Caroline and Nicki are qualified speech and language therapists (members of royal college of SLTs (RCSLT) and HCPC) and each have 16 years of experience. They are highly specialist speech and language therapists within their specialism of pre-school learning difficulties with particular experience with autism. They have experience working in schools and nurseries with other providers.
Caroline and Nicki said, “Our idea around ‘Seedlings’ is that we would like to be able to provide some more affordable, local therapy for families around Bradford.“
Blocks of 5-6 sessions with some commitment from parents to attend the block.
Free first sessions to all the families attending.
Caroline and Nicki aim to get to know the child from discussion with parents (and through the group) and any other assessment reports available to be able to quickly provide appropriate therapy and strategies for that child.
The group consists of 6 sessions.
The sessions are informal and consist of roughly 1/2 hr free play/chat and 1/2 structured sessions.
Homework sheets and a ‘what works sheet’ are provided at the end the block.
£12 per session, or if pay upfront for a block then £10 a session.
WHERE IS IT?
Baildon Methodist Church.
WHEN IS IT?
Every Friday – 1pm.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Caroline and Nicki are focusing on pre-school but could open up to Reception if enough parents were interested to run one out of school hours.
Like many parents in Bingley, my two sons have been having lessons with Swim Stars for many many years. To be honest, it’s the one thing I don’t mind spending money on – swimming lessons really are a right of childhood, and there was no way I was going to wait until my children were in year 5. Having accompanied many year 5 classes myself to swimming lessons as a teacher, I always felt sorry for the children floundering in the water because their parents weren’t able to have them attend lessons from an earlier age (I’m not judging – some people I guess genuinely can’t afford it).
Aside from the embarrassment factor of not being able to swim, swimming is clearly really good for us all for a variety of reasons – health, fitness, that feel good factor as well as simple survival if the need ever arose! Although I learned to swim as a child, I’m still not really a strong swimmer, and I know if my children got into trouble in the water I would probably struggle to rescue them safely. Another good reason for them to learn to swim to a good standard! We chose Swim Stars because of its good reputation locally, and also due to the simple fact that it was our nearest provider. We did try the council run lessons for a while, but I didn’t think that the boys were making any progress due to the large class sizes so we moved – a good decision!
So a little bit of info about Swim Stars…
“The Swim Stars story started in 2000 when we were known as ‘C.A swim school’ we started with just 5 swimmers, and have gone from strength to strength, we now have over 800 pupils across our 3 pools…..and we are still growing!
We pride ourselves on having some of the best teachers in the area, who are devoted to giving all our swimmers personal attention whilst developing excellent relationships with both children and parents.
From the first lessons as a beginner where time is spent encouraging confidence in the water, to mastering the perfect stroke with our more experienced swimmers- we aim to make each lesson as fun and rewarding as possible.
Our lessons are carried out with no more than 6 pupils per lesson. (4 at our Hazelbeck and Cragg Vale pools) with water based instructors at all pools. Private 1:1 lessons are also available as well as adult lessons on request.”
It’s worth knowing that lessons also take place at Bingley Grammar school if you prefer. The pool at Hazelbeck is a hydro pool which means it is quite a warm pool and atmosphere – great for the swimmers but worth knowing for parents as you’ll need to wear a thin t shirt during the session for sure!
My boys both started at Swim Stars being unable to swim at all – my second son particularly has made really good progress and even though he’s only 5 (Swim Stars take children from 2.5 years old though), he can swim a length under water unaided and is really water confident. My older son has struggled a bit more (it’s just the way he is!) but under the guidance of Louise, he has really focused down to learning his strokes properly to make him a more effective swimmer. As well as teaching children the correct swimming techniques – children also get to have some free swim and jumping in at the end. Though the lessons themselves are “fun” based – unlike the lessons we as parents perhaps remember as children ourselves! The groups are really small – usually around 4 in each group, so each child gets personal attention from the instructors, and they are taught according to their own ability, rather than the ability of others in the group – although the groups are put together according to age and ability.
The instructors are really “child friendly” though know when to be strict when it’s appropriate – to ensure that the children make progress. The lessons seem to build on the children’s skills each week so that children clearly progress through a range of skills and strokes. There are badges and certificates when children achieve certain things which I think is a nice motivation!
