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 – popular, small, calm and supportive groups for parents and babies up to toddling
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.
“I would never have thought that a yoga class could be so welcoming, friendly and helpful – and the fact it’s been virtual during such a difficult year is totally amazing.”
Hi, I’m Alison, I’ve been teaching Pregnancy Yoga for 14 years. Creating connection and community is really important to me and I’m here to support you every step of the way. Yoga helps you enjoy a healthy pregnancy, easing aches and pains and feeling great in your body, with time and space to reflect and prepare. You might be planning a hospital birth, home birth, maximum pain relief, minimal intervention – all are welcome here. I also offer lovely nourishing post-natal yoga for you and your little one, to support you through your first year.
We can adapt all the practices to suit individual needs, or come and sit, lay down, breathe and be in the company of other mums and mums to be. Everyone is welcome to take what they need.
Why not book a £5 trial week – a Sunday and Wednesday, consecutive classes, via zoom.
Wednesday, 11am – 12.30pm.
Tuesday, 7.30 – 8.45pm
Sunday, 6pm – 7.30pm
Baby Band music classes offer a safe, supportive and fun musical experience for you and your little people.
Baby Band is all about playing real instruments, learning musical elements and experiencing great examples of music from a huge variety of genres, not just singing along to basic nursery rhymes (although we do love some of the classics). We have a team of live musicians who regularly join us with their various instruments to give our Baby Band members a taste of live music because there is nothing as magical as seeing and hearing music being created in front of your very eyes.
Classes are available for children from around 3 months to when they start school and are bookable all year round, not just term time. Visit the website for more details on locations, the team, the musicians, the music and how to book. You can find us on social media too @babybandmusic.
There are stacks of research papers proving how beneficial music is to the early development of language, emotional understanding, motor skills and so much more. Join us at Baby Band and give your little one a musical head start in life.
Baby Sensory is an award-winning, sensory development programme specifically designed for babies from birth to 13 months. Each week is a different theme and full of fun, sensory experiences! We have a vast range of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, movement, baby signing and singing to help with baby’s brain development. We’ve done the research; so you can enjoy the fun…
Baby Sensory and the WOW Group are founding members of the Children’s Activities Association and are proud of our GOLD level accreditation. We take the safety and quality of our programmes seriously to ensure you get the BEST experience!
Baby Sensory is running classes in various locations around York:
Mondays – Clements Hall, York, YO23 1BW
Tuesdays and Wednesdays – Haxby Memorial Hall, Haxby, YO32 3HT
For your local class leader’s contact details and to book a class please visit our website:
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
We are the largest provider of swimming lessons in the UK offering lessons at our York Leisure Centres. Energise Leisure Centre, York Leisure Centre and Yearlsey Swimming Pool.
We offer a programme for all ages and abilities, with times and days which suit you. In our lessons, our customers are at the heart of everything we do. Your children will be taught by experienced, qualified teachers, following our industry-leading programme. We have designed our swim school programme to be flexible and affordable. Our monthly direct debit payments include free swimming for your children! You can track your child’s progress using our online tool called the Home Portal. We offer the following:
Baby & Pre-School:
Energise- Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays
York Leisure Centre- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday,Saturdays.
Swimbies- 3 months to 12 months
Splashers- 13 months to 2 years
Paddlers- 2 years to 4 years
Pre-Schoolers- 3-4 years
Primary School Age
Foundation (Small pool)- Children aged 4 years+ who are non swimmers
Development (Main pool)- Children aged 5-12 years who are able to swim 25m
Academy (Main pool)- Children up to 16 years old who have completed development.
We also offer SEND swimming lessons up until the age of 16 – working with our partner charity Level Water to provide lessons for children with a physical or sensory disability.
For more information and to book your child’s place please see our website.
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!
I also offer pre and post natal personal training sessions.
For more details please contact Helen
Mention Mumbler for a FREE try out class.
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 and massage. Our classes provides the perfect combination of baby time and parent time, leaving everyone feeling relaxed, bonded with baby and open to chat over a cuppa and homemade cake after the session (vegan/dairy and gluten free cake and drink options available).
