We're creating an inclusive, parent-run, outdoor education space in Oxford's East Ward Allotments. Our focus is on providing cooperative childcare, outdoor learning and growing for families and children. 
Inclusive, parent-run, outdoor childcare in the heart of Oxford's East Ward Allotments
We are a group of local parents and volunteers creating an inclusive outdoor education space for the local community.  On the site of a disused old plant nursery in the East Ward Allotments on Cricket Road, we are bringing to life our vision for a new kind of 'Nursery' and children's allotment. We're trying out a new model that can provide affordable, cooperative childcare, outdoor learning and sustainable food-growing for children and families, all primarily outdoors year round.

Our Vision
We'll create a parent-led cooperative to run the The Children’s Allotment and transform the disused Old Nursery site into an inclusive, accessible outdoor education space for the local community, primarily children and families.

Our current Community Action Group is working with young parents and other exciting  local children's initiatives in East Oxford to develop our sites and projects mutually, coordinate approaches and establish a strong network of local community-centred childcare.  
Family-led childcare

We will establish a full-time, childcare co-op for early-years foundation stage children, run by parent members.  We'll also run after-school play groups, holiday clubs and food school activities.

Creative outdoor play

Our beautiful allotment site will be transformed to provide opportunities for children and families to engage in creative outdoor learning and play.

Growing food

We want a child-run nursery - for plants! The site will offer families access to sustainable, locally grown, healthy food, as well as the knowledge and skills to grow and cook their own food.

Volunteer with The Children's Allotment
We're still just a small group of local parents and volunteers with a big vision and plan.   Join us in making the Children's Allotment come to life.   Join our mailing list and get involved.  
You could: 
  • Join work parties on the site and building
  • Develop the co-operative model and structure
  • Run events, make cakes, spread the word
You name it, there's a way to help out. 
We'd love to hear from you about your skills and interest in the Children's Allotment project.  
Next meetings and events on our Facebook page