A Whole New World - Baby, Toddler and Pre-schooler Classes for Learning and FunPublished:
Is there ever a better time to try new things than when you're experiencing the world for the very first time? Apart from endless enthusiasm and a willingness to get stuck in to practically anything, pre-schoolers are also little sponges, ready to learn new skills and use them in their own special way.
As well as community-led baby and toddler groups, there are also lots of wonderful classes in Cheltenham with learning and development in mind. From rugby and netball, to music, languages and yoga - our little ones now have the chance to explore all sorts of activities, led by experienced professionals, in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Here's 12 of our favourites...
Travel the world without leaving town! At Babel Babies littles ones are encouraged to explore different languages in these interactive and exciting sessions, learning French, Spanish, German, Italian, Portuguese, Arabic, Norwegian and Japanese. Ignite their passion for learning and loving new languages in fun multisensory sessions, while you learn some new words too. Did we mention there’s puppets and parachutes?!
New for the summer term - Babel Journals. Record your child's language journey and development with stickers, postcards, illustrations and doodles. Something to treasure together and enjoy for years to come.
Sessions are suitable from birth to preschool, simply choose from Babel Babies or Babel Bambinos when booking. Sessions take place on Monday and Thursday mornings at The Exmouth Arms, Cheltenham, £5 for first child, £1 for addition children. Find out more.
Babel Babies have some free tasters running wc 16th April. Find out more and book here.
Netball Fun Tots
‘Catch, Jump, Pass, Run…Shoot!’ These structured netball classes promise to take your kids on a fantastic journey! Socialising with others in a safe, fun environment, children learn netball related fundamentals incorporating music, dance and games, while playing as part of a team.
‘Frogs’ classes are suitable for ages 3.5 - 5, 'Kangaroos' classes are suitable for ages 5-7. Classes on Wednesdays at Bishops Cleeve Primary School, Thursdays at Swindon Village Hall and Saturdays at Prestbury Hall, £5 per class. Find out more.
Babyballet classes give children aged 6 months to 4 years the chance to dance, gain confidence and shine, in a fun, caring and supportive environment. By learning through play, babies, tots, toddlers and young children learn how to dance in their own unique way, feeling free to explore movement, while making friends along the way!
Choose from 3 classes, Tots (6 - 18 months), Tinies (18 months - 3 years) and Movers (3 - 4 years), with Cheltenham classes on Monday mornings at Shurdington Social Centre and Tuesday’s at St Margarets Hall. Classes cost £15 for a 3 week trial, then £5 a class. Find out more.
Jo Jingles is a fun music and movement experience, suitable for babies and children aged 3 months to 5 years. Each week offers a chance to explore different themes, such as nature, or colour. One week Jo Jingles (the happy little fellow all dressed in red and yellow) may take children to the park, or teach them about the weather, ensuring classes are varied, educational and fun for both children and adults.
Age appropriate activities include playing percussion instruments and introducing exciting props and visuals, encouraging babies and children to learn and develop through music. Classes take place on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings at various Cheltenham locations, costing £10 for a 3 week trial, then £4.50 per session for baby classes, and £5.25 for other classes. Find out more.
Classes (suitable for ages 6 months to 7 years) are designed to develop children’s physical skills, including agility, balance, coordination and climbing, through the use of brightly coloured Tumble Tots equipment. The programme is structured to develop children’s positive personality traits, including confidence and self-esteem, featuring fun new equipment for Summer 2018.
Each session combines fun, excitement and challenge in a safe and caring environment, with staff specially trained to get the best out of your child, with your child’s age and stage in mind. Tuesdays at Holy Apostles Church Hall Charlton Kings and Wednesdays at St Margaret’s Hall Hatherley, £6.80 per session. Find out more.
Let's dance! These baby dance classes provide a lovely, relaxing and fun introduction into the world of dance. There are three stages of Toddle which are each tailored to a different age group and provide a platform for progression.
