Hackney Playbus is a small charity dedicated to bringing play opportunities and support to families who need it most. We run a variety of services across several East London boroughs which are all free for families to attend.
We are pleased to announce the launch of ‘Bonding with Baby’, a support programme for parents/carers with babies under one, developed by Hackney Playbus in partnership with the Claudia Jones Organisation and Shoreditch Trust ‘Bump Buddies programme.
Two groups are currently running:
Monday 1pm-3pm Well Street Family Centre 189 Well, St E9 6QU
Friday 10am -12pm Ivy Street Family Centre 54 Ivy Street, N1 5JE
Two groups will begin after the term break on Wednesday 25th February:
Wednesday 10am-12pm The Redmond Community Centre, Kayani Avenue, N4 2HF
Wednesday 1pm-3pm Claudia Jones Organisation, 103 Stoke Newington Road, N16 8BX
A 5th group in E5 will be confirmed later this month.
The groups are open to all parents/carers with babies under one who would like to pop along with their babies for a cup of tea and a chat in a welcoming and relaxed environment. The group is funded by the City and Hackney’s Clinical Commissioning group as part of their vulnerable women’s pathway and benefits from the support of trained volunteers and family support. We welcome referrals from GP’s midwives, health professionals, Children Centre’s etc.
Since 1972 Hackney Playbus has taken its fully converted double decker playbuses on to estates and parks in and around East London and we are still going strong.We encourage outdoor play in all weathers by providing a wide range of outdoor toys and shelter when the weather requires it. Our term time playbus sessions are perfect for children aged 0-5 years old and their parents. In school holidays children 8 years and under are welcome. We run regular free playbus sessions in Hackney, Waltham Forest and Tower Hamlets. To find out where the Hackney Playbus stops, see our timetable.
The Hackney Playbus is available to hire for fun days, birthdays, consultations and school holiday play schemes. Please get in contact to discuss your requirements.
Hackney Playbus staff run free early years sessions across Hackney. Parents and their children under 5 years old are welcome to join us for Music and Movement and Messy Play sessions. New parents with children under 1 can find support, friendly advice and a cup of tea at our Rollers and Crawlers sessions. Have a look at our timetable for times and locations. If you are interested in booking us to run a regular early years session in your area, please get in touch to discuss your requirements.
As part of our work we are always looking for ways to reach as many families as we can, focusing on those who may not already be linked into local services. We carry out focused outreach door to door to find families and let them know about free services and support in their local area, often alongside partner organisations such as children’s centres. If your organisation would be interested in working with us on outreach, please contact us to discuss your requirements.
Our trained, experienced and police checked staff can be booked for crèches. If you are looking to book a crèche, please get in contact to discuss your requirements.
For decades Hackney Playbus has worked with traveller communities across East London, building good relationships and providing play opportunities on traveller sites. In 2012 we won the Irish Youth Foundation’s Innovation Award for one of our projects. If you would like more information about our work with traveller communities, please get in contact.