When you have a baby, one of your first ports of call should be your local children’s centre.
Officially known as Sure Start centres, these places are a godsend for new parents offering a range of free activities and classes for under fives and their caregivers.
Our local centre is where Ezra formed some of his first friendships that have lasted into pre-school and may continue throughout big school and beyond.
It’s also where I’ve met several of the fabulous women that have become part of my crew on this crazy ride we call motherhood.
This Saturday March 13, Kate Greenaway Nursery School and Children’s Centre (pictured), one of Islington’s most popular centres will celebrate its 50th anniversary in grand fashion with a Children’s Literature Festival for families in the area.
There will be storytelling by Efua, poetry by Adisa, music, puppets and song from Harriet and Ted, book-making workshops (at nearby Lewis Carroll library) and a visit from special guest, The Gruffalo himself!
Also on the menu are bike-riding, face painting, healthy food and the usual programme of indoor and outdoor play.
If you’ve never been to Kate Greenaway, this is your chance to get to know the centre’s lovely staff, meet some of its regular visitors and gawk at their beautiful garden.
Kate Greenaway offers parenting courses and playgroups for kids aged 0-6, including a slot on Saturday mornings that’s great for dad to come along too.
Visit the web site for further details.