Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Southwark
Summer term bookings open now (April start)
Hi! I am Trish and I run Sing and Sign classes in the London Borough of Southwark and a little bit beyond the border.
Classes run 6 days a week across 6 venues.
Canada Water, Crystal Palace, East Dulwich (3 venues) and Herne Hill
For details of these classes please visit the More Info and Venues tabs above.
If you know you want a place in next term's classes simply
Terms run three times per year: January, April/May and September.
The current term is open for bookings now (April/May).
Summer term Monday 29th April to Monday 15th July
No classes on Monday 6th May and half term break is Monday 27th May to Sunday 2nd June.
LET'S GET TO KNOW EACH OTHER :)
I am driven to get as many families signing with their babies as possible.
I have three children and having really, really struggled with my first baby for many reasons, I waited another 13 years to have another one!
When my second baby came along, I vowed to do much, much better at parenting and in my travels across the internet about communicating with babies, I stumbled upon Sing and Sign classes. The rest is history. I loved the classes so much and was blown away by the willingness of the babies (including mine, thankfully!) to learn the signs and their desire to communicate with their grown ups. I realised that babysigning is one of the most important gifts and skills one can give a baby and I have been on a mission ever since to introduce as many parents as I can to this amazing process.
I am passionate about my classes; it is a privilege to spend time regularly with new families as they embark upon their parenting journey. It is a thrill, too, to be able to give families the gift of two way communication.
I am a music graduate who loves the power of singing to make a special connection with our babies. I even have tone deaf mums loving the classes because they are non-judgmental and inclusive :)
About the classes in Southwark...
Sing and Sign classes follow a ten-week curriculum covering all the signs you need to know for day to day life with your baby or toddler. There are three different age-appropriate stages available - for more information on the different Stages and course costs see the "more info" tab above. Click the 'Book Now' button at the top right of the page to view timetable, to join a waiting list or book a space. All classes are taught by myself or the amazing Kim who is not only a teacher for me, but also the Sing and Sign franchisee for Lambeth and Wandsworth.
Further information about classes/weekend workshops/term dates, etc.
Autumn Term Dates
Wednesday 11th September to Tuesday 3rd December
No classes from Monday 21 October - Sunday 3rd November
Which Stage Class should I Attend?
We have 3 different "stages" of Sing and Sign which have been developed specifically for your baby's developmental stages.
Sing and Sign Babes classes are for 2 to 5 month olds with their parent / carer. This gentle class explores themes such as eye contact, gesture and anticipation together with lots of cuddles, tickles and some simple signs. All building the framework for good communication and brought to you using our magic ingredient - music!
Sing and Sign Stage 1 is ideal for babies from 6 months old up to around 14 months old and their parent / carer. Themes include basic signs, nappies & bath time, emotions & bedtime. You'll learn over 100 signs related to your routines and also the sort of things your baby may be interested in, such as animals and vehicles.
It is quite a big step from Stage 1 to Stage 2, so many people come to Stage 1 for two terms before attending Stage 2.
However, this is also dependent on your baby's age.
Sing and Sign Stage 2 is great when your little one is 14+ months, moving about and probably starting to talk (although every baby is different, so there's no hard and fast rule!) as it is more active and interactive. Themes include weather, opposites, colours and the phonetic alphabet, together with simple counting songs, turn taking, sharing and of course, lots of fun!
Some people don't hear about Sing and Sign until their little ones are 14+ months old and then wonder if it too late to start. Not at all! It may be more appropriate to come straight to a Stage 2 class, but if you e-mail me we can have a chat about your individual circumstances.
How Long Do Classes Run For?
5 week Babes classes run for about 30 to 45 minutes - they are very relaxed. DO come if your baby is asleep - you will still be able to learn lots to take home and use with your baby.
10/11 week Stage 1 and 2 classes run for about 45 minutes to an hour ( depending on the size of the group).
How Many People Attend Sing and Sign Classes?
Class sizes are limited to 11 or 12 babies (fewer at some venues) with their parent/carer. Space can be tight so, apart from on special occasions (e.g. Granny coming to stay for the week), we have to limit places to one adult per child.
I Have Twins / Triplets - How Many Places Do I Pay For?
Twins/Triplets are welcome and only pay for one place if there is only one adult. If you bring Dad / Granny or another adult helper each week, you will need to book and pay for 2 places.
I Have An Older Child - Can They Come Too?
Pre-school aged siblings are welcome at Stage 1 & 2 at no extra cost (assuming one adult, as with twins).Older siblings always enjoy the singing and we involve them as much as possible, although we do ask parents / carers to be considerate of the fact that the classes are not aimed at the older child and that they are responsible for not allowing them to run about or dominate the group.
Please ask when you book if you there is space in your chosen class to accommodate an older siblings, as it can limit the number of places I have available.
