Our friendly and welcoming baby and toddler groups are open to all, you don't need to be an NCT member or to have attended antenatal classes. Dads can (and do) come along as well as mums! All we ask for in return is a small voluntary donation towards running costs and the NCT.

Open House group

Groups

Baldock Bumps and Babies

As a new parent - especially with your first baby - it can help to get out of the house! Bumps and Babies are  get-togethers for expectant mothers and those with pre-walking babies. Come along for tea, coffee and biscuits and spend some time with people who are at a similar stage or have shared the same experiences. Held on the first Monday of the month at Tapps Garden Centre. Check our events listing for upcoming dates and times.
 

Nature Tots - Letchworth

Join us for an hour of outdoor fun and adventure at our fortnightly Nature Tots at Norton Common.

This group is hosted by our enthusiastic and energetic host Glyn. Each session will start with a warming sing along and will then be followed by a nature activity on a particular theme. The host brings activities to keep the children occupied, which usually include some physical games and craft making, then following a trail in the woods.

The group is aimed at children aged 18 months to 5 years but obviously younger siblings are very welcome! We will meet come rain or shine so please dress your little one and yourself in appropriate clothing for the weather.

There are two car parks, one by the main entrance on Icknield Way and the other at the corner of the common at Norton Way North, by the outdoor swimming pool. There are usually spaces but they can be taken up by commuters. Alternative parking can be found at the Letchworth Town Hall car park and the Garden Square multi-storey car park. Morrisons supermarket is also an option.

We meet by the information sign at the main entrance to the common off Icknield Way (in the middle of the south side of the common). We then move into the Common for fun and adventure so please be prompt and arrive by 10.30 so as not to miss us! Take a look at our Streetmap link if you need to check where we are: http://streetmap.co.uk/map.srf?X=521772&Y=233086&A=Y&Z=106

If the weather is such that it would be dangerous to be out on the Common (e.g. in high winds), we will cancel the playgroup for that day and post a message on Facebook accordingly. There are no toilets on Norton Common therefore please bring suitable changing / portable potty equipment for your child.

Please remember that as with all our groups, you will be responsible for looking after your child at all times during the playgroup.

NCTea group

NCTea is our postnatal social group for parents/carers of babies with similar ages. Socials are held on a monthly basis for local parents / carers and their babies. Everyone is welcome; first time parents or fifth time. You don't have to be an NCT member to join an NCTea group, and we welcome coffee drinkers too!

A branch volunteer (currently our branch coordinator, Caroline) facilitates the groups. Parents /carers email coordinator.hertsnorth@nct.org.uk to sign up to a group. Your baby's age and location are needed to administer the socials. Once a month, the branch volunteer will arrange for a social meeting between parents/carers and their babies, ideally within a four month age range. The socials will be held at a mutually convenient location, such as a local cafe and the branch volunteer will attend the first two or three meetings. Once the NCTea group is established, the branch volunteer will no longer attend and move on to set up another NCTea group for the next group of babies.

Lego Duplo Meet and Make sessions - Hitchin

New for 2020 is our monthly Lego Duplo Meet and Make Sessions at St Mark's Church in Hitchin. Run on Saturdays from 10.30am to 12noon, please see our events listing for dates.
 

Services

Breast pumps

Breastfeeding is the most natural thing in the world, but there are occasions when a mother wants to express her breast-milk.

We operate a service which offers you the chance to hire a breast pump for use whilst feeding your baby.

The Herts North branch hires out breast pumps to anyone who needs one, members and non-members. We have two Ameda Elite Breast Pumps for hire. Prices are as follows:

£29.70 for the first 2 weeks (single pump kit)
£39.60 for the first 2 weeks (double pump kit)
£9.90 per week after that

Our agent, Sam Riley, runs this service and for more information, or to hire a pump please contact Sam by emailing areaflink.regioneastofengland@nct.org.uk
Telephone no: 07954 425803

Local activities and meetups

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Courses & workshops

NCT Antenatal course

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NCT Online Antenatal refresher course

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