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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Caterham

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    Welcome to Sing and Sign Caterham & Coulsdon

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    Hi my name is Anna and I run classes in the area. I live locally with my husband, 5 year old daughter and 2 year old son. I absolutely love teaching Sing and Sign and find it extremely rewarding passing on the huge benefits and enjoyment that we experienced signing with our children.


    Signing is a great way to communicate with your baby well before they can speak. You'll be amazed at how much they have to say too! Once they can they'll be able to ask for milk, nappy changes and 'talk' about the sounds they hear or animals they see, and the best bit.... you'll be able to understand! Improving communication like this really helps reduce frustration for you both and also gives so much enjoyment.


    At our classes you'll learn signs through music and songs, some familiar and some new but all fun and catchy. You don't need any experience or prior knowledge of sign language to join our course - and you don't need to be able to sing! Classes are small and relaxed, friendly and supportive. Book your place here or contact me with any questions!

    SUMMER TERM DATES 2022

    BOOKINGS OPEN

    w/c Monday 25th April - Friday 8th July 2022
    (No classes for half term break for one week Monday 30th May- 3rd June)


    SUMMER TERM TIMETABLE

    Mondays- Whyteleafe Park Pavilion, Whytealfe/ Warlingham

    10am Stage 2

    11am Stage 1

    12pm Babes

    1pm Stage 1


    Tuesdays- Caterham URC, Caterham Valley

    9.30am Stage 1

    10.30am Stage 2

    11.30am Stage 1

    12.30pm Babes


    Thursdays- Coulsdon Methodist Church

    10am Stage 2

    11am Stage 1

    12pm Babes


    Fridays- The Westway, Caterham on the hill 

    9.45am Stage 2

    10.45am Stage 1


    Classes are approx 45 minutes except for Babes which is a 35 minute session.

    Please join the waiting list if your preferred class is full or contact me and I will be in touch if a place becomes available. If there's enough interest I may add an additional class. If you have a bump and would like to join a class at a later date please get in touch.


    Our award winning Sing and Sign @home online only course is also available to book for £50. 10 weeks of prerecorded online classes to enjoy at a time to suit you (one available per week) plus complimentary zooms 


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    About Me

    I first started my signing journey with my daughter, when we attended another local Sing and Sign teacher's class. She was an absolutely fantastic teacher, so informative, engaging and inspiring and we loved our classes. I only wished we'd started sooner! My daughter soon started signing at home, first with 'where' and usually followed by 'cat', as it become part of our daily life.

    She is quite an emotional character, shall we say... and signing really helped by reducing a lot of her frustrations and preventing so many potential tantrums by being able to ask for a 'drink' or 'milk', even requesting nappy changes.

    But more than that it gave the whole family so much joy. We could 'talk' about what she'd done with her Grandparents that day. She'd point out a 'dog' on our walks in the town, or the helicopter going past.

    I was stunned when she even started telling us about the holiday we'd been on several weeks ago, going on a 'plane', her 'swimming' in the sea with 'Grandpa' and that she didn't like playing in the 'sand'! It really was giving us a very special glimpse into her world.

    If you are slightly apprehensive or sceptical please don't worry. I think I was a little too at the start if i'm honest. I knew it would be a brilliant class full of singing, music and instrument playing, but I completely underestimated how much our little ones could take on board and how well they could communicate.

    It's made me even more keen to share just how amazing baby signing can be and the benefits of it. I've now been able to start signing with our youngest from when he was a newborn and I'm excited to see the difference in starting earlier. His sister is loving showing him the signs too so it's a whole family experience now.

     

    Get in touch if you have any questions or use the enquiry page I'd love to hear from you!


    I look forward to signing together soon!

    Anna and Jessie Cat x

  • More Info

    Class information

    Term fees 2022

    £85 10 week term Stage 1 or Stage 2
    £80 10 week term Babes (shorter sessions)
    £50 @home online prerecorded sessions, no venue sessions
    Twins pay just one fee!





    WHICH STAGE? THREE STAGES FOR THREE AGES

    How old is your baby?

    SING AND SIGN BABES (0- 5/6 months)
     A lovely gentle music and sensory class with a strong emphasis on communication. The course introduces the basics of the Sing and Sign approach for those keen to sign with their babies. We also show you lovely adaptations of familiar songs to enjoy with your baby while face to face, during nappy change, bathtime, bedtime and gentle play.


    STAGE 1 (for babies from 6- 14 months)
    Your baby will be ready for Stage 1 from around 6 months or older at the start of term. This is because he/she will be sitting up, becoming more aware and ready to enjoy the music, the toys and props and social aspects of this class.

    If you have already completed one course of Stage 1 then we recommend coming back for a second term! In terms of the learning process, the first term is for you, the second term is for your babyDid you know there are well over 100 signs covered in our Stage 1 course?  If your baby is younger than 13/14 months then we definitely recommend repeating this Stage 1 curriculum. Coming to class for a second term enables you to see the usefulness of some of our course ideas in action at home, as your baby will be growing developmentally ready to respond more and more! I can speak for all our teachers when I say they love to see their existing babies stay on and that they hope to see you there!


