Scallywags is a long-standing toddlers’ club in Richmond which focuses on small group numbers and lots of love! Born from founder Nancy’s need for a playgroup for her own children, Scallywags Toddlers Club provides a loving and family orientated environment for your children to learn and grow. Scallywags is a unique toddlers’ group in Richmond upon Thames, where children can enjoy that perfect balance of stimulation, company and play, while their parents gain some time for themselves. Scallywags welcomes children from all over the world and is committed to diversity and inclusion for all families

My Story

“There HAS to be a place!”

These were my very thoughts in 1995 as I sat in a dentist’s chair - mouth full of equipment and a squirming toddler in my lap. At 15 months, Andrew was too young to be left playing alone in the waiting room and too old to sit quietly in his pushchair. Like many young mothers in the area, I lived miles away from my family, and friends weren’t always available to help. All I needed was a few hours each week for myself.

So I started to search.

Babysitters were expensive and he’d have no other children to play with. Lots of mother and toddlers groups around, but then I’d have to stay. Crèche? “Only if you belong to the club, madam!” - or they were so chaotic and noisy that Andrew was beside himself. Finding the right childcare was proving to be a nightmare!

What I wanted for Andrew was the equivalent of my Italian aunt’s living room - complete with cousins, toys and lots of hugs. That’s how Scallywags came about. For over 20 years now, we have been helping families give their toddlers that same warm, happy play experience (AND giving parents a much needed break!)

Nancy

Book your place now!

We always keep our groups small to ensure your child gets the care and attention that we'd expect for our own children. Contact us today to see if we have a space for your child.


Staff Profiles

Nancy Baldwin

 


Hi! I am a qualified teacher and proud creator of Scallywags Toddlers Club. My own boys, Peter and Andrew, are adults now but they were very much the inspiration for Scallywags. It is my aim to provide a homely, friendly play experience for each child who comes to us. In other words, I have created a space where I would be happy to leave my own children. I have done this now for over 20 years and there is nothing more satisfying than to walk down the High Street in Richmond, Twickenham or Sheen and run into some of my past kids with their families. I love hearing their news and how they are getting on in life. Many are university graduates or still in school. One has even become a mother herself! Scallywags is just waiting for the day when a Scallywags “grad” sends their own child to us. A real bulwark of the community, Scallywags is there as a resource for toddlers and their families throughout the Borough of Richmond upon Thames.

Sarah Hutton

 


I am married to Keith and have 2 teenage children, Harry and Becky. I started working at Scallywags when my daughter was in Year 1 at Marshgate and haven't looked back. That was 10 years ago.

I love being at Scallywags. It is fun and very rewarding and a real privilege to work with such wonderful children and their families. I feel very lucky to have such a special place to work.

Lucille Drew-Edwards


My son Fred, now 11 years old, was at Scallywags for nearly 2 years, leaving aged 3. Spending time at Scallywags made a big difference to him and really helped with his transition to nursery. He still remembers it.


I've been working at Scallywags for over 4 years. I love working with the children and always become very fond of them. It's a pleasure to see them settle in and watch them grow and develop and make friends.


I've always felt it's a very comfortable space for the children to be. It’s somewhere they feel safe and secure but also have the chance to play with other children or just do their own thing.


The times I love the most though are the cuddles and hugs that we get from the children.

Anne Barnard

 


I am a qualified teacher who combines working at Scallywags with working as a Supply Teacher and being a mum to Zoe (16) and Ollie (10). 

I love working at Scallywags because the high ratio of staff to children means that it is possible to get to know the children well. We have a lot of fun playing together and it is wonderful to see the development of their social, emotional and motor skills during their time with us.

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