Beckenham & Borders

NCT Branches are your local parent support network, helping you become the parent you want to be

Welcome to the Beckenham & Borders Branch

We support young families and new or expecting parents across Beckenham and the surrounding area, helping make the transition to parenthood as smooth and enjoyable as possible.

If you want to connect to others in your local community, gain support and advice, do get in touch. Please also check our Facebook or Twitter pages for more information on our upcoming events and “like” us to see all our news and updates.


Existing activities

Happy Mondays Playgroup

Come along every Monday 10-11:30am during term time and join us for a fantastic play session.

£1 for under-1’s, £1.30 for over-1’s or a maximum £2.30 per family.  

Refreshments & biscuits provided and always a sing-along at the end for the little ones. No need to book - just turn up!

Breastfeeding Support

We feel that there is a massive need for support for families in the early days of breastfeeding and on throughout their feeding experience to weaning. Our district is an area with many young families and the need for support is huge.

Whether you are pregnant, a new parent, an established feeder or coming to the end of your breastfeeding time, Breastfeeding Counsellors, peer supporters and other parents who have also been on the journey will be there to support.

Here is the timetable for the local breastfeeding drop-ins:
*Key: BHC - Bromley Healthcare drop-in, NCT - NCT funded drop-in, Baby Cafe - Baby Cafe drop-in


10am-12pm - Blenheim Children Centre, Blenheim Road, ORPINGTON, BR6 9BH (BHC)

1pm-2pm - Orpington Methodist Church, Sevenoaks Road, Orpington, BR6 9JH (NCT)


10am-11.30am - Bromley United Reformed Church, Widmore Road, Bromley, BR1 1RY (BHC)


10am-11.30am - Community Vision, Woodbine Grove, PENGE, SE20 8UX (BHC)


1pm-3pm - Group Room, 1st floor, Beckenham Beacon, 379 Croydon Road, BECKENHAM, BR3 3QL (BHC)

1-3pm Baby Cafe Local Penge, Penge East Community Centre, Penge SE20 7BE (Baby Cafe)

Baby Cafe Penge

Baby Cafe Penge is a community-based breastfeeding support group.  Run by volunteers and breastfeeding counsellors, the Baby Cafe is a sociable, informative, inclusive and supportive experience with coffee, tea and homemade cakes!

Just turn up, bring your partner, families and friends as well as children of all ages.

If you would like to find out more, volunteer to help out or even bake a cake, visit the website

Postnatal Teas

These are small informal groups, hosted by an NCT member in their home to bring together new mums with babies up to a few months old.  It’s a great opportunity to have a coffee and some cake, share experiences with other women and make friends locally. 

Venues and days/times vary so please get in touch with Sandra at for further information.

Next Baby Group

An informal group for second/subsequent time round parents, who meet at each others’ homes with their children on a weekly basis.  Venue and days/times vary each week therefore please contact Grace at for more information on the next one.

Dads & Little Ones

On the first Saturday of the month (during term time) 10:30am-12:30pm there is a group for Dads to bring their little ones together.  Refreshments and a bacon sandwich are included.

Held at St Mark's Church Hall, Braemar Gardens, West Wickham BR4 0JN

For more information email

Nearly New Sales

The next sale is Saturday 22nd November 2014. This is a table top sale, including clothes. Click here for more information.

Our Nearly New ticketed and Table Top Sales are an opportunity for parents to buy and sell good quality nearly new items of clothes, toys and equipment.  Baby items are often in good condition as they only used for a very short time, so the sales are a great opportunity to recycle, enable sellers to make some money for their items, buyers to get some bargains as well as raise funds for the Branch.  Win! Win!

For information on the next Nearly New Sale, keep an eye on our Events and Facebook pages or you can email

Other events:

We also run other events such as children’s hairdressing, Cheeky Monkeys Parties, Bake Club and many more! Just keep an eye on our Events and Facebook pages for more information.


Volunteer vacancies:


Would you like to meet other parents, extend your local network and get involved in your community through volunteering for the NCT?

The Beckenham & Borders branch has worked really hard over past few years to bring people together for postnatal teas, regular Bumps and Babies groups, Nearly New Sales, the Happy Mondays playgroup and so much more. None of this would be possible without our dedicated team of volunteers.  Branches are the local FACE of NCT - "Fun, Accessible, Caring and Encouraging" - They aim to reflect these values in their local community and we are always looking to add to the branch team volunteers.  If you would like to help your local community, meet other local parents and make new friends then please get in touch! 

Beckenham & Borders contacts

Main branch contact:
Tel: 0300 330 0700 | Email:
Courses - Liz:
Nearly New Sales - Mel:
NCT Chair - Jo & Emma:
Website Editor & Social Media Contact - Ruth:
Post-natal Coffee Groups - Sandra:
Next Baby Tea Groups - Grace:

Next event

Date: Mon, 02/02/2015 (All day) | Venue: Blenheim Children's Centre