Baby Play Pack FAQ



Who is eligible for a Baby Play Pack? 

The packs have been designed to support babies who were born during lockdown. If your baby was born in or after March 2020 in Darlington or between April and June 2020 in Redcar or Middlesbrough, you will be eligible for a pack and these will be distributed via pre-arranged Health Visitor appointments if you live in Darlington or you will be contacted by Redcar’s Family Hub Service or Middlesbrough’s School Readiness teams if you live in these areas. 

Im not based in these areas how do I get a play pack? 

Unfortunately, we have only received funding to distribute packs to eligible families in Darlington, Redcar and Middlesbrough as part of this pilot project, but we are currently looking for additional funding to extend the offer to other areas as there is clearly lots of demand. 

Can I order a play pack from you direct? 

If you are eligible for a pack, you will be contacted by the teams who are distributing them on our behalf. Please do not contact them (they are already very busy) as they will be in touch with you if you are eligible. You can still access all the creative play films on our website for free for ideas about how you can play at home with your baby. 

Can I pay for a play pack? 

We’ve been overwhelmed by interest in the Hullabaloo Baby Play Packs so are looking at ways these can be made available more widely to buy. Please keep an eye on our social media pages for more details about availability.   

I am due my baby next year can I get a play pack? 

Unfortunately, we only have a limited number of packs available in this phase of the project and so we are targeting these at babies born from March onwards (Darlington) and April – June (Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough). We are looking at other funding to roll the packs out more widely and also hope to make some packs available to buy. We very much hope we’ll be able to welcome you and your baby to The Hullabaloo to play next year. 

My baby is 10 months old, can I get a play pack? 

No, sadly not. We have only had the funding to support 1,500 packs in this initial pilot project, so we’ve had to target these at babies born from March onwards (Darlington) and April – June (Redcar & Cleveland and Middlesbrough). The packs are designed for babies under 12 months old, so we hoped that targeting in this way would give maximum value for families who are receiving them.  

We are hoping to secure additional funding to extend this offer as we know that older babies have also missed out on important play opportunities during lockdown. Please visit our website to access the creative play films for free which have lots of great ideas and tips. 

Im not sure when my next appointment with my Health Visitor is? 

Your Health Visitor will be in touch with you to arrange your appointment in the usual way and they will bring a Hullabaloo Baby Play Pack to that appointment if your baby is eligible.  

Why are you asking for part postcode details on your web page?  

The packs have been kindly funded by Darlington Borough Council, Redcar & Cleveland Borough Council and Middlesbrough Council, as well as Public Health South Tees, Esmee Fairbairn Foundation and Arts Council England. By supplying your postcode, you help us feedback to the funders about who is accessing the packs and films and it helps us to make the case for more funding in the future. 

Please be aware that this information is stored anonymously and by supplying this data you are not requesting a pack. 

We love our Hullabaloo Baby Play Pack – how do we tell you about all the fun we’ve been having? 

Thanks to all the families who have already sent us pictures of their babies enjoying the packs. If you would like to send us feedback about your pack, please do so via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or email info@theatrehullabaloo.org.uk. We’d love to hear what you think as we look to develop the packs further and your feedback will help us convince the funders to provide baby play packs to more families in our area.