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More about Activities and Classes
We love activities for our children! There are so many benefits for both you and your children and you can start from when they are babies and continue up to school age and beyond.
One of the main reasons many parents go to activities is the chance for you and your children to socialise with other local parents and children. It's never too early to start!
With all activities and classes we advise calling beforehand to check times, costs. and availability. Why not ask if you can come along to try the class before committing to a number of sessions?
We hope this gives you a feel for the different activities available. Have fun
Usually from pre-school age up, these classes introduce early academic subjects like maths and reading in a fun way to keep little ones interested. Click here to find Academic Classes in your region now.
Antenatal classes and courses
Before your baby even arrives there are a huge choice of classes and courses to help your physical and emotional well-being during pregnancy. Click here to find courses in your region now. To keep active you could try aquanatal classes or pregnancy yoga. And to help understand the changes to your body during pregnancy and get all the facts about labour and breastfeeding you can contact your health visitor or the NCT.
Baby disco is a great way to introduce your baby and young children to different genres of music and dance. It's a great social event and good way for parents to meet other parents and children to meet new friends. Dance is a great form of exercise for you and your child. Baby Disco is a family event so the whole family can join in dads included. Click here to find dance sessions in your region now.
Suitable from birth, baby massage has been proven to help with a host of infant issues such as colic and sleep, as well as helping your baby's developing body systems to thrive. Infant massage is also wonderful for parents to bond and communicate with their babies even from the early days. Baby massage can be taught individually or in groups, which means it is also a lovely way to meet other parents with their babies and make life-long friendships. Find a Baby Massage class near you here.
Imagine if instead of screaming your baby was able to tell you exactly what was wrong or what they wanted. Using simple sign language with your baby could open up a window into your child’s mind. Moreover you will learn a beneficial skill and entertain your baby! The most frequently asked question about this growing phenomenon is “will signing with my baby inhibit their speech?” Research shows, that in fact the opposite is true - baby signing provides a platform for your baby to develop language and it also reduces frustration. Meet like-minded parents and experience for yourself the benefits and joys of signing with your baby. Click here to find Baby Signing groups in your region now.
Baby & Toddler Group - 10 Reasons to try your local group from a real Mum
A great all round activity that helps you also meet parents in the local area. Often run by volunteers and held in church halls and other community buildings. They are also very good value and are sometimes free. Refreshments are usually provided. They usually provide a good assortment of toys and have other activities such as painting or craft available. Expect to finish with some songs! Click here to find toddler groups in your region now.
Baby Yoga teaches gentle soft stretches and yoga inspired movements that can assist your baby's neural development and build his or her sensory-motor skills. Practising baby yoga from the early days can also help with a host of issues such as digestion, colic, immunity and sleep. Attending a baby yoga course is also great for mothers to get back into shape safely as it will include gentle post-natal stretches for mums. Baby yoga classes will also give mothers and babies the opportunity to genuinely relax - perhaps the most precious gift in the early days of parenthood! Click here to find Baby Yoga sessions in your region now.
Older children can learn basic yoga techniques to focus and stimulate your children. Yoga can improve concentration levels, better sleep patterns, greater self-esteem, and a stronger immune system. Click here to find sessions in your region now.
A great way for your little one to learn about food and the joy of cooking - and of course eating! Introduce difference ingredients and simple cooking techniques in a fun way and no clearing up. For slightly older children (3years +). Click here to find classes in your region now.
Young children love to run, jump, hop, skip, crawl, slide, swing and spin! Pre-schoolers are curious, impulsive explorers and in their early years most of their learning is connected to dance & movement. Dancing classes give children a chance to explore how their bodies move. In addition to the child’s physical development, co-ordination and body control, creative movement classes encourage children's, language, colour recognition, number work, and social interplay skills. Early exposure to this type of activity helps children acquire skills and attitudes that will stay with them through to their adult life encouraging a healthy physical lifestyle. Click here to find dance classes now.
Drama, dance and singing are proven to help build confidence and social skills in all children as well as being lots of fun so don't think these classes are just for little starlets. Traditionally for slightly older children (usually 4+), there are also lively and colourful sessions for babies and toddlers that can help developments such as crawling, walking and talking. Some offer a free trial session to try out the class. Click here to find drama classes in your region now.
An early opportunity to learn football-inspired skills as well as developing fitness and co-ordination. Equally as relevant to boys and girls! Click here to find football classes in your region now.