Supporting our Ukrainian community since 2015, run and led by local Ukrainian families.
Meeting Tuesday afternoon, Sing, sign and stories is free and aimed at families who would like to a little more help with developing speaking, language and signing skills especially those who may of struggled with communication during lockdown or need a little extra support.
Each themed play group session will introduce around 10 signs using storytelling, games and a range of activities for under fives.
We know how important it is for our little ones to make thier own friends to share activities so they get ready for the adventures that lie ahead, like nursery, creche or meeting children and adults in everyday life.
Signing can help children with their speech development as it gives an anchor for the word or as an alternative way to communicate where speech is difficult or not available.
These sessions are designed for children from approximately 2- 5 years old but younger children can attend.
Please book a space on Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/169609684131
Kindly funded by the True Colours Trust
Where do you like to sit? Catch up with Clare as she read Oi Frog Friday 27 March at 1.30pm and find out where Frog likes to sit as she reads a book dedicated to comfortable bottoms of the animal kingdom, Greenwichs very own David Attenborough. ?
Outdoor Stay and Play
Our exciting, incredible and thoroughly enjoyable under five stay and play is back for autumn weekday mornings Tuesday - Friday. We have amended some of the Covid rules we had in place so please do familiarise yourself before attending.
The welfare of families, staff and volunteers is our top priority, so we kindly ask that all families adhere to the safety measures we have implemented, so that we can ensure the safest experience possible for everyone.
We recommend that you read this information carefully to understand everything you need to know before you visit, what to expect when you visit and how to book.
Find out more about your new outdoor stay and play and how we are working hard to keep everybody safe:
Families can just come without booking.
Tuesday to Thursday 10am – 12pm term time only.
Friday 12.30pm - 2pm
Who can visit
Individual households – a household will consist of adults and children under five who are from the same household or family. This does not include professional childcare providers.
Please do be patient with us as we take your whole households temperature and check you in. If anyone in your household has a temperature higher than 37.8 degrees Celsius you will not be admitted.
By entering our premises and signing in you are confirming your whole household has not had any signs or symptoms of Covid in the last five days.
- Toilets are available inside and a strict one household, one way system is in place. This will mean when one person needs to go, the whole household needs to go with them.
- Baby changing facilities will be available in the toilets.
- We will ask you to wipe toilet, basin, changing tray and door handle after use with the wipes provided.
- The tuckshop is closed and food and snacks are prohibited, with the exceptions of breast and bottle.
- Indoors will be open with a strict 10 household/ adult limit
- Please do not visit if you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19 or have any underlying health conditions that may put you at risk. If you are vulnerable in any way, it is your responsibility to make the right choice for yourself and others around you. Please follow the advice given at https://www.gov.uk/coronavirus
The guidelines are changing on a regular basis and we are following them closely and will keep working hard to react to any changes as quickly as we can.
We had such a great session today, we had lots of new faces and it was great to welcome back some old friends.
Our story today was Choo Choo clickety clack, by Margaret Mayo and Alex Ayliffe. It's all about the sounds vehicles make and we had great fun discovering each sound and matching them with the story.
The morning was spent exploring shapes, especially those we can find on cars and lorries.
We also made shapes in shaving foam, which was very messy fun!
Chris From Global Fusion came today, it was his first time here, but the kids really enjoyed his session. We sung about all the different things we do at the Big Red Bus and played some amazing instruments as we sang 'I am the music man, I come from far away'. The children all joined in brilliantly and after one of them pretended to be Chris!
Next week we are discovering more sounds, but this time Animal Sounds and making some musical instruments, so come along for some shakerific fun!
What a great time we had today. Super worm was the story we explored and we we did this in loads of ways...
We had our tuft tray filled with slimy spaghetti and tweezers, as the children arrived that was the thing they all headed for. We had some worm play dough mats, where we had to make long worms and short worms. We also had a wonderful time with our new bug hunting equipment, looking for bugs outside. We found little jumping flies and worms and looking at a shiny spider web through a magnifying glass is so fascinating.
Our sensory area was lit up with fish tubes and our disco lights. But what we all loved was the animals coming to visit. Colin the cockroach and Marvin the Millipede. We even fed some beaded dragons.
We are a family wellbeing centre, free to use and running projects developed by local families, at the heart of the Big Red Bus Club is our daily stay and play for children under five and families. The stay and play runs 10am -12pm, weekdays term time only.
This is a free daily stay and play. There is no charge for families. A place to meet others and make friends.
"The best thing at Big Red Bus Club is the team, everybody is nice and friendly." Family Survey 2018
Based in Charlton Park we also run projects that support our whole family approach to wellbeing including supporting families with children with Special Educational Needs, Disability, community events and a whole packed programme of activities that help us be healthy and happy families.
Supported by City Bridge (as part of London Funders) & L&Q
Local kids put their baking skills to the test today as they tried out the Big Red Bus Club’s new mud kitchen designed and created for us by the great volunteers at Men in Sheds.
A huge range of delights worthy of The Great British Bake Off were made, including worm spaghetti, leaf mould pastries and mud cakes.
Hours of fun was had as lucky kids took part in a volunteer preview day to test out our great new outdoor resource.
As regulars to the Big Red Bus Club know, our summer term will see a return of our Free Friday gardening club and this mud kitchen will be a great addition to our garden and external play spaces.
A regular user of the Big Red Bus Club, Oscar Massand, aged two and eight months, said’
“I enjoy playing in the mud kitchen and mixing leaves”.
It’s donations like these from Men in Shed’s and Mears, who donated the sink, which means we can stay free and open to all.