitement
  • Difficulties in the parents’ relationship
  • Child development, understanding your baby, managing challenging behaviours
  • Working with any other professionals that may be supporting you
  • Linking families to other services that can help, including employment and benefits support and family support services.

The team is made up of experienced workers who are trained in psychological therapies and have expertise in child development and individual, couple and family relationships.

Contact us for more details

Young Parents Team leaflet (PDF)

Work and training

Good Work Camden can help you find a job, training or volunteering 


If you are a mum, dad or carer with a child under 5 years, or parent to be, Good Work Camden can help you to:

Find work 

  • look for jobs, local and part time
  • fill in application forms
  • write a CV and supporting letters
  • apply for jobs and prepare for interviews
  • discuss your childcare options

Look for courses

  • look for a local course with creche
  • look for apprenticeships
  • book a place on a training course
  • look at funding options for your course

Volunteering

Contact Good Work Camden

Email: jobhub@camden.gov.uk 
Phone: 0207 974 1666

Good Work Camden website

Don't forget! Children's Centre Services also run courses on becoming a parent and caring for your child under 5.

 

 

Finding Work and Training Information and Help with Benefits leaflet (PDF)

Help with benefits

The Welfare Rights Team can help you with your benefits and tax credits

If you are: 

  • working and need help with childcare costs
  • expecting a baby or just had a baby
  • struggling to pay your rent or bills
  • have been told your benefits will stop

We can help you. This free and confidential service includes:

  • providing benefit checks to make sure you are better off financially in paid work.
  • helping you claim benefits if you, your child or relative have an illness or disability.

Contact us for more details

Finding Work and Training Information and Help with Benefits leaflet (PDF)

Volunteering

Parent Champion volunteering

Early Years volunteering

 

 

Become a Parent Champion volunteer

Volunteer for a few hours a week; meet other parents to talk about local services and support them to use their local children’s centre.

Volunteering can benefit you too.

The Camden Parent Champions programme offers full training and support for all our volunteers. Your experience as a parent champion volunteer will help:

  • build your confidence
  • develop your communication skills.

And can help you to find work, training or take up an apprenticeship. 

For more information contact Camden Parent Champions:
Phone 020 7974 8961 or email camdensurestart@camden.gov.uk

Or come and talk to us at your nearest children’s centre.

 

Parent Champions leaflet (PDF) 

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Come and join the Early Years volunteers

Several organisations in Camden provide opportunities for parents to volunteer and support other parents with young children. 

Camden Baby Feeding Team volunteers

Run by CNWL NHS Foundation Trust

  • supporting mums within the breastfeeding and baby feeding drop-ins and other groups
  • time commitment: 2-3 hours a week.

For more information email camden.babyfeedingteam@nhs.net


Camden Blossoms volunteers

Run by Manor Gardens Welfare Trust

  • supporting and advising parents to look after their own wellbeing and give their children the best start in life
  • providing one to one support and running parent support groups
  • time commitment: 2-3 hours a week.

For more information contact 020 7561 5297 or blossoms@manorgardenscentre.org


Camden Family Support volunteers

Run by Home Start Camden and Islington

  • providing regular one-to-one support, friendship and practical help to families with at least one child under the age of 5, who are under stress, or experiencing difficulties. Support is provided from within the family’s home. 
  • time commitment: 3-4 hours a week.

For more information contact; 020 7424 1603 or info@homestartcamden.org

Camden Parent Champions volunteers

Run by the Integrated Early Years Service

  • promoting Early Years Services to parents within Camden 
  • reaching out to parents and talking to them about the importance of early education
  • time commitment: 1-2 hours a week (flexible).

For more information contact 020 7974 8961 or camdensurestart@camden.gov.uk

Camden Supporting Families volunteers

Run by Little Village

  • supporting the sorting of donated items, including quality checks, organising stock and meeting families
  • providing marketing and fundraising support
  • time commitment: 4 hours a month (flexible)

For more information contact camden@littlevillagehq.org

Parent Champions

Run by the Anna Freud Centre

Getting involved in the work of the Centre can vary depending on your time and interest. Opportunities could include:

  • representing the Centre at events and conferences and sharing experiences with journalists
  • helping improve how existing services are delivered and getting involved in designing or developing new projects
  • talking to funders about mental health and well-being and training professionals so they understand the needs of parents 

For more information contact Myrvete.gashi@annafreud.org

Early years volunteering opportunities leaflet (PDF)

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