Virtual classes and groups York

Virtual Educational Classes

If you are doing an online class then please let us know about it by contacting and we’ll get you listed here too.

Lockdowns have been such a challenge for families, but we are here to help!

Our fun nature-based educational resources and kits will inspire young minds, create and develop passions, and provide good family fun!

At Catkin & co we create Forest School inspired resources, crafts, and imaginative play packs to help foster a lifelong love of nature. We help you unlock the secrets to the world waiting for you outside your door. We provide the tools to help encourage children and their families to explore, discover, and be amazed every single day.  Our collection includes a range of discovery cards to take out on walks to see what you can spot. Including Birds, Leaf identification, Animal Tracking, Minibeast Hunts, Fungi finding, and more. Our kits have activities to accompany the cards including Bird Feeding Kits, along with things such as Beeswax Candle and Wrap making.

We are passionate about nurturing a love of nature in children. It’s important to us that our items are eco-friendly and natural materials used. We are ourselves parents, educators, and nature lovers – all products are tried and tested by our own Woodland Warriors.  Our cards and kits are suitable for a range of ages from 2-16, and we can also supply nurseries/schools and Forest Schools, and offer wholesale. Please drop us a line to find out more

There is so much joy to be had from Nature’s treasure hunts and an understanding of the world around us – join us in unlocking the secrets of the natural world and discovering something new and amazing each day!
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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+)
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Are you looking for a class which is fun, upbeat and action-packed? Are you keen to give your child a good foundation in early literacy skills? Would you like to join a class that you can enjoy together with your child, whilst learning about phonics at the same time, and discover lots of ideas for ways that you can support them at home?

Come along to award-winning 45-minute classes aimed at toddlers and pre-schoolers between 1-4 years, which are delivered by an experienced teacher and are based on the Early Years Curriculum.

Weekly sessions gently introduce letter sounds, whilst also focusing on developing confidence, turn-taking and listening skills. Classes help children develop an early interest in sounds without even realising, as they are too busy playing and having fun! This is the perfect class to help boost your child’s confidence, whilst compliment what they learn at preschool and prepare them for big school.

Come and groove on down to our dough-disco, shake your pom-poms and meet our mascot Robot Reg who shows children how to use his arms to orally blend and segment the sounds for reading and spelling!

MINIs sessions (1 – 2.5 year olds) are play-based sessions that help to develop speech & language skills and early vocabulary through short activities and role-playing, including nursery rhymes.
PRE-SCHOOLER sessions (2.5 – 4 year olds) include sound recognition and oral blending & segmenting, which are foundations for learning to read. This is through fast-paced, fun games and activities which encourage listening for sounds.

Monday afternoon @ Wigginton
Tuesday morning @ Clifton Moor
Thursday mornings @ Wigginton
Friday mornings @ Copmanthorpe

ONLINE CLASSES: Preschool and Mini class on Tuesday afternoons

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Free, bite-size, ‘learning through laughter, rhythm and rhyme’ nature videos filmed in York. Each video features an ‘edu-taining’ poem for children to join in with, and perform themselves if they fancy.

The poems are written and performed by York Culture Award-winning poet and performer, Anneliese Emmans Dean of theBigBuzz.

These videos support language development, knowledge about and enjoyment of local nature – and giggling.

Find these ‘Lockdown Nature’ videos, and related resources at the website below.
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Wild Things Forest School is offering free activity ideas on their new 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.

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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

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Free Daily Activities for Children Aged 3-5 Years Linked to the Early Years Foundation Stage Curriculum

EYFSHome offers meaningful learning activities to young children minimising the disruption to education during the Covid-19 pandemic. We provide a free daily programme of organised, accessible, and engaging activities. Working with celebrities, authors, and teachers, our scheduled content is quality assured aiming to alleviate pressure, rebuild hope and uplift communities.

T: 07914399612

French and Spanish classes for children

Children learn phrases and vocabulary useful for visits abroad through songs, rhymes, role-play, games and question and answers.  Visually appealing resources.


  • In person classes for ages 3.5 to 8 (Saturdays 9:00 and 10:15)
  • Zoom classes weekdays after school


  • Zoom only classes for ages 5 – 12
  • Individual or small group classes Saturdays or weekday evenings.

T:  07807 051788  French – Pierrine

T:  07729 871033  Spanish – Rachel


Fun, interactive & multi-sensory French classes for children – combining songs, games, stories & let’s pretend.

Toddler & Preschool French (1-4yrs) – Tues 9.45-10.15am at Rowntree Park Reading Cafe

Online French classes:
Reception & Key Stage 1 (4-7yrs) – Mon 4.15-4.45pm
Key Stage 2 (8-11yrs) – Mon 5.00-5.30pm
Home Education (5-10yrs) – Tues 10.00-10.30am

T: 07815 765989 (Helen Westerby)

Sally Wainwright Maths Tutoring

Online tutoring all subjects to year 6 and maths to GCSE. I am a qualified primary school teacher with several years experience tutoring maths to GCSE. I am a qualified SENCO and particularly enjoy helping children and young people who are struggling for whatever reason.

Sessions are £20 for around an hour. Look up my page Maths Help for Everyone to ask for advice on particular mathematical problems, usually free of charge.
DBS check and child protection training current.

T: 07764614289