Located just 8 minutes along the A19 from the Designer Outlet , with free parking right outside, the classes run from the purpose designed 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.
Remember, touch is the first means of communication and a regular massage can help with colic, sleeplessness and muscle tone.
£8 taster. £60x6wk block
Thursday 10am and 1pm
For Modern Mothers specialises in supporting your journey to and through Motherhood. A specialist in yoga for fertility, pregnancy yoga 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) Complete Antenatal & Hypnobirthing courses, and help mums and baby’s connect through loving touch in Baby Massage classes, and offer support services to those suffering from birth trauma and birth injury 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.
Monday 7.15pm // Poppleton
Tuesdays 7pm // Livestream only
Thursday 6pm // Acomb
Thursday 7.30pm // Acomb
Mum & Baby Yoga
Tuesday 11am // Poppleton
Tuesday 1pm // Poppleton
Thursday 12.30pm // Acomb
Thursday 2.20pm // Acomb
Hypnobirthing & Antenatal Courses
Run every month, in person, at the weekend
Pregnancy Mini Retreats
Run every few months throughout the year
Slow Sunday Yoga Workshops
On Sundays, run once a month (open to all)
Also available as private sessions: One to one yoga // private and refresher antenatal & hypnobirthing sessions // caesarean birth planning // twin birth planning // fertility support, yoga & coaching // birth trauma and birth injury support // postnatal Doula.
Mention MUMBLERFREE for one class free when booking a full 6 week term of yoga classes.
Hoglets acclaimed story and drama classes – LIVE AND FREE online!
Hoglets classes are drama and storytelling adventures, aimed at ages 0-7. Each session is an imagination firing, energetic, immersive and enchanting experience for little minds.
We run 4 sessions a week – beamed live, right into your homes.
Sessions are running Sat-Tues, are 45mins long and are easy to join. Just click the join button at your chosen time.:
Sat 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Mon 10am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Tues 9.30am – Little Hoglets (birth-walking)
Tues 10.30am – Big Hoglets (walking+)
Kindermusik with Cath groups are generally staying Outdoors this term though there’s a NEW Indoor After School class for 4-6 year olds! Additional indoor classes may follow, subject to demand.
Spring Classes: 25th April – 20th May.
Half Term Classes: Watch this space for ‘pop up’ PAYG.
Summer Classes: 6th June – 15th July.
Our classes are taught in 4 to 5 week themes and organised into flexible age groups. Introductory class £5, subject to availability. Best to register your interest via email or message/phone – afraid website is down for maintenance.
Mixed Ages (0-5s) at 10.00am & afternoons.
Babies (0-18m) at 11.00am
Rowntree Park – Monday & Tuesday mornings
West Bank Park – Wednesday mornings
York Museum Gardens – Thursdays 10.30am
Homestead Park – Friday mornings
Bishophill Community Garden – Fridays 1.45pm
*Clifton Parish Church – Mondays 4.00pm from 9th May (4-6 yr olds)
Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as numbers limited.
Contact Cath directly to book your place or to find out more.
Accredited Kindermusik Educator & York Primary Teacher
A baby-wearing dance class for all parents/carers (BUMPS WELCOME TOO!)
8+ week vaginal birth/12+ week C-section -until you are comfortable carrying them (suggestion around 20kilos.)
It’s a 45-minute dance class, where you will get to dance to some ’90s/ early 00’s classics, some Dancehall, Reggaeton, Salsa, Bachata, Cha-cha-cha. You name it, we will probably dance to it one day! With 15 mins at the beginning or end to meet other like-minded carers and their little ones.
Mama’s Got Moves is a chance to bond with your baby, connect them to the world of music and dance from a young age, meet other parents, do something for you, have fun, and dance!
You do not need any dance experience to join this class. This is for anyone and everyone, we will go slow and learn easy routines.
Baby carriers are available to borrow.
Older children are welcome to come and dance alongside you or play in the background.
