‘Takes A Village’ is a collaborative of local services, supporting the wellbeing of new parents.

We open every Monday to Wednesday from 10am - 3pm, at Aneto Cafe, next to Goose Green park (between East Dulwich and Peckham). We bring together the high quality local services that new parents need, in an accessible and welcoming space. Come to see us and find:

  • Easy to access expertise, exactly where and when you need it.

  • Evidence-based information to help you make decisions - and nothing but support once you've made them.

  • A warm and friendly place to just be, in good company, with your babies. Where you can feed and change and care for them, in a supportive non-judgmental environment.

  • Somewhere to build your own network of like-minded friends in this new phase of your life from newborn through to the toddler years.

Coming Up…

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We offer wide range of weekly, monthly and ad hoc sessions, to cover everything we think you will find helpful as a new parents. Most are group sessions, some are individual appointments, some are paid and some free. Click through to find out more & to book, or check out everything in date order.


Sling Pop-Up

With Consultants Rachel & Katharine, from London Slings. Drop in weekly 12-3, or by appointment 10-12. . .

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Baby Massage

Course of 3 sessions with Baby Massage & Baby Yoga instructor, Emily. 1- 1.45pm.- Suitable from birth. . .

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Baby Yoga

Individual Sessions with Baby Massage & Baby Yoga instructor, Emily From 3 months- pre-crawling. From 1-1.45pm (alternating with Baby Massage).

Mother Cuppa

Free Parent & Baby Group, sponsored by The Group Antenatal, with Cakes kindly funded by Michele Misgalla Runs most weeks from 3-4pm, check Schedule


Parenting Course

Calm and Confident Parenting. With Katharine Boylan, Primary School Teacher and Sling Consultant. 4 consecutive weeks, Tuesdays 11.15-1.15.


Weaning Workshop

With Nutritional Therapist Kristy Coleman. Runs monthly 10-11.30. . .


Work It: Redundancy

Small group workshops, with Employment lawyer Amy Sinclair, focusing on your options if facing redundancy.. Alternate months 11-12.30


Work It : Flex Work

Small group workshops, with Employment Lawyer Amy Sinclair focusing on flexible working. Alternate Months 11-12.30


First Aid

Interactive sessions with Carolyn from Daisy First Aid. Ad hoc dates & times. .


Sleep Workshop

With Kerry Secker, Paediatric Sleep Consultant of Care It Out. Runs ad hoc dates and times. .


Book Club

Run by East Dulwich Parents, with a new book each month. Monthly 12pm-2pm


Knit & Chat

Monthly free knitting group led by Andrea of the Dulwich WI. Monthly 10.30-12, lunch after.


Know Your Rights

Free overview, and Q&A with Employment Lawyer Amy Sinclair. Monthly 10.30am - 12pm .

On Motherhood.

Free, facilitated discussion with Doula Sarah. Monthly 10.30am.


Parents in Business

Networking for local parents, led by Social Media Consultant Angharad Monthly at 10.30am - 12pm



Hand delivered by Ceci, founder of Toy Box Tots, toy rental company.

Available all day, every Monday.

When you arrive, you can expect a warm, bustling Italian cafe with freshly ground coffee, delicious cakes, pastas and salads on offer all day. Damiano and his team have a wonderful, welcoming attitude to little people and the (inevitable) chaos they bring, so that you can enjoy your time with them without worrying.

You’ll find the Takes a Village through in the workshop space on the right as you come through the cafe with Rachel, Katharine or Luci on hand if you need any help finding your session, or just a friendly face to chat to! You can wheel your buggy all the way into the function room, particularly if your baby is asleep in it. Otherwise you may prefer to leave your buggy outside the cafe, if it’s empty.

What else can you expect?

  • A relaxed, warm and friendly atmosphere, where you are welcome to spend as much time as you like, to feed, change and comfort your baby; eat and drink,work or catch up on some life-min whilst your little one plays, or strike up conversation with other parents.

  • In the main space, we set up a playpen with mats for your little one to play safely in, a Sleepyhead and a bouncer for the littlest ones to hang out on.

  • We have a changing selection of gorgeous toys from local toy box hire company, Toy Box Tots.

  • Baby changing facilities (and spare wipes, nappies & essential mum toiletries like dry shampoo and breast pads!).

  • Feeding cushions available for use.

  • Comfy baby bouncers (in the workshop space, and even one in the loo!).