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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Colchester

  • About Me

    Welcome to Sing and Sign Colchester

    Please contact Catherine tendring@singandsign Co.uk for information on future classes in Colchester xxx
  • More Info

    Booking now available for September 2021!

    Sing and Sign is a programme that grows week-by-week with you and your child and is divided into 3 Stages:


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    Sing and Sign Terms and Conditions 

    Sing and Sign BABES - This is a multi-sensory music programme for babies from birth to 7 months. Our aim is to help you build the framework for good communication with your baby.  Whilst we follow a 12 week curriculum, the course is bookable in 6 week blocks and is designed as a precursor to Stage 1 Sing and Sign

    (We only ask for 5 weeks commitment at a time with the Babes course as we understand young babies' routines have to be quite flexible!)

    Stage 1 - It is recommended that you and your baby attend two terms of Stage 1 classes in order to consolidate and learn a total of 120 signs.  Babies learn through repetition so attending two terms helps you to establish good signing habits as well as letting you learn the lyrics of the songs written especially for the Sing and Sign programme.  You will receive weekly digital handouts throughout Stage 1 and the choice to book a second term is entirely yours.

    Stage 2 –If you’ve enjoyed stage 1 and want to continue, you’ll be ready to join More Sing and Sign – Stage 2, offering a more mobile, physical class with another two curriculums of additional songs, signs and actions for older babies and toddlers, backed up by another 12 weekly handouts.  This stage includes teaching colours, letters of the alphabet, opposites, good manners and much more besides.

    All classes last roughly 30-40 minutes, are very relaxed and great fun!  Feel free to do whatever you feel comfortable with and don’t feel you have to keep your baby on your lap – let them roam if they want to. If the room is not carpeted, we do have individual mats/rugs but please feel free to bring your own cushion to sit on if you’d prefer.  Nappy changing and breast or bottle feeding during the session is fine, or you can do it away from the group if you’d prefer.  Bring any drinks your baby might need.  

    Due to limited numbers per class you will need to book and pay prior to the term starting (early booking is recommended).

    Some Mum’s like to familiarise themselves and their babies with some of the music and signs before term starts.  Details of how to purchase our Jessie Cat Club online Membership, DVD and/or CD can be found on my booking form.

    All of our Courses are £65 for 10 weeks.

    Due to limited numbers per class we cannot offer a "pay as you go" option.  You will need to book and pay your term fee prior to term starting but your first class is a trial class so this will be refunded if you decide not to sign up. Payment can be made by BACS or Credit/Debit Card at the time of booking.

    Due to Covid19 we are currently not offering any free trial sessions but hope to restart these as soon as possible.


    Classes must be booked and paid for in advance for the full term. We accept bookings throughout the term, but for those starting on Week 5 or after Jessie Cat Club Online Membership for £15 is mandatory in order to catch up with missed classes. We guarantee you your place in the class every week for that term. 

    Term dates are on www.babysigning-colchester.co.uk.

    Booking system 

    Places are offered on a first come, first served basis. To secure a place in a class, please place your booking online.  Payment is made at the time of booking with Credit/Debit Card. 

    Once you have paid and the place is secured you will receive an e-mail receipt.

    Refunds policy 

    Refunds are available if you withdraw from class in the following cases:

        •    If you withdraw from classes more than a week before the term has started, we will refund you for the term minus £5.00 Admin Fee.

        •    If you withdraw from classes after your first session and before your second session you will be refunded for the remainder of term minus £10.00 Admin Fee.

        •    Refunds will not be given after Week 1, this is because our Winter Term consists of Sing and Sign @ home with Live Classes as an added perk - due to the uncertainty of Covid19 and local lockdowns.

    Covid19

    Outlined here are procedures put in place for any disruption due to Covid19.

    Parents are to STRICTLY observe Government guidelines on infectious diseases such as coronavirus, flu, Ebola, etc... 
    Up to date information can be found here

    https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-covid-19/

    Contact me: Cheryl Whybrow via email:  cherylwhybrow@singandsign.co.uk

    FAQs

    What if my household and I are self isolating due to a Suspected Case of Covid19?

    You must not attend a live class for 2 weeks. You will instead access our online content for those 2 weeks. 
    Stage Two: Sing and Sign @ home
    Stage One: Sing and Sign @ home
    Babes: Sing and Sign @ home
    Refunds will not be given.

    What if my Sing and Sign session is cancelled due to Teacher/Attendee self isolating due to Covid19?

    You will be able to access our online content in place of the cancelled Live Class.
    Stage Two: Sing and Sign @ home
    Stage One: Sing and Sign @ home
    Babes: Sing and Sign @ home
    Refunds will not be given.

    Can I carry over money from missed classes to the next term? 

    Sorry, you can’t do this. There is a lot of repetition from week to week as well as the Online Membership, so if you miss a week for any reason, you’ll soon be able to catch up. 

    What if there is a localised lockdown?

    In extreme circumstances, if our live classes are cancelled for 3 consecutive weeks or more due to a localised lockdown we will refund the missed classes only minus £5 admin fee.

    Can I bring a friend and their baby to class as a trial? 

    NO. 
    Our class numbers are highly restricted due to Covid19 measures and so we ask at this time for NO visitors to class. 
    The ratio is 1 parent/Carer:1 baby

    Older siblings 

    Our class numbers are highly restricted due to Covid19 measures and so we ask at this time for NO siblings to be brought to class. 
    The ratio is 1 parent/Carer:1 baby

    Children’s behaviour in class 

    We hope your baby will enjoy class and be thoroughly engaged with the teacher and the other children. However they MUST stay on their own mat at all times to adhere to social distancing.
    Failure to comply may result in being asked to leave the class and persistence will result in cancellation of your membership to our classes.
    Problems with behaviour are very rare, but of course can happen occasionally. If a baby hits, bites or throws toys the parent should remove their child from the class circle to avoid further disruption and in exceptional circumstances a refund may be offered for the remainder of term at the teacher's discretion. 

    Food in class

    Please keep snacks for after the class.  We have lots of allergies and class props and instruments can become contaminated or damaged. However, children are welcome to have a drink from a closed cup.

    Complaints procedure 

    We really hope that you will be delighted with your experience of Sing and Sign classes. We are absolutely committed to you finding that your class meets or exceeds your expectations and that you enjoy your classes enough to recommend Sing and Sign to all of your friends! 

    However, sometimes things might go wrong and we would like to hear about it. Please do get in touch if you have a complaint or concern (or compliment!). We will always do our best to resolve any problems as quickly as possible and to everyone’s satisfaction. If there is any aspect of the course/classes that you are unsure about, please don’t be too shy to ask.

  • Venues


    Day Time Stage Location
    Friday AM Stage 1 Kingsland Church, Lexden
    Wednesday AM Stage 1 Greenstead Community Centre
    Wednesday AM Stage 2 Greenstead Community Centre
    Friday AM Stage 2 Kingsland Church, Lexden
    Wednesday AM Babes Greenstead Community Centre
    Friday AM Babes Kingsland Church, Lexden
  • Nurseries

    Nursery Affiliation Programme



    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 our number/email above.


    Here is an up to date list of our current Affiliated Nurseries in Colchester:


    • KiddiCaru Day Nursery

    • Puddleducks Pre-School

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