Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Lambeth & Wandsworth
New Term from 21st September now open for booking - INCLUDING VENUE CLASSES!!!!
A Warm Welcome to you...
... and many thanks for visiting my page.
We are now open for booking venue based classes for September. Places are extremely limited and so I advise booking now to avoid disappointment.
The situation with COVID-19 remains uncertain and at present we will not be opening stage 2 venue based classes but you can book for our @home curriculum with or without zoom sessions and also register your interest for our venue based classes as we hope we will be able to offer them at some point in the Autumn term.
For Stage 1 please only book for a venue if your baby will be under 10 months at the start of term (over 5 months) as, following community centre guidelines, social distancing is necessary for all ages at the moment at that could pose challenges for mobile babies! Again we hope guidance will be updated soon and negate the need for this restriction.
‘Sing and Sign at Home’ for stage one and two is streamed class resource.
The online content involves 30 mins each week, which you can enjoy with your baby as a ‘home class’ and will remain available all week to dip into again if you fancy. Each week a different theme is covered, just like our venue-based classes.
Online lessons will be delivered by a variety of sunny smiling teachers, with all the anticipation of our blue board songs, props surprises from the bag and Jessie Cat will also of course play her games in her inimitable style! Unique fun content only available to Summer term families. While this is not the same as the actual class experience, we are proud to be carrying on regardless bringing smiles, music and learning to Sing and Sign babies.
In addition to this I will be creating a WhatsApp group for all sign ups so that we can keep in touch. You also have the option to pay to attend live zoom sessions each week to complement the streamed content where I can answer questions and talk further about the signs of the week as well as sing some songs and bring Jessie Cat out to say hello. Zoom sessions will be available most days of the week but not always with me - A group of franchisees have collated our zoom sessions to ensure maximum cover and opportunity for you to attend should you select the zoom option.
For our youngest customers we have our Babes classes. We are able to offer some venue based classes for these but you will have access to classes over zoom as well if you choose to book at a venue. We have discovered that our Babes curriculum is ideal for learning from the safety and comfort of your home.You can place your device behind where you lay your baby making it easy for you glance up at your teacher whilst mostly focusing on your baby.
- You and your baby are relaxed in a familiar environment
- No distractions of other people for your baby
- Easy for parents to watch the teacher on screen
- Baby just looks at and focuses on you
- Connect with other parents through a WhatsApp group
- No disturbance from babies crying
To book any of our classes for the term starting 21st September just click on Book Now
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 Gold membership for a year or an upgrade to that membership (Premium) 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.
As the saying goes ‘Keep calm and Sing and Sign'!
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 7 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 fortwo terms before attending Stage 2. However, this is also dependent on your baby's age.
Stage2 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 - 40 minutes.
Stage1 and Stage 2 classes run for about 45 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the size of the group).
How Many People Attend Sing and Sign Classes?
Class sizes are limited to 6-8 babies with their parent/carer. Only one adult per baby is permitted at present due to covid safe restrictions
I Have Twins / Triplets - How Many Places Do I Pay For?
Twins/Triplets are welcome and only pay for one place for twins or one and half places for triplets. 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?
At present we cannot allow any older siblings in classes due to Covid safe restrictions
How Much Does It Cost?
For September 2020
5 weeks Babes course @home £40 including the Jessie Cat songbook - increasing to £55 if additionally attending in an venue
10 week Babes course @home £65 including the Jessie Cat songbook - increasing to £95 if additionally attending in a venue
Stage one and two classes @home only £40
@home plus zoom sessions (includes complimentary Gold membership (or upgrade to premium) - £60
venue based classes (includes @home, zooms sessions and membership as above) - £110
You can choose to register interest for venue based classes if you are booking for stage two, or stage one where your baby is over 10 months
When you've filled in the booking formonline you will be asked to select a payment method; the only option is to pay by card online. On completion of your booking you'll be sent an automated confirmation so you know your booking has gone through. If you do not receive a confirmation email your booking has not been successful. Please book again.
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). You also have our @home to watch whenever and wherever each week for 7 days so even if you cannot make your venue based class you won't miss out.
Can I Attend a Taster?
I have not got any tasters paned at present due to Covid restrictions but you can watch a taster video of our @home classes by going to www.singandsign.co.uk/classes
How Do I Enrol?
Details of all the classes available can be viewed by clicking on BOOK NOW. Just select the class you are interested in and book a place.
Please read my Terms and Conditions before booking; revised August 2020
Classes are available in the following areas
o St Barnabas Clapham Common, Clapham Common Northside, London, SW4 9SW
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 (hoping to be available September 2020)
Day Time Stage Location Monday AM Stage 1 Balham Baptist Church Monday AM Babes Balham Baptist Church Monday PM Stage 1 St Barnabas Clapham Common Monday PM Babes St Barnabas Clapham Common Wednesday AM Stage 1 Holy Redeemer Church (hopefully reopening September 2020) Wednesday AM Babes Holy Redeemer Church (hopefully reopening September 2020) Wednesday PM Stage 1 St Thomas' Church, Telford Avenue Wednesday PM Babes St Thomas' Church, Telford Avenue
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.