Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Sheffield
Spring Term - It's not too late to book your place!
Hi, my name is Liz and I am now in my 13th 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.
SPRING TERM CLASSES - Click Here To Book
(For full venue details, please click on the "venue" tab at the top of the page. For further details about the differing "stages" and much more, please click on the "More info" tab at the top of the page). Even though the classes have started, it's not too late to book your place where there are spaces.
Babes Classes starting in February - 5 weeks - £45.50 (including Songbook & cds w/download code). £32.50 for returners to Sing and Sign Babes.
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w/c 25th February to w/c 25th March.
Mondays in Hillsborough - 11am - FULL
Mondays in Nether Edge - 11.45am
Tuesdays in Hillsborough - 12pm *extra class added*
Tuesdays in Nether Edge - 1pm
Thursdays in Ecclesall - 11am
Stage 1 - 5 weeks left - £47.50 for the remaining weeks including annual "Membership" to Sing and Sign's online videos, signing dictionary and other resources (see "more info" page for more details). Stage 1 returners - £32.50 for the remaining 5 weeks.
w/c 14th January to w/c 25th March (except half term - w/c 18th February)
Mondays in Nether Edge - 9.45am - FULL
Mondays in Hillsborough - 10am - FULL
Tuesdays in Nether Edge - 10am - FULL
Tuesdays in Hillsborough - 11am
Tuesdays in Nether Edge - 2pm - FULL
Wednesdays in Nether Edge - 11am - FULL
Thursdays in Ecclesall - 10am - FULL
Fridays in Ecclesall - 11am - FULL
Stage 2 - 10 weeks - Returners to Sing and Sign - £32.50 for the remaining 5 weeks, with optional upgrade to the Full Membership (£15). It's too late to come to Stage 2 if you've not been before, but we'd love to see you in the Summer Term.
w/c 14th January to w/c 25th March (except half term - w/c 18th February)
Mondays in Nether Edge - 10.45am
Tuesdays in Hillsborough - 10am
Tuesdays in Nether Edge - 11am - FULL
Wednesdays in Nether Edge - 10am - FULL
Fridays in Ecclesall - 10am - FULL
For Summer Term class information, please click on the "More Info" tab at the top and scroll down the page. Booking will open for new Sing and Signers on 10th March.
If you want to know which classes have spaces, why not follow the link at the top of the page to the online booking system to see for yourself. Also, by clicking on the tabs at the top of the page you can answer most questions about venues / costs etc. If your question remains unanswered, please don't hesitate to get in touch and I will get back to you as soon as possible.
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!
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 & bathtime, 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 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.
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!
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 Run For?
5-week Babes classes run for about 30 minutes followed by 30 minutes of social time.
10-week Stage 1 and 2 classes run for about 40 minutes (sometimes longer depending on the size of the group).
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 some 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 bring 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?
Babes classes (5 week course) cost £45.50 and includes the Jessie Cat Songbook with 2 cds (with digital download code). The Songbook complements the Babes classes and helps you continue at home. You'll be given your Songbook on the first day of term.
Stage 1 (10 week course) costs £80 for your first term, £65 for your second.
Your first term payment includes your annual "Membership" 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 for you baby’s favourite signs to share with family/nursery
- • Our classic ‘Sing and Sign - Baby Signing the Fun Way’ (DVD streamed)
- • 2 interactive ‘Where is Jessie?’ games
The upgrade to FULL membership (£15) is a one off and lasts for the duration you keep the membership going. Be that 1, 5 or 20 years! This is recommended for Stage 2.
FULL online membership (available on Stage 2, or contact me if you want it earlier) includes:
- • All the above benefits of 'BASIC' access plus…
- • ‘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
Stage 2 (10 week course) costs £65 if you have already attended Stage 1 (with the option of the Membership if you choose). If you haven't attended Stage 1, it costs £80 and includes the Basic Membership (see above) so that you can catch up on the content before the classes start.
For the Spring Term I will be taking credit / debit card transactions only. 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 can not 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.
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 can not 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?
One of the lovely things about Sing and Sign is that we keep the class sizes small and you see the same people each week. Having someone come for one week during the term would change the dynamic of the group and also wouldn't be appropriate as it is a course which builds each week, not a drop-in. For those reasons, we don't allow people to drop in for a "taster" during term time.
When there is time, I run free "taster" sessions which you are welcome to book on to (see "special events" on the online booking system). I also often run these sessions at local baby groups - if you go to one of these and would like me to come along, please get in touch.
How Do I Enrol?
The Spring Term classes have started but it's not too late to book. Just follow one of the links to the booking system. You will get an automated confirmation when you've paid and (if applicable) I'll set your Membership up within 24 hours. I'll send you further information prior to the start of term but if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to get in touch.
The Summer Term classes start 7th May to 10th May, apart from the Monday classes which will start on 13th May (owing to the Bank Holiday on 6th May). There will be no classes from 27th to 31st May (schools' half term). The final week of classes will be w/c 15th July (other than the Monday classes which will be on 22nd July). Booking will open to ex and existing Sing and Signers on Sunday 3rd March at 10am and to new people on Sunday 10th March at 10am.
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!
Summer Term Classes
This term, we are running classes at the following venues:-
Ecclesall Parish Rooms, Ringinglow Road, Ecclesall, Sheffield S11 7PP
Hillsborough Arena, Middlewood Road, Hillsborough, Sheffield S6 4HA
Shirley House, next to St. Andrew's Church, Psalter Lane, Nether Edge, Sheffield S11 8YL
Day Time Stage Location
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.