Below is a list of all the classes and groups in York that are suitable for newborn babies and pre-walking babies.
Most of the classes below are pre-book and follow a structure (see individual listings for details) , if you’re looking for playgroups in York which are more informal and you can just turn up (like the ones in church halls etc) then check out the Playgroups Page Here.
Gentle Beginnings during lockdown 2021.
Gentle Beginnings – popular, small, calm and supportive groups for parents and babies up to toddling
During this new lockdown we will be meeting online on Tuesdays and Thursdays 11-12am. You sign up and can choose each week whether you join us on a Tuesday or Thursday (life happens!) Although we can’t meet face to face we are forming a supportive parent community where we can nurture and enjoy our growing relationship with our baby and discover the amazing and so important self- initiated movement and play in the first year of life.
These highly regarded groups, which I have run for 11 years now in York, offer a calm supportive space for mums/dads and infants from birth to 18 months old. The groups provide a place where you can gain confidence and trust in your abilities as a parent, learn about the amazing Pikler approach, the benefits of slow parenting, and make new friends. Parents usually stay with the group for a year to 18 months and make deep friendships that last way beyond the group life. You can find out more about the groups and my experience and other work on the website link below.
Come and join us for a free first session!
I also offer online one to one support sessions to new mums and dads if this would be helpful.
And please email me or phone me if you would like more information.
Baby Sensory is an award-winning, sensory-rich development class specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months. Every week is different and full of fun! There is an incredible range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, signing and massage to experience which all help with baby’s brain development. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun…
***UPDATED 12/01/21 – Classes are running only only at the moment via zoom, please check website here for class times***
Mondays – Clements Hall, Nunthorpe Road, YORK, YO23 1BW
Tuesdays – Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, YO32 3HT
Wednesdays – Haxby Memorial Hall, 16 The Village, Haxby, YO32 3HT
Fridays – Online @home
For your local class leader’s contact details and to book a class visit our website here.
At Baby Swimmers we follow the Starfish Awards, so little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided in the future. We play games and sing songs which are skill related and also teach water safety skills so they can learn to swim back to the side, hold on and climb out when they are strong enough.
Our structured classes work towards this and are also fantastic for bonding with your little one, as well as enjoying yourselves in a fun relaxed atmosphere, which we always ensure is at your little one’s own pace including underwater swims. Babies use their natural reflexes when they are in water, so it is always a good idea to start as soon as you can, as swimming is a great workout and helps to strengthen their muscles and also increases alertness.
For toddlers we follow the STA Stanley Awards, so again little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided. For this age group we still sing songs and have fun with games and also start to teach the basic strokes, continuing with water safety skills and teaching your toddler to hold on, turn, then push off the side to swim to you independently. Classes will focus on floating, learning to tread water, rolling, push and glides, diving for sinkers and more.
Swimmers Academy is for our older swimmers where we focus on stroke technique and stamina, classes run for any age from Beginners and go through to Gold also incorporating Lifesaving Awards.
All teachers are fully qualified with specialist training for your little ones. Our classes are child led to ensure each child is taught and developed at their own pace.
We Swim at Best Western Kilima Hotel, New Earswick Pool, Pocklington School, Robert Wilkinson Primary School, Roko & Stamford Bridge Junior School
Come and join Helen your post natal exercise specialist for a fun and effective Buggy Workout session in West Bank Park Holgate
The class focuses on improving your cardiovascular fitness, strength and resistance training, core work and pushchair posture. The sessions are designed specifically with new mums in mind and cater for all fitness levels. Baby comes too so there’s no need for childcare. Working out in the great outdoors is beneficial for both yourself and baby. Classes cost £6 and are booked in blocks of four at a time.
Look forward to seeing you there!
For more details please contact Helen
Mention Mumbler for a FREE try out class.
Dinosaurs Love Fairy Cakes is now serving up regular eats, treats, roarsome play and opportunities to meet new friends across York!
On Mondays we run the Babes In Arms Elevenses Club at York RI New Lane Community Sports Club. from 10.00 until midday – this is for babies under 1 and their carers. £6 entry covers hot drinks, treats prepared fresh by Zoe, gorgeous sensory toys for the babes to play with and a craft activity if you fancy it.
For more info, and to book a place visit our website.
Roars & Sprinkles!
Dream Time is like no other Baby Massage Class you will ever go to.
Since its creation over 18 years ago, Dream Time has won awards, gained CPD accreditation and holds Level 3 qualification with Open Awards. Dream Time teachers are among the UK’s most highly qualified baby massage therapists.