Siblings under the age of 3 are NOT permitted to attend Babes classes as the babies are so tiny. If this causes you a problem, let me know and we can have a chat about your individual circumstances.
If you are bringing a friend's child as well as your own or are a Childminder bringing more than one child, please note that they do not count as twins just because one adult is (currently) bringing them to class.
How Much Does It Cost?
Babes classes cost £50.50 for the 5-week course (including the Jessie Cat Songbook, which also has free CDs/download)
Stage 1 & 2 classes run for 10 weeks and cost £105.00 for the course (which includes the Sing and Sign Membership basic package (1 year online subscription - NB THIS IS A SPECIAL PRICE FOR SING AND SIGN CLASS MEMBERS ONLY). If you are repeating a stage from the preceding term then you will pay £10 less.
We have so many classes running across the Borough of Southwark each week that I hope if you find you can't make a particular day, I can find you a space on an alternative class. However, I do understand that circumstances change so if for any reason you find you are unable to come along at all, please let me know ASAP so I can open the place up to someone else and offer you a refund. Please note, refunds are NOT available for missed classes, for any reason, nor are reductions in fees for your planned absence. If you aren't able to attend many of the classes, then please consider waiting to book until a future term.
I Am On Holiday For A Couple Of The Classes. Do I Still Have To Pay The Full Amount?
In a word, yes! This is a local, small business that supports a family, despite Sing and Sign being a nationally known and leading brand. We commit to you and we ask you to commit to us.
Sing and Sign classes operate as a course, not a drop-in and your place is guaranteed each week. Many people miss one or two weeks because of illness / holidays etc. and they soon catch up as our classes are purposefully repetitive to help you remember the songs and the signs (and babies love routine too). We also send you email handouts to complement the classes.
Can I Attend A Taster?
I used to run free taster sessions, but unfortunately I have had many people come along for the freebie with absolutely no intention of signing up for classes, and this has excluded other genuine enquirers from attending a free session.
From time to time I will run individual taster sessions which cost £10. If you then decide to sign up for the next term of classes, I will refund you the £10 after you have booked and paid for your term of classes.
One of the lovely things about Sing and Sign is that we keep the class sizes small and you see the same people each week. Having someone come for one week during the term would change the dynamic of the group and also wouldn't be appropriate as it is a course which builds each week, not a drop-in. For those reasons, we don't allow people to drop in for a "taster" during term time.
The term lasts for 10 or 11 weeks, ie you attend 10/11 classes, once per week! You are welcome to book into two classes, for example, if your partner or other family member also wishes to attend classes with your baby, on a separate day from you. I have several families who do this each term and the results, in terms of their baby's signing AND speaking, speak for themselves. They are all very noticeably ahead with their speech and language development.
Find your Southwark class venues and current timetable here.
For classes with SW postcodes, please go to the Lambeth and Wandsworth pageFor classes in Greenwich and Lewisham, please go to the Greenwich and Lewisham page
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Goose Green Community Centre, East Dulwich Road, East Dulwich, London Monday PM Babes Goose Green Community Centre, East Dulwich Road, East Dulwich, London Monday PM Stage 1 Punk Me Up Ceramics Café Tuesday AM Stage 1 South London Dance Studios Wednesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Canada Water Studios, SE16 7BW Wednesday AM Babes Wednesday PM Stage 1 Upper Norwood Library Hub SE19 Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 South London Dance Studios Thursday PM Babes South London Dance Studios Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Canada Water Studios, SE16 7BW Thursday PM Stage 1 Punk Me Up Ceramics Café Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Goose Green Community Centre, East Dulwich Road, East Dulwich, London Saturday AM Stage 1 & 2 Café Aneto, East Dulwich Road, SE22 9AX
Nurseries: how many parents have overlooked you because you don't sign with the children in your setting?
Increasingly I'm approached by parents who are returning to work, seeking advice on which local nurseries use signing with their children.
Babysigning is an invaluable tool to use with children, particulaly in multilingual communities, and it offers many benefits and rewards, for children and staff alike.
Here are some local nurseries who have already received (and greatly enjoyed) my Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Programme training sessions:
All of these nurseries have given me very positive feedback on their training experiences with me and have also fully embraced signing with the children in their care.
Our Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Programme is effective, efficient, good value for money and highly regarded by the nurseries that I have visited; one member of staff rushed up to me on my return visit to tell me that "Your training was the best we've ever had" - and this was from an OFSTED Outstanding Nursery.
Please do contact me if you'd like to include your Nursery Setting in the Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Programme. I will inspire your staff to become proficient signers - and you, your staff, your parents and most importantly, the children entrusted to you will reap the benefits the early pre-verbal communication brings.
Do not hesitate to contact me through the "Make an Enquiry "button on the right of this page, please.