Children & Young People

Our Children & Young People programme, generously funded by John Lyons Charity, provides an exciting and enriching programme of activities for children and young people aged 5-21 in our local area. While we always work with the Latin American community in mind, the activities in this programme are open to children and young people from all backgrounds. 

If you are interested in any activities or have any requests for children from ages 5 – 17 years, please contact

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Activities for Children

To register for any of our children’s activities, please email

Fashion & Sewing // Saturdays 2:30 PM

Get creative and learn how to personalise, mend, enhance and design your own clothes. Suitable for children aged 5-15 years. Sessions are free (we charge a small registration fee of £5 to avoid no-shows).

Flamenco Dance Course // Saturdays 3 PM

Learn to dance the Flamenco in this dance course with Paola Santa Cruz. Suitable for children aged 6 to 16.

Arts & Crafts Club // Wednesdays 4 PM

A fun chance to try out new arts and crafts and get creative! Suitable for children aged 6 and up.

LAH Homework Club // Thursdays 4 PM

A quiet, structured, safe environment for primary school students to complete their homework with the help of instructors and mentors.

Meet Our C&YP Coordinator

Katiana Sarmiento is the Children & Young People Coordinator here at Latin American House. She has a background in education, coaching, event planning and event organisation. 

Originally from Caracas, Venezuela, Katiana moved to the UK in 2014, and has a passion for working with children and young people. Having two school age daughters, she can relate to the needs of working parents as well as the needs and aspirations of the Latin American community here in the UK.

Katiana has a Bachelor in Education from the Universidad Católica Andres Bello, Caracas

Katiana is always available to engage with parents/carers and collaborate to provide a voice for children and young people in the community. You can get in touch with her by emailing or by calling/texting 07498412508.

Free School Meal (FSM) Information for Parents and Carers

How to claim Free School Meals (FSM) for your child/ren

All children in Key Stage One (KS1) are entitled to a Free School Meal (FSM).

Do you receive one of the benefits listed below?  

If you do, please claim for free meals – this will benefit everyone at your child’s school by generating additional funding.

  • Income Support
  • Income Based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Child Tax Credit (not including Working Tax Credit)
  • Guaranteed Element of State Pension Credit
  • Asylum Seekers
  • Proof of support under part VI of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999.
  • An Income-related Employment and Support Allowance.

London’s mayor Sadiq Khan has recently announced he is launching a £130m scheme to give every primary school pupil free school meals for the next academic year – click here to find out more. 

See below for to easily find out how and where to apply in your London Borough:


Please find below a selection of useful resources for parents and educators. This is a continuously growing list – if you know of any resources that you think would be beneficial to have in this section, please contact to let us know. 

Resources in Spanish or Portuguese are indicated with an asterisk. (*)

Place2Be Wellbeing Resources – Place2Be is a charity dedicated to children’s mental health. In this link, you will find various resources such as creative activities, guides to starting school and exams, and more.

NHS Healthier Families – This NHS website contains ideas for getting your children moving, healthy recipes, and more.

Young Minds – Several resources designed by professionals to help children and young people navigate trauma, anxiety, self-harm, and more.

Supporting refugee and asylum seeking children – Information for educators from Young Minds on how to best support refugee and asylum seeking children, including parent insights and a guide to trauma-informed practice.

Your Guide to Claiming Asylum as a Separated Child in the UK – A guide from Refugee Council designed for separated children claiming asylum in the UK

Maternity Care in the UK for women on asylum support – A guide from Refugee Council designed for expecting mothers on asylum support


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