Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Edinburgh
Welcome to Sing and Sign Edinburgh!
Hi! I'm Catherine and I run Sing & Sign classes in Edinburgh.
Sing and Sign @Home
Not quite ready to venture to a venue? Can't find a class time to suit?... No need to miss out on the fun!
Sing and Sign@Home lets you join in at home at a time to suit you.
*next 10-week course starts 5th July 2021*
Our @Home courses have been fantastically well received by parents and babies alike. Each lesson is available for 7 days so you can come to class as often as you like each week! Catherine and Jessie Cat support your course with live Zoom mini-sessions so you can connect with your teacher and classmates face-to-face.
Stage 1 for babies 6-16 months / Stage 2 for toddlers 14 months+
Summer Holiday term 5th July - 12th Sept 2021
Stage 1 and Stage 2 @Home online courses available
Autumn term 13th Sept - 29th Nov 2021
Venue classes AND Class@Home courses available
Booking will open in JulyI'd like to thank all our customers for their understanding, flexibility and support as we adapt to changing restrictions.
Classes across 5 venues:
Marchmont, Portobello, Stockbridge, Leith
Inch Park,(venue not currently open)
for classes in West Edinburgh please click here
for classes in Midlothian please click here
for details of our three age-appropriate stages, see the 'more info' tab above
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Edinburgh franchise owner and class teacher.
When we joined our first Stage 1 Sing and Sign class in 2011, I had no idea how important baby signing would become for us. My son who was 8 months old at the time, loved the music and the social feel to the classes and I learned loads of new songs and signs. Classes were fun but it wasn't until my son was around 13 months old and began signing back to me that I realised the true value of what we had been learning. It was so wonderful being able to have little conversations with him and of course there were huge practical benefits too as we were all able to make ourselves better understood.
I love teaching baby signing and being able to share my passion for Sing and Sign with new families in Edinburgh. I am very lucky to be a small part of such an exciting time in these families lives. I really hope you feel inspired to come along, find out more about Sing and Sign and try baby signing in your family.
Class teacher at Inch House (Mondays) and Marchmont (Wednesdays)
Hazel is a passionate advocate for baby signing with a huge depth of knowledge and years of experience! Alongside that, her warm, friendly teaching means her classes are truly welcoming and nurturing.
After 15 years working backstage in theatre and two children Hazel is entering her second year as a Sing and Sign teacher. She first attended Sing and Sign classes in London with her elder son Owen and then Catherine’s classes in Edinburgh with her younger son Liam. Hazel is really delighted to have the opportunity to share the joy that she and her family have found in Sing and Sign with other Edinburgh Mums, Dads, Grandparents and childminders.
In addition to Hazel’s experience as a Sing & Sign parent and teacher Hazel has foundation level training in Signalong which is the keyword signing system used by Edinburgh schools and she also has hands on experience of the Hanen ‘It takes two to talk’ programme.
About the classes in Edinburgh...
Sing and Sign classes follow a ten-week curriculum covering all the signs you need to know for day to day life with your baby or toddler. There are three different age-appropriate stages available - for more information on the different Stages and course costs see the "more info" tab above. Click HERE to view timetable, to join a waiting list or book a space. All classes are taught by myself or the lovely Hazel who joins me as a class teacher bringing an amazing wealth and experience of baby signing.
What classes are available?
for babies from 2 months to around 7 months old. – A lovely gentle class for the youngest age group aiming to build the foundations for good communication. The class is relaxed, gives you lots of time face to face with your wee one, plenty of cuddle time and is the perfect place to begin your baby signing journey
for babies from 6 months to around 18 months – Covering lots of different themes relating to your babies world, we use songs, rhymes, instruments, toys and props in a fun, relaxed class. Babies love the fun and the music while adults effortlessly learn all the signs they need for day-to-day life with their baby.
for toddlers from around 14 months to 2 years and beyond! – This class covers themes such as colours, phonics, manners, even using the potty! Designed with inquisitive and energetic toddlers in mind.
When and where?
The Sing and Sign programme follows a ten-week curriculum and I teach three terms throughout the year roughly following the school terms.
