Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Sheffield
Spring Term Classes - Booking Will Open On Sunday 8th November
Hi, my name is Liz and I am now in my 15th year of running Sing and Sign classes in the Sheffield.
I signed with both my children and loved the fact that we could communicate with one another from a really early age. I am more amazed with it every day as I see how much difference good language skills have made to their transition into nursery and school.
Most of your questions can probably be answered on the other pages of this website, but if you have any other queries, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
We look forward to meeting you and your baby(ies) soon.
Autumn Term Classes
We have the following Sing and Sign Babes classes (for under 6 month olds) starting w/c 2nd November.
Tuesdays at 1pm at St.Gabriel's Church, Greystones (S11) - CLASS FULL
Wednesdays at 11.15am at The Joseph Stone Centre, Mosborough (S20)
Fridays at 12noon - class delivered via Zoom
Spring Term Classes
I'm in the process of finalising our Spring Term classes with my venues and teachers. I will put them online here as soon as I can. Booking will open for current Sing and Signers on Sunday 1st November (10am) and for new people on Sunday 8th November (10am).
For further class / venue details please click on the tabs at the top of the page.
You MUST read our (long!!) Terms and Conditions BEFORE booking so you know what will happen in the event of a local lock-down / venue-based classes not running etc.
Book your place via our online booking system.
Need More Information? Read On!
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!
Although not compulsory, I urge every family to also buy The Jessie Cat Songbook (which you can select in "additional items"). This beautifully illustrated book also contains 2 cds/track download codes so that you can repeat the songs as many times as you like with your baby between classes
For the Autumn Term, I will be running classes via Zoom as well as venue-based classes.
With Zoom classes, your baby will not be watching a screen. We will create a "baby sandwich" with your baby facing you and away from me on the screen. You will see me on the screen and deliver face to face with your baby. You can even wear a headphone in one ear if you don't want your baby to be distracted by my voice!
I will also create a What's App group to share extra information and so you can enjoy the more "social" side of coming to classes.
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 & bath time, emotions & bedtime. You'll learn over 100 signs related to your routines and also the sort of things your baby may be interested in, such as animals and vehicles. It's no problem coming straight to Stage 1 without doing Babes first (in fact, most people start Sing and Sign at Stage 1).
At the beginning of your course, you will be set up with a year's subscription to Sing and Sign's Jessie Cat Club which enables you to access the following online resources:
• 200+ signs to view in video clips
• Two 15-minute films directly supporting our Stage One curriculum, one covering songs and signs from weeks 1-4 and one covering weeks 5-10
• A print-out facility so you can share your baby’s favourite signs with family/nursery
• Our classic ‘Sing and Sign - Baby Signing the Fun Way’ (DVD streamed)
• 2 interactive "Where is Jessie?" games
For the Autumn Term you can enjoy our @Home programme, which means you can watch a variety of teachers deliver each week's class. You will be able to watch each class as many times as you like during that week, at any time of day or night! There will also be Zoom support sessions from me where you can "meet" other local Sing and Signers as well as a special Facebook group. (For more details, see below).
We are also going to be running a few venue-based classes. If you come to a venue-based class you will receive the @Home programme as well! Please make sure you read our (quite long!) Terms and Conditions BEFORE you book on a class.
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.
Sing and Sign 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!
When you start Stage 2 you will be upgraded to our "Premium" Membership and your renewal date will be extended to a year from that date.
Premium online membership includes:
• ‘More Sing and Sign' - Stage 2 (DVD streamed)
• ‘Have a Sing and Sign Christmas’ (DVD streamed)
• ‘Jessie and Friends’ - interactive game with 17 animal friends
Some people don't hear about Sing and Sign until their little ones are 14+ months old and then wonder if it too late to start. Not at all! It may be more appropriate to come straight to a Stage 2 class, but if you ring / e-mail me we can have a chat about your individual circumstances.
What are the @Home classes?
In these unusual times, we don’t want your baby to miss out so we have built a ‘Sing and Sign at Home’ streamed class resource so you can still Sing and Sign with your little one in the comfort of your own home.
The online content involves a 30 minute lesson each week for 10 weeks, which you can enjoy with your baby as a ‘home class’ and will remain available all week as and when you fancy.
Online lessons are 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! Developed in Spring 2020, the @Home programme has already won numerous awards, including "Best Lockdown Adaptation".
The @Home classes are designed for you to do interactively with your little one. Just as in our physical classes, you are the one learning the signs to use with your baby at all times of the day and your baby will enjoy doing the classes with you.
How Much Do The Classes Cost?
5-Week Live Babes Classes (via Zoom) - £25. Option to buy the Songbook (recommended) for £15 which I will send to you. (We are unsure yet whether we will be offering venue-based Babes classes).
10-Week Physical Venue-Based Classes - £80 (including our "Gold" online annual membership if it's your first term of Stage 1 AND the @Home programme)
10-Week @Home Classes - £50 (including our "Gold" online annual membership if it's your first term of Stage 1 / "Premium" membership if it's your first term of Stage 2 if you don't already have it).
If you haven't attended Stage 1 and want do Stage 2 @Home, please contact me to have a chat about it.
Please note, the Gold and Premium memberships are gifted by me and there is no discount if you already have them.
Please make sure you read our (quite long!) Terms and Conditions BEFORE you book, so you are aware of what is refundable and what is not, and what will happen in the event of a local lockdown / illness etc.
How Do I Enrol?
@Home classes are already open for booking via our online booking system. If you would like a venue-based class as well, you can book from 10am on Sunday 16th August.
If you have any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch - firstname.lastname@example.org
Hope to see you at Sing and Sign soon!
Autumn Term Venue-Based Classes
These are our probable venues if we are able to return to some venue-based classes in September.
The Backroom, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Sheffield S11 7BS
St. Gabriel's Church, Dobbin Hill, Sheffield S11 1GR
Joseph Stone Centre, 9 School Street, Mosborough, Sheffield S20 5EB
Nether Edge / Abbeydale
Common Ground Community Centre, Machon Bank, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1GR
Day Time Stage Location
Nurseries in Sheffield trained in baby signing the Sing and Sign way
Once Upon A Time Nursery
863 Ecclesall Road
If your baby attends a nursery, then it is ideal if the nursery staff understand your baby when he / she is signing to them! Sing and Sign runs an excellent Nursery Affliation Programme to train and develop staff, on their own premises, in baby signing. I work with the nursery to create an individual training session which suits their setting.
Whether you are a parent or childcare provider, please contact me if you would like any further information.
Nurseries in Sheffield Training in baby signing the Sing and Sign Way