My boys both really enjoy their lessons and have really bonded with their instructors – which is really cute to see! They really look forward to their lessons and as a parent I get a real sense of satisfaction from knowing that we’ve provided something for them that is going to last a lifetime.
Swim Stars also run crash courses during the holidays which we’ve attended a few times. With this, children attend each morning for a week – I have to say that the progress during that week is incredible, which just goes to show how important regular swimming is.
Lesson places are now currently available, and if you’re not signed up already, I really urge you to think about it. If you just pay for one thing for your child – this should be it.
Bingley Dance Studio is owned and run by Maureen Carr who has been a qualified teacher for over 20 years. Maureen is a member of the United Kingdom Alliance of Dance Teachers and is fully qualified to teach:
Ballroom, Latin American, Disco, Hip Hop/Street, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cheerleading, Salsa, Line Dancing, Keep Fit and Hula Hoop Fitness , Belly Dancing and Hula Hooping. Maureen is also an Championship adjudicator for Freestyle Championship competitions.
6:15 – 7:00 pm – Advanced Freestyle (Over 14)
8:00 – 9:15pm – Line Dancing – All Levels
5:15 – 6:10pm – Show Dance (Under 16’s)
4.45 – 6.55pm – Competitive Freestyle Practice (All)
7:00 – 7:55pm – Pop Dance (8 – 16 years)
9:15 – 10:10am – Pop Dance Beginners (Under 12s)
10.20 – 11:10am – Tiny Tots (3 – 6 years)
If you have any queries or would like any further information on anything you have seen, please call the studio on 01274 560070. If you are unable to speak to anyone, please leave your message, name and number and we will call you back as soon as possible.
Bingley Dance Stuio, The Old Library, Main Street, Bingley, BD16 2HT
We meet on Tuesday Evenings from 6.00 – 7.30 in the parish hall in Cottingley.
We start the New Year off by attending Church Parade at Bingley. This term we are preparing for Pack Adventure which is being held at Harrogate. The theme is “Willy Wonka and Friends”. We are all excited by the thoughts of lots of sweets and chocolate!
Rainbows: Our Rainbow Unit is now up and running. The Leaders and girls had a great time preparing for Christmas, and this term they will be taking part in their first Church Parade with their new flag. They will also all be preparing to make their Promise, which will be followed with a party and the official opening of the unit. Exciting times.
Guides: It is hoped that we will be opening a new Guide Unit very soon. Girls will be aged 10 – 15 if you are interested in joining or helping out in the unit please contact Sheila Cotterill on 561076.
What do Brownies do?
Badges, Arts, Crafts, Sports, Drama, Singing, Baking, Dancing and lots more. But the most fun of all is that we go away with our Leaders on Brownie Adventure where we get to do lots of activities, such as Grass Sledging, Water Slide and Treasure Trails.
Our Leaders are Snowy Owl (Sheila Cotterill), Barn Owl (Veronica Snowden) Tawny Owl (Angela Ackroyd), White Owl (Barbara Deegan) and Laura Winnery who is our Young Leader.
For further information or to place your daughters name on the Brownie waiting list please contact Sheila on 561076. Thank you.
All information regarding signing up to Bingley Juniors FC can be found by clicking here.
Under 5s Training for the High 5’s takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am in the Sports Hall at Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School or outside on the Astro so bring both trainers and other suitable boots for astroturf. Just bring your child down suitably dressed (wearing shinpads) with a drink.
Under 6s Training for the U6 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am on the 4G astroturf surface or in the sports hall at Beckfoot & Hazelbeck School so bring both trainers and other suitable boots for astroturf. Just bring your child down suitable dressed (wearing shinpads) with a drink.
Under 7s Training for the U7 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 9am – 10am on the 4G astroturf surface at Beckfoot School.
Under 8s Currently full
Under 9s Training for the U9 age group takes place every Saturday morning from 10am – 11am on the 4G astroturf surface at Beckfoot School.
What could be better than swimming with your baby. Life saving skill? Check! Healthy and good for you both? Check! Fun and exciting? Check! Bonding activity? Check! And much more besides. It’s tempting when you first have a baby to sign up to as many groups as possible just to get you out of the house, though you do have to stop yourself over committing and then becoming exhausted. However swimming with your baby really is one of those activities that is mega important, and more to the point, it tires baby out so they have a nice long snooze…zzzzz…
Here are Bingley Mums, we are delighted to be working with Water Babies who have offered to be another one of our generous sponsors. Here’s a little bit more information about them (nearest classes to Bingley are at Hazelbeck (Beckfoot School) on Wednesdays, Saturdays and Sundays.)
