Manderin chinese speaking mums in north London

(44 Posts)
CinnabarHill Sat 19-May-12 23:06:17

I'm a mother of two girls aged 7 months and 4 years old respectively. My older daughter speaks fluent manderin Chinese and I'm very keen to get to know mums with children of similar age so that they can play together. Do anybody know if there is a chinese playgroup in north London? Also would love to meet mums with younger babies too!

MarkDavies Tue 23-Sep-14 18:10:34

Hi I'm doing some research for a new Anglo Chinese prep school in London. I want to talk to mums or dads that would consider sending their children to an english/mandarin speaking prep school in London (3 to11). Please send an email to markdavies7@hotmail.com if you want to be part of the research. Its a short chat and your views would help set up this school.
Mark

Jennaleelondon Wed 30-Jul-14 11:26:48

Hello,

I am a Cantonese speaker with an 11 months old son living in Southgate n14 area. I would like to join a Chinese play group or meet other Chinese parents in the area.
Is the mandarin meet up at H+H, Southgate still going?
If anyone would like to meet up, please let me know. My email is jenna_nclee@hotmail.com

Thank you!
Jenna

MamaLN Tue 24-Jun-14 12:25:03

Hi Rainbow,

My son is coming to 24 months and we are interested to join your Mandarin speaking playgroup. I speak fluent Mandarin and able to help out if needed.

Hope to hearing from you.

MamaLN

Rainbow6 Tue 24-Jun-14 11:23:55

Hello I am about to move into the London area and would like to run Playgroup or music sessions for Mandarin speaking adults and their children. If you would be interested please let me know.

Rainbow6 Tue 24-Jun-14 11:21:57

Would any of the mums looking for a Mandarin speaking playgroup like to have a Mandarin lady run a 'pay as you go' playgroup or music sessions? Would you be interested please let me know where you live and what you would like?

yenting730 Thu 29-May-14 16:25:23

Dear parents,
I am a research student at Institute of Education, University of London. You are invited to take part in a research project. The research project focuses on the musical envionrment of Chinese young children in the UK and how the cultural environment contributes to their development. I am looking for participants who meet the criteria: 1. You are the parent of children under five years old; 2.You and/or your spouse is/are of Chinese origin. During your participation, you will take part in an one-hour interview with me at a place of your choice. Your participation is much appreciated, as this will benefit chilren, teachers/carers and yourselves as parents. If you are interested in partipication and would like to know more about the research, please contact me at yenting730@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you.
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Jeslym Wed 07-May-14 04:46:41

Hi minimimimi,

I would like to find out more details on mandarin meet up at H+H, Southgate. My email is jeslym@yahoo.com

Thank you!

yumcha888 Thu 27-Mar-14 21:38:05

Just wanted everyone to know that we have a new, free Mandarin group running at Shepherd's Bush Library, right beside Westfield London. We'll be getting together on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month to sing songs, read stories and play games, all in Mandarin. Have a look at the calendar on www.playcantonese.com or email info@playcantonese.com for more details.

AndrewCh Mon 10-Feb-14 23:10:41

Hi everyone, we live in child hill area NW2 with two kids age 7 and 4. We had check out both weekend Taiwanese Chinese school and decided to sent them, to London Overseas Chinese School in Colindale Nw9, and had been very impressed with the standard. It may not be a fancy school but the fees is relatively cheap @£150 per year compare to £150 per term in the other one. The school also offers both traditional and simplified Chinese character classes.

For young toddlers, we can also recommend Camden Chinese Nursery at Camden Town. Although it is run by aunties from HongKong, both my children have managed to pick up Cantonese and English at school while they speak Mandarin to each others at home.

If you need more info, feel free to contact me at aachow@gmail.com

Yazzlikesthings Fri 17-Jan-14 11:02:01

Can anyone recommend / know where I could locate any mandarin speaking childcare minders in the N1/Islington area?

Also - if anyone has any plans / would like to set up a Mandarin playgroup in the neighbourhood please let me know....

I grew up speaking another Chinese dialect (Teo-Chew) and my Mandarin is rusty at best, but would like to expose my daughter to the language from an early age...

Thx!

chocci Mon 09-Dec-13 23:59:00

Hi there I'm a mum of 9 month old boy living near Finchley road station. Not sure if my boy is a little young for the Hua Hsia school but wondering if anyone local mums that speak mandarin are interested in meeting up and/or starting a local mandarin playgroup?

I speak mandarin to boy but I would love for him to meet some other mandarin speaking kids locally too.

