Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Sheffield
Summer Term Babes Classes Starting in August
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.
SING AND SIGN BABES CLASSES - Starting Friday 7th August, 12 Noon -
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Had a baby during lockdown? Then these classes are for you.
Our 5-week Babes classes will be delivered live into your own home via Zoom. However, 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!
The 5-week course costs £25. Although not compulsory, I urge every family to also buy The Jessie Cat Songbook when they book on the class. 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. It costs £15 and I will send it to you.
Autumn Term Classes
I am hoping to be able to offer venue-based classes and the online @Home programme from September and we are working hard behind the scenes to look at ways that we can do this in a safe and responsible way.
As things stand, the majority of my usual venues are not reopening in September, but I am searching for alternatives.
I can confirm that we will be running Babes and Stage 1 (non-crawlers) classes in Mosborough on Wednesday mornings. Times are yet to be confirmed.
For now, if you're interested in our Autumn Term classes, whether physical venue-based ones or the @Home programme, please register your interest on our online booking system.
Please click on the "More Info" tab above to find out more.
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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.
Please note - in the current Covid-19 climate, it is extremely unlikely that we will be running any Stage 2 classes for some time, as toddlers aren't exactly known for their social distancing abilities!! However, we do offer Stage 2 @Home (see below).
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 to dip into again if 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! 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.
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.
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. For new people to Stage 1, 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.
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.
10-Week Physical Venue-Based Classes - £80 (including our "Gold" online annual membership if it's your first term of Stage 1)
10-Week @Home Classes - £40 (including our "Gold" online annual membership if it's your first term of Stage 1)
If you are starting Stage 2, you can opt upgrade to our "Premium" membership for a reduced cost of £10 (usually £15).
How Do I Enrol?
As we're still unsure whether we're just offering the @Home classes or venue-based ones as well, for now please register your interest on our online booking system. I will contact you as soon as I am clear about how we will be running to let you decide how you would like to Sing and Sign with your baby.
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 Classes
These are the venues that we were using prior to the Covid-19 lockdown. Which ones we use when we are able to return to venue-based classes will depend upon when they re-open / which ones we can use in order to follow government / industry guidelines. I will update this page when I have more information.
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