Everything You Need To Know About Being A Parent In SW6
Do you know your baby monitor from your bath thermometer? Become immersed in family life with this essential guide to raising kids in Fulham.
Fulham is one of the best areas of London to raise a family in. It’s a safe neighbourhood with plenty of green space, a yummy mummy vibe, great childcare, excellent schools and heaps of family-friendly activities. What more could you ask for when starting a family in Central London?
One of the best ways to make friends in the local area, and to co-experience all the joys and challenges of parenting, is to sign up for one of Fulham’s NCT Signature antenatal courses. You’ll meet other couples who are the exact same stage of pregnancy as you, and socialising after the birth of each baby in the group is encouraged.
For the many Londoners who return to work within a year, it’s so important to know that your child is in the best possible hands during the day. Luckily, there is an outstanding nursery in Fulham, the Little Tug Boat which takes up to 34 children aged from 3 months to 5 years. Places in popular London nurseries get booked up months in advance, so it’s wise to check out nurseries while pregnant if possible and to get your child’s name down on a waiting list, so that you’re not disappointed or stressed when it’s nearly time for your maternity leave to come to an end.
Similarly, this might seem a while off yet, but time flies when you’re a parent and it won’t be long before you’ll want to know everything there is to know about the curriculum and school catchment zones in Fulham. There are two French schools in the area, the L’Ecole des Petits and Marie D’Orliac which may appeal to international families. Primary school options include the Ofsted-rated ‘outstanding’ Melcombe Primary School & Children’s Centre as well as Fulham Primary School which is rated as ‘good’.
Families are spoilt for choice when it comes to things to do to entertain the kids. Football fans will love a stadium tour and day out to Fulham’s Craven Cottage or even to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge depending on where your loyalties lie. If you’re looking for a place to exhaust the kids, then soft play is available at Gambado Chelsea which has one of the largest playframes in London as well as carousel rides, a junior climbing wall and dodgems.
The Harbour Club in nearby Chelsea is a popular choice for families, as unlike many other leisure clubs, it’s not just for the grown-ups. Enjoy your favourite fitness classes or spa treatments while your kids visit the creche or partake in their own activities such as kid’s yoga, dance lessons or art sessions.
It’s not all about urban living in Fulham; there will be plenty of opportunities for you and your child to get a breath of fresh air and interact with nature. Bishops Park is a huge attraction for families – there is an urban beach, riverside walks, water play and even table tennis tables.
The best way to experience family life in Fulham is to get stuck in. Be open to going to trial baby classes such as music groups, attending meet-ups for new mums and of course asking your health visitor or midwives for local recommendations.