Bingley Mums would like to welcome a brand new site sponsor – Hands on Babies – who have several classes in the local area.
If you are looking for a baby massage or yoga class where your baby gets fluffy white towels each week and you get to meet new friends with coffee and delicious cake then this is for you!
Hannah, who runs Hands on Babies says, “As a relatively new mum I know how important it is to find a class that really understands and supports the bonding between the parent
and baby and also provides something for Mum and or Dad too. After the class I encourage parents to stay for as long as they like, to have a drink eat some delicious cake and have a chat. The Hands on Babies Baby Massage and Yoga classes provide the ideal opportunity to meet new friends and share your own personal experience in a friendly environment.
The style of Yoga that I teach is based on Hatha yoga – the union of balance of the body and mind and incorporates massage, soft stretching and gentle movements to make it appropriate for babies, ensuring a fun and rewarding experience for both the carer and the baby.”
Hands on Babies is accredited by the Royal Collage of Midwives and Hannah is a
fully certified Hands on Baby Massage and Yoga instructor. If you are a
parent of twins or more then you will only pay for one baby.
Monday – Oak Glen Surgery Eldwick – Baby Massage – 1.30pm Wednesday – East Morton Institute – Baby Yoga – 11.00am Friday – Oak Glen Surgery Eldwick – Baby Yoga 12.30pm
If you would like more information on pricing then please contact Hannah
on 07896053823 or find her on Facebook – Hannah Hands on Babies.
“Bumble Tots classes will be starting on Thursday 19th January. The first session will be pay on the day and following this, I will be taking bookings for a block of 6 classes. As a Welcome to Bumble Tots however, the first block will be 6 classes for the price of 5. If you would like to come to the first class on the 19th, please message me via the Bumble Tots Facebook page. I’ve had a lot of interest in the classes so please book your place as soon as possible.”
We’ve been to many classes and groups over the years, but I have to say that babyballet® is one of my favourites. Many years ago, we used to attend classes with Miss Brianne at Jimmy Gs in Saltaire, and I love the structure of the classes and how interactive they are. So I was pretty pleased to hear that classes are starting up again in Bingley with Miss Heather, and we attended today. Miss Heather has a strong background in dance and is great with little ones – she gets that they sometimes want to run around, and the setting is ideal for that too!
The class times are:-
9:15 – 18 months to 3 years. £4.75
10am – 3 years+ £4.75
10:45 – 6 months to 18 months. £4
The classes are 35 minutes long and take place at St Wilfreds Church Hall in Gilstead. There is on road parking.
We went along today and there is plenty to keep little ones occupied including bubbles, teddy bears, instruments, dance moves and great songs. Unfortunately my little girl spent the session running round like a lunatic so I was unable to get many good photos!
Heather says, “babyballet® is running award winning classes across Bradford North, why not book a trial and come and join in the magic?
With a real focus on learning through play, the unique babyballet® syllabus offers four key stages of ballet and tap classes where every child can build their confidence and social skills, learning manners, discipline and respect while developing their basic ballet technique, coordination, musicality, balance, posture and rhythm.”
Bumps and Beyond! We are a brand new friendly baby group whose aim is to help you with all those questions you have as a new parent such as how should my baby develop? when should I wean them? Are they getting enough sleep?
Marion and I are both experienced Health Visitors who want to support families at this exciting time.
We would like to invite both new and expectant parents to a free introductory session to tell you what we are all about!
The group will take place on Monday 18th July at 1:30- 2:30pm at Holy Trinity Church, Bingley (located behind Trinity and All Saints Primary School).
We look forward to seeing you all there, refreshments will be provided!
Please get in touch if you would like more information by facebook or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
I’ve been to a fair few baby classes in my time – in fact I think I have tried everything! Baby massage, baby yoga, swimming classes, baby ballet, music bugs, rhythmtime, the lot! You name it, I’ve tried it! But I think the ONE thing I have never tried with my baby or toddler is baby signing. A few months ago, I noticed one of my facebook friends comment that her 8 month old had learn the sign for “milk”, which I thought was quite impressive. Clearly as a mother of older children I am keen to delay the ability of my children to make demands on me – though even I can see that a child asking for something with a sign is a lot more preferable than crying and performing what is known in our house as the “screaming ab dabs”. So I thought I would give it a try with local group Tiny Signers!
Tiny Signers say. “Babies quickly learn to clap, wave and point out things. They naturally use gestures. Introducing them to specific signs (hand movements) you are naturally building on this ability and give them the capacity to communicate with you, well before they are able to speak. Babies can coordinate the muscles to make signs long before they can coordinate the muscles to speak.”
I was kindly invited along to a free trial session by local baby signing franchise “Tiny Signers”. This is on a Thursday in Bingley Methodist Church on Herbert Street, and there are two sessions. I attended the 12:45 session which still has spaces, but I understand there is an earlier session which is full but has a waiting list. As well as the sessions in Bingley there are also other sessions locally including Baildon on Monday 2-3pm at St Hugh’s Centre; Saltaire on Tuesdays 10am at Saltaire Methodist Church; Keighley on Wednesdays 10am at Strong Close Children’s Centre. Please book in advance if you wish to attend as there aren’t always spaces. (see bottom of this blog post for more details).
Tiny Signers use BSL and have loads of songs and interactive activities including a puppet called Sam to really bring the signs to life. Each session means a new sign/signs to learn and they go along with a song to help everyone remember them. The children at the session I went to were all between about 7 and 12 months and seemed mainly preoccupied with putting things in their mouths (don’t they all) but seemed to enjoy watching their Mummies sign and sing. I think my little girl (who is nearly 5 months) was a bit young as she was unable to sit up unaided, and so I had to hold her up and was therefore unable to sign! However if I had brought a blanket or mat or something she could have lay on the floor and watched me sign and sing along (Tiny Signers recommend bringing babies along from 6 months of age). Handouts are also given to support learning and to help parents practise the signs with their children at home.
The classes are £5 per session which I think is really good value, especially as this includes up to 3 children – you get a cup of tea and a biscuit as well – considering the quality of the toys and props and the length of the class. I took some pictures which you can see below (permission was given).
Please note if you want to attend a session as mentioned above you must book in advance to ensure there are spaces. However if you just want to try it out, there is a drop in session in Saltaire on TUESDAY 9.45-10.45 a.m at Saltaire Methodist Church, Saltaire Road, Shipley, BD18 3HJ
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.