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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Oxford, Witney & Woodstock

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    Welcome to Sing and Sign Oxford!

    Welcome to Sing and Sign! I'm Emily, and it's my job to bring our award-winning online courses to the families of Oxford and surrounding areas, with the help of Monica and our friend, Jessie Cat!


    We'll continue to run online streamed courses for those of you who are happier staying home, or you can add sessions in our COVID-secure in-person courses in Cutteslowe, Kidlington or Witney this autumn.

    You can see the full timetable here.


    What is Sing and Sign?

    Our classes are full of musical fun and so much more!


    With our youngest babies, we give you plenty of ideas for games to play together and we also explore early communication skills - the ones you instinctively notice, but that there isn't an Instagram-ready milestone card for! Think eye contact, babbling and taking turns in 'conversations'. We know you've got lots of new things to juggle with a new baby, so we share songs, rhymes and games that will not only be easy to remember and fun to enjoy, but are fantastic at supporting the development of those foundations for communication. Classes are gentle and welcoming; it doesn't matter if your baby naps, feeds or cuddles through the session - what you learn can be used throughout your week, at a time that's best for you both.


    For those who've mastered sitting, crawling or running, the fun continues! We have exciting things to see, have lots of fun with sounds and explore music with action songs and instruments, all the while teaching you a skill to help you and your little one understand one another. I was amazed by how much more my babies could understand and even tell me, just by using simple signs or gestures. It was incredible when we realised what a lot they could tell us about their world: that they’d seen a bus; had heard a bird or wanted a drink. The signs are easy to learn and it's up to you how many you choose to use day-to-day at home.


    Tell me more!

    We have lots of options to suit you and your little one, whether you'd prefer to stream our sessions when you like, or would like to join us in one of our lovely venues for face-to-face classes. I'm continuing to work hard with our lovely venues across the region to put plans in place to keep everyone as safe and healthy as possible. Please see below for full details of the measures we will be following.


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    You can book your course here.


    Which course should I book?

    If you have a baby or toddler from 6 months to 2 years old, please scroll down for all the info.


    For babies under 6 months old, join us for


    In-person courses in Kidlington or Witney: 11 weeks £80

    • 10 in-person classes in the venue of your choice, plus a special Christmas class to finish the term
    • a goody bag with everything you need to join in with the sessions
    • a copy of our song book with CD/download codes, with lots of the songs and games we use in classes, to help you continue the fun at home.

      

    Sing and Sign Babes is designed for babies under 6 months old, who simply LOVE to watch and play with their carers. We teach you simple songs, games and rhymes, along with a few age-appropriate signs, while you sing them to your baby as they lie on the floor, on your lap, or in a chair, watching you, whether you choose online only, or add face-to-face classes.

    The main aim for the Sing and Sign Babes sessions is for them to be fun, engaging and sociable for you and your baby. Expect to learn a few signs that will be useful at home, but in our Babes courses, our main focus will be highlighting many of the things you will probably be doing instinctively to help develop your baby’s pre-verbal communication. We use simple songs and rhymes as tools to help develop these skills.

    These valuable tools can open up a wonderful way to communicate before your baby can speak and you will gain a lovely repertoire of songs and rhymes to use at home.



    For families with older babies and toddlers, we're continuing to offer our brilliant Sing and Sign @ Home courses, with the option to add live weekly  sessions in venues.


    Stage 1: is for babies from 6 -14 months old. We have lots if fun with babies' favourites: vehicles and animals, teach you lots of songs and signs for your daily routine: going out, mealtimes and nappy changing and enjoy peekaboo games too.


    Stage 2: is for older babies and toddlers, from approx 14 months to talking. We explore tricky ideas in your little one's world, such as colours, manners, weather and opposites, all through action songs, counting games and movement.


    10 week Stage 1 or 2 course: £50

    We have put together a whole term of classes for you to enjoy with your little one in your own home. The online sessions feel much like our much-loved classes, with weekly themes linked throughout whichever package you choose to join:

    • discover how baby signing can help you and your baby or toddler communicate more effectively. Learn over 100 simple signs the easy way - through action songs and explanations from experienced teachers who've all used baby signing with their own families.
    • 10 interactive sessions, each with a theme and a new class each week, with each class remaining online for the whole week, when you like, as many times as you like; pause, rewind and re-watch! 
    • a host of lovely Sing and Sign teachers introducing each week's theme and key signs, sharing pictures and songs; playing peekaboo with our friend Jessie Cat; encouraging you and your little one to join in playing instruments and some surprises from the props bag to help us with some nursery rhyme songs.
    • 12 month's Gold membership to the Jessie Cat Club, with extra videos, support for each week of the course, a dictionary of signs and interactive peekaboo games.

    You can see a preview of our fantastic Sing and Sign @ Home classes here.

    Book your course here.

