Manderin chinese speaking mums in north London

(45 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!

ashleey2012 Tue 22-May-12 14:14:41

Cinnabarhill, I know there is a group of Maida Vale Mums talking about getting together and doing something. I just moved to the area, am not fluent, but got in touch with them since I want my almost 3yo to learn Mandarin. Whereabouts do you live?

Are there any in the Swiss Cottage area where I believe there are Mandarin classes for kids?

We're new to the country/city, so sorry I dont' know too much.

starray Fri 01-Jun-12 02:18:19

I have a 2 year old and I'm trying to teach him Mandarin. My own Mandarin is rusty, but I can still teach him the basics. I live in the Highgate area. Does anyone know of existing Mandarin playgroups? Can't seem to find any.

CinnabarHill Sun 03-Jun-12 23:13:21

Hi ashleey and starray, thanks for your responses. I live in muswell hill and as far as I'm aware there aren't any playgroups in n London. I've tried 2 Chinese weekend schools as well but unfortunately they use mainly English to teach. It's really difficult to provide the kids with a Chinese speaking environment! Maybe we can start a playgroup ourselves if we can get some more to join?!

petithamu1980 Mon 18-Jun-12 17:39:01

Hi there,

I have a 3 1/2 month old baby girl and I am trying to find a Mandarin playgroup to join as well. I also live close to Muswell Hill area but happy to travel to Highgate as well. I'm from Taiwan myself and I am fluent in Mandarin but since my husband is not, I only speak Mandarin to my parents when I call home or when I'm in a Chinese restaurant! I'd like our baby to hear the sound of Mandarin more than once a week...I am definitely up for starting/joining a playgroup. Hope I hear from you guys!


BeeMum Wed 20-Jun-12 02:45:15

Hi I am from Taiwan and I have 2 daughters aged 4.5yrs and 22m. A mum of my students told me about this thread.
I am running Yu Hua Chinese Saturday School, Bethnal Green. We have 3 classes - for 6m to 3yrs playgroup; 3-5yrs for beginners and Mandarin speakers. We speak mainly Mandarin for playgroup and Mandarin speakers class. We are in East London and very closed to tube station - Bethnal Green (central line, zone 2). You are very welcome to come to have a trial or I am willing to help for advice if you want to start your own ones. I couldn't find any Mandarin playgroup and started mine 4.5 yrs ago. I start the Bethnal Green branch because I don't have any Chinese school from Taiwan (only 5 in London) in my area, lots from HK and China. Get in touch if you are interested.

petithamu1980 Wed 20-Jun-12 13:31:39

Hi BeeMum! Thank you for getting in touch! Bethnal Green is a bit far out for us and I am really having a hard time finding one in North London! How do I start one? Can you tell me which Chinese schools are from Taiwan in London? I don't want her to go to a HK/China one either...

Can you email me privately @

Thank you!

CindyLi Sat 14-Jul-12 00:37:10

Hi petithamu1980 and CinnabarHill, I am very excited that I found this post. I live in Muswell Hill as well and I have a 4 year old son. We are a Chinese family speaking mandarin. It would be great if we could meet regularly to teach the kids mandarin as my son starts to dislike Chinese now. Recently he drew a car and asked me to write the word below the picture. He said: write car, not qi che mummy!

BeeMum Mon 06-Aug-12 05:47:42

petithamu1980, just sent you an email.
CindyLi, don't get disheartened. It is very hard for the kids keep speaking Mandarin. I heard it will get worse after they get older. My older one seems fine maybe because I am teaching Mandarin, so she has very strong and possitive feeling towards it. Having a 2nd kid helps a lot too. There is more conversation going on.
The main thing is really to let them feel they are not the only one speaking Mandarin. There are other Chinese kids or more and more kids learning to speak Mandarin.
Best of luck to you all.

kate201111 Thu 18-Oct-12 23:16:31

hi, i am a mom who has 11 months old boy and i really find very difficult to find a mandarin baby playgroup in north london/(winchmore hill), at last i put my baby in the normal english one and my baby absolutly love it. i would like to meet any moms who speak mandarin and have baby at the similar age, i think that will be great for making new friends and also will be very good for our baby to pick up chinese. my email is

Melody2010 Tue 06-Nov-12 20:09:56

Whilst I don’t know of a Mandarin-only playgroup, we run the next best thing on a Wednesday and Thursday, 09:30-11:30am, at Cholmeley Church, Highgate which is a mainly English speaking playgroup with a few Mandarin speaking children (and parents/carers) who play with each other. Guess a ‘Mandarin group’ would work if all Mums wanting a Mandarin speaking-group in North London came at the same time. There is scope for us to do a Mandarin song-time or something similar, for those children who want. Regards, Melody.
P.S. My mother tongue is Mandarin.

