Here’s a list of resources available to local parents. If there’s anything I should add please get in touch via the comments box below.

Lewisham Children’s Centres
Kelvin Grove Primary School, Kelvin Grove, Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 6BB, 020 8613 0172
Bellingham Children’s Centre, 109A Randlesdown Road, Bellingham, SE6 3HB, 020 8695 6236
Eliot Bank Children’s centre, Eliot Bank Primary School, Thorpewood Avenue,  SE26 4BU, 020 8314 7410
Community Vision Penge , Woodbine Grove, Penge, SE20 8UX  020 8778 2970
Kilmorie Children’s centre, Kilmorie Road, Forest Hill SE23 2SP 0208 699 7802

Sydenham Green Group practice, 26 Holmshaw Close, London, SE26 4TH 020 3049 2820
Baby immunisations/health visitor/baby weighing Wednesdays 9.30-1.00, BCG drop-in immunisation Wednesday 1.30-3.30, Breast feeding drop-in clinic Friday 10.00-12.00

Healthy Start: Free milk, fruit and veg for low income families who are pregnant or have children
Surestart maternity grants
Homestart Lewisham (practical support for families) 020 7269 6970
Breast milk donations – King’s College Hospital London

Lewisham Childcare (nannies, childminders, nurseries)

Ofsted childcare reports on local nurseries, childminders and schools


Sydenham Community Library Sydenham Road SE26 5SE 020 8778 1753
Opening hours: Monday​ 9.30am-5pm​,  Tuesday​ 9.30am-7pm, ​ Wednesday​ Closed, Thursday​ 9.30am-7pm​,  Friday​ Closed, ​ Saturday​ 9.30am-5pm, ​ Sunday​ Closed
Forest Hill Library Dartmouth Road SE23 3HZ 020 8314 7653
Opening hours: Monday​ 9am-7pm​, Tuesday​ 9am-8pm​, Wednesday​ 9am-7pm,​ Thursday​ 9am-8pm,​ Friday​ 9am-7pm,​ Saturday​ 9am-5pm,​ Sunday​ 10am-4pm
Kirkdale Bookshop 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 4RS 020 8778 4701

Leisure Centres/Swimming pools:
Sydenham Bridge Leisure Centre, Kangley Bridge Road SE26 5AQ 020 8778 7158 – has 2 swimming pools, small soft play £1.80 per child
Lewisham hospital Waterbabies, Lewisham High Street SE13 6LH
Glass Mill leisure centre, 41 Loampit Vale, opposite Lewisham station , SE13 7FT, 020 8463 9600 - has creche, learner pool and 25m main pool
Beckenham Spa 24 Beckenham Road BR3 4PF 020 8650 0233 – has 2 swimming pools, soft play, creche
Crystal Palace National Sports Centre Ledrington Road SE19 2BB 020 8689 5300
Dulwich Leisure Centre 2b Crystal Palace Road, SE22 9HB 0844 893 3888
JAGS sports club Red Post Hill, SE24 9JN 0208 613 6500
Brockwell Lido Dulwich Road, SE24 0PA 020 7274 3088

Diddy Dinos -  27 Crystal Palace Park Road, SE26 6UF  0208 659 6554
Open every school holiday period ONLY 7 days per week for Pay and Play – 10-1pm and 1:30-4:30pm. Prices £3 1st child, £2 siblings and £1 babies under 1. A large outdoor garden is packed with toys: pirate ship, sand/water tray, climbing frame, bouncy castle and trampoline. Indoor activities include: arts and craft, construction toys, books and baby corner.
Saturdays and Sundays Pay and Play sessions also run year round during term times.

Happy Mondays NCT playgroup – 10-11.30am at Beckenham Methodist Church, Bromley Road BR3 5JE TERM TIME ONLY  £1 for under 1s; £1.30 for over 1s.
Toddlers World Crystal Palace Sports Centre, Ledrington Road SE19 2BB 020 8778 0131
Place2Play, Victory Place,  just off Westow Street (almost directly opposite Sainsburys), Crystal Palace SE19 £2 for babies under 1, £3.50 for children over 1, open every day 9-5pm
Crystal Palace gym club 16mnth-3yrs, Units 1 &  2, Carberry Road, SE19 3RU 07807 902180
Peckham Pulse Leisure Centre, 10 Melon Road, Peckham, SE15 5QN  0844 893 3888
The Buzz Zone, 24 Beckenham Road BR3 4PF 020 8650 0233 Open daily 9:15-5:45
Gambado, National Westminster Bank Sports Ground, Copers Cope Road, Beckenham, BR3 1NZ 020 8662 6914
Kidplay Cafe, 282-284 Lower Addiscombe Rd, Croydon CR0 7AE 020 8655 1583