Dream Time combines gentle song, yoga, dance and massage. Our classes provides the perfect combination of baby time and parent time, leaving everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to talk about anything and everything.
Now Dream Time has come to the York area. Located just 8 minutes along the A19 from the Designer Outlet , with free parking, the classes run from the brand new Dream Time Space. In a beautiful location, close to a nature reserve, the Old Granary at Riccall is the perfect setting for a relaxing and nurturing time with your baby. Each session followed by a leisurely drink and homemade cake.
Remember, touch is the first means of communication and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone.
£8 taster. £60x6wk block
5 week themes: Jan 11 – Feb 13
Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as numbers limited to 5 families/group.
Baby (newborn – 15 months+) – Mon 11.00am, Tues 10.30am, Wed 9.45am, Thurs 11.00am, Fri 11.00am
Wobbly Walkers (1-2s) – Mon 9.45am
Toddlers (rising 2s & 3s) – Wed 11.00am, Thurs 9.45am, Fri 2.00pm
Pre-schoolers (3s-5s) – Mon 2.00pm, Fri 9.45am
Big Kids (5–7s) – Tues 2.00pm, Wed 4.00pm
Age groups are a rough guide only. Most activities can easily be adapted for older/younger siblings so the whole family can join in!
Additional virtual classes may be offered if sufficient interest. Requests for private classes considered – just ask!
Each theme includes a wonderful set of online materials to download and use as a family at home – your class music, lyrics, e-book, activities, parent resources – all for the reduced ‘pandemic price’ of £35.
**If space allows, single introductory classes may be offered to newcomers. (£5)**
Contact Cath to book your place and for more information about post-lockdown return to outdoor classes in March.
Updated 07/09/2020 – Sessions not currently running.
10am – 11am Fridays (in blocks of 5 weeks during term time)
0-2 years. Baby sessions linked to exhibitions, including storytelling, songs, and sensory activities.
Sessions run during term time and rotate between York Art Gallery, York Castle Museum and the Yorkshire Museum.
Sessions are now FREE! (Museum admission applies for adults, free entry with a YMT Card).
MY BABY CAN DANCE/ NEWBORN CAN DANCE is an award-winning movement to music activity class which follows the development stages for the little ones. Ideally suited from birth up to 4 years old. For children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
We run weekly interactive fun classes combining movement, singing, musical instruments, numbers, colours, shapes, phonics and much more.
My Baby Can Dance (age 1-4) and Newborn Can Dance (birth -1) will continue to offer a full weekly timetable, however for the health and safety of everyone this will revert to online classes via Zoom. These classes are only available for families who have previously been attending the face to face sessions this term, or to those who have registered on our waiting list.
New interested families are welcome to register with us and be added to the waiting list to ensure access to the Zoom classes.
So many parents have found our Zoom sessions extremely welcoming and the little ones are delighted to be able to continue to develop and practice our fantastic tracks.
As soon as this phase of lockdown is over and, when we are permitted to, then face to face sessions will resume.
Contact Katherine Peak using the details below for up to date class information:
Baby Massage gives you the opportunity to strengthen your bond with your baby in a nurturing, engaging way. Studies show massage can help babies by:
• improving sleep
• reducing crying and stress
• encouraging development and
• soothing colic and tummy troubles.
Parents increase their confidence and enjoy a special time with their baby.
Learning baby massage with us is easy, friendly and fun – and now you can learn online from the comfort of your own home. Our small, baby led classes take place via Zoom meaning you and your little one are in a familiar environment and making it even easier to feed, change and take care of your baby just as you need. We learn techniques you can use now and continue to adapt as your little one grows and develops.
5 week courses run regularly on Thursday mornings (see website or contact us for details) or private group zoom lessons can be arranged for you and your friends at a time to suit.
1:1 sessions also available either online. Suitable from 4 weeks to pre-crawling.
Puddle Ducks are one of the UK’s leading providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers and pre-school children.
Our classes are designed to promote bonding, water confidence and water safety in a fun and loving environment. We take your little ones through a structured programme designed to develop their natural affinity with the water and encourage them to learn to swim independently.
And although we have spent many years carefully developing our progressive lesson plans to develop swimmers, our teachers adapt every activity to suit each child. Our approach ensures that your child’s needs are expertly fulfilled – never forcing development, but rather nurturing it to ensure a positive experience and love of swimming.
Our baby and pre-school programme is offered through five levels:
Floaties (0-6 months), Splashers (6-15 months), Kickers (15 months – 2.5 years), Little Dippers (2-5 years) and Dippers (2-5 years)
We currently run classes six days a week across the following locations in York:
New Earswick, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Energise hydrotherapy pool, Robert Wilkinson, Willow Lodge (Bubwith), ROKO Health Club and the Kilima Hotel.
