New centre KudaCan aims to bring parents together

March 01 2013
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A vibrant new community play centre has opened in Bishopston, offering a host of services for children and parents.

New centre KudaCan aims to bring parents together

A vibrant new community play centre has opened in Bishopston, offering a host of services for children and parents. KudaCan

KudaCan, on Dongola Avenue, has been open just three months and is already proving popular with families in the area.

The facility, described as  “a place where children and parents can play, learn and eat”, is arranged over two floors and offers free-flow educational play facilities downstairs, with a range of classes and workshops for parents and children upstairs.

It is run by childcare professionals and has soft play equipment for all ages, including a baby area, sensory toys, creche and even a dress-up area, as well as a cafe with plenty of home-made cakes.

Owner Pegah Esmaili, who, at going to press was due to give birth to a little girl, decided to open KudaCan after reevaluating her life following the birth of her 22-month-old son.

“After my son was born everything changed for me,” she said. “I reevaluated my priorities. I used to travel a lot with work and it didn’t give me the satisfaction I wanted. I had the idea to create something that centred around support and meeting mums’ needs.”

So Pegah took over a former CCTV shop behind Lloyds bank, just off Gloucester Road, and transformed it into a bright, colourful, dynamic play space for babies, youngsters, parents and carers.

“I wanted to draw on my own experiences as a new mother,” Pegah added. “I felt under-supported and I didn’t know where to go to meet other mums.
KudaCan is a one-stop-shop for all your pregnancy, parenting and early-years development needs.”

The name KudaCan means “children” in Farsi – the language spoken in Pegah’s native Iran.

She added that the centre’s success so far was down to positive word-of-mouth via “the mummy network”.

“It’s already proving really popular and I’m quite overwhelmed with the support we’ve had from the community. It’s a relaxed environment and we like to get to know people and encourage people to get to know each other, too.”

  • KudaCan, 7 Dongola Avenue, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 9HG. Call 0117 942 2877.