The two busy mums behind Ealing Mums in Business, aka Shelley Henderson and Erin Thomas-Wong, have created a community fair called the Northfields Night Market. Featuring everything from tempting foods to irresistible gifts through to services from local experts, the markets bring the best of Ealing together under one roof! There’s even entertainment and it all happens under cover (so no worries about the rain!).
One half of the “dynmaic duo” as we like to call them at Northfields, Shelley joins us as a guest blogger to tell us more about parenting groups that will help new parents or parents who just moved to Ealing. Over to Shelley…
New parent? 2nd, 3rd, 4th time parent? It actually doesn’t matter, the only thing that matters, is when you have a newborn baby in your arms a new door opens and an old one closes.
The real question is how do you find the new door and not pine over the closed one. Maybe this is why Ealing is such a hot spot for families, we are thankfully full of new doors – places, groups, parks and activities.
Whether you want to do something with your little ones, with your friends or for yourself; you will find it all here in Ealing and the great thing is all these groups have a common goal; to help parents feel less isolated and enrich their lives with new friends, knowledge and support. You don’t even have to look very far before you start hearing, seeing & joining many of the local groups and enjoying Ealing’s many family friendly events. Hopefully I will see you soon at any one of these groups, classes, events and activities.
Here are just a few examples of the groups that exist in the area:
NCT Ealing is more than just antenatal classes. It doesn’t matter if you’re expecting a baby, are a new parent, or have a young family, NCT Ealing connects parents across Ealing including Acton, Greenford, Hanwell, Northolt, Perivale and Southall. The NCT provides post-natal support to mums and dads alike, including coffee groups and can put you in touch with qualified breastfeeding councilors. The NCT Nearly New Sales are an extremely popular way of finding bargains for your family.
The Ealing 135 Group was set up in 1973 by a group of parents in the W13 and W5 area of Ealing. Run by parents, for parents this local network is a great way to both entertain kids and make friends with other local parents. For a small membership fee you’ll get the newsletter and access to children’s activities, nearly new sales, nights out, open houses, play sessions and lots more.
Pitter Patter – The Hub for Bubs provides daily activities, events and support groups for those caring for babies and toddlers in Ealing. Pitter Patter’s aim is to create a single venue in the community for a variety of professionally led baby & pre-school classes. Hubs are friendly and welcoming for parents and carers, for attending workshops and meetups as well as bringing little one along to classes and children’s activities. And you might just have a cappuccino and cake while the kids enjoy some play! Classes currently run at The Drayton Court in Ealing near West Ealing station.
The Log Cabin is an Ealing charity that provides opportunities for children with additional needs or disabilities to socialise and play, while giving their parents and carers respite. (Editor’s note: The Log Cabin is Northfields’ nominated charity and we give a percentage of our fees to continue to support the Log Cabin in the excellent work they do for our community. You can also donate to the Log Cabin using the Pay Pal button on the sidebar of our blog to donate using a credit or debit card or your Pay Pal account.) Tucked just beside Northfields Underground station, you might not realise that this facility housed in Ealing’s Children’s Centre, helps 250 local children aged 4-14 every day. Children can enjoy a range of activities in the Sensory Room, Wii room, soft play area, art room or adventure playground.
In Lammas Park, just off Elers Road and Northfield Avenue you’ll find a beautiful big park with a lovely children’s playground, and also a separate free children’s play centre (open 11am – 3pm Tuesday – Friday). Run by Ealing Council, the Lammas Park Play centre has more than just play equipment with balls, bikes and plenty of opportunity for kids and parents to socialise.
Located in beautiful Pitshanger Park, this play centre has a large outside play area as well as an indoor playcentre. With plenty of toys including a large sand pit, lots of bikes and a slide and 2 swings there are also indoor activities such as crafts, play dough, puzzles, a home corner, farm and lots more. Activities are avialable on: Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with play sessions costing £3 per child and siblings £1. Singing sessions cost £4 per Child siblings £1, Wednesday craft session £3 per Child, Siblings £1. In the summer expect extra activities including Zumba, art days, storytime, balloon modeling and parties. The play centre is open all year round and there is no need to book. While the play centre is aimed at children 5 and under they will allow older children in during holidays.
Northfields Community Centre is a venue for hire which hosts Northfields Pre-School. You should call ahead to check availability.
Churches often offer a diverse range of activities and support for both parents and kids. St Barnabas in Pitshanger, for example has a range of activities for kids and parents alike ranging from gardening to crafts (and at their own admission, almost always accompanied by food).
Ealing Mums in Business was founded in 2010 by myself and Erin Thomas-Wong. As two local mums running their own businesses we joined together to help others like us and the community we live in. We now offer support, promotion and collaboration for local businesses including events, courses and meet-ups for like-minded entrepreneurial parents.
There are plenty of local groups on Facebook including Northfields Facebook Friends, Hanwell Friends, Pitshanger Area Friends and Acton Life. Just search on Facebook for any one of these groups and click the join button to start chatting.
Shelley Henderson is a local mum of two boys aged 5 & 3 and started her own businesses after having her first son. Co-owner of Ealing Mums in Business and Pitter Patter, Hub for Bubs. Their next event is on Saturday 5 July, Northfields Summer Night Market 6.30-9.30pm
For more information see mums-in-business.co.uk