Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Bristol
Sing and Sign classes in Greater Bristol - opening a window to your baby's world!
I am glad you are thinking of joining our classes. We hope to meet you and your baby soon. In the ever-changing state of life, we at Sing and Sign are working hard to keep up.
Sing and Sign Babes: New 5-week course for infants 0-6months starts after half term! Cost is £20 for zoom only and £30 for a venue based class (Horfield and Bedminster only at this time).
Our live zoom Babes classes are offered 3 times a week and everyone enrolled in any Babes class can join in as many times as you like (what great value!!).
Book your place by clicking HERE and choosing Sing and Sign Babes.
Stage One and Two: We are now well in to our Autumn term. Our Stage One venue classes are now full but you can still join Sing and Sign @Home by clicking HERE and choosing Stage One (for beginners) or Stage Two (repeaters or those with signing babies)!! Get in touch by email with any questions.
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Autumn '20 started w/c 21 September
Stage One: (babies 6-12ish months) runs for 10 weeks up to beginning of December.
Sing and Sign Babes: (infants 0-5months) runs for 5 weeks up to school half term and again after half term.
SING AND SIGN @HOME - STAGE ONE and TWO only! (You can see a preview of @Home below)
Filmed by Sing and Sign teachers across the country, we will bring the magic of our Sing and Sign courses - Stage One and Stage Two - in 10 weekly, themed online sessions. The online class will feel very much like an actual class following our usual format with all the familiar songs, felt board, instruments and of course Jessie Cat playing peek-a-boo!
You can enjoy them at any time - indeed, many times with unlimited access - throughout the week. Older siblings and other adults can join in too!! Many families are making Sing and Sign @Home part of their daily routine which is wonderful to hear.
As with face-to-face classes, it is not essential for your baby to watch but I am sure they will enjoy hearing the music and your signing will grow stronger.
@Home classes for Stage One and Two are available to watch unlimited times from Monday morning to Sunday night. There is no way to watch missed lessons or 'last week's lesson' but with unlimited viewing within those seven days, there is great opportunity to watch several times!
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), 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, even those Stage Two graduates who don't want to give up just yet!
Thank you for your continued support. We are all doing the best we can in a difficult, uncertain and unprecedented situation. We ask for your patience and compassion.
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(Sing and Sign @Home is different to the Jessie Cat Club Membership as it gives the entire programme of weekly themes and songs. Membership is of course available as an add on to these classes giving you even more Sing and Sign fun.)
Keep scrolling for answers to your questions or click the 'More Info' tab!
Below is pre-COVID info: This may not be accurate for Autumn 2020 as not all venues are re-opening.
Sing and Sign face to face classes at a glance: (Further info available on the 'More Info' page!)
Stage Two for toddlers 14mos+ is usually at 9.45/10am.
Stage One for babies 6-13mos is at 10.45/11 (and 11.45/12noon if there is demand).
Stage One and Two last 35-45 minutes. Staged classes meet for 10 sessions each term. Sing and Sign is a fun class with an emphasis on learning, not a drop in class. In those 10 sessions, you can learn well over 100 signs. Fee for Stage One or Two is £80.
Sing and Sign Babes, only for the very young 0-6months, meets after Stage One. Babes runs only in selected venues across Bristol (though we are hoping to offer Babes classes everywhere just as soon as we can). Babes lasts 30-35 minutes for 5 weeks and fee is £30.
Our pre-covid venues at a glance: we may not offer classes here at the moment.
Monday: Bradley Stoke, Portishead, Horfield
Tuesday: Fishponds, Emersons Green (S1), Bedminster, Redland
Wednesday: Westbury on Trym
Thursday: Bedminster, Horfield, Thornbury
Friday: Downend, Bedminster
My wonderful teachers Helen C, Helen H, Becki, Tess and I teach Sing and Sign classes every day in venues throughout the Bristol area. Becki also works hard in the office and on Facebook.
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. 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!
You must book and pay for the course in advance. When booking, please read the Terms and Conditions for answers to frequently asked questions including information about changing to another class and all 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!'
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
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!!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Jubilee Centre, Bradley Stoke Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Portishead Youth Centre Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Horfield Methodist Church Tuesday AM Stage 1 Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Green Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Fishponds - All Saints Church Wednesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Westbury Baptist Church Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Horfield Methodist Church Thursday AM Babes Horfield Methodist Church Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church Thursday PM Babes Bedminster Methodist Church Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Thornbury - Turnberrie's Community Centre Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Downend Folk House at Lincombe Barn Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Bedminster Methodist Church
Does your child attend a nursery?Does your child attend a nursery?Sing and Sign now 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 ongoing access to our signing resources and a complimenatary package of products.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.Local Nurseries which have enjoyed Sing and Sign Affiliation include :
Abacus Day Nursery, Emery Road, Brislington
Zebedees Day Nursery, Walsingham Rd, St Andrews
Snapdragons - Keynsham, Bath Rd, Keynsham