Spring term begins in January
Summer term begins late April
Autumn term begins early September
Classes are currently running on Monday mornings in Leith, Monday afternoons in Liberton, Wednesdays in Marchmont, Thursdays in Portobello, Fridays in Marchmont and Saturdays in Stockbridge
Stage 1/Stage 2:
Venue-based - £80 for a 10-week course PLUS Gold (S1) or Premium (S2) membership to our online learning resources. Your fee also includes full access to our @Home lessons which will run alongside your weekly classes. Great for sharing with other family members or using when you can't make it to class.
Online - £50 for a 10-week course delivered via our popular @Home lessons. Fee includes Gold or Premium membership to our wider online learning resources. Each week, your lesson can be streamed at a time to suit you and as often as you like within that week. Your classes are supported by a weekly lesson email, a course Whatsapp group and an optional weekly Zoom call with your teacher and online classmates!
Venue-based classes - £35 for a 5-week block Includes weekly lesson email and access to all online classes each week too. There are usually two 5-week blocks of Babes per term both slightly different so parents can choose to do both blocks or just one if they prefer. (Please note that the next opportunity to join a Stage 1 class will usually be at the start of the following term.)
Babes classes can be joined at any point throughout the term (subject to space). In this situation a shorter payment block will be arranged. Please contact email@example.com to arrange.
Online classes - £20 for a 5-week block. There are three live zoom classes running each week and if you sign up for "Babes" online, you can attend as many of these as you like. We include time at the beginning and end of the session for chat in smaller groups too so you'll have the opportunity to connect with other parents in the group. Includes weekly lesson email.
We have devised a covid-secure class format which carefully covers all guidance around keeping everyone safe in class. It is important for parents to note that our adapted class format, following current guidance involves no singing. Instead we have a class that is full of music, fun, interaction and of course signs. Parents and babies alike have loved the adapted format so far so I am sure you will too. Most importantly we are keeping things safe so that you can relax, have fun and learn all you need.
I limit the number of families per class to around 8 depending on the room. This keeps classes small, friendly and relaxed but it does mean places are limited so book early!
Get in touch if you have any further questions or you'd like to be added to the waiting list for any future classes.
Follow the link below to my online booking facility
Classes around Edinburgh...
Mondays - Out of the Blue Drill Hall, just off Leith Walk
Mondays AM - Marchmont St Giles Church
Mondays PM - Inch House Community Centre, 225 Gilmerton Rd (venue not yet reopen)
Wednesdays - Marchmont St Giles Church just off Marchmont Road
Thursdays - Portobello and Joppa Parish Church
Fridays - Marchmont St Giles Church just off Marchmont Road
Saturdays - Stockbridge Church in Stockbridge
To offer as much choice and flexibility as possible, we are also continuing to run our popular @Home courses each term alongside our venue-based classes. Babes classes are delivered live over Zoom 2 or 3 times per week and Stage 1 or Stage 2 weekly lessons can be streamed at a time to suit you and as often as you like each week. These are supported by a weekly lesson email, course Whatsapp group and optional weekly Zoom call with your teacher.
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Babes Marchmont St Giles Church Halls Thursday PM Babes Portobello and Joppa Parish Church Halls Saturday PM Babes Stockbridge Parish Church Monday AM Stage 1 Out of the Blue Drill Hall Monday AM Stage 1 Out of the Blue Drill Hall Wednesday PM Stage 1 Marchmont St Giles Church Halls Wednesday PM Stage 1 Marchmont St Giles Church Halls Thursday AM Stage 1 Portobello and Joppa Parish Church Halls Thursday PM Stage 1 Portobello and Joppa Parish Church Halls Friday AM Stage 1 Marchmont St Giles Church Halls Saturday AM Stage 1 Stockbridge Parish Church Monday AM Stage 2 Out of the Blue Drill Hall Thursday AM Stage 2 Portobello and Joppa Parish Church Halls Friday AM Stage 2 Marchmont St Giles Church Halls Saturday AM Stage 2 Stockbridge Parish Church