Water Babies, the UK’s leading specialist baby swim school, has now opened its waiting list for new beginners for its winter term, starting week commencing 16 November and running for 10 weeks.
At Water Babies, we’re extremely proud of our world class teachers, the only ones with a national diploma in baby swimming. Together, we’ll teach you to teach your baby to swim, building your little one’s confidence and independence in the water and ensuring that safety around water becomes second nature.
Swimming is one of the most complete and beneficial activities, and with NHS guidelines stating that infants don’t have to have had their immunisations before they go swimming (even underwater), it’s one of the few things parents can do with a baby literally from birth as we swim in extra warm water hydro therapy pools. And not only is it fantastic for your baby’s health and development, it’s also a huge amount of fun.
Water Babies classes are available across the Yorkshire area 7 days a week in:
Please note your baby must be under 12 months old to start beginners classes with us. For more information, please contact Water Babies Yorkshire (Central) on 01943 862802, email: email@example.com or visit www.waterbabies.co.uk.
Try a free session of Teeny Linguists Fun French and Spanish classes for babies and little ones!
These classes are full of music, laughter and engaging sensory aids. Join in the fun as we sing and play our way through language learning. Before you know it your little one will be happily singing the words we’ve learnt as they play at home and you’ll be bursting with pride at your little linguist.
When and where:
Fridays 10am (Spanish) / 10.45am (French)
@ The Bingley Youth Café, based under Bingley Pool, Bingley, West Yorkshire, BD16 2LF
Contact Michaela on 07729461163 for more details.
Here are some lovely quotes from happy parents!
Rana, Mum of Maya (3 1/2), Keighley – “The sessions with Michaela don’t feel like a language lesson, they’re more about learning through play, and the interactive experience. She uses props really well to engage the children, and there’s a different theme each week with cards to take home to help you refresh what they have learnt. Michaela is so lovely, it feels like I’ve known her forever! Maya has really taken to her too, and gets so excited when it’s time for a session. It’s been amazing to see how well she remembers the words, and we both have a wonderful time”
Claire, Aunt of Ruby (18 months), East Morton – “I’ve been taking my niece to Spanish classes with Michaela, and also have private adult sessions with her too. What’s lovely for the children’s classes, is how she incorporates Spanish with games and learning activities, so it’s varied, interactive and fun. Michaela is really friendly and approachable, and interacts with the kids on their level to get them involved. It’s clear that she really loves what she does, and always goes over and above. The big benefit for Ruby has been the social aspect with huge amounts of learning whilst having fun!“
Jacqui, nanna of Alexander – “Michaela’s enthusiasm for languages shines through her every class. She puts a great deal of time and effort into her preparation and resources which are always relevant and age appropriate. Each class is fun as well as educational with plenty of opportunity for repetition and reinforcement. I would highly recommend her classes!”
Pony club is the largest association of riders in the world. As a pony club centre we offer the opportunity for children without their own ponies to progress their riding and stable management skills. Members work to achieve their pony club badges through rallies, weekly sessions and holiday activity days. For more info and booking click here.
Taking your child swimming is probably one of the best skills for life you can teach. Not only is it a potential life saving skill, it’s fun, healthy and enjoyable! Here is a list of swimming schools in the Bingley area.
Offers classes at Bingley Grammar School and Beckfoot School through the week. Prices start at £28 per month. Children can attend from the age 2 1/2 – 3 upwards and lessons last between half an hour and and forty five minutes. Call 01274 560570 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Lessons are offered at most council run swimming pools though there is usually a waiting list. If you would like further information, please call 01274 438786 or contact by email on email@example.com
Classes are held at St Bedes Grammar School or Bradford Grammar School.
“All our swimming lessons in the Bradford area are run either after school between 4:30 PM and 7 PM on Saturday between 9 AM and 5 PM. All lessons are 30 minutes long, with a maximum of four children per group and your instructor teaching in the water.
In addition to the above weekly lessons, and times. We also run intensive courses during the holiday periods.
Which will start on February 16th – 20th. Sessions available between 4:30 PM and 7 PM.”
Email – Info@splash-academy.co.uk or call 07890 854408.
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