Pre-school groups and classes re-opening in York April 2021
Many baby & pre-school classes are able to start again on Monday 12th April, some outside even before that – Woo hoo! We’ve got a selection of some of York’s best ones here. Please contact the providers directly for more information and to book in to any of these classes.
Alison Goodwin Yoga
Hi! I’m Alison. As well as pregnancy classes, I offer supportive post-natal classes for you and baby, in person from 12th April for the supportive community you need in that precious first year. Don’t tell the others but these are my favourite classes…! I set them up 14 years ago after finishing my mat leave with my first baby. I’d had a tough year and found it hard to find spaces where it felt ok to talk about how I was feeling. In my classes we have circle time to celebrate the highs – first smile, roll, tooth – and hold you gently through the sleepless nights and worries about getting it “right”. We affirm you as a fabulous parent who knows what’s best for your baby and encourage you to trust your own instincts and find your own way. Oh, and we do a bit of yoga – pelvic floor, tummy, upper back and shoulders, and of course we relaaaaax, getting you relaxed is often the best way to settle an upset baby and it’s great for both of you. I also offer Soul Birth debriefing if your birth wasn’t all you hoped for – look out for my blog soon on MUMbler.
Baby Sensory is preparing to reopen our amazing, fun classes for babies from birth to 13 months in April! We have classes running on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays across York. Each week we have a different theme with new things for our babies to explore and experience. There is a vast range of activities from light shows, to music-making, to texture exploration, and much, much more to help support your baby’s development. Our classes are all socially distanced and COVID-secure. We take your safety very seriously and ensure the highest standards of cleanliness.
‘Hello Baby’, our newest programme for babies from birth to 3 months, will be launching soon too!! Exciting time to join in the fun!
CRAFTY TALES is a weekly crafting and storytelling session run by professional theatre makers; Cassie and Janet of Story Craft Theatre. Each class is designed around a popular picture book with interactive and imaginative play.Watch your little one’s confidence, language and social skills grow, week by week, as they discover a wider world through story.
Thursday 9.15 and 10.30 at Rowntree Park Friday and Saturday 10am via Zoom.
Tiny Diggers resumes – archaeology-themed meet-up and play!
After months of lockdown, parents all over York will be raring to get out and meet other people again – and Tiny Diggers, run at DIG: An Archaeological Adventure in St Saviourgate, is opening on 12 April for four weeks of sensory play fun for 0-4 year olds.
Three sessions will run Monday to Friday – a 9am session for babies (anyone pre-walking) and 10.30am and 12 noon sessions for toddlers who have now found their feet! Sessions are £5 per child (an accompanying adult goes free), booked in blocks of four, with tea, coffee and biscuits available for parents as their young ones play. Parents can mix and match days and sessions according to what suits their needs. Each hour-long session gives children a chance to play in a safe, tactile environment which uses textures found in archaeology to introduce touch-based play.
** Sing into Spring with Music & Movement in the Great Outdoors! ** 5 week themes: Apr 12 – May 21 (No classes Apr 19-23) Pre-booking and pre-payment essential as numbers limited. FIVE Covid Secure Locations – Rowntree Park, West Bank Park, Homestead Park, Museum Gardens, Cath’s Garden
Each 5 week 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 £40. **If space allows, single introductory class for newcomers. (£5)**
Contact Cath to book your place and for site specific information. Cath Smithson – Licensed Kindermusik Educator & York Primary Teacher
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!
You can join us on Thursdays starting from April 22nd 2021 at the Tang Hall Community Centre. Baby Moo (new-born to pre-walkers) from 10:15 to 11:00 Mixed Moo (all ages) from 11:15 to 12:00 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.
After such a strange 2020 we are delighted and fully prepared to recommence our face to face My Baby Can Dance/ Newborn Can Dance classes as soon as the Government allow such groups to start up.
Full COVID 19 Risk Assessments have been carried out and reviewed for our venues and until all restrictions are lifted social distancing will continue to be adhered to and there will be individual freshly sanitised kit bags for all class attendees.
