Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Sheffield
Summer Term Classes Are Online
Hi, my name is Liz and I am now in my 14th year of running Sing and Sign classes in the Sheffield together with my teachers, Jo and Sarah.
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.
Next Online 10-Week Course Starts Monday 29th June - Click Here To Book
In order to keep you and everyone around you safe, we have been advised to stop running physical classes for the time-being. However, Sing and Sign cannot be kept down by the need to self-isolate or stop social interactions! 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 book your place on our Summer Term for online classes at an amazing discounted price of just £40!
The online content will involve 30 mins each themed 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.
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.
I am very aware that one of the joys of Sing and Sign classes isn’t just the educational content but also meeting and supporting each other whilst you navigate the tricky road that is parenthood. So that you get the benefit of that side of the classes as well (which is probably more important now than ever before), I will be running some live sessions via Zoom, where I can give you extra baby signing information relevant to the “Signs of the Week”, singing one or two songs with you and Jessie will be popping up to say hello, in order to jolly along your days at home with your little one. .
If you would like to book these online sessions please go to the booking page and select either Stage 1 or Stage 2 depending on the age of your baby. Regrettably we are currently unable to offer anything like this for our youngest customers in the Babes age category but you are welcome to sign up to the stage 1 content which will get you started with signing.
For new people to Stage 1, for this term only, I will be including our Gold level membership of "The Jessie Cat Club" meaning that you are also able to access our online resources which usually complement our physical classes.
Online classes will start on Monday 29th June and I'll be setting up memberships and letting you know how to access the classes before that time.
If you've any questions at all, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
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!
Included in the price of the classes is a Songbook with 2 cds (and digital download codes) so that you can continue at home. You will be given your Songbook on the first day of term.
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
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 have the option to 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.
How Long Do Classes Last?
10-week Stage 1 and 2 classes run for about 40 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the size of the group). 5-week Babes classes tend to be a bit shorter, but it varies!
In Nether Edge we are able to put on tea and coffee in a separate room to the one where we run the class so that you can help yourself either before or afterwards. For health and safety reasons we can't have drinks / food in the rooms where we run the classes. At our Hillsborough venue, there is a café which you are welcome to use before and after the class.
How Many People Attend Sing and Sign Classes?
Class sizes are limited to 12 babies (fewer at most venues) with their parent/carer. Space can be tight so, apart from on special occasions (e.g. Granny coming to stay for the week), 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 may need to book 2 places - please contact me about it.
I Have An Older Child - Can They Come Too?
The classes are for babies / toddlers and not older children. We don't allow any older siblings at Babes classes as the babies are so tiny and it wouldn't be appropriate.
We prefer Stage 1 and 2 classes to be just for the babies / toddlers and, if you have got older children, it's a great (and rare!) opportunity to focus solely on your youngest. If you need to bring your older child, they may be able to come with you to class but please contact me before you book your place.
How Much Does It Cost?
Sing and Sign Babes - £45.50
Sing and Sign Stage 1 - £80
Sing and Sign Stage 2 - £80
(For full details about what you receive for your money, please refer to "Which Class Should I Attend?" above.)
Payment is via credit / debit card and you will be redirected to the payment gateway as part of your booking. Card companies take a percentage of the amount, so, although I don't charge any more for the classes to make up for it, I will charge an admin fee of £5 for any cancellations / refunds to cover the card company costs. If you decide to cancel your place after your Membership has been set up, I cannot refund the Membership. However, you will still have access to our online resources for the full year so you can sign with your little one at home.
It is sometimes possible to pay in installments. If you need to do this, please can you contact me.
We have so many classes running across the city each week that I hope if you find you can't make a particular day, I can find you a space on an alternative class. However, this is not guaranteed and subject to spaces being available.
In my terms and conditions it is clear that if you've never been to Sing and Sign before, attend the first class and really don't like it, I will give a full refund for the rest of the classes (minus £5 admin / card fee & Membership - see reason above). Gladly this has only happened a handful of times over the last 12 years, despite over 200 babies coming to Sing and Sign each term! Please note that refunds cannot be made, except in special circumstances, after the first week of term.
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). Your online membership includes guides to help you sign at home in your own time. If possible, I will fit you in to an alternative class - just let me know if you can't make a class and I will do my best to accommodate you.
Can I Attend A Taster?
When there is time, I run "taster" sessions which you are welcome to book on to (see "special events" on the online booking system). The tasters cost £6.50 but I give you a discount code to take that amount off a full term should you decide to book.
How Do I Enrol?
Just go to our online booking system and book yourself on the class of your choice. If your preferred class is already full, you can book on the waiting list. Occasionally people do move classes, even up to the last minute, so if a place becomes available I will let you know. I'd recommend you book on an alternative class that still has spaces rather than take that risk, if you can.
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!
Spring Term Classes
We currently run classes at the following venues:-
Ecclesall Parish Rooms, Ringinglow Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield S11 7PP
Hillsborough Arena, Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 4HA
Joseph Stone Centre, 9 School Street, Mosborough Sheffield S20 5EB
Shirley House, next to St. Andrew's Church, Psalter Lane, Nether Edge, Sheffield S11 8YL
Day Time Stage Location
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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