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Childcare/play and developement

Child Growth Foundation

2 Mayfield Avenue
Chiswick
London W4 1PW

(020) 8994 7625

Information and advice for parents concerned about their child’s growth.

Daycare Trust

Shoreditch Town Hall Annexe
380 Old Street
London EC1V 9LT

(020) 7739 2866 (Helpline 9.30am–5.30pm Mon–Fri)

Campaigns for the provision of good childcare facilities. The Daycare Trust gives information on all aspects of childcare.*

Mudiad Ysgolion Meithrin/The National Association of Welsh Medium Nursery Schools and Playgroups (W)

145 Albany Road
Cardiff CF24 3NT

(029) 2048 5510

Help and advice on setting up and running parent and toddler groups and playgroups. Contact with local playgroups.

National Association for Maternal and Child Welfare (NAMCW)

40/42 Osnaburgh Street
London NW1 3ND

(020) 7383 4117

Advice and courses on childcare and family life.*

National Association of Toy and Leisure Libraries

68 Churchway
London NW1 1LT
(020) 7387 9592

Information about local toy libraries (which lend toys). For all families with babies and young children, including those with special needs. Runs ACTIVE groups, which provide aids, information and workshops for children with disabilities.

National Childminding Association

8 Masons Hill
Bromley BR2 9EY

(020) 8464 6164

In Northern Ireland:
17A Court Street
Newtownards BT23 7NX

(028) 9181 1015

An organisation for childminders, childcare workers, parents, and anyone with an interest in pre-school care. Works to improve status and conditions of childminders and standards of childcare.*

Parents at Work

45 Beech Street
London EC2Y 8AD

(020) 7628 3565
(020) 7628 3578 (Helpline)

Information and advice on childcare provision and employment rights for working parents. Local groups.*

Pre-school Learning Alliance

69 King’s Cross Road
London WC1X 9LL

(020) 7833 0991

In Northern Ireland:

NIPPA–The Early Years Organisation

6c Wildflower Way
Apollo Road
Belfast BT12 6TA

(028) 9066 2825

In Wales:

Wales Pre-school Playgroups Association

2A Chester Street
Wrexham LL13 8BD

(01978) 358195

Help and advice on setting up and running parent and toddler groups and playgroups. Contact with local playgroups.


We are indebted to Health Promotion England for their help in compiling this section.