Carmen from Under 5’s #activeHCA
Our under 5’s drop-in sessions for parent’s / carers is free and open all year round and a great place to be active. We chatted to Carmen our under 5’s Coordinator to find out more.
“Our under 5’s has been running for 36 years and I have been running it for 32 years. I’ve been a part of soft play for so long I now have mothers coming to me when they attended themselves when they were children – so we must be doing something right!
A lot of our parents live in central London where accommodation is on the smaller side. The move to Holborn Library has worked great as now we have a large soft play space for children to run around in developing their large motor skills. Plus our stay & play room to develop our fine motor skills.
Through coming here a lot of our children move on to take part in other activities happening at HCA. Like our gymnastics, taekwondo and dance classes for 4 years and upwards.
I’ve also noticed over the last 3 or 4 years we have more fathers drop in with their children which is brilliant.
The children love the soft play equipment. We have gym mats on the floor, a crash mat, large soft blocks, a slide and a tunnel to name a few, we see the children grow from crawling to climbing to walking to running!
I believe it is important for children to have the freedom to express themselves through play and interact with the other children. Here they can build confidence in a relaxed environment and get them ready for more formal settings like nursery or school.
We host a lot of events throughout the year which are a big hit with families, as well as partnership work with organisations. We are really excited for the Barbican Blocks residency this October! ”