    I understand that many of you may be trying to limit screen time with your little ones, as I do too with my own children. These videos are designed be be interactive and something to enjoy together, rather than to be passive viewing. It is also worth remembering that while our live and streamed classes are great fun for little ones, our core aim at Sing and Sign is to teach those who look after your little one the principles behind baby signing and the useful signs to use. You can always watch them without your little one (with a glass of something cold, or mug of something warm!) to learn the songs and signs, then stream from a phone through a speaker and just listen to the class with your baby, perhaps just choosing one or two sections to watch together, for example, Jessie playing peekaboo. It's a great time to get other family members involved too.




                                                       11-week Stage 1 or 2 course: £85

    (including weekly streamed lesson and in-person class each week)

    Your safety is our priority and you can rest assured that we have carried out thorough risk assessments, completed training and have cleaning and social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe and healthy when coming to our sessions.

    We will be running face-to-face sessions in:

     
    • Cutteslowe (Tuesdays)
    • Kidlington (Wednesdays)
    • Witney (Thursdays and Fridays)


    What will we be doing to make classes safe for everyone?

    Our much-loved face-to-face classes have been adapted to make them as safe as we can for everyone. There will be:

    • more songs involving you and your baby playing together (think peekaboo, jumping frogs), so they want to stay with you to join in the fun!
    • more pictures to see, but no pictures or props will be within crawling/toddling reach
    • a designated mat for each family, which will be at least 2 metres from the next one. The teacher will be 2 metres from everyone too.
    • more music, lots of action songs, but limited singing. If we have babies moving around, it's more important than ever that we reduce the risks posed by singing. Teachers will also wear visors. Don't worry though - we'll be using backing music and still leading you through the songs and signs.
    • more Jessie Cat! What's not to love about that?!
    We will be cleaning high-touch surfaces between classes (door handles, taps, etc) and provide hand sanitiser and disinfectant wipes wherever needed.
    There will be no shared props of instruments. We will provide you with a goody bag (to keep), containing all the things you'll need to join in with the class.

    What will we be asking you to do?

    It is recognised that babies and toddlers are unable to understand the need to maintain distance from one another. We ask that you do what you can to keep your baby within arm's reach. If you'd like to bring a buggy, chair (such as a bumbo-type seat), or forward-facing sling to help, you are welcome to bring one along. 

    It is inevitable that more adventurous movers will want to explore, but please bear the following in mind:

    • while you may be happy for your baby to touch others or their belongings, other families may not feel the same. Please respect other people's space.
    • as teachers, we will do our best to make classes safe for everyone, by keeping our distance, adapting sessions to remove the temptation for babies and toddlers to approach us and our resources, and cleaning between sessions. Please help us in return by doing the following:
      • retrieving your baby if they approach the teacher,
      • if your baby dribbles/sneezes on a surface, please help us by collecting a disinfectant wipe and cleaning the affected area. We routinely clean high-touch points, such as door handles, but do not have time to clean the entire room between sessions.


      About me

      I started my Sing and Sing journey 7 years ago, when my daughter was 6 months old and I joined a class along with my lovely NCT group. The babies adored the fun, interactive classes and we loved watching their excitement when Jessie Cat played peek-a-boo each week! By the end of our first term, my little girl (also Jessie!) was signing a few words. It was so exciting to see her joy as she realised we understood what she meant. As the following term progressed, we realised what a lot she could tell us about her world: that she’d seen a plane; had heard a bird or wanted a snack.

      Soon, she was chattering away, but we all carried on signing, as our little boy had arrived. He also loved the classes, although I had to learn a whole new set of signs to keep up with his obsession with vehicles! He used signing even more than his sister, which definitely alleviated his frustrations before he could speak.


      Both of our children (now 7 and 5) have a lot to say and I believe that signing opened up a window in the early days, as they experienced the joy of us understanding what they meant, which encouraged them to communicate. They still use the occasional sign for things that are harder to express with words, like ‘sorry’, ‘I’m worried’, or when they really want to share something! 
      Now that my babies are no longer babies, I am loving being a part of other families’ experiences. It’s wonderful when a parent excitedly tells me that their child has learnt a new sign and a real privilege to witness little ones signing in class, and the older ones even starting to join in the singing too!

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      What should I expect from the classes?

      Classes are very relaxed and good fun!

      We keep class sizes small (maximum 8 per class, depending on the size of the venue) so you and your baby can enjoy an intimate environment and the social aspect of class and remain at a safe distance from other families.

      Classes are 35-40 minutes long and then you are welcome to stay for 5-10 minutes of play and chat at the end. This is also a great time to ask your teacher any questions not answered during singing and signing time.

      We learn all the signs through our easy to learn action-songs. Don't worry if you can't sing ... you don't have to!

      Which Class Should I Attend?

      We have 3 courses, with each tailored specifically to your baby's stage of development:

      Sing and Sign Babes is designed specifically for the youngest babies, from birth to 6 months. The aim of these classes is to build the exceptionally important framework for good communication through our magic ingredient... music! The classes encourage you and your baby to have fun with games and songs to stimulate their senses, along with our Sing and Sign staple ingredients - repetition, anticipation, praise and - of course - Jessie Cat. We also include some basic signing. This format has been specifically designed for younger babies who are pre-Stage 1. It is only suitable for babies who are not yet crawling (rolling over or sitting up is fine). 

