Children & Families Network

The Licketyspit Children & Families Network facilitates ongoing face-to-face, online and paper communication with families and professionals who have participated in Licketyspit’s work – or would like to! We use it to seek feedback and continued engagement with families, as well as to provide resources, events, and information about upcoming Licketyspit work and other cultural offerings in the communities where we work.

The Children & Families Network provides an accessible, attractive and sustainable gateway to other free, family-centred opportunities, events and resources, through CFN Trips and CFN Recommendations. The Creative Producer of the CFN builds relationships and partnerships with other organisations in the communities where we work, such as museums and galleries, which facilitate wider cultural participation for Licketyspit families. This has led to the creation of Picnic & Play.

If you would like to explore a collaboration with Licketyspit to bring CFN families to your venue/activity – which can be a CFN Trip or CFN Recommendation – please get in touch with Ruby at cfn@licketyspit.com.

The Children & Families Network was created in response to high levels of enthusiasm among parents and children who participated in our immersive theatre and early intervention programme, ‘LicketyLeap’. Children form an attachment to LicketyLeap’s well-loved characters ‘Margaret and Margaret’. They feel they know and are known by them. This project has been remarkably successful at creating meaningful engagement with disadvantaged parents/carers who trust the company and feel relaxed and able to engage with Licketyspit.

The Children & Families Network builds on this connection to sustain dialogue with children, parents and carers and childrens professionals (teachers, PSAs, family workers etc.) The objective of the CFN is to create a sense of community, building on children and families’ experiences and encouraging them to continue playing and imagining. It is underpinned by a commitment to sustaining and enriching connections with families through creative and supportive practice, and to fostering a greater understanding and respect for children’s rights and agency.