During the Kick-Off Workshop the lab participants formed smaller teams around possible solution to the challenge of addressing priority needs for children 0-5 years old in Oxford. Each of the teams then began developing their solution to the challenge, from the Kick-Off Workshop in June until the final studio of the Inter-Cycle in December, 2018. The process was done in iterative cycles, meaning the teams created fast prototype solution, tested it out, evaluated the results, made changes, tested again and so on.

Below you can read about each action team and their solution.



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Joining the Tots

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In the Loop

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Mission statement:

“A buddy network for professionals or people engaged with children to learn how to facilitate spaces in Oxford for any families to come together to Oxplore, experience and build memories.”


“An opportunity to create a more accessible Oxford for many!”

Learn more about the Oxplorers here!


Mission statement:

“A way to make more visible and accessible information about the services that already exist to support under 5’s in Cutteslowe.”

“If only one ‘invisible’ child is able to access services and improve their social and emotional development - that seems like a big impact.”

Learn more about Joining the Tots here!


Mission statement:

“To develop capacity and remove barriers for those who care for children aged 0 - 5 through training, support and events”


More confident and resilient parents and carers of children under 5

  • Increased wellbeing for children under 5

  • Increased social mobility in the Early Years system of Oxford

Learn more about OxNest here!


Mission statement:

“In the Loop exists to empower parents to empower other families and to build community support networks. In the Loop offers training and support programme for parents wanting to support families with children aged 0-5”


“In the Loop wants to help create a world where under 5's get to have positive experiences that build resilience and relationships, and where parents, including the volunteers, grow in confidence.”

Learn more about In the Loop here!


Mission statement:

“Little Ones Learning At Home supports parent-child interactions by promoting parental understanding of ways to support the language and communication development of their child (aged 0-2) by offering interactive library-based sessions, and a pop-up concept which visits community projects and environments. LOLAH aims to develop a parent-led approach.”


“That the language and communication development of 0-2 year olds in Oxford will be actively promoted by the families and the community in order to boost receptive and expressive language outcomes at school entry.”

Learn more about LOLAH here!



  • Anna Thorne

  • Carol Lister

  • Lisa Fern

  • Beth Knighton

  • Fiona Brimson



  • Cheryl Huntbach

  • Clare Crossley

  • Dave Tullett



  • Laura White

  • Doireann Lalor

  • Shilpa Bhatt

  • Fiona Henderson

  • Annie Davy



  • Suffia Hussain

  • Ellie Clarke-Jacques

  • Alice Weaver

  • Nuha Abdo

  • Shaz Ajmal

  • Tina Gordon

  • Kathy

  • Ginnie Herbert



  • Valerie Knight

  • Rebecca Matthews

  • Lindsey Hart

  • Daisy Brown