      Sing and Sign Stage 1 is ideal for babies from approximately 6 months to around 14 months old. In general babies need to be sitting unaided for this class, as this is predominantly a signing class. There’s plenty to keep the little ones entertained with pictures, songs, music, props and more, and we have weekly topics relevant to your baby’s age and development. 

      It is quite a big step from Stage 1 to Stage 2, so most people come to Stage 1 for two terms before attending Stage 2. There are so many benefits to coming back for another Stage 1 course:

      • * there's a lot to take in during your first term and you'll see around 150 signs used in classes! Parents often find that the second time, they pick up lots of new signs that they'd not noticed, or that are only now useful as their baby's interests are emerging.
      • * during your first Stage 1 term, there was a lot for your baby to take in, too. Second time around, they tend to engage much more with the pictures, props and routines of class, as they know what to expect.
      • * as adults, we tend to want variety in our lives, but babies thrive on repetition and familiarity. The course is designed with speech and language therapists who carefully considered the repetition within each session and each term.
      • * younger babies will be benefiting hugely from you signing at home, as it helps them to understand more of what you say. As you continue to add to the signs you use, you are furthering their understanding, helping them to take in more of what's happening in class, too. As babies start to sign, they often pick up new signs quickly and those in the Stage 1 curriculum are most relevant to younger toddlers.

      Sing and Sign Stage 2 classes are for the walking toddler - from approximately 14 months to speaking (2-3 years). The classes involve lots more signs, lots more movement and topics to related to the developing toddler's world such as colours, weather, being helpful and phonics. 

      The age ranges are to be used as guides and each baby is different.

      Please contact me if you are unsure which class would be best for you and your little one. 

      To view classes in action and to find out from parents what you can expect at each of the three stages of Sing and Sign click here. 


      How Much Does It Cost? 

      Stage 1 & 2 courses are 10 weeks long.
      Sing and Sign @ Home: £45, including 10 online lessons - one to stream each week whenever you like, plus a weekly email with hints and tips, and 12 months' access to the Jessie Cat Club, which gives 12 months' membership to weekly pages to support the course, plus video clips to help you remember the signs covered in class and a signing dictionary to support your signing at home, There's lots more information here
      Sing and Sign @ Home, plus weekly Zoom: £55. This includes all of the above, plus a weekly 25-minute live Zoom catch-up session, where we recap the week's key songs and signs. You can also join our WhatsApp group to get to know other parents and ask any questions you may have.
      Sing and Sign @ Home, plus weekly Zoom and face-to-face classes in a venue: £85, including the full @Home course, weekly Zooms and a weekly session in your chosen venue. You will also receive a goody bag with everything you need to join in the class, so that there is no sharing of props or resources.

      The Babes course runs as a 5 week term.

      Sing and Sign Babes @ Home: £30, including a choice of weekly live class via Zoom, plus a songbook and CD pack (with digital download codes) to accompany the course, posted to you.

      Sing and Sign Babes @ Home plus classes in a venue: £45. In addition to the above, this includes 5 in-person sessions at the venue of your choice.

      Due to limited numbers per class you will need to book and pay prior to term starting. (Early booking is advisable). Payment is by credit/debit card at time of booking.  

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      I Have twins/triplets - How Many Places Do I Pay For?

      Twins and multiples go FREE for all online courses! Please get in touch before booking face-to-face classes. We'd love to welcome families with twins or multiples, but need to be sure that we can give everyone the space they need.


      I Have An Older Child - Can They Come Too?

      It's wonderful to get the whole family involved with signing and older siblings often love the online classes as much the babies and toddlers!

      Due to limitations on space in our venues, we are unable to welcome older siblings to in-person classes at the moment. We hope to be able to invite them to join us again soon!


      If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch on 07795 005832

      To book your place, please click on the link. Book my class now!

      Free taster sessions are also offered – follow my Facebook page to find out where and when.

      We hope you can join us!

       

    • Venues
      Day Time Stage Location
      Monday PM Babes Cutteslowe Community Centre, Wren Road
      Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Glyme Hall, Chipping Norton
      Monday AM Stage 1 & 2 Finstock Village Hall
      Thursday PM Babes Kidlington Baptist Church, Kidlington
      Friday PM Babes High Street Methodist Church, Witney
      Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Eynsham Scout Hall
      Tuesday PM Babes Eynsham Scout Hall
      Tuesday AM Stage 1 & 2 Botley Dean Court Community Centre
      Tuesday PM Babes Botley Dean Court Community Centre
      Thursday AM Stage 1 & 2 Kidlington Baptist Church, Kidlington
      Friday AM Stage 1 & 2 High Street Methodist Church, Witney
    • Nurseries

      Local Nurseries with Sing and Sign Affiliation

      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.

      It has been a pleasure to work with the staff at Leafield Pre-school, who have recently all been trained to use the Sing and Sign approach with the babies and children in their care. (https://www.leafieldpreschool.org.uk/)


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