Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Caterham
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* Lockdown announcement- we have temporarily moved our fantastic classes online and will resume in person (venue dependent) from April in line with the Governments roadmap.
When guidelines allow and with various safety measures in place, in person classes are held in Caterham, Whyteleafe and Coulsdon!BOOKINGS NOW OPEN FOR THE SUMMER TERM
We've been working hard behind the scenes to make sure our classes our Covid safe. We are following all government guidance to make sure we can bring you our classes in the most responsible way possible, your safety is crucial to us. There will be a few changes to content and layout but classes will still be full of signs, music and fun! Additional cleaning before, between and after classes, extra ventilation and no sharing of props implemented.
Hi my name is Anna and I run classes in the area. I live locally with my husband, 4 year old daughter and 1 year old son. I absolutely love teaching Sing and Sign and find it extremely rewarding passing on the benefits and enjoyment to others we experienced when attending classes with our eldest.
At our classes you'll both 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 (even more so with social distancing in place!) and relaxed, so it's very friendly and supportive. Book your place here for the term or contact me with any questions.
If you don't feel ready to come to face to face classes just yet then there's always Sing and Sign @home.....
We were proud to launch our courses online last year and were even recognised as being a top online class for babies by The Independent newspaper. As part of a Stage 1 or Stage 2 live course booking you'll have automatic access to the @home content to go alongside your live classes.
If you don't feel quite ready to come back to live classes just yet or class times don't suit you, you can book the @home only course for just £50! That's £5 per week! You'll be supported with a few zoom catch ups during the term and can always ask any signing questions.
The online courses follow our familiar format of music, rhythm, rhyme, props and of course our very special friend Jessie Cat. They can be enjoy in the comfort of your own home or anywhere you have WIFI.
How does it work?
There are TWO online courses: Stage One (recommended for babies up to 14 months) and Stage Two (recommended for babies 14 months and beyond). The next term will begin on Monday April 26th when the first session will be made available via an exclusive login. The sessions will then be available for a whole 7 days, giving you and your family the flexibility to enjoy the sessions as and when it is convenient, pause, rewind and watch as many times as you like! A new class will be added every week and the old become unavailable so it is run as close to a real live term as possible. The content is prerecorded and filmed by teachers from across the country including myself.
So, you don't have to log in on a specific day or at a specific time!
This is open to past, current and new families so please do spread the word among your friends. Even if your baby is now older than 30 months, you can still enjoy Sing and Sign @ HOME.
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.
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.
I look forward to signing together soon!
Anna and Jessie Cat x
Spring Class Informationw/c Monday 18th January - Friday 2nd April 2021(No classes for half term break Monday 15th February- Friday 19th February inclusive)NEW ONLINE 5 WEEK BABES CLASSw/c Monday 1st March- 2nd April 2021£25 - no venue sessions
NEW TERM DATES ANNOUNCED Summer 2021Monday classes only start w/c Monday 19th April - 9th July 2021(Please note we will NOT run class on the bank holiday Monday 3rd May)Tuesdays/ Thursday/ Friday classes start w/c Monday 26th April - 9th July 2021(No classes for half term break Monday 31st May- 6th June inclusive)
Live classes are 45 minutes except for Babes which is a 30-35 minute session. Please do join the waiting list if any classes are full or contact me and I will be in touch if a place becomes available. If there is enough interest I may add an additional class.In person course fees 2021£85 10 week term for Stage 1 or Stage 2£80 10 week term for Babes (shorter sessions)£50 @home online prerecorded sessions, no venue sessions
For current availability and timetable please go to my booking pageTHREE STAGES FOR THREE AGESHow 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 7 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 S&S then we recommend coming back for a 2nd Term! In terms of the learning process, the first term is for you, the second term is for your baby. Did 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 14months-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."
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 will be held in the beautiful events room at the Whytleafe Park Pavilion, Warlingham. There is free parking onsite (please display a 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 Friday AM Babes The Westway
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally we may be able to offer mini sessions at the nurseries. Pre- covid we ran 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.