Mon 9.30-10.30 Rowntree Park Amphitheatre
Tues 9.45-10.45 AND 11 -12 The Beck and Call Meanwood LEEDS
Wed 11-12 Acomb The Carlton Tavern
Thursday 9.30-10.30 Rowntree Park Amphitheatre
Thursday 11.30-12.30 Holgate Poppleton Road Memorial Hall
Fri 11.30-12.30 Museum Gardens- behind the art gallery
£8.50 Taster Session for first time participants only
£35 block of 5
Moo Music is a great fun and interactive music session for 0 to 5 year old children and their parents, grandparents or carers too, where the children sing, dance and play. Music is an essential part of every child’s development and the 125 original Moo Music songs used at the sessions are positive, uplifting, fun and educational. The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way. It’s a great way to make new friends – both for the children and the adults too! Moo Music runs every Thursday at Tang Hall Community Centre.
The first session is free so there is no need to pay anything up front. However, you do need to book in order to attend as spaces are limited due to covid restrictions. To book just visit my Facebook page, Moo Music York and click on the ‘book now’ button.
*New Class* – Moo and a Brew, runs every Tuesday 10am – 11am at Heslington Meeting Room. Join Farmer Karyn for a relaxed and friendly musical and sensory play session. Make friends over a cuppa and enjoy our catchy and unique songs in this new Moo Music York Group. We sing, we dance and we play as we explore a new theme each week. Book your first taster session for free. Suitable for little ones from birth to confident walker.
A variety of classes and courses for bumps, babies and beyond. Our courses and classes are provided with support, guidance and empowerment. In a relaxed, home from home and friendly manner.
Group Birth Preparation & Antenatal Course.
Running 12:30 – 16:30, one Saturday a month, Advised from 24 weeks pregnant onwards.
Private 1:1 Hypnobirthing.
In the comfort of your own home. 10hour course over 4 weeks. This course is a full Antenatal Course plus Hypnobirthing, using the KGHypnobirthing method.
Course running every month over 4 weeks, Wednesdays 10 – 11:30am, Hurst Hall, Strensall, £45 for full course including booklet, massage oil and handmade gifts for your baby, Book online. Newborn babies to crawling.
Baby Sing and Sensory class.
Tuesdays 10 – 11am. Hurst Hall, Strensall. £5 per session. Pay as you go or online. 8 weeks to 13 months.
Toddler Music & Movement.
Friday 09:30 – 10:30am. Hurst Hall, Strensall. £5 per session. Pay as you go or online. 13 months to 3 years old.
Using my passion, knowledge and experience as a Midwife, Nurse, Pre-school assistant, baby massage instructor and Mum of 3 to support, guide and empower you and your bump, babies and beyond.
Come and join us and make new friends, as well as being part of the Mumborneveryminute family.
MY BABY CAN DANCE/ NEWBORN CAN DANCE YORK is a multi 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 shakers, numbers, colours, shapes, phonics and much more.
The sessions achieve a proven learning and development path for the little ones using a repeatable formal which increases learning and memory in a safe, caring, positive and informal environment. The little ones can build their confidence, social skills and discipline all within the fun and fast paced sessions.
Classes run throughout school term times with payment being made in advance in half termly blocks. Subject to availability people can join at any time and just pay for the weeks remaining in that current block.
For the time being social distancing will continue with individual sanitised kit bags for each participant.
For up to date class information contact me:-
Nature time is our weekly group for parents of babies and toddlers looking for a supportive, friendly environment to get to know others and take time to support their wellbeing.
Being a parent can be hard. Often bringing exhaustion, stress and worry. Sometimes you simply need to surround yourself with people who understand what you’re going through. Nature Time offers a calm community for parents, focused on emotional wellbeing. Parents and children meet in the woodland to explore, create and simply be. A place to chat and play.
The sessions run weekly for 5 weeks to give time to get to know the woodland and each other.
Panda’s Playtime is a music and sensory group for the under 5s.