Toddle Stage One is a drop in class for children aged 18 months to 2.5 years, where their adult gets to boogie alongside them! Stage Two is for children from 2.5 years old and provides the opportunity for a little more independence – the little ones dance whilst the parent / carer watches from the side. Next is Stage Three for children the year before they begin school, now more independent, they dance without their grown up present!
All classes are taught by trained dance teachers with professional experience, venues are family-friendly with facilities suited to young children. Tuesday mornings at School House Cafe, Thursday afternoons and Friday mornings at Holy Apostles Church Hall, £6 pay as you go. Find out more.
Fun and interactive music, dance and craft sessions, suitable for 0 - 5 year olds and their parents, grandparents and carers too! Moo Music’s original songs featured in the sessions are positive, uplifting, and educational. These interactive classes will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multisensory way.
Children will enjoy theme weeks, messy play, art and craft, lots of singing, dancing and much more! Thursday mornings for newborns to confident walkers at St Margaret’s Hall, Hatherley, sessions £7 for 2 sessions. Find out more.
‘Sing, dance, pretend and play - where will our imagination take us today?!’ Pyjama Drama classes encourage children to explore drama and the performing arts by incorporating improvisation, character development and imaginative role play. These sessions aim to develop key skills in children, such as an understanding of language, cooperation, concentration, creativity and empathy - all through the power of drama and play!
With an emphasis on role play and imagination, not performance, children feel free to have lots of fun and enjoy drama, without the pressure of being the next Daniel Radcliffe! Classes are suitable for ages 6 - 18 months and 2 - 5 years, taking place Tuesday mornings at The Play Farm and Friday mornings at Holy Apostles Church Hall, £15 for a 3 week trial then £6 per class. Find out more.
‘Let your child’s imagination come alive!’ These exciting preschool music and movement classes are active, fun and provide lots of giggles along the way. Combining music and movement with carefully structured learning, children develop their confidence, coordination and social skills, whilst learning to express themselves in a warm and relaxed environment.
Classes incorporate dance themes based on traditional stories and nursery rhymes using original music and illustrations. Engaging puppets are also used to sing songs, both new and traditional, with various, large visual props introduced throughout the session, with beautiful illustrations used to enhance their imagination. Sessions include, singing, dancing, instruments, stories, ball play, parachute play and loads more!
Boogie Beat classes are suitable for children 6 months to preschool, with weekly workshops within nurseries and playgroups. Monday mornings at Bishops Cleeve Community Centre and Tuesday mornings at The Pavilion, Hatherley, £4.50 – £5 per session. Find out more. Find out more.
Little Stars (pay as you go)
This independent baby and toddler music group is suitable for preschool children and babies of all ages. Fun songs, with instruments, play, biscuits and cake (it helps that Little Star host Jenny, is also a tip top cake maker). Meeting Mondays at The Playhouse Theatre, and on Tuesdays and Fridays in Prestbury. £5 per family, no need to book! Find out more.
Yoga Buds (pay as you go)
These relaxing classes offer quality time for you and your baby yogi to explore yoga, songs, sensory and signing together! Each session includes the learning yoga postures for both you and baby, with songs, music, sensory activities.
Mini Yogi sessions are aimed at toddlers up to school age, children can participate while their grown ups take a time out, or this can be enjoyed as a family. Baby Yoga and Mini Yogi sessions are Wednesday mornings at St Margaret’s Hall, £5.50 - £7 per session. Find out more.
‘The world’s favourite rugby play programme!’ These fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination, with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way! They’ll learn how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
The class motto is simple - 'make it more fun'! Each programme is specifically designed with your child’s age group in mind - with energy, enthusiasm and excitement! The unique and engaging atmosphere in the class ensures the sessions are enjoyable for parents and children alike. Saturday mornings at Balcarras School and Sunday mornings at Bournside School, suitable for 2 - 3.5 years, £7.50 per class. Find out more.