Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Marlborough & Chippenham
Welcome to Sing and Sign Marlborough and Chippenham.
Classes in Marlborough, Chippenham, Melksham, Corsham and LYNEHAM from 2019
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My name is Ceri and I am really excited to be bringing Sing and Sign classes to Marlborough, Chippenham (Kington Langley), Corsham, Melksham and Lyneham from January 2019. We now have classes every week day in the area.
We combine the benefits of both music and baby signing with our fun-filled classes. Help your little one communicate before speech (or fluent speech).
Places are allocated on a 'first come, first served' basis and classes always fill quickly. If you would like to book a place please click the link above, or click here to GET IN TOUCH.
If the class you were looking for is full, please do still add your details to the waiting lists, as people do move classes / go back to work etc and a place could become available, or it may be possible to add another class.
Do also click on the 'more info' tab which should hopefully tell you all you need to know, but if you have any questions at all, please do get in contact. On this website you should find information about which which class might be right for you, term dates and venues.
I qualified as a Primary School Teacher in 1999 with BA/BSc with Qualified teaching Status (honours). I gained fourteen years experience teaching in a mainstream school from the Early Years to Key Stage Two. During my time as a teacher I also worked with children with varying additional needs including speech and language delays or disorders. I became an English leader across the school where I shared my love of books and language. In my teaching role I used Makaton to aid communication and understanding.
I then left Primary teaching and worked in a nursery setting where I studied to become an Early years Teacher. Here I stayed until I left to become a childminder working from home after I had my second daughter.
I have two wonderful daughters called Isabelle and Seren. I first became aware of Sing and Sign when I took my first daughter to Stage 1 class many years ago! We bought the DVD and this was played non-stop! I have also taken Seren to classes and she absolutely loves it. We now have Jessie Cat as an addition to our family!
I have seen first hand how fantastic signing can be to aid communication. To see my young baby signing 'milk' was so amazing! For a while she signed 'milk' for everything and then gradually she used 'all gone', 'more' and 'cat' a her next signs. Even now as an older toddler she has learnt to name all her colours including brown, black, silver and gold!. Using the visual sign alongside the word has definitely helped her to remember new words and to learn to sing whole songs.
'Do see the tab above: 'Baby signing - learning to talk' to find out more about how signing really works.
I am so excited to be part of the Sing and Sign team where I will be able to witness such a fantastic journey with lots of different families. It is a great time to meet other parents, introduce your baby or toddler to other little ones and of course learn such a valuable skill together while you have fun playing and singing. It is perfect for the babies needs at that age and the class is aimed at their level. You will learn catchy songs or rhymes to sign for all the activities in your babies day, which gives a context to the signs. This makes it easier to remember them and helps you easily incorporate signing into your day. When your little one tells you something that you didn't know through signing, it's just amazing! I do hope to see you at one of our classes.
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Sing and Sign Babes
From birth, build the framework for good communication with your little one through song, music and sign! Babes is a gentle, pre-stage 1 music class with sensory stimulation for little ones up to 5 or 6 months of age; with weekly themes, music genres, instruments and an introduction to baby signing relevant to your little ones age and development. Lots of ideas for you to take home too, so you can really make the most of those early days together :)
Babes is more flexible to reflect the young age of the babies. It is bookable in either a term of 10 weeks (£66) or whenever you are ready to leave the house, please just get in touch! Classes last for 1 hour, with 30 - 35 minutes of class and then toys and time to chat, make friends and ask questions. The Jessie Cat Songbook is a lovely accompaniment to Babes and comes with two CD's; one lovely listening CD to accompany the book and one which lets you create your own mini Babes session at home. It is not at all compulsory, but if you would like one of these, simply add to your basket on checkout or ask in class.
Stage 1 is generally for babies from 6 - 14 months and covers the basic needs and routines for a baby at that age, such as meal time, bath time, nappy changing and bed time. It also offers signs to support babies possible interests, such as animals, transport and toys etc. There are over 100 signs covered during the weeks of the baby class. We usually recommend that you attend two terms of this stage before moving on to stage 2; stage 1 and stage 1 advanced. Even if you are only able to do one term, that is enough for it to work and set you well on your way to communicating with your baby.