Ad Hoc bookings £6.00 per child
Full Term Bookings £5.00 Per child
Heworth Without Community Centre
9.30 – 10.10 –Mixed age session
10.30 – 11.10 – 0 – 18 Months
Dunnington Reading Room
10.00 – 10.40 – Mixed age session
11.00 – 11.40 – 0 – 18 Months
Each week we have a different theme using a variety of props making the sessions fun, enjoyable and unique.
Our intention is to allow the children to feel relaxed in an environment which your child and you can feel comfortable to join in as much or as little as you like. Our Panda’s Playtime hello and goodbye songs allow the children to feel secure through repetition by starting and ending each session in the same way.
Through Music and Sensory our classes encourage motor skills, communication and language skills, brain development, imagination and social interaction. The music in our classes can be a natural way to learn rhyming and counting.
Our classes are a fantastic way to support the bond with your child, have fun and create a happy and positive feeling.
Puddle Ducks are award winning providers of swimming lessons to babies, toddlers, pre-school and school age 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 run classes 7 days a week at the following locations in and around York:
Kilima Hotel, New Earswick, ROKO Health Club, Archbishop Holgate’s School, Willow Lodge (Bubwith), The Crown Hotel (Boroughbridge), Energise hydrotherapy pool and Robert Wilkinson,
We also run Aquanatal classes, so you can start your journey with Puddle Ducks before your baby arrives!
PureSwim Yorkshire are proud to provide gentle and fun swimming lessons for little ones aged approximately 8 weeks to 12 years. Our baby and pre-school lessons focus on water confidence, parent and child bonding and important water safety skills.
Once Children are ready to be on the pool by themselves (approximately age 4) we work through the STA award scheme including rookie lifeguard classes for our older children. Our Class sizes are small (maximum 5 in a beginners group and maximum 6 with our advanced swimmers) and until the advanced stage our teachers teach from in the pool.
Saturday pm Archbishops’ School (age 4+)
Sunday am -Archbishops’ School (Age 6 months +)
Monday/Wednesday/Friday Mornings – Novotel York (Baby, Toddler and Pre-school only)
Book on with a friend to our Novotel lessons and you will both receive a 10% discount.
Welcome to Rhythm Time where little minds develop through our stimulating and fun Music classes.
Here at Rhythm Time, our exciting, multi-sensory and educational baby and toddler classes will help your little one’s development from birth to pre-school. Our specially created music-based activities will stimulate all their senses AND help develop their COMMUNICATION, SPEECH, CONFIDENCE, LITERACY, LISTENING SKILLS, PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT and SOCIAL SKILLS – all whilst having fun to music!
Join Rat-a-Tat and his friends Arabella, Melody & Carlos as they take you and your little one on a journey of FUN & learning through hands-on musical activities.
We offer 30 minutes, age-specific musical sessions all cleverly designed to aid learning and development:
***PLUS*** with every class booking, you will receive FREE access to our online classes too!
All activities and venues are fully COVID19 risk assessed and all appropriate measures have been taken to ensure a safe & clean environment.
For more information or to book your place visit the website or contact Rachel on the e-mail address or number below.
Monday – Sand Hutton Village Hall
Wednesday – TheCentre@Burnholme, Heworth
Thursday – Dunnington Reading Room
Thursday – Spotlight Dance Academy, Clifton
Friday – St Aelreds Community Centre , Tang Hall
Friday – Acomb Methodist Church
What Would Your Baby Like To Say?
Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk; think of the delight we have when they learn to point, wave or blow a kiss! Encouraging your baby with extra signs like ‘milk’, ‘more’, ‘change nappy’ or ‘tired’ will help your baby communicate more easily. Developed with the help of Speech and Language professionals, Sing and Sign classes utilise music and songs, props and rhymes in fun sessions that makes learning to baby sign both easy and fun!
Summer 2022 classes, starting w/c April 25th, are now open to book. Our courses are designed over three developmental stages that broadly equate to:
Sing and Sign Babes – 0-6m (5 week course – £34)
Stage 1 – 6 – 13m (10 week course £68)
Stage 2 – 13 – 24m (10 week course £68)
All courses enjoy class WhatsApps and Online Resources, too!