My email:
Chocci@gmail.com

tengtang Mon 28-Oct-13 22:17:50

Good news! A free Mandarin stay and play is starting at Archway Children's Centre. If you live in Islington and your child is under 5 years old, you can join the play group. It runs between 1.30pm to 3pm every Friday from November 8th.
Here is the information about the Archway Children's Centre: www.islington.gov.uk/services/children-families/familyinformationservice/childrenscentres/centres_islington/Pages/archway.aspx

Denise2001 Thu 26-Sep-13 18:34:28

Hi,
Good to know that someone is looking for Mandarin playgroup as well. I was struggling quiet a while after my girl was born. She is 14 months now. I am glad that I joined the Hua Hsia Chinese School two weeks ago for the Autumn term. There are 8 babies in our group and very friendly mums. We stay 50 mins very Saturday to learn Chinese songs and simple words. My daughter does enjoy it! I would suggest that you can book a trial lesson first to see if it is really what you need.

petithamu1980 Tue 17-Sep-13 10:33:08

Is this thread still active?! hope so! I was here a long time ago looking for a Taiwanese/Mandarin children playgroup but since I returned to work, it's been so difficult to get in touch (let alone starting my own group...) I live in New Southgate (N11) and I'd love to be involved. My daughter is just over 1 1/2 and I am Taiwanese myself. My partner isn't so it's a bit difficult to keep up speaking Mandarin at home. Anyway, if anyone is still checking this thread, please email me on mochi1980@gmail.com! I don't work on Fridays so I'd love to know if there are any gatherings on Fridays!

Tiffany

Astrogirluk Mon 09-Sep-13 13:29:03

Hi Minimimimi
I also live in southgate and have two young sons with similar age to yours. I was considerng setting up one chinese play group sometime ago for the same reason as yours, with the possibility of extending to a chinese class for little one. Would be nice if we can have the chance to chat more. What time is the play group at H+H? My email is sandrofung@hotmail.com

georgemad Sun 18-Aug-13 10:43:39

It's a very interesting idea! I am a Mandarin teacher base in Canterbury, I teach children and adults Mandarin speaking as well as Chinese culture. If some mums can host this kind of Mandarin weekend group day, I am keen to go to the group and show children how to speak, write, and read per various method, like games and toys.

singsingmandarin Wed 14-Aug-13 12:45:09

Hi, my name is Candy and I am originally from Hong Kong.
I am a qualified primary school teacher (currently working as a subject co-ordinator) and mother of a 2-and-a half-year-old toddler.
I've started a Mandarin Chinese Playgroup in the Harrow area, in early July.
Who is interested in joining this group, please get in touch by emailing me at info@singsingmandarin.co.uk
I already have the experience of teaching in a Cantonese Playgroup in Central London for a couple of years.

Next session:

Date: 17 August 2013 (Saturday)
Time: 10.30am to 11.30am
Venue: 28 Downs Avenue, Pinner HA5 5AH
Theme: numbers
What to expect: singing some Mandarin songs, playing a game, doing an arts and crafts activity, reading a story, chit-chatting!
Fee: free or charge.

For more info check our website www.singsingmandarin.co.uk

Minimimimi Tue 06-Aug-13 13:16:47

Hi Everyone,

We have started a baby/toddler Mandarin group at the Harris & Hoole in Southgate (N14, opposite Southgate tube)
Session consists of story, songs and play.

Let me know if you would like more information.

Thisisjessie Fri 12-Jul-13 17:46:46

Sure, I've just pm you my contact info!

Minimimimi Fri 12-Jul-13 14:34:52

Hi thisisjessie- It's very close to public transport. Yes- lets do coffee next week?

Thisisjessie Fri 12-Jul-13 13:11:12

Hi, my boy is 13 weeks now, I've just got pm from daffodiledodo about the group. As I don't drive now, can we set the venue close to public transportation? Thanks a lot!!

Denise2001 Thu 11-Jul-13 19:36:12

Hi, I live in Hampstead and my daughter has been learning the Chinese class and Abacus in Hua Hsia Chinese School for 2 years. They are really good in teaching and motivating the kids. My daughter just participated in a Multilingual movie project organized by Hua Hsia and Goldsmiths University. She will be join the summer camp next week for Chinese culture classes and it is just £50 for a week!

They have a range of courses for different ages, even babies. I am sure your kids will be happy to learn Chinese in the school.

Minimimimi Thu 11-Jul-13 13:28:46

Hi Germom and ThisisJessie,

We're actually in the process of setting something up in North London. We just need to finalise venue and prepare the song sheets. Hopefully we can kick start everything by mid/end of July.

How old is your little one- ThisisJessie?

Germom- 5 weeks- awe- enjoy these new born days.

Thisisjessie Thu 04-Jul-13 15:08:23

Hi I live in new barnet area and would love to help to set up a mandarin play group, can Minimimimi suggest how to start? I think barnet council is quite resourceful in terms of child care, I'll check with my health visitor to see if she has any info as well.

Before the group is set up, anyone interested in meeting up and having coffee?

germom Sun 23-Jun-13 15:05:29

Hello, I came across this thread when I was looking for Chinese play groups, the thread is a bit old but I hope someone is still interested in possibly forming a Chinese playgroup in north or nw or central London, we are based in Islington N7. Or if one already exists we would be very interested in coming along some time.
I myself am not actually Chinese and also do not speak the language but my husband is and speaks both Mandarin and Taiwanese and would like to speak Chinese with our 5 week old daughter and we would love to provide a Chinese context for her.

J.

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