Help us cover our shortfall, and keep Kangaroo going until our new funding comes in!
What is Kangaroo?
Kangaroo playgroup is an indoor/outdoor playgroup that was set up in early 2009. We moved to our permanent home at Barracks Lane Community Garden that year, and have been meeting (almost) weekly ever since. We are founded on 'attachment parenting principles', which means that we are interested in practices which encourage a bond between parent/carer and child.
Why do we need funding?
In the past, Barracks Lane Community Garden (BLCG) has generously hosted Kangaroo at a peppercorn rent of £1 per family. Now that BLCG is no longer funded by the council, it needs to charge us a reasonable rent for the use of the space. We are expecting to receive funding from supermarkets in the near future, but we have a shortfall that we need to cover for the next few weeks. We need to be sure that we can keep going until Christmas, so that we can put energy into advertising, while we wait for our other funding. £250 will cover us for 10 weeks until Christmas. Any extra money we raise through donations can be put towards our rent in 2015.
What happens at Kangaroo?
Kangaroo is a very informal, friendly playgroup. We don't follow any fixed structure: children are free to play as they please. Some children gravitate towards the huge sandpit and stay there all session. Older children climb trees or ride their scooter. Children look for bugs, build dens or play with water. On rainy days children sometimes make cushion mountains or an obstacle course in the cabin.
Can I find out about attachment parenting?
Many of the families who attend Kangaroo have experience with practices such as baby wearing, baby-led weaning, co-sleeping, breastfeeding, nappy free, and gentle discipline. If you are interested to find out more about a particular aspect of attachment parenting, then on any week there will normally be someone who is happy to share their experience. Like all parents, we are all different and we have different ways of doing things. There aren't any 'rules'.
What about Slingmeet and Nappy Free Baby days?
Kangaroo hosts two other groups which are in line with our ethos: Oxford Slingmeet and Oxford Nappy Free Baby meet at Kangaroo monthly. During these workshops/meetings, you can find out specifically about those practices (see their websites for more details www.nappyfreebaby.co.uk www.oxfordslingmeet.co.uk). Normal, unstructured Kangaroo runs along side these meetings, so you can still come along and play even if you are not interested in coming to these special meetings.
Who goes to Kangaroo?
Mums, dads, grandparents, childminders, nannies, babies, toddlers, school-aged children, friends...all are welcome at Kangaroo.
Can I bring a buggy?
Of course. There is plenty of secure space for buggies and bikes inside the garden.
When is Kangaroo on?
Every Wednesday on term time, rain or shine, 11am - 1pm.