blueblackdye Thu 29-Nov-12 20:23:52

Good evening Ladies, I am so glad I found this thread. I am in West Hampstead, have a 4 yo boy and would really like him to start Mandarin. I am originally from VietNam but Dad was Cantonese and my Mandarin is more than rusty. I'd love to join any Mandarin playgroup in the neighbourhood.

swcheong Mon 31-Dec-12 11:33:24


did you all ladies set u[ any play group in North London ?I'm staying in Bush Hill Park Enfield and trying to look for a mandarin or cantonese play group for my son who is 2 years old.

Any recommendation ? Thanks.

BeeMum Mon 25-Feb-13 03:14:09

Hi all,

There are 2 schools from Taiwan in North London.
London Overseas Chinese School( 倫敦華僑中文學校 ) , at Colindale NW9. It's good but seems no class for under 5's. Check on internet.
Hua-Shia Chinese School, at swiss cottage. Not my style and no further personal comments.

Our school is looking for venues in north London to open new playgroup/ classes in September 2013. Possible closed to primrose hill or marylebone station. email me at if you are interested in. I don't check this thread and I am not making adver†isement here.

Do try to get your own playgroup if you can't travel to other places. Or at least try to get gather together with other Taiwanese families closed to you. I am very fortunate to find 3 others closed to me and we meet every Friday morning. We just chat and play together, no structured play or singing like in my own Saturday playgroup. Great for kids and us parents as well. There are not so many Taiwanese in London but you might have your luck that they are next to you. I found one Taiwanese mum by talking to her kids in market when I heard them speaking Mandarin. Found the other who is the daughter of another Chinese teacher. She found another Taiwanese father through internet.

It is so important not to give up and it will be even of great benefit of your child speaking Mandarin that is our/ their heritage and the next international language of their time.

Good luck to you all.

Minimimimi Sat 27-Apr-13 05:00:23

Hi ladies,

I have recently moved to North London and am keen to provide a greater Chinese exposure for my children.

My DS is 20 months and I have a newborn who is approaching 3 months. Prior to my move and during my first maternity, I had set up a baby mandarin group in our local library, funded by the local council. With the help of fellow mothers, we were able to conduct weekly sing song and story times in mandarin. Am keen to possibly start something similar in North London, or just equally as happy with coffee or play dates.

My DS attended weekly mandarin classes when he was 6 months a Hua Hsia- but it's quite difficult commuting such a distance, now that I have two little ones, especially that parking is awful in Swiss Cottage.

Babala53 Sun 28-Apr-13 21:22:39

Hi there,
My name is Barb (chinese=Babala), and I also live in Bush Hill Park. I used to live in China and speak some mandarin which I would like to speak more...did you ever get to find a group for your child?

Babala53 Sun 28-Apr-13 21:28:47

HI again, this is my first time to post a thread...I sent the above message I thought to swchenong in reply to her message last year....

What Minimimimi says is great....where do you live? It would be great to get something going in North London along the lines that you mention.

Minimimimi Tue 30-Apr-13 08:04:54

Hi Barb,

Im in Southgate. Is that convenient from Bush Hill? (I'm new to the area)

How old are your little ones?

daffodildodo Sun 02-Jun-13 19:08:55

Hi minimimimi, I'm based at Southgate too! I have a 6mth old daughter, and I would like to meet up with more chinese mums, so that she can be exposed to chinese speaking enviroment!

I think its about 10min drive from southgate to bush hill park, not too far if you have a car.

Very impressive that you have set up your own chinese baby group before, maybe we could do something like this together! or at least we can go for a coffee / walk around the parks

Do you have weibo/weixin?

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.


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?

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.

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.

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!!

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 17:46:46

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

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.

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
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

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.

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

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! I don't work on Fridays so I'd love to know if there are any gatherings on Fridays!


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

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.

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:

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:

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...


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

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 or email for more details.

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

Thank you!

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

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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?

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.

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.


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


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

Thank you!

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Mariajo Tue 18-Nov-14 15:34:20

Hi, I am a mother of an 8 year-old boy. I am a basic Mandarin speaker and I am currently attending a Mandarin language course with Cactus in King’s Cross. Very well organised with competent teachers. I would like to expose my DS to the language from an early age and I saw they have started offering courses for children in Islington!

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