Stage 2 is generally for toddlers aged 14+ months and covers more complex signs and concepts such as feelings, colours, the weather, simple counting and the alphabet. By now, you will probably have done two terms of stage 1 (exceptions apply) and your little one may be starting to toddle (if not run!). You both know the routine and plenty of signs and your little one may be attempting their own conversations with a few words. Well, now the fun really begins! Not only do we have new concepts and signs relevant to their increasing interests and awareness, but this is their opportunity to move around with the music and become an extremely active participant in class. Jessie Cat even has a great song to help with potty training!
If your little one is stage 2 age but has never done any signing or if they have communication needs, please do still get in touch - it's not too late! There are still lots of benefits to teaching signing before they are ready to speak or speak more clearly and it can greatly help lessen frustration during the 'tricky twos' if they can at least express some of their needs / feelings. Emily is noticably calmer than her non-signing peers because there is already not much that she can't make us understand.
About Stage 1 & 2 Classes
Stage 1 & 2 classes run for an hour and we sing and sign for approximately 30 - 40 minutes. They are friendly, relaxed and lots of fun! Class venues have been chosen to help your baby / toddler engage and allow you to relax if they want to potter about a bit! We know that babies and toddlers don't like to be still and we don't expect them to! And don't worry, because it's amazing how much they still pick up when wandering and will still be learning. They always come back when the props bags, musical instruments or Jessie make an appearance ;) At the end of the session, there is a chance to practice any songs / signs you are unsure of or ask me any questions you may have, while the little ones interact and explore some toys. We learn all the signs through our catchy action songs, so don't worry if you can't sing - you don't have to :)
To benefit fully from our classes, at stage 1 and 2 we book you in for a full term of 10 - 12 weeks (depending on term dates) so that we can build your signing vocabulary gradually, week by week.
The cost of a stage 1 or 2 class is £73. Babes classes are 10 weeks and £66. Although not at all compulsory, if you don't already have it and would like it, add a one-off £14.99 for your stage 1 or 2 DVD. Great for reinforcing what we've done in class and lovely to share with others who care for your little one so they can join in too! Just choose the appropriate option on checkout. You may prefer to opt for the Sing and Sign 'Jessie Cat Club' giving you access to online resources at a discounted rate. Basic subscription gives you access to videos of 200 signs, interactive Jessie Cat games and video clips. The Jessie Cat Songbook compliments the Babes class and has two audio CDs which are downloadable. Any additional items can be ordered during the booking process.
I am confident your little one will love Sing and Sign as much as mine has! However, I offer a no risk guarantee; so if after the first session you decide it is not for you, a refund can be given (see terms and conditions).
How Many People Attend Sing and Sign Classes?
Class sizes are usually strictly limited to 12 babies with their parent/carer. Venues are purposely chosen to give the babies maximum chance of engagement; but this means that space can be tight so, apart from on special occasions (e.g. Mummy / Daddy having a day off, Granny coming to stay for the week etc), we have to limit places to one adult per child.
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.
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). I know how difficult it is sometimes to juggle activities to suit children close together in age! 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.
It really isn't appropriate for under 3 year old siblings to attend Babes classes as the babies are so tiny. If this causes you a problem, let me know and we can have a chat about your individual circumstances.
If you are bringing a friend's child as well as your own or are a Childminder bringing more than one child, please contact me to discuss your individual situation.
If you are "home-schooling" and have a school-aged child attending the class, I charge an extra £10 per school-aged child.
