Carmen from Under 5’s #activeHCA

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.   

Carmen: 

Carmen Allen HCA Under 5's

“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! ”  

Click here to find out more info about our free under 5’s drop-in sessions.  Click here for more info on #activeHCA.