Mayow Park off Mayow Road/Silverdale Road – has children’s play area, tennis courts, community garden
Grow Mayow Community Garden, Mayow Park, SE26 4JA, open Tues/Wed/Thurs 9am – 3pm (the community garden park garden is open 7 days a week access through the park)
Home Park off Sydenham Road next to Sydenham Community Library – has children’s play area
Alexandra Recreation Ground – off  Tannsfeld Rd SE26 – has children’s play area, paddling pool (summer holidays only), football, bowling
Sydenham Wells Park – has children’s play area, tennis courts, water play area, nature reserve
Sydenham Hill Wood – has duck and wildlife ponds, old railway path, an ancient ruin and wood sculptures
Crystal Palace Park – entrances from Crystal Palace Park Rd/Thicket Road/Crystal Palace Train station/top of Anerley Hill – has cafe, children’s play area, sand play area, maze, dinosaur trail
Capel Manor Farm – in Crystal Palace Park (Crystal Palace Train station entrance) FREE Opening Times: Mon/Tues/Thurs/Fri/Sat/Sun: 12.00 -4.00pm Wed: CLOSED
Horniman Museum & Gardens 100 London Road, Forest Hill SE23 3PQ 020 8699 1872 (Busy Bee singing sessions Tues/Fri mornings) FREE gardens & museum entrance, £3 adult admission to aquarium
Horniman triangle opposite Horniman museum, London Road SE23. Has playground with large sandpit and climbing area, cafe
Brockwell Park - Dulwich Rd, SE24 0PA – has basketball, football, bowling, cricket, tennis courts, Brockwell Lido, children’s play area, a paddling pool and sand pit and a purpose–built BMX track

Children’s sports
Tennis – Sydenham tennis club Sydenham Tennis, Squash & Croquet Club, Lawrie Park Road SE26 6ET
Football – Cubz Kickerz, The Bridge Leisure centre, Kangley Bridge Road SE26 5AQ
useful link –

Cinemas with baby screenings (under 1 year):
Brixton Ritzy, 11.00 Fridays – screenings for babies under 1 and their parents
Beckenham Odeon,12.00 Tuesdays – screenings for babies under 1 and their parents
Clapham Picturehouse, 10.30 Thursdays – screenings for babies under 1 and their parents
Bar Twenty Five, 25 Westow Street SE19 Crystal Palace  Tuesdays at 2.00, & Thursdays at 12.30pm FREE
Greenwich Picturehouse, Greenwich High Road, SE10 8NN, Wednesday 11.00
Peckham Plex  Thursday 11.30 (termtimes) £4.99 (inc refreshments)

Baby Friendly eateries
The Dolphin,121 Sydenham Rd, SE26 5HB 0208 7788101 (children must be seated) – has garden
Blue Mountain Cafe, 260 Kirkdale, SE26 4NP 020 8659 6016
Montage, 33 Darmouth Road, SE23 3HN 020 7207 9890 – an art gallery, coffee shop and children’s play area
Alexandra Nurseries, Estate House, Parish Lane, SE20 7LJ 0208 778 4145
Dulwich Wood House 39d Sydenham Hill, SE26 6RS 020 8693 5666 – has very large outdoor area

Toys R Us/Babies R us, Bell Green Sydenham SE26 4PZ
Mothercare Lewisham Retail Park, Loampit Vale, Lewisham SE13 7RZ. 020 8463 9960
Kirkdale Bookshop 272 Kirkdale, Sydenham, SE26 4RS 020 8778 4701
School uniforms: Wearabouts, 99 Sydenham Rd, SE26 5UA 020 8659 9917
NCT nearly new sales – take place in Beckenham, Penge & Catford. Check website for dates
South London Sling library: 194 Beckenham Road, BR3 4RJ A very useful resource for trying out & borrowing baby slings before you buy

Baby passport photos
Snappy Snaps, 29 Sydenham Road SE26 5EX 020 8659 4499

2 Responses

  1. Cat Bateman
    Cat Bateman May 20, 2015 at 4:29 pm · Reply

    Hey there – thanks so much for having my group listed under your Wednesdays (Cat at Alexandra Nurseries), just to say it’s £4 per family not £2 and I’m more than happy for you to put my website address on so people can check out my other venues. Your site is fab! Wish it had existed in my day with smalls! Thanks so much, Cat Bateman

    1. editor
      editor September 24, 2015 at 8:58 pm · Reply

      sorry for the long delay. Updated it a while ago but neglected to add your website. All done now! Thanks.

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