Quaggy Development Trust

Our nurseries at Quaggy Children’s Centre, Parkside and Margaret Bondfield are open.

Children’s Centres
All of us at QDT would like to say a big thank you to all of our families who have been waiting patiently for our Centres to reopen.  As you are aware phase one has been opening up the Centres for babies (0-12months) and offering therapeutic groups such as bouncing babies, sensory play, newbies and breastfeeding 1:2:1. 

Phase two can only begin when the R number stays at a certain rate, and other national restrictions have eased, which began at the beginning of this month. 
We are delighted to announce that we will be running a stay and play group for 12 – 36 months and their parent. Due to current restrictions the stay and play will be different to how it was before COVID. It will be shorter;  masks will need to be worn by adults during the session and resources will be limited. 
Unfortunately, we cannot offer stay and plays to childminders due to COVID government guidance. 
The first stay and play will be at Rachel McMillan, we will continue to review how things are going and hopefully be able to announce when and where the next stay and play will be.  Please check our Eventbrite page to book on. 

To speak to a Children’s Centre team member please call Quaggy Children’s Centre on 0208 465 9785. Families Information Service (FIS) can be contacted on 0208 921 6921. 

If you have a breastfeeding question please ring the health visiting number below and ask to speak to a breastfeeding advocate. Your Health Visiting Team can be contacted on 0208 836 8621.
We run breastfeeding support sessions on Fridays at Quaggy.
You can book a place on eventbrite.

Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK and the Parent-Infant Foundation reveal key findings from a joint online COVID-19 survey during lockdown.

The Babies in Lockdown report captures the experiences of respondents and highlights the range of issues parents faced, the lack of support for families, and the inequalities in babies’ early experiences. For example:

  • Almost 7 in 10 found their ability to cope with their pregnancy or baby had been impacted as a result of COVID-19.
  • Nearly 7 in 10 felt the changes brought about by COVID-19 were affecting their unborn baby, baby or young child.
  • Only one third expressed confidence in being able to access mental health support if required.
  • Many families with lower incomes, from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities and young parents have been hit harder by the COVID-19 pandemic and were less likely to receive the support they needed. This is likely to have widened existing inequalities.
    Read the full report

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