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From bumps to teens, we have it covered!  This is your one-stop site for everything you need to know about living in Romford with children including children's activities, things to do and other local services such as health, education and party providers & supplies

Whether you have lived in Romford for years or are new to the area, this website will help connect you with great activities for you and your children, help you to discover what's going on in your area and hopefully help to keep the kids busy and entertained. It will also direct you to details of local medical centres, libraries, Children's Centres, fitness clubs, nurseries and schools - and so much more.

Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram as that's another great way to keep up to date with what's happening locally.

In the meantime, if you run a local business or event that's relevant to children and families I'd love to hear from you and get you listed on the site. 

NEW - you can now add RECOMMENDATIONS for your favourite businesses! Use our category menu or the search bar to find the listing you want to recommend and click the "Add recommendation" button. You'll be asked to register the first time and then you can add recommendations for as many businesses as you like.

Under 5 Drop Ins


January - Longest Month of the Year!

January is such a funny month. It's an anticlimax after Christmas and New Year. We are glad when it arrives as it means we can get the house back into order and get our families back into a routine. 

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What's On This Week

16th January 2020-01-16 2020-01-25 - 25th January
Throughout Canary Wharf, Canary Wharf DLR Station

26th January 2020-01-26 2020-01-26
Bedfords Park, Havering atta Bower

27th January 2020-01-27 2020-01-27
Harrow Lodge Park, Hornchurch

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Under 5s drop-in groups

If you are running a local event for families or children you can add the details to our site for free.



We have a winner - well actually we have 3 winners!


Congratulations to Katie Nicholls, Caitlin Palfrey and Louise McArthur who have each won an East Anglia Pass valid until Christmas 2020. We hope you enjoy using your passes and getting lots of discounts for your families.

Thank you to everyone who took the time to enter and huge thanks to our friends at East Anglia Pass for collaborating on this competition with us.


Watch this space for our next big competition - it's going to be a biggie!



News & Notices

Free Period Products Available in Schools

Did you know that from Monday 20th January, all state schools and colleges in England will now be able to provide FREE sanitary products to girls as part of the Government's bid to tackle 'period poverty' in the UK. 

According to tes.com, schools will be able to order the products as and when they need to ensure that all girls have access to sanitary products.

Do you know if your daughter's school is taking part is this scheme?

Children's Centres New Timetables

All 7 of our local Children's Centres have published new timetables for January and February. Click the links below for further information.

St Kilda's, Eastern Road, Romford
Collier Row, 28 Clockhouse Road, Romford
Hilldene, 267 Straight Road, Harold Hill, Romford
Elm Park, Diban Avenue, Hornchurch
Ingrebourne, Ashbourne Road, Romford
Chippenham Road, 85-89 Chippenham Road, Romford
Rainham Village, Rainham Primary School, Upminster Road South, Rainham



MGT Awards

This is it! We are finally bringing you the much talked about Mum's guide to Romford Awards.

We are excited to bring you these brand new Awards aimed at recognising and celebrating the local people, businesses and organisations that help make Romford and the surrounding area such a great place for families.

From Sunday 26th January 2020  you will be able to nominate a business in one of our 10 categories. You can nominate as many or as few businesses as you like in as many or as few categories as you like, but businesses must be based or operate in Romford and the surrounding area*.

Business owners or employees cannot nominate their own business but please do share with your clients and customers and ask them to nominate you!


This year's categories are:

Best Activity Class or Group for Under 5s
Award for the best activity class or group for children under 5, including parent and toddler groups.

Best Activity Class or Group for School-age Children
Award for the best activity class, group or club for children of school age, either primary or secondary school.

Best Holiday Club or Class
Award for the best club, class or camp that runs during the school holidays for children in any age group.

Best Pre/Post-natal Support Service
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service for pre or post-natal mothers, and can include anything to do with pregnancy and post-pregnancy, including groups and classes.

Best Lifestyle Service for Parents
Award for the business, individual or organisation that provides the best service of any type (not necessarily child-related) to local parents. The business or service does not have to be exclusively aimed at parents but can simply be one that provides a service that caters for a busy parent's lifestyle.

Best Party and Celebrations Provider
Award for the business or individual that provides the best venue, entertainment or party-related product (e.g. cakes, catering, decorations, tableware).

Most Family-friendly Café/Restaurant
Award for the café or restaurant which caters best for families.

Best Local Shop
Award for the local shop, whether child-related or not, that gives customers extra-special service either by way of the staff, products, facilities and extra services or a combination of all of these.

Best Local Event
Award for the best local event within a distance of 10 miles from the centre of Romford that caters for families and children.

Local Volunteer of the Year
Award for a volunteer who goes the extra mile to make Romford and the surrounding area an amazing place for children and families. (Either the role or the organisation they volunteer for must relate to or benefit children and/or families in Romford and the surrounding area*.) We all know someone who works tirelessly for their community, who puts themselves out to make things better for our families and who deserves to be nominated.

Those with the most nominations in each category will make the shortlist for the final voting round. Nominations close at midnight on Saturday 15th February 2020.

The final voting round will open on Saturday 29th February 2020 on the website. Full terms and conditions for the 2020 Awards are available here. *Please see our terms and conditions for the definition of "surrounding area".


Who will you vote for?


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User Recommendations

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Here's the latest recommendations from our visitors and followers. If you'd like to add a recommendation for a business or organisation search for their listing here on the site and click on the Recommend This button.

JB Treat Carts
"Jb carts are a must for any party! They saved my husbands birthday party from being a total disaster with their professionalism and great customer service. Their waffles taste absolutely amazing and were the best feature at the party. The team are two very kind people who were professional, easy to talk to and just a pleasure to have serving us at our party. I recommend them because of this and hope many more people can enjoy their sweet treats and great customer service!"

Portraits and More Photographers
"I toke my 6 year old daughter and 1 year old son here to have their professional photos taken. We have used lots of companies before, but I found Jeff and his team were amazing with the children. Very patient, no rushing around and the photos were amazing! I am very grateful and have recommended amongst my friends. If your local and want some beautiful photos of your children, that is a stress free and fun experience, Then portraits and more Is 100% the place to go!"

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