Ideas for classes to take with your child in the new Autