Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Dorking & Leatherhead
Communicate with your baby | Learn fun songs | Meet mums in your areaBOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN!
Hi my name is Anna and I'm very excited to be launching classes in the area! I grew up in Dorking so am particularly excited to be bringing Sing and Sign classes here! I've been teaching Sing and Sign for over 3 years and absolutely love it. It's so rewarding passing on the benefits and enjoyment to others that we experienced when first attending classes with our eldest.At our classes you and your little ones will learn baby signing 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. Do contact me with any questions, or book your baby's place here!
We've been working hard behind the scenes to make sure our classes are 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.
If however 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 (6 months-14 months) or Stage 2 (14 months- 30 months) 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.
You can book your @home online only course here
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 with their hands! 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. We had 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', it was amazing to know she wanted us to go and find our cat! Signing quickly 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. She 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
TERM DATESSummer Term 2021w/c Monday 26th April - 9th July 2021(No classes for half term break Monday 31st May- 6th June inclusive)TIMETABLEWednesdays10.15am Stage 2 (14- 30 months)11.15am Stage 1 (5/6- 14 months)Fridays10am Stage 2 (14- 30 months)11am Stage 1 (6- 14 months)12pm Babes (0-5/6 months)TERM FEESStage 1 and 2 £90 for 10 weeksBabes £85 for 10 weeks (shorter class length)TWINS PAY JUST ONE FEE!
Classes are 45 minutes except for Babes which is a 35-40 minute session.THREE 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 14 months- 30 months)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 my classes"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 tired 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."
Wednesday and Friday classes will be held at The Christian Centre, Church Street, Dorking RH4 1DW.
There is pay and display parking near by at the St Martins Walk car park, or it's a 10 minute walk from Dorking West rail station, 14 minute walk from Dorking Deepdene and 17 minute walk from Dorking main station.
All shops, cafes and Meadowbank park are very nearby; perfect to grab a refreshment before or after class!
Day Time Stage Location Wednesday AM Stage 1 The Christian Centre Wednesday AM Stage 2 The Christian Centre Friday AM Stage 2 The Christian Centre Friday AM Stage 1 The Christian Centre Friday PM Babes The Christian Centre
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 email@example.com
Additionally we may be able to offer mini sessions at the nurseries. 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.