We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives!
FUN, MULTI-SENSORY Baby and toddler music classes in York
Here at Rhythm Time, our fun, award-winning baby classes will help your little one’s development through specially created musical activities.
You’ll enjoy 30 minutes of fun together including lots of exciting, multi-sensory activities such as bubbles (to help strengthen baby’s eye muscles), dancing (to help co-ordination and balance), exercises (for muscle development), massage, exploration, hand/eye co-ordination and speech development. Plus, you’ll enjoy some great social time together with other parents and their little ones!
Rhythm Time are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association and we also have GOLD accreditation, so you’ll be sure that our classes are the BEST quality!
Come and join in the fun! We have classes right across York.
Monday – White Sykes Farm, Sand Hutton.
Toddler – 10am
Baby – 10.50am
Young Baby- 11.40am
Wednesday – TheCentre@Burnhotme, Heworth
Baby – 10.50
Young Baby 11.40am
Thursday – Dunnington Reading Rooms
Pre School – 10am
Baby- 11.40 am
Young Baby – 12.30pm
Friday– St Aelreds Community Centre, Tang Hall
Toddler (15months- approx 3.5yrs) – 9.45am
Younger Toddler (approx 1 or walking – 2yr) – 10.35am
Baby – 11.25am
Young Baby 12.15pm
Spaces limited so don’t delay! Mums2Be preview offer – expectant parents can book to come and watch one of our young baby sessions for free
Last updated 02/09/2020
Do you want the best start for your little one, no matter what their own individual needs are? Do you want to watch them grow and develop fantastic new skills whilst having the most amazing musical fun? Welcome to Rhythm Time!
Fun, quality classes that help develop a child’s confidence, creativity, listening skills, language, numeracy and co-ordination. Courses are specially written by a music teacher and created to enhance every child’s development.
A holistic, musical and multi-sensory approach to baby development, where we do lots of activities which encourage brain development through eye-tracking, listening and experimenting with sound and textures.
We have fun with bubbles, hoops, mirrors as well as learning listening skills with Ratatat, our Rhythm Time rabbit!
Every baby, toddler and pre schooler is an individual with great potential. We’ll teach you how to make music fun for your child, and show you how you can help to unlock their potential by singing and making music together.
We have new classes in York and would love you to join us!
Classes from £20.37 per month and includes access to our online classes as well!
ALL SPRING TERM ‘SING AND SIGN’ CLASSES BEGIN ONLINE W/C JAN 18th!
Throughout Lockdown#3, we are delighted to continue offering classes, starting online via Zoom and then returning to venues once it is safe. During lockdown, course members are welcome to join as many of their stage’s online sessions as they wish (see revised timetable below) and with our Sing and Sign@Home Streamed video courses included in the price of Stage 1 and Stage 2 bookings, there’s so much opportunity to learn this fantastic skill and have fun with your baby too!
Learning to sign with your little one can smooth communication when s/he is tired, hurt or frustrated, and give you insight into their wider needs and thoughts. Combining action songs, props, pictures, and a special cat called Jessie, each week centres around a theme with clear signs of the week that are revisited often so that you are able to consolidate your learning.
Never signed before? No problem, it’s easy! Have twins? They attend as two-for-one!
Stage 1 – 6-13m
Stage 2 – 13-24m
Sing and Sign Babes – 1-6m
Stage 1: Mon – 11am, Tues – 11am, Weds – 10am, Fri – 10am
Stage 2: Tues – 10am, Weds – 11.20am, Thurs – 10am
Sing and Sign Babes: Mon – 10am, Tues – 11.20am, Fri: 11.20am
Swimming with Linzi is all about having fun in a safe environment, gaining water confidence and developing great stroke technique. I am a small independent STA local swim school set up with the love of teaching children to swim whilst having fun.
I get to know all the children individually and adapt my teaching accordingly to suit every child. Your child will happily progress at their own pace, with this in mind, all swimmers receive an STA certificate at whatever level they are at and woven badge each term, which are included in your fee.
Classes are fun based and relaxed with only 6 children in each class, only 1 lesson running at a time and the whole pool to ourselves, so we have lots of space. In this environment I find my swimmers really enjoy their lessons and thrive learning to swim following the progressive STA guidelines.
