Babies 2 months - 16 months
Tuesdays 12.45 - 1.45
(Now FULL for summer term, complete form to be added to the waitlist)
The baby class provides a calm, safe space for your baby to explore freely and at their own pace. Unlike traditional baby classes, this class is not adult instructed. Instead I use my training and knowledge to carefully prepare the classroom to meet the developmental needs of your baby, and share tailored information with you about how you can help your baby both in the class and at home. Babies can join this class as young as 2 months old and stay up until 14/16 months or when they are walking confidently and ready for the toddler class. Classes limited to 6-8 babies (plus 1 parent per baby to keep the group small).
Structure: arrival, removal of coats/shoes, free exploration of the activities, (own) snack for weaning babies if you choose, sing-song and goodbyes.
Please bring: comfy clothes that your baby can move freely in and get messy in, also a change of clothes is helpful. A snack for weaning babies if you choose.
Your baby wants to move! The room and activities are prepared in a way that gives your baby opportunities to move freely, developing and practicing the gross motor skills they are so determined to master such as rolling, slithering, sitting, crawling, pulling up, cruising and walking. Activities that encourage development of the hand support the progressive stages of grasping, reaching and hand to hand transfer.
This is a time of intense language development and we provide a language rich environment to support your baby's desire to absorb and develop the language of their world. This most importantly begins with the adults' responses to the child's attempts at communication, acknowledging, responding, naming and introducing and repeating new language through conversation, the Montessori activities and also picture books.
A variety of sensory and manipulative activities encourage your baby to explore independently, developing their senses, eye-hand coordination and understanding of key concepts such as object permanence.
Art and Music
Opportunities for the development of artistic expression through music and art are available, including scribbling/drawing, percussion instruments and a group sing song at the end with your baby's favourites and a focus on movement based songs.