Have twins? They attend two-for-one!
Summer Term 2022 – Timetable:
Monday – Wilberfoss Community Centre – All Stages
Tuesday – Huntington Community Centre – All Stages
Wednesday – Belfrey Hall (York CC) – All Stages
Thursday – The Poppleton Centre – All Stages
Friday – Acomb Methodist church – All Stages
Aren’t ready or can’t make a Stage 1 or Stage 2 venue course? Why not sign up to our streamed video course, Sing and Sign@Home, which you can enjoy 24/7 from the comfort of your own home?!
Swimming with Linzi is all about having fun in a safe environment whilst gaining water confidence and developing great stroke technique.
I am a small independent STA swim school; I live in Sheriff Hutton and I set up my swim school after training and teaching my own children to swim many years ago. I realised then that the whole goal to swimming success is fun!
I offer baby, toddler and pre-school lessons at Carr Junior School in Acomb, York, from 1 month old to 4 years from nurturing baby classes right through to stroke development: Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings from 9.30-12.00 pm. At this same location I also offer all abilities classes for 2-9 years, Sunday 1:00-5:00 pm.
I also run after school classes at Robert Wilkinson School, Strensall, York, for beginners through to more advanced, once again encouraging water confidence which leads to improved stroke technique: Monday , Tuesday and Wednesday3.30-6.30 pm.
I like to get to know all the children individually and adapt my teaching to suit every child. Your child will be enabled to happily progress at their own pace. All swimmers receive a STA certificate, as well as a woven badge, these 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 and being COVID safe.
I have over 15 years of swimming teaching experience and I am a fully qualified STA Swimming Instructor, STA baby and pre-school teacher. I hold a Level 3 STA Diploma in Aquatic Teaching for Baby and Pre-school, STA lifeguard certificate and have DBS clearance. I’ve also recently received STA COVID-19 Safety Officer Certificate.Do have a look at my facebook page for more info or get in touch.
The Little Gym York based in the new amazing York Community Stadium at Monks Cross is now open Tuesday to Sunday!
*Under 3’s membership can enjoy unlimited classes each week for no extra cost
We offer a 20% sibling discount if you have other children you wish to enrol!
Flexible block bookings are available for under 3’s .
Our non-competitive gymnastics programmes teach children that they don’t have to be the best, they just have to try their best! We provide children with a safe, clean, inspiring space to burn energy, build confidence, and develop key skills. We are now offering both beginner, intermediate and NEW advanced classes to 6-12 year olds!
As well as our seriously fun classes, we’re open for party bookings and Ofsted registered holiday camps too! If you’d like to secure your membership, or have any questions, reach out to us by email on the address below, or register your details here:
WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING SERIOUS FUN WITH YOU SOON!
Twice a week DIG – An Archaeological Adventure opens its doors to babies and toddlers to give them the chance to play in a safe, tactile environment that uses textures found in archaeology to introduce touch-based play.
Each week, at Tiny Diggers, is themed differently, so this is not a one-off experience and will introduce varied stimuli, from treasure hunts to messy play, created by our Early Years team to help develop fine motor skills and engage all the senses.
Sessions are available as a one-off booking or block booking on a Monday and Friday from 9am.
Birthday parties at DIG
If you’re looking for a birthday party with a difference then we might have the answer. AT DIG guests will get to make shields, eat a Viking feast in a long boat, and participate in a battle tactics workshop!
We encourage learning through play, so everyone will leave not only having a had a great time but also having learned about an important part of history.
For more details, including the timing of sessions, visit the website below!
Tiny Toes Music is all about you and your little one singing and making music together in a group setting and enjoying the many wonderful benefits to your wellbeing and your child’s development. All the music and singing at Tiny Toes Music is live, creative and fun, and studies show that participation in these activities improve your child’s development in so many wonderful ways e.g. mother-infant bond, emotional, social and physical wellbeing, language development, cognitive & sensory development etc. Please see the website for more details.
