UEL Baby Dev Lab

Community Partners


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UEL BabyDevLab is proud to work with the wider East London community, in close collaboration with independent organisations through to East London councils. Our work with local schools, nurseries and infant groups gives us the opportunity to give back and help shape policy and behaviour with cutting edge science. Below are some of the recent projects. If you would like to know more, or if you would like to partner with us, please contact us.

Newham Learning is a non-profit partnership of 40 schools in the borough of Newham. Newham has the 5th highest rate of child poverty in London and the lowest life expectancy of all London boroughs. The partnership needs evidence-informed ways to tackle these challenges. The 40 schools in the partnership work together to enhance school improvement, to provide research-informed training for school staff and to make best use of resources to improve the educational outcomes and life chances for children in their schools.

Fennies Nurseries is a group of nurseries across the South-East of the UK. They are leading deliverers of evidence-based early years childcare. Their approach has evolved over our 28 years but, has always remained focused on children’s needs and development and   effective practitioner interaction.

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Little Sing Song is a parent group for babies and toddlers but also their grown ups to have a sing song to some of their favourite songs (sometimes with ukulele accompaniment when my son allows me to use my hands!)

Born from a love of children’s classics but also a longing to attend concerts with my babies, these sessions don’t just include your little one’s favourite nursery rhymes but your song requests too.


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School of noise uses a wide variety of analogue and digital machines in their activities. Workshops include exploring the science of sound, playing on unusual instruments such as the waterphone and theremin, composing experimental sound art, Foley sound design, field recording, conducting orchestras of fruit and vegetables, soundwalks, learning about acoustic ecology plus more.

There is no need to have experience playing music or using any of our equipment to take part in the workshops. We aim to make our activities accessible to people of all ages and abilities.

To date we have delivered workshops in a wide variety of locations including primary schools, colleges, WOMAD, End Of The Road, Green Man and Latitude festivals, the British Library, BAFTA, BBC Radio 4, Barbican Centre, Southbank Centre, V&A Museum of Childhood, Museum of London, National Media Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, Cheltenham Science Festival, Great Ormond Street Hospital School, Scouts, Tricycle Theatre, RSA, Barnes Film Festival, Royal Institution, Music for Youth, National Portrait Gallery, Selfridges, Dulwich Picture Gallery. We have also travelled to China, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Oman, Spain and the United Arab Emirates.