Friendly Families Nursery was set up in 2019 by a group of local parents with the support of two charities (the New Economics Foundation and Coram Family and Childcare), funding from Trust for London and the Greater London Authority, a partnership with Peabody and with co-designers and makers Collaborative Design and Build.

What is parent-led childcare?

Parent-led childcare puts local parents at the helm of organising and delivering a local childcare service to help make sure families’ childcare needs are met and help keep childcare costs low. From planning out what the childcare service will look like to sitting on the management board and recruiting early years professionals, parents play a key role in creating a service that works for their neighbourhood.

One of our parent directors, Lucie, talks about what a parent-led nursery looks like.

What do parent volunteers do?

Parents are asked to be involved in the day to day tasks of delivering childcare to help keep running costs low. This might mean working alongside early years professionals with children, helping out with preparing food, tidying up, providing some admin support or organising fundraising. It’s a great way to be involved with your child’s care and you can also learn new skills.

Safeguarding policy

Our safeguarding policy is available to download.