Hackney Playbus’s vision is that children in East London, particularly those most socially excluded, share the same opportunities to grow, thrive and reach
Our aims are:
- To make play and learning opportunities accessible to children aged 0- 4 years old
- To connect families to support services
- To improve parenting confidence
- To reduce social isolation and facilitate community cohesion
of parents and carers felt that their children have more opportunities to play and learn because of the Playbus
Parents and carers say that Hackney Playbus encourages them to get out of the house more with their children.
Parents and carers said that their children are more self-confident since coming to the Playbus
Parents and carers say they feel they have a better understanding of how to support their children’s needs since attending Playbus session
“My child was very reserved and shy. Coming to these play sessions, she has become very confident around other children and adults.
– Playbus mum
Connect Families to Support Services
Playbus users have been able to access other services as a result of coming to the Playbus
Parents and carers say they have started using more local activities and services.
Parents and carers say they have shared their own knowledge of activities and services with other parents or carers at Hackney Playbus sessions.
“As a Healthy Families Practitioner working within the early years, mainly in Childrens Centres we are always looking for other ways to meet our target families. Having the Hackney Playbus available across the borough has given us that opportunity to sit and chat to families about our services and to inform them about Healthy Start vitamins and vouchers in a relaxed and safe environment. Since visiting the Playbus in three of their locations, I have successfully signed up parents to some of our Healthy Families workshops that are delivered in nearby Childrens centres. Many of these parents have never used the children’s centre before.”
Tina Le – Practitioner – Best Start with HENRY in the City & Hackney
Parenting Ideas and Skills
Parents and carers said they had learned new parenting skills as a result of attending Playbus sessions
Parents and carers said that they feel they manage the pressures of parenting better than before
My confidence in parenting is always bettered, I feel a sense of community and no isolation as a mother. Always greeted with a smile, I feel such warmth and familiar atmosphere at each session”.
“The staff are all brilliant, really encouraging and helpful. It feels more like a family than a formal group. It’ s very relaxed and welcoming, I can turn up at any time and not be turned away. I feel I can ask anything and not feel silly.”
Playbus mums 2019
Parents and carers feel a stronger sense of belonging to their local area as a result of attending Playbus sessions
Parents and carers have made new friends by coming to Playbus sessions
Parents and carers say that as a result of attending Playbus sessions they have met people who they could turn to if they needed help
“It was like something shifted when we first started coming, it felt like we have somewhere to go. Suddenly my calendar was full after the first visit. We found out about lots of different things to do in the area and swapped numbers with other mums. London can be a lonely place but now I meet other families, it makes me feel a part of something”
Feedback from Community Partners
“I feel that the partnership that health visiting and the Playbus have been able to achieve has been really beneficial to the health visiting service and to the families with whom we have come into contact. It has enabled me to help families who are more socially isolated, as I can take them or agree to meet them there and then introduce them to the wonderful Playbus team who are so welcoming. Out of the 3 families that I have taken or agreed to meet there, all 3 are now regular attendees of the Playbus and think it is an invaluable resource.”
Christopher Norton – Specialist HIA Health Visitor for Transition to Parenthood – Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
“I would like to thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to visit your services and meet with families. We really enjoyed talking to lots of parents on that week. I strongly appreciate it. Since I visited your services, I have been talking to all my colleagues and encouraging them to engage and access families via Playbus.”
Dina Kakar, Breastfeeding Coordinator, Children’s Service, Diagnostics and Outpatients Division, Homerton University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust