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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Bristol

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    Sing and Sign opens a window to your baby's world!

    Hello!

    By being here, you are doing something wonderful for your baby and family: helping your little with their early communication.  We hope to meet you and your baby soon. 


    Summer holidays '22: ONLINE ONLY term begins 4th July.  Get in touch to book HERE.  Starts 4th July, 10 lessons, no break: £50.

    Autumn '22:  Please let me know you are interested by filling out an enquiry form HERE.  I'll email soon when booking opens for our in-person classes from September.  


    What will you learn at Sing and Sign?

    Sing and Sign is a wonderful activity to do with your baby.  You learn over 100 signs to help you connect and communicate with your baby.  You will be overjoyed when your baby tells you something through signing - whether it is naming a favourite animal or asking for 'milk' and a bite to 'eat'!  You also get a chance to meet other parents from your area with babies of a similar age.  Some lifelong friends have been made at our classes!!

    Your baby will love listening to the singing, playing the instruments and interacting with the other children - and the teacher!  

    My families tell me over and over again how much they enjoy our classes and how beneficial signing has been for them.

    And of course, everyone has fun!


    Where do we teach? (also, look at our venues page)

    It may not be possible to offer all stages in our venues.  If there is not sufficient take up for your class, you may be asked to change.

    Monday: Horfield

    Tuesday: Whitehall/ St George, Bedminster, Redland (Whiteladies Rd)

    Wednesday: Henleaze

    Thursday: Bedminster, Horfield, St Werburghs, Thornbury

    Friday: Lyde Green (BS16), Bedminster, Redland (Hampton Rd)

    Saturday: zoom catch ups in case you miss your class (generally 6 out of 10 Saturdays; early morning but times TBC)

    more venues may be added...


    What happens if you miss a class?

    If you or your baby is ill, please stay home to keep other families and your teacher safe and well.  You can watch Class@Home and other online resources too.  Get in touch for the zoom link so you can join us on a weekend to make up the hour.  

    It may be possible to make up a class in another venue on a different day if there is space.  Email for more help on that.


    Once you click the booking link, you’ll need to choose a stage according to your baby’s age at the start of term.  See below for more info.


    Stage One for babies 6 months - 13 mos at start of term; 10-week term; can be a bit flexible with starting age


    Stage Two for toddlers 14 mos - 22 mos at start of term; 10-week term


    Sing and Sign Babes for infants 0-5months; no online only options for the summer holidays, sorry.


    Please read all T&Cs for information about what happens with absences and disruption to class for any reason as well as any refunds including if you return to work.


    Read what one happy family wrote:

    'If there is one thing you do with your child, make sure it is Sing and Sign. The session is enormously enjoyable, whilst sneakily teaching your small person lots of skills (tidying up, sharing, communicating, & socialising as well as signing), all hidden within familiar tunes and lots of laughter. I am coming to the end of my third term with my two year old and I will miss it greatly! This has been the friendliest and most lovingly-held space within which L. has flourished greatly. We both leave taking many good friends with us. What a treat it has been to relax and let the teacher take the reigns once a week!'


    The Sing and Sign - Bristol Team

    To give you the best experience, our teachers love to sing, are committed to signing and adore babies!!  Bristol's wonderful teachers Helen C, Helen H, Tess, Sky and I teach while Becki works hard in the office and Zoe is on social media!

    We at Sing and Sign - Bristol are working hard to keep up in this ever-changing world!  We are all doing the very best we can in these strange times.  We ask for your patience and understanding.


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    *SING AND SIGN CLASS@HOME!*  

    A preview of our fabulous Sing and Sign Class@Home is below.  These wonderful resources are pre-recorded lessons, available on demand with unlimited viewing for seven days (lesson one available in week one, lesson two in week two etc).  There is no way to watch missed lessons but you can make Sing and Sign Class@Home part of your daily routine!  

    Filmed by Sing and Sign teachers across the country, the magic of Sing and Sign comes home in 10 weekly, themed online sessions.  The online class feels very much like your in person class following the usual format with familiar songs, felt board, instruments and of course Jessie Cat playing peek-a-boo!

    As with face-to-face classes, it is not essential for your baby to watch but they will enjoy hearing the music and your signing will grow stronger. (You can see a preview of Class@Home below.)

    If you are not a fan of screens for little ones, you can watch the class without your baby first (maybe with a glass of something cold or a cup of something hot), then send the audio through a speaker and sing along with your baby!

    These online classes are also great for those returning to work, families who can't find a suitable day, or even those Stage Two graduates who don't want to give up just yet!





    About Katherine...

    I attended 4 terms of Sing and Sign with my son and loved every minute.  Signing with J. (he's not a baby anymore!!) brought much joy to my life.  Signing definitely enhanced his communication and language skills then and we are still seeing the benefits as he progresses through school. 

    I am told the same again and again by all the lovely families who come through our award-winning baby signing classes.  I became a teacher at first and after 6 years, I bought a franchise to run classes myself.  All our teachers have signed with their children and we each bring a love of singing and signing to our classes.  ~Katherine


    Jessie Cat cuddles for everyone... 





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  • More Info

    About Sing and Sign and Online Membership

    Courses run for 10 sessions over a period of 11, 12 or 13 weeks.  

    Sing and Sign classes are very relaxed and great fun.  You learn signs to help you better communicate with your baby while we entertain with lots of songs, music, props and games. Mums and Dads (Grandmas and Grandpas too!) learn simple signs and gestures to use at home with the babies.  As the babies grow and see the signs and gestures repeated and used constantly with speech, they will be able to use them to communicate with you.  We cover over 100 signs during your first 10-week course all of which are fun to learn and easy to remember because we teach it all through music!

    We keep the class sizes small (around 11/12 families per class) so you and your baby can enjoy the social aspect of the classes too.

    Classes last for about 35-45 minutes with a bit of play time with age-appropriate toys.

    Sing and Sign is definitely a learning class and so we hope you will come ready to join in!


    Sing and Sign @Home

    Our online lessons form the core of our provision.  These are lovely pre-produced lessons available to stream via the internet to your home.  We encourage you to enjoy the online lessons at any time - indeed, many times! - throughout the week.  Older siblings and other adults can join in too as you make Sing and Sign @Home part of your daily routine.  

    Lessons are available to watch from Monday morning until Sunday night.  There is no way to see previous lessons once missed but with unlimited viewing for seven days, there is great opportunity to watch repeated times!  

    You can always watch the class beforehand without your little one (with a glass of something cold or a mug of something hot) to learn the songs and signs for that week.  You can also run the audio through a speaker to enjoy the songs in the background if limiting screen time for little ones.

    To make the lessons even more interactive, you could find some pictures, instruments and props and create a full class experience for your baby in your home!!


    Fees

    The cost of a ten-week term is £80 (price correct as of Autumn 2020).  Payment is via debit/credit card through Stripe or posted cheque.  Payments must be received before class unless there has been a prior written agreement.  

    You only pay one fee if you have twins.

    Places are taken very quickly for the Stage One classes and I operate strictly on a first come first served basis, so please book early if you are keen to attend.

    You need to book and pay for the course in advance.  Please read the Terms and Conditions for answers to frequently asked questions and information about refunds in case you need to withdraw from the class.


    **If your preferred course is full please joing the waiting list and /or get in touch with me at katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk.  In some cases, additional classes may be added at your preferred venue so please join the waiting list and I will get in touch if a new class opens up.**


    Not sure which class to choose?

    BABES:  Using our magic ingredients of music and singing, you’ll learn how to stimulate your young baby’s brain development using eye contact, repetition, anticipation, gesture and of course peek-a-boo with Jessie Cat, as well as learn some basic signing.

    Sorry, no older siblings are allowed in Babes.


    STAGE ONE: These classes are ideal for babies 6/7mths +.  Classes are great fun and ideal if you have little or no signing experience.  The Stage One curriculum covers babies’ basic routines such as meal times, bath time, nappy change and bedtime.  It also offers additional signs to do with babies’ interests such as animals, vehicles, toys etc.  There are over 100 signs covered during Stage One.  It is recommended to complete 2 terms of Stage One; you will find that as your baby develops you will pick up more relevant signs in the second term.  There are many families who have come back even for a 3rd term of Stage One.


    If your baby is too young to join us, please email me at katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk to join the interest list for the following term.  It is best to contact me to go on the interest list if you are very keen as places get booked up quickly in our Stage One classes. 


    STAGE TWO: These classes are great for toddlers aged 14 months +.  By now your child will have completed two terms of Sing and Sign (some exceptions will apply) and may be starting to toddle or even run about, possibly even attempting their own conversation with a few speech sounds and words.  You both know the routine of the classes and many signs.  Well, now the fun really begins.  Not only do we have new concepts and signs relevant to their increasing interests and awareness but also they have the opportunity to move around with the music and become an active participant in class.  Through fun songs, the curriculum covers colours, the weather, simple counting and we even have a great song for helping with potty training!  Also you’ll be able to learn the phonetic alphabet, which is a big advantage when your child is ready for school.  Your baby is learning at a fast pace so we recommend attending 2 terms of Stage Two.  Even as speech starts to come, signing is so beneficial as it helps you understand those first garbled words!


    If your child is old enough to attend Stage Two but you haven’t done any signing please email me at katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk as it might be possible for you to go straight into Stage Two.


    MEMBERSHIP to THE JESSIE CAT CLUB

    The Jessie Cat Club Online offers you portable, streamed access to our resources via the internet. You can use your phone, tablet, laptop, desktop or even a smart TV. Now your baby can be entertained by our award winning DVD or play peek-a-boo with our class mascot, Jessie Cat, at any time of the day (or night!) anywhere you choose!

    Access is on 1 device at any one time.  Subscriptions are valid for 1 year from the start date.

    There are two different levels of Membership.

    'GOLD' Club Membership - cost £15 through me - suitable for Stage One

    (40% lower than the website price)

    - Weekly lessons support for Stage One (short videos recapping the signs of the week)

    - Over 250 vocabulary videos (Find a Sign)

    - A print-out facility for favourites signs

    - 2 interactive ‘Where is Jessie?’ games

    - Two 15-minute films directly supporting our Stage One curriculum, one covering songs and signs from weeks 1-4 and one covering weeks 5-10

    - Stage One ‘Sing and Sign - Baby Signing the Fun Way’ (video film/2001 - like watching a class in your own home!)


    'PREMIUM' Club Membership - cost £30 through me - suitable for Stage Two - best value!!

    (25% lower than the website price)

    - All the above benefits of Gold Membership PLUS…

    - Weekly lessons support for Stage Two (short videos recapping the signs of the week)

    - Stage Two ‘More Sing and Sign' (video film)

    - ‘Have a Sing and Sign Christmas’ (video film)

    - Phonics video

    - 3 additional Jessie Cat games


    If you purchase Gold Membership, you can upgrade at any time to Premium for a following year for £15.  Yearly renewal of any subscription - Gold or Premium - is £15. 

    To take advantage of joining The Jessie Cat Club please email me and I will give you details of how you can make payment.  Once payment is received, I will set up access for you.

    You will receive an email about how you can start enjoying the programme.  


    Our Privacy Notice

    Sing and Sign - Bristol is committed to protecting your privacy.  Katherine Amor on behalf of Sing and Sign - Bristol acts as Data Controller and Processor; Russell Harrison on behalf of Zebranet acts as Data Controller for Sing and Sign - Bristol.  Both Sing and Sign - Bristol and Zebranet are registered with the ICO.

    Sing and Sign - Bristol may collect data so that we can respond to your messages, understand your needs and offer you the right class or product.  We do this through various means: our website enquiry form, emails, taster sessions, Facebook messages and comments, texts and phone calls.  

    So if you ask us to contact you, we will do so with relevant information at the relevant times by email or phone. 

    Zebranet collects data through the BookMyClass registration process when you book on to one of our classes.  Sing and Sign - Bristol will use this data to ensure you are in the correct class as well as to contact you with relevant information.  Contact will be via email primarily but also occasionally through phone and/or text if the information is more urgent. 

    Our communication will be about your agreed class.  This could include: booking notice, payment reminder, booking confirmation, venue information, handouts about the class content, notice of cancellations or delays, ordering and fulfilling orders of resources and rebooking for future Sing and Sign courses.  

    When you finish your term/terms with Sing and Sign - Bristol, correspondence will largely cease.  We will always ask for your consent before adding you to our contact database (consent will be part of your booking process).  With consent, we may periodically send promotional emails about fundraising, new products, special offers or other information which we think you may find interesting using the email address which you have provided.   With consent, we may contact you by email very occasionally to ask for support in awards/competitions.

    Sing and Sign - Bristol will keep your data for 7 years unless you specifically request it to be removed from our systems and Zebranet.  Sing and Sign - Bristol will not sell, distribute or lease your personal information to third parties unless we have your permission or are required by law to do so. 

    You have rights relating to our storage and use of your personal data including:  

    · The right to be forgotten - where you can ask us to to delete all personal data relating to you.

    · The right to object - you can say no to certain data use such as profiling for marketing purposes.

    · The right to rectification - you can ask us to have incomplete data completed.

    · The right of access - you have the right to know what data is being processed and how.

    Please request any of the above in writing to Katherine Amor, Sing and Sign - Bristol, 6 Bayswater Rd, Horfield, Bristol BS7 0BN

    You also have the right to raise a complaint with the ICO if you are unhappy with the way we have collected, stored or used your personal data. 

    Please inform us of any changes to your contact information so we can keep our records up to date.  If at any point, you prefer not to receive any further e-mails, please let us know using the UNSUBSCRIBE instructions at the bottom of every email.  


    Have a question?  Please get in touch:  katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk


  • Venues

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    Day Time Stage Location
    Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Horfield Methodist Church
    Monday PM Babes Horfield Methodist Church
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 Redland - Whiteladies Rd.
    Tuesday AM Babes Redland - Whiteladies Rd.
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Whitehall/ St George - CEC Community Hub
    Tuesday PM Babes Whitehall/ St George - CEC Community Hub
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church
    Tuesday PM Babes Bedminster Methodist Church
    Wednesday AM Stage 1 St Peter's Henleaze
    Wednesday AM Babes St Peter's Henleaze
    Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Horfield Methodist Church
    Thursday AM Babes Horfield Methodist Church
    Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 St Werburghs Community Centre
    Thursday PM Babes St Werburghs Community Centre
    Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church
    Thursday PM Babes Bedminster Methodist Church
    Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Thornbury - Turnberrie's Community Centre
    Thursday PM Babes Thornbury - Turnberrie's Community Centre
    Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Lyde Green Community Centre
    Friday PM Babes Lyde Green Community Centre
    Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church
    Friday PM Babes Bedminster Methodist Church
    Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Redland Quaker Meeting House
  • Nurseries

    Does your child attend a nursery?

    Does your child attend a nursery?
    Sing and Sign has an excellent Nursery Affiliation Programme which will train staff on their own premises at a time to suit all. We will teach staff a selection of signs, tailor made to the nursery's individual requirements and design an Individual Action Plan to inspire staff and make signing fun and easy to incorporate. Following training, the nursery will receive a Certificate of Sing and Sign Affiliation together with access to our online fantastic resources as well as ongoing help from the trainer.

    If your baby attends nursery or you know of a childcare facility that would be interested in receiving further information, please do pass our details on, or contact us at the number/email above. 

    Current Bristol area nurseries with Sing and Sign Affiliation are:
    Happy Days - Thornbury
    Happy Days - Lyde Green
    Happy Days - Bradley Stoke
    Happy Days - Cheswick


    Local Nurseries which have enjoyed Sing and Sign Affiliation previously:
    Abacus Day Nursery, Emery Road, Brislington
    Zebedees Day Nursery, Walsingham Rd, St Andrews
    Snapdragons - Keynsham, Bath Rd, Keynsham 

     


     


     

     

     

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