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These conversations have led to projects such as Story Box, Play Street and baby massage happening around the borough and conversations of parent-led nurseries, outdoor learning experiences, alternative education (such as homeschooling) as well as many other ideas about how to make the borough a better place to grow up.

We would love to hear from you if this sounds like something you could be interested in. Pop in for a chat. 

There are lots of different things that make somewhere a great place to grow up: outdoor spaces, friends who live nearby, a playground within walking distance, welcoming and fun spaces to meet family and neighbours, and opportunities to play or develop your ideas.

Barking and Dagenham is full of young families and beautiful green spaces for children to play in. We have three Every One Every Day shops in the borough where we have met lots of families excited to explore new projects in the borough together – including a number of parents interested in learning more about alternative ways to care for and help children learn. 


Baby Massage

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Join Jacqui as she walks you through baby massaging techniques. Baby massage provides a calm feeling that can soothe your little one to sleep in no time. Massage has unique health benefits like improving weight gain and improving circulation. It can be used to aid digestion and ease teething pain. Baby massage is a special time for you and your loved ones to bond with the new member of the family, and you may find it relaxing too! All session’s will take place at: 5 Porters Avenue, Dagenham RM9 3YS.

About the resident 

Jacqui moved to Barking and Dagenham seven years ago after the birth of her first born and now has three children. She has lots of experience with children as she used to be a nanny providing childcare and is now a Paediatric nurse. She wants to create a time for parents to come together, sociailse and create a community. 

Blissful Baby Massage

Thursday 21 March | 11.00am - 12.30pm

This session will focus on your little ones tummy, chest and back to aid digestion and weight gain. Jacqui will also be walking you through the whole body massage.

Blissful Baby Massage Part 2

Tuesday 2 April | 11.00am - 12.30pm

This session Jacqui will be focusing on the face, head, arms and legs to help improve circulation and provide a calming feeling. Jacqui will also be walking you through the whole body massage.