    TODDLING ON TO STAGE 2  
    (for babies from 14 months- 2/2.5yrs)

    If your baby is a little older, you may feel ready for a class with a little more action and activity! Even if you have never done Sing and Sign before, in our Stage 2 class we still include the basic advice on how to sign with your baby and have some lovely songs to enjoy, covering concepts such as the weather, colours, being helpful, simple counting, opposites and even beginning phonetic awareness all enjoyed through our magic ingredient – music! There are also opportunities to move about more, and plenty of toys and props to keep your baby amused.. 


    Parent testimonials of classes in Caterham and Coulsdon

    "Me and my daughter adore this class. We started a little later (her first class of stage 1 was when she was nearly 13 months) but she picked it up straight away! The songs are catchy and it makes it super easy to practice at home and within 3 weeks she was already regularly signing, please, thank you, duck, all gone, food and more. Not even at the end of stage 1 and the communication we have gained as a result of this is amazing! Can't wait to start stage 2 in Jan!"


    "My daughter and I love Sing & Sign! We’ve just finished our first term. My 8 month old has loved the classes, bouncing along to all the songs and it’s fun to practice at home too. She definitely recognises a lot of the signs now and has just started clapping and waving so I’m on the lookout for her first sign. It’s a lovely friendly class, Anna makes sure all the children get individual attention and is genuinely interested in their personalities and development. Can’t wait for the January term!"


    "I would highly recommend sing and sign. My little girl has been signing when tried when she wants to go to sleep also signs to eat and wants her milk. Her favourite sign has to be slide, when we sign park to her she says yes, and then signs slide. Very very happy mummy and so proud of her."


    "We love coming every Tuesday, fantastic class and wonderful teaching. Anna is so kind and friendly. Makes you very very welcomed and relaxed."


    Please go to my booking page for current timetable and availability


  • Venues

    Sing and Sign sessions in Caterham take place at the Caterham URC, in Caterham Valley and The Westway, Caterham-on-the-hill. There is free parking onsite at both venues. 

    Caterham has a good network of public transport links with Caterham train station being a 5 minute walk to the URC Church and various bus routes stopping close by. We will be using the main hall this term at the URC which is on the ground floor, so we have more space for social distancing.


    Sing and Sign sessions in Coulsdon take place in the small hall at the Coulsdon Methodist Church. There is free parking onsite, it's a five minute walk from Coulsdon Town train station and also on several bus routes. It's located very close to restaurants and cafes for refreshments before or after class.


    Mondays classes are held in the beautiful events room at the Whytleafe Park Pavilion, Warlingham. There is free parking onsite (please display a free ticket), the Pavilion cafe for refreshments and of course the large recreation ground with playground. It's a 5 minute walk from Upper Warlingham train station, 7 minutes from Whytleafe station and close to several bus stops. 

    Day Time Stage Location
    Monday AM Stage 2 Whytleafe Park Pavilion, Warlingham
    Monday AM Stage 1 Whytleafe Park Pavilion, Warlingham
    Monday AM Babes Whytleafe Park Pavilion, Warlingham
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 Caterham United Reformed Church
    Tuesday AM Stage 2 Caterham United Reformed Church
    Tuesday PM Stage 1 Caterham United Reformed Church
    Tuesday PM Babes Caterham United Reformed Church
    Thursday AM Stage 2 Coulsdon Methodist Church
    Thursday AM Stage 1 Coulsdon Methodist Church
    Thursday PM Stage 1 Coulsdon Methodist Church
    Thursday PM Babes Coulsdon Methodist Church
    Friday AM Stage 2 The Westway
    Friday AM Stage 1 The Westway
  • Nurseries

    Does your child attend nursery?

    Sing and Sign has an excellent Nursery Affiliation Programme or 'NAP', where franchisees offer training to local nurseries. We will train staff on their own premises (or online due to restrictions) at a time to suit them.  We 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 in their day-to-day activities.


    Following training, the nursery will receive a Certificate of Sing and Sign Affiliation together with ongoing access to our signing resources and the licensing to use our copyrighted products.


    If your baby or toddler attends a nursery or if you know of a childcare facility that would be interested in receiving further information, please do pass our details on, or contact me annarichardson@singandsign.co.uk 


    Additionally we may be able to offer mini sessions at the nurseries. We currently run at Brightsparks ,Old Coulsdon and Tots Village, Caterham. If you'd like to have sessions at your nursery please do mention us to your provider, it can be of great reassurance if your little one already signs at home to know they'll be understood in their childcare setting.


    Anna delivered our Nursery Affiliation Programme training to the Perfect Start Day Nurseries in both Sevenoaks and Cobham. They are now affiliated with Sing and Sign for the year! 


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