It has been wonderful seeing the babies and children continue to develop via Zoom sessions but nothing beats face to face contact.
Sam and Robot Reg are very excited to announce that weekly phonics sessions are returning to venues in April from Covid-safe venues around York, including a few new classes. These fully risk-assessed sessions are resuming again, which aim to boost health and well-being whilst having lots of phonics fun! .
Now is the perfect time to come along to a class, either to help encourage speech, language and vocabulary in the Minis class(1-2.5 years) or to boost confidence with early literacy skills and encourage a love of sounds in preparation for school in the Preschool Class (2.5-4 years).
Classes are very limited in numbers with many classes fully booked already! Please add your name to the waiting list as new classes may be added soon. Contact Sam for more information or read the featured listing for venues and dates.
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.
Our classes are still the Puddle Ducks classes our customers know and love but with some temporary changes to keep everyone safe. We have put together some FAQs to answer the questions we think you may have at this time.
Last few spaces available, book now online to avoid disappointment.
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Pure Swim are ready to jump back in the pool and reopen our fabulous gentle, sensory and child centred swimming lessons.
With our baby classes we gently encourage a love of water throughout the different stages of development. Our classes also offer a great emotional and social benefit for you too, especially in recent times with babies born in lockdown.
For our toddler and preschool children, we love to create fun and progressive lessons to feed your little one’s curiosity while learning to become independent in the water. We also teach no parent in the pool classes, on a weekend, for older children and these are small group and take each child as an individual going at their own pace.
Our Lesson start at Novotel on Mondays/Wednesdays/Fridays at the end of April. We also teach at Archbishop’s School on a Saturday pm and Sunday am
Rugbytots is set open its doors across the region from 5th April. For more details on locations, availability , times and to book a class just follow this link
Our fun, structured play sessions with engaging and energetic coaches support the children every step of the way whilst teaching them how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
Our motto is simple; “make it more fun”. We do this by delivering our specifically designed programme for each age group with energy, enthusiasm and excitement. This creates an atmosphere in the class that is totally unique and engaging for parents and children alike.
From April 19th Sing and Sign, York, is DELIGHTED to be returning to venues as well as offering all our courses via Zoom, too. If you have yet to venture out with your baby, this April will be the perfect time (as the sun begins to shine!) to join one of our small, friendly classes. Working to understand the thoughts and wants of our babies, and helping them to communicate as we introduce them to a wider world has never been more important and baby signing can certainly help with that, enjoying lots of fun, music and songs along the way!
Tiny Toes Music will be back singing and making music on Thursday, April 15th at The Gateway Centre in Acomb. Classes at 10am & 11.30am.
INTRODUCING! Teeny Tiny Toes Music is a brand-new music class for newborn to pre-mobile babies. This promises to be a delightful group for both babies and new parents. Thursday class at 2pm.
The joy of live music and singing does wonders for our emotional, social and physical wellbeing, as well as helping little ones in their development of language and listening skills, social skills and confidence.
And all the above will happen whilst connecting once again with our wider community!
We are very excited to be able to reopen our classes from the week of the 12th April.
Classes are significantly smaller than usual to encourage the toddlers to get used to being back to classes without it being too intimidating, after so long of not being in classes. All families will receive individual prop baskets. Social Distancing and masks will be required by all adults in all our classes to respect the current government guidelines. We have missed you all and can’t wait to welcome new and existing families back with open arms to come and join the Toddler Sense fun. Last few spaces available, so book now to avoid siappointment.
The Little Gym York will open on April 12th! Spaces in classes are now available to be booked. Parties can also be booked from Saturday 17th April. Parents are advised to book swiftly to avoid disappointment. The Little Gym York is offering a discounted membership for families that join before 12th April. Sibling discounts are also available! Further information on their opening offer can be found HERE
Come and immerse yourself & 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.
This group runs on Mondays, 1.15-2.15pm, starting 12th April. During the session there are lots of nature based play opportunities and a hot drink for parents to enjoy around the campfire.
Sessions run in a wooded area, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue, YO23 1WF).