As well as supporting local parents, carers and families, we are passionate in supporting local businesses so that they continue running in our community. We are pleased to be working together with The Queensbury as well as our other local partners including Maple Walk School and are grateful for their support in helping us continue to run our much loved project.
Born in 2012, Busy Rascals is a not-for-profit community project set up and run by Sharmine Chowdhury-Tse (local mum of two with a work background in Training and Development, Antental and Postnatal Education and Event Management).
Busy Rascals was set up in response to local parents asking Sharmine to organise local baby and children’s activities for the local community following her successful weekly NCT NW2 Coffee Tea Social Support Morning which she set up in 2011 whilst pregnant with her oldest child.
Busy Rascals aims to support parents and carers with their babies and children. We host a variety of weekday classes and activities and one Saturday morning class a month.
We are passionate about the wellbeing of children and their parents and supporting parents to make informed decisions and therefore host a variety of adhoc workshops to inform parents about topics relating to parenting and caring for their children, such as Paediatric First Aid.
We also run adhoc events such as our own seasonal parties/fairs (Winter, Annual celebration, Easter) for the local parent and carer community and their children.
Many parents find it difficult returning to work after having children. 90% of the classes, activities, events and workshops we organise are run by parents to support them back into the workforce after having children. Led by parents for parents.
Over the years, Sharmine/Busy Rascals has won various awards for their work in the community including NetMums Silver Award Winner 2012 and What’s On For Little Ones Nominee 2013, NCT London Stars Award Parent Supporter of Year 2014, and the NCT Diamond Jubilee London Award 2016 and NCT Diamond Jubilee Special National Award 2016 which was awarded at City Hall.
Busy Rascals provide a baby and child friendly environment where parents in NW2, NW10, NW6 and in local areas can meet, socialise and participate in various classes and activities with their little ones.
The activities we offer include music, songs, rhymes, dance, social mornings as well as workshops for parents.
Busy Rascals host parent and baby, toddler, preschool children mornings Monday to Saturday between 9.30am-11.30am (time depends on class times) at the Queensbury Pub, 110 Walm Lane, Willesden Green NW2 4RS. We also run adhoc workshops at Maple Walk School, NW10 4EB.
Please have a look at the Daily Timetable tab for a quick glance schedule of daily activities or look at the Classes@BRtab for more information on the classes we host! Please also look at the Eventstab for adhoc workshops and events!
What Parents Say
Busy Rascals has been an invaluable lifeline to me [providing me] with the opportunity to not only positively impact my child’s development but also provided me with many hours of much needed friendship and camaraderie. As a new mother it was difficult to find likeminded individuals to share my experience and sometimes it was possible to feel quite isolated. Busy Rascals changed all of that, I’m sure not just for me but for many of the parents and cares who attend the classes. It is an essential part of the communityMartina (Mum of C)
I have tried out many groups for parents and toddlers, but none of them have offered the sense of community and companionship for me as a parent that Busy Rascals has. The daily classes also offer my preschooler continuity and opportunities to socialise in a familiar and supportive environment, helping to start preparing for later educational settings. The classes are priced affordably compared to many others in the area which makes them more accessible.Kate (Mum of R.)
I have had another baby this year and we are back at Busy Rascals a couple of times a week – it’s wonderful to again be able to meet and socialise with other parents and go to so many enriching activities for babies. There is nowhere else in the neighbourhood like it, and it’s a real hub for local parents. Sharmine is a font of knowledge of all things Willesden Green, parenting, breastfeeding etc, and especially where and how to access more support if you need it.Lisa (Mum to E and S)