Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Lambeth & Wandsworth
New stage one classes added due to high demand
A Warm Welcome to you...
... and many thanks for visiting my page. My Name is Kim Golson and I have been involved in baby signing for the past 12 years with my son and daughter and as the partner of another Sing and Sign Franchisee.
I am passionate about baby signing and having the opportunity to share with you these early communication tools, which will make such a difference to you and your baby.
Classes are aimed at teaching baby signing in an entertaining and illuminating way to families who are seriously interested in improving two-way communication between parent and child and who are committed to getting the most from our award-winning, enjoyable and stimulating course of classes.
To maximise your baby's enjoyment and to consolidate your learning I have included additional items with your booking depending on which stage you book. For Babes you will receive a Jessie Cat song book and for stage 1 and 2 you will get either basic membership for a year or an upgrade to that membership to include additional videos for you and your little one to enjoy together.
See a short video clip of me talking to deaf umbrella here.
If you cannot find the answer to your question here...
... please look at the other pages. The More Info tab will cover many FAQs you may have, and the Venues tab will show where venues are and when classes are running. For full class details just click on the Book Now tab which will take you to the booking site where full details of current available classes to book can be viewed.
September 2018 term dates are as follows:
- Start Wednesday 12th September 2018
- Half term 22nd October - 4th November 2018
- Term Ends Tuesday 4th December 2018
Frequently Asked Questions:
Which Class Should I Attend?
We have 3 different "stages" of Sing and Sign which have been developed specifically for your baby's developmental stages.
Sing and Sign Babes classes are for 2 to 5 month olds with their parent / carer. This gentle class explores themes such as eye contact, gesture and anticipation together with lots of cuddles, tickles and some simple signs; all building the framework for good communication and brought to you using our magic ingredient - music!
Sing and Sign Stage 1 is ideal for babies from 6 months old up to around 14 months old and their parent / carer. Themes include basic signs, nappies & bathtime, emotions & bedtime. You'll learn over 100 signs related to your routines and the sort of things your baby may be interested in, such as animals and vehicles.
It is quite a big step from Stage 1 to Stage 2, so many people come to Stage 1 for two terms before attending Stage 2. However, this is also dependent on your baby's age.
Stage 2 is great when your little one is 14+ months, moving about and probably starting to talk (although every baby is different, so there's no hard and fast rule!) as it is more active and interactive. Themes include weather, opposites, colours and the phonetic alphabet, together with simple counting songs, turn taking, sharing and of course, lots of fun!
How Long Do Classes Run For?
Babes classes run for about 30 minutes.
Stage 1 and Stage 2 classes run for about 40 - 45 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the size of the group).
How Many People Attend Sing and Sign Classes?
Class sizes are limited to 11 babies (fewer at some venues) with their parent/carer. I am happy for ad hoc visits from other adults but please check with me first to make sure we don't run out of space!
I Have Twins / Triplets - How Many Places Do I Pay For?
Twins/Triplets are welcome and only pay for one place if there is only one adult. If you are bringing Dad / Granny or another adult helper each week, you will need to book 2 places. If you are a childminder and have two babies from different families, then a place for each child must be booked and paid for.
I Have an Older Child - Can They Come Too?
Pre-school aged siblings are welcome at Stage 1 & 2 at no extra cost (assuming one adult, as with twins). Older siblings always enjoy the singing and we involve them as much as possible, although we do ask parents / carers to be considerate of the fact that the classes are not aimed at the older child and that they are responsible for not allowing them to run about or dominate the group.
Please let me know when you book if you have siblings attending, as it can limit the number of places I have available.
How Much Does It Cost?
Babes classes cost £95 and include the Jessie Cat songbook with 2 free CDs
Stage 1 classes cost £110 including a year's basic membership to Sing and Sign online
Stage 2 classes cost £105 including an upgrade to full membership to Sing and Sign online for existing members or a year's basic membership for non-members.
When you've filled in the booking form online you will be asked to select a payment method. On completion, you'll be sent an automated confirmation so you know your booking has gone through. This will include details of how to pay using your chosen method. If you would like to pay by card please make a note in the additional information field and I will send you an invoice which will enable you to enter your card details on a secure site to pay for your classes. You need to pay promptly to secure your space. If the class is filling up and you haven't paid after 7 days, I may move you to the waiting list to enable other people to book and pay. If you are having trouble paying, please contact me so we can discuss options.
I Am on Holiday for A Couple of The Classes. Do I Still Have to Pay the Full Amount?
In a word, yes! Sing and Sign classes operate as a course, not a drop-in and your place is guaranteed each week. Many people miss one or two weeks because of illness / holidays etc. and they soon catch up as our classes are purposefully repetitive to help you remember the songs and the signs (and babies love routine too). We also e-mail you handouts to complement the classes and where possible offer the opportunity to attend catch up classes at an alternative venue.
Can I Attend a Taster?
When there is time I run trial sessions. These are usually before and after term dates. You can book any available on the booking system by selecting "special events / tasters" from the drop down. I am also happy to run these sessions at local baby groups - if you go to one of these and would like me to come along, please get in touch.
If you have been unable to attend a trial session before the start of term, and where there are spaces, I will allow a drop-in taster and this is priced at £12.50. If you then decide to book for the remainder of the term I adjust the price to ensure that overall, you pay the same per class as other attendees. Please contact me if term has started and you would like to attend one of the classes before committing.
How Do I Enrol?
Details of all the classes available can be viewed by clicking on the BOOK NOW button in the right-hand column. Just select the class you are interested in and book a place.
Please read my Terms and Conditions before booking.
Classes are available in the following areas
From September 2018:
o St Barnabas Clapham Common, Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 9SW
o Church of the Holy Spirit Narbonne Avenue, Clapham SW4 9JU
o Balham Baptist Church, 21 Ramsden Road SW12 8QX
o The Vestry, Holy Redeemer Church, Churchmore Road, London SW16 5UZ
o St Thomas’ Church, Telford Avenue, SW2 4XW
o Slade Garden Adventure Playground, Lorn Road, SW9 0AD
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Balham Baptist Church Monday PM Babes St Barnabas Clapham Common Monday PM Stage 1 & 2 St Barnabas Clapham Common Tuesday AM Stage 1 Balham Baptist Church Tuesday PM Stage 1 Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue Wednesday AM Stage 1 Slade Garden Adventure Playground Wednesday AM Babes Slade Garden Adventure Playground Wednesday PM Stage 1 & 2 St Thomas' Church, Telford Avenue Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 Holy Redeemer Church Vestry
Nurseries: how many parents have overlooked you because you don't sign with the children in your setting?
Our Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Programme is effective, efficient, good value for money and highly regarded by the nurseries that have completed the training.
Baby signing is an invaluable tool to use with children, particularly in multilingual communities, and it offers many benefits and rewards, for children and staff alike.
Please do contact me if you'd like to include your Nursery Setting in the Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation Programme. I will inspire your staff to become proficient signers - and you, your staff, your parents and most importantly, the children entrusted to you will reap the benefits the early pre-verbal communication brings.
You can contact me through the Enquiry form below, or email me directly using the link on the right hand side of the page.