Thursday’s at The Gateway Centre in Acomb
Tiny Toes Music Classes: 10am & 11.30am
· Pre-booked places only
· Cost: £6 per session, to be paid online and in advance of a 4-week period
Please email Nicola for further information or book on the link below.
We’ll teach you to teach your little one to swim, from lesson one we’ll get your little one used to the sensation of water, developing their natural instincts and transforming these into core aquatic skills. Throughout our programme we use lots of song, games, toys and sensory activities suitable to each child’s stage of development, ensuring both you and your little one are having lots of fun whilst having precious time together and developing new skills. Swimming offers precious one to one time for you and your little one, whilst also offering the opportunity to meet lots of other parents and children in a relaxed and friendly environment.
By the end of our programme your little one will be swimming freely using different strokes and be able to keep themselves safe in and around water.
We work closely with Swim England, the governing body and we’ve woven their learn to swim framework through our programme. So you’ll be simply amazed at the progress your little one makes. And not only will they be able to swim independently and have learnt a skill for life – they will have grown in confidence too.
For further information, please contact us.
Wild Things Forest Babies for parents with babies and toddlers (up to 17 months)
Forest Babies run on Monday afternoons. It’s 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. A hot drink for adults is enjoyed near the end of the session, and most weeks we have a campfire snack.
Explorer Club – for children aged 18 months to 5 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.
Booking is essential and spaces are limited.
All sessions run in a wooded area, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue, YO23 1WF).
*Wild Things Forest School are also offering free activity ideas on their YouTube Channel. These activities can be done at home, in your yard or back garden. They will help to keep children connected with nature, enjoying springtime and learning new skills and vocabulary. There will be specific activities for children aged 18 months – 4 years & 5 years and upwards. New activities will be added throughout the week.
York Mother Nurture recognises that pregnancy, childbirth and becoming a mother are some of the most profound and meaningful experiences of adulthood and we are passionate about supporting and nurturing women, educating and empowering them to have a positive experience. As well as ‘hands-on’ services such as specialist pregnancy and postnatal massage, head, neck and shoulder massage and collaborations to offer maternity reflexology and baby and toddler relaxology we offer online emotional and practical support and signposting, workshops and self-care advice. Once Covid 19 restrictions are lifted we will also be re-offering our ‘Honouring Motherhood’ days and day retreats.
Michaela Scott who set up York Mother Nurture has been a Medical Herbalist for 12 years and a massage therapist for over 20 years. She has specialist training in pregnancy massage and is a birth doula.
T: 07801 071641 (Michaela)
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As a local independent business, York Stage School offers weekly Acting, Singing, Musical Theatre and Dance classes to its students from our studios at Theatre@41, Monkgate.
Led by Principal teacher and founder, Nik Briggs, our team of tutors are all professionally trained and continue to work within the industry, meaning the training your child receives is up to date, relevant and of the highest standards. Alongside our renowned two hour Stage School classes we also offer LAMDA, Jazz, Ballet and Tap dance classes for ages 7+
YORKIE PUDS (AGES 0 – 3 YEARS)
Led by York Stage School tutor, Danielle, our structured and theme varying baby and toddler classes will immerse our youngest stars in a world of positive creativity that will help them develop the skills they need to truly rise.
Our Yorkie Puds classes run weekly within terms:
Baby : Tuesdays 11.15am – 12.00pm and Fridays 1.15pm – 2.00pm
Toddler: Tuesdays 1.00pm – 2.00pm and Fridays 11.00am – 12.00pm
As part of our Yorkie Puds classes, tea and coffee is included and available at the end of the class so parents and guardians are able to chat and meet new like-minded people over a brew.
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 – St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate
Tuesday 11.00 – St Olave’s Church Hall, Marygate
Thursday 10.00 – Online, via Zoom
York Swimming Academy is one of York’s leading swimming lesson providers and is dedicated to delivering high quality swimming lessons for great value.