With over 14 years of swimming teaching experience, including my own 3 children, I am fully qualified STA Swimming Instructor, STA baby and pre-school teacher, Level 3 STA Diploma in Aquatic Teaching for Baby and Pre-school, STA lifeguard trained, DBS checked and STA COVID-19 Safety Officer.
Tiny Toes Music is all about you and your baby, toddler or child playing and making music together and enjoying the magic of being surrounded by live music. Babies and children love songs, rhythms and music and benefit greatly from a musical environment. Music affects the physical, emotional, and intellectual development of babies and children and strengthens cognitive and sensory development. But most of all, Tiny Toes Music is fun for all!
As a musician and mum, I created Tiny Toes Music to share my passion for music and singing and the amazing benefits that it brings with friends and other families within the wider community.
Whilst some changes have had to be made amid Covid-19 to ensure that the sessions are run safely and in line with Government guidelines, Tiny Toes Music will work hard to maintain its charm, warmth, creativity and opportunities for people to re-connect. Here is an outline of some of the changes:
· Smaller group sizes including social distancing measures
· Pre-booked places only
· Cost: £5 per session, to be paid online and in advance of a 4-week period
Classes: Thursdays: 10-11am & 11.30-12.30 – Acomb Parish Church, Acomb
Please email Nicola for further information including how to secure a booking.
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. suitable for little ones from birth up to school age. As the UK’s leading swim school, not only do we teach vital lifesaving skills but we always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy one! Our number one priority is to make sure you feel both happy and safe in the water.
Mon: 10:00 – 12:30 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Mon: 9:00– 12:00 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Tue: 09:00 – 11.30 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Tue: 09:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ (still on hold)
Tue: 10.00 – 14:30 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Tues: 9:00 – 11:00 Willow Lodge, Bubwith, YO8 6DQ
Wed: 10:00 – 12:00 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Thurs: 10 – 11.30 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Thu: 10:00 – 11:30 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ (Still on hold)
Thu: 13:00 – 15:00 New Earswick, Haxby Road, York, YO32 4AQ
Fri: 09:30 – 14:00 The Pheasant Hotel, Harome, Helmsley, YO62 5JG
Fri: 9:00 – 11:30 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Fri: 13:30 – 15.30 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Fri: 13:30 – 15:00 Marriott Hotel, Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1QQ (Still on hold)
Fri: 16:00 – 18:30 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX ( still on hold)
Sat: 11.00 – 13:30 Weighton Wold, Market Weighton, YO43 4NF
Sat: 09:00 – 15:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX (still on hold)
Sat: 10:00 – 14:00 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Sat: 13:30 – 16:30 Robert Wilkinson, West End, Strensall, York, YO32 5UH (still on hold)
Sun: 09:00 – 14:00 Energise, Cornlands Lane, York, YO24 3DX (still on hold)
Sun: 10 – 14:00 Best Western Kimila Hotel, Holgate Road, YO24 4AZ
Mention Mumbler Offer: For any MUMblers that book onto a course, just quote York MUMbler and we will send you a free Splashabout Happy Nappy (required for the lessons) with your starter pack worth £10.99!
For further information, please contact us.
Wild Things runs outdoor sessions for families.
**NEW** Mini Wild Things for parents with babies and toddlers (up to 17 months)
Wednesday afternoons. A chance to immerse you & your baby in nature. There will be lots of sensory play, mindful activities to help us slow down and enjoy nature around us, and creative activities using natural materials.
It’s also a group for parents to come together to meet others and to enjoy some nature based crafts (these will be particularly aimed at parents with babies) A hot drink for adults is included.
Explorer Club – for children aged 18 months to 4 years
These run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. During the sessions there are lots of explorative play, child-led activities and that all important connection with nature. Children learn about nature, learn how to take (managed) risks, develop resilience for being outdoors in all weathers, and develop their creativity and imagination. We end with a campfire and hot chocolate.
Wild Things has adapted its sessions in light of the pandemic – we have smaller groups, more hand washing stations, less shared resources and a thorough cleaning procedure between sessions. Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
All sessions run in a wooded area, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue, YO23 1WF).
Yoga For Modern Life is a specialist in yoga for fertility, yoga for pregnant women and yoga for mums and babies. Classes are super friendly, relaxed and down to earth – using yoga as the perfect antidote to the stresses and busyness of pregnancy and motherhood. We also have brilliant complete (and no BS) Antenatal and Hypnobirthing courses, and help mums and baby’s connect through loving touch in Baby Massage classes too. All this is to help empower women to have a positive and confident pregnancy, birth and motherhood.
Everyone is warmly welcomed – regardless of fitness level, age, shape or size. In a busy world take some time to reconnect with yourself, and with your baby.