WHEN? [see venues tab for postcodes / maps]
SPRING TERM: JANUARY 2019 - APRIL 2019
MONDAY - Kington Langley Village Hall (SN15 5NJ) TEACHER: Ceri
Stage 2 @ 9.45am
Stage 1 @ 10.55am
Babes or Stage 1/2 @ 12.15pm (numbers depending)
Jan 14th, 21st, 28th
Feb 4th, 11th
March 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th,
TUESDAY - Church House, Corsham (SN13 0BY) TEACHER: Kristin
Stage 2 @ 10am
Stage 1 @ 11.10am
January 15th, 22nd, 29th
February 5th, 12th
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
WEDNESDAY - Marlborough Rugby Club, Marlborough TEACHER: Ceri
Stage 2 @ 10.15am
Stage 1 @ 11.25am
Babes @ 12.40pm
January 16th, 23rd, 30th
February 6th, 13th
March 6th, 13th, 20th, 27th
THURSDAY - Boomerang, Melksham (SN12 6TJ) TEACHER: Ceri
Stage 2 @ 9.45am
Stage 1 @ 10.55am
Babes or ST1/2 @ 12.10pm (numbers depending)
January 17th, 24th, 31st
February 7th, 14th
March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
FRIDAY - MOD Community Centre, Lyneham TEACHER: Kristin
Stage 2 @ 10am
Stage 1 @ 11.10am
January 18th, 25th
February 1st, 8th, 15th
March 8th, 15th, 22nd, 29th
Classes are held across North Wiltshire:
From January 2019 Stage One and Two classes are running at the following venues
Kington Langley Village Hall (Chippenham)
Corsham: Church House
Marlborough: Marlborough Rugby Club
Lyneham: MOD Community Centre (classes open to all residents in and around Lyneham)
Babes classes will be running in Marlborough and Melksham and/or Kington Langley from January 2019
NB: Babes classes can be joined at any point in the Autumn term at Melksham (Queensway Hall Thursdays) or Marlborough on Wednesdays. Do get in touch to make an enquiry.
To see current class availability, to go on the waiting list, book your place or to get in touch, please click here
Day Time Stage Location Thursday PM Babes Melksham 'Boomerang' Thursday AM Stage 2 Melksham 'Boomerang' Thursday AM Stage 1 Melksham 'Boomerang' Wednesday PM Babes Marlborough Rugby and Football Club, Marlborough Wednesday AM Stage 2 Marlborough Rugby and Football Club, Marlborough Wednesday AM Stage 1 Marlborough Rugby and Football Club, Marlborough Friday AM Stage 2 MOD Community Centre, Lyneham Friday AM Stage 1 MOD Community Centre, Lyneham Monday PM Babes Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley, Chippenham Monday AM Stage 2 Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley, Chippenham Monday AM Stage 1 Kington Langley Village Hall, Church Road, Kington Langley, Chippenham Tuesday AM Stage 1 Church House, 3 Church Street, Corsham Tuesday AM Stage 2 Church House, 3 Church Street, Corsham
Nursery Affiliation ProgrammeAre you a nursery?Sing and Sign 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 complimentary package of products.If your baby attends nursery or you know of a childcare facility that would be interested in receiving further information, please contact me for details.Sing and Sign Affiliated Nurseries:Puddleducks, Pewsey - www.puddleducks-pewsey.comSunflowers at Grafton - www.sunflowers-grafton.org.ukAre you a childcare provider?Many parents are now signing with their babies and looking for childcare which can offer the improved level of communication their baby is enjoying at home. For the last nine years Sing and Sign teachers have been offering workshops for staff and follow up consultancy to nurseries interested in introducing baby signing in their baby and toddler rooms. Our comprehensive Nursery Affiliation Programme helps staff make the most of communicating with the little ones in their care.Sing and Sign benefits the adults too! Carers themselves also benefit from the greater understanding and lessening of frustration that baby signing can offer. Your nursery staff will find it easy to adopt some simple signs with the right encouragement and motivation. As babies find added comfort in the reinforcing of routines and familiar words it can make a rewarding difference!The Sing and Sign approach is renowned among parents and professionals and highly regarded. Our material has been used for I CAN’s Chatterbox Challenge for many years, we have run classes in Mothercare and for numerous Sure Start services and children's centres across the UK. Our signs are largely compatible with Makaton and similar sign supporting systems based on the signs of BSL. Incorporating the Sing and Sign approach will also be of great benefit to any members of your staff currently using signs with children in your care who have special needs and encourage inclusivity. I am also a qualified teacher with many years of both mainstream and special school experience.