Children can start in our ‘Discovery Ducklings’ Classes from new-born. Whilst those children aged 4yrs and over can begin in our first of seven progressive stages.
We implement Swim England’s Learn to Swim Framework, an all-inclusive programme designed to take the non-swimmer from his or her first splash to full competence in the pool. The framework has clear progressions between each stage and children are awarded a variety of certificates on their journey to becoming fully competent.
Our teachers are Swim England (ASA) qualified, and classes are limited to 8 children per class. Our beginner classes have 2 teachers, teaching from inside the water.
Spaces are available now for an immediate start!
New Earswick Swimming Pool:
Monday 13:00 – 14:30 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Wednesday 09:15 – 10:15 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Thursday 16:00 – 18:00
Friday 15:30 – 16:00 (Pre-School Lessons 0-4yr)
Friday 16:00 – 16:30
Saturday 15:00 – 18:30
Sunday 10:00 – 11:30
Sunday 15:30 – 16:30
Stamford Bridge Swimming Pool:
Sunday 09:00 – 12:00
Carr Junior School:
Sunday 08:30 – 12:00
The Mount School:
Wednesday 18:00 – 19:30
Queen Margaret’s School, Escrick:
Tuesday 17:00 – 18.30
Friday 17:00 – 19:00
Saturday 9:00 – 10:30
Baby not sleeping? Colicky? Want to bond better with your baby? Meet other mums? Try Baby Massage… Join Irene who has been teaching for 12 years.
Tuesdays and now Wednesdays 1030 -1130 am in Haxby. £50 for 5 weeks & £8 for trial.
Suitable: Newborns to pre-crawling. Includes massage oil, instruction sheets, certificates & cake.
Will travel to you for private 1-1 Tuition or for 4 mums +.
I am a qualified pre and post-natal coach; currently running postnatal classes.
I also offer 1-2-1 & small group coaching, and online programming
Kids’ Club Saturdays, film at 11.15, activities from 10.30
Autism-Friendly screenings – third Sunday of the month, 11.15
Big Scream for parents/ guardians with babies under one – Wednesdays, 11.00
Toddler Time 30 minutes of favourites for pre-schoolers and their parents/carers – every other Friday, 11.30
Coney Street, York YO1 9QL
A place for new mums to learn, laugh and connect in a meaningful way. Weekly mum and baby (0-12months) classes offer new mums a unique opportunity to learn from local experts, sample products, take part in taster session and socialise with other mums at the same stage. In a fun, low pressure, inclusive environment.
Because parents deserve fun too!
Every Wednesday 10-11am
£1 coffee or 25% off drinks!
12a Church Street
Call 07539001242 for more details
Ready Steady Mums is a weekly walking group which meets on Thursdays at 10am by the bottom of millenium bridge for a walk by the river followed by a coffee in cycle heaven cafe. A friendly group and a great way to meet local mums and babies. All welcome!
Find us on facebook ‘York Ready Steady Mums’
Calling busy mums looking to improve their health, wellbeing and get fitter. We offer small, more personal Mummy Fitness and Post natal Pilates classes every Monday. Tuesday and Friday 11.15-12.00pm. 45 minute classes where you bring your baby classes especially for mums and their little ones. Taught by post natal specialists Lucy and Katie you will work hard, have a great workout and your little one will enjoy being in a fun environment around other children. Pay as you go or a lol they pass available.
Mention Mumbler for your first session free of our Mum & Baby/Toddler Sessions.
5 Devonshire Court, York, YO24 3HD
T: 07874 872722 (Lucy)
Baby Massage (Tuesday and Friday) courses are offered in the comfort of your own home or within hired venues. Covers Thirsk, Easingwold, York and surrounding villages.
Music and Movement (Monday and Wednesday 10:15 – 11:00 or 11:15 – 12:00) classes are for under 5s. The activities are aimed at 12 months+ but teeny tiny stompers are always welcome too. £6.50 per child. Twiggy’s Play, Unit 2, Concept Business Park, Allendale Road, Thirsk, YO7 3NY
T: 07739 960910