Mondays – 1pm to 2.30pm | Mum & Baby Yoga | All Saints Hall, Poppleton – In person & Livestreamed options
Mondays – 6.30pm to 7.45pm | Pregnancy Yoga | The Hive, Millfield Lane, Poppleton – In person & Livestreamed options
Tuesdays – 6.30pm to 7pm | Pregnancy Yoga | Breathe & Relax – Livestreamed only
Wednesdays – 11am to 12.30pm | Mum & Baby Yoga | York Yoga Studio – In person & Livestreamed options
Wednesdays – 1pm – 2.15pm | Baby Massage | York Yoga Studio – In person & Livestreamed options
Thursdays – 6pm to 6.30pm | Calm & Reset – Livestreamed only
Thursdays – 7.15pm – 8.30pm | Pregnancy Yoga | York Yoga Studio – In person & Livestreamed options
Saturdays – Group Complete Antenatal & Hypnobirthing Courses, run every month (livestreamed or in person)
Sundays – Slow Sunday Yoga Workshops | York Yoga Studio – run once a month (livestreamed or in person)
One to one and bespoke yoga, antenatal, hypnobirthing and baby massage classes are also available.
Mention MUMBLERFREE for your first yoga class for free.
York Suzuki Early Childhood Education offers weekly music classes for children aged 0-3, with their caregiver. They are a chance to come together to celebrate the unlimited potential of every child. Our classes offer a calm, structured, nurturing space to engage with your little one through music.
The classes are run by trained SECE teacher, Laura Wingrove, who has over 10 years’ experience of teaching through the Suzuki method. Class sizes are small to allow each and every child to flourish and caregivers are supported at every stage of the journey. We use the beautiful SECE curriculum of nursery rhymes and action songs which is based on the teaching philosophy of renowned pedagogue Shinichi Suzuki. Although many musical concepts are mastered within the classes, it was not Suzuki’s primary aim to create master musicians, but rather ‘human beings with beautiful, harmonious minds and high sensitivity’. We believe that by using the highest quality musical instruments, children are given the earliest opportunity to appreciate beauty, to treat the instruments with respect, and to play them properly, creating a beautiful sound themselves.
Tuesday 9.45 and 11.00 – St Edward the Confessor Church, Dringhouses
Thursday 9.45 and 11.00 – Tang Hall Community Centre, Fifth Avenue
Classes are small and intimate held at my home in York, YO32, ensuring a friendly, relaxed atmosphere in a cosy and comfortable setting. I also offer private courses in the comfort of your own home/chosen venue should you want to form your own group.
City Screen offers a varied programme of mainstream and independent movies. The cinema is fully-accessible for people with disabilities, there is a baby-change facility in certain toilets (ask for a key), and the Riverside Café-Bar is welcoming to new mothers and children. There are various child and autism-friendly screenings.
13–17 Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
T: 0871 902 5747
Hoglets runs exciting drama and storytelling classes for babies to Preschoolers.
Hoglets classes bring imaginations to life, turning stories into adventures. We take drama and performance skills, mix them with some games, craft and songs and boil them up into a bubbling bowl of delicious creative fun.
Classes run ONLINE Mondays, Tuesdays and Saturdays
T: 07596 705171
Last updated 09/09/2020
Mini Munchkins baby massage is a calm and tranquil class where you learn massage techniques to sooth and relax your baby. After each session we relax with refreshments whilst the babies enjoy sensory play. I run group classes and 1:1 sessions. See our Facebook page/call for more information.
T: 07810 543774
This group is for anyone wishing to meet new mums/mums to be within York City! Whatever age your baby/bump may be everyone is welcome. Meet up dates, times and locations are posted weekly on our Facebook Page.
PramFit is a supportive fitness community for Mums and Babies. We are Pre and Post Natal qualified and have plenty of experience in everything postpartum. Our classes run 9:30am at Unit 17c, Forrest Park Monday to Friday and 11:00am at Compello Fitness Monday to Friday!
Mention Mumbler to receive an extra discount
Through the therapeutic power of touch and the versatility and benefits of essential oils, you will be empowered and learn the necessary skills to help you and your family. 1 to 1 baby massage sessions with a qualified Health Visitor. Essential oils consultations. Samples provided
Song Box musical play groups: mixed age sessions welcoming babies, toddlers and talkers with mum, dad or carer; sharing songs, rhymes, movement and sensory play, plus home resources. Delivered in a Covid-secure format. All live music; great ideas to enjoy throughout the week. Various venues. Price/family. Low income concessions.
T: 07855 126408