Founding Chair Charles Mindenhall introduces you to Babyzone
Babyzone aims to support to families with babies and toddlers. We’re focused on breaking down the barriers that many parents face in accessing high quality early years activities.
Babyzones are currently delivered each week in Youth Zones where we run free exploratory play and evidence-based early years classes in a clean, safe and welcoming environment. We design our approach around the needs of lower income families but are open to all. Parents don’t sign up in advance, there’s no timetable and we don’t take names and personal details from our families. We believe that by removing barriers we are creating a fully accessible, inclusive place for parents and carers to bring their children to play, read, chat and sing together.
We’re an ambitious charity working with OnSide Youth Zones, local partners and backed by philanthropists. We reach over 350 families per week in our longer standing Croydon and Barking and Dagenham locations. We were very excited to have opened Barnet Babyzone this year and have already grown to reaching 250 families per week. 60% of the families who visit us come from lower income families. We want to reach more of the families who need us around the country. We’ll do this by creating more Babyzones, but also by showing others how we’ve removed barriers to access.
We currently work at:
Future Youth Zone in Barking & Dagenham (201-225 Porters Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 5YX)
Legacy Youth Zone in Croydon (125 Whitehorse Road, London, CR0 2LG) and our registered office is Scale Space.
Unitas Youth Zone in Barnet (76 Montrose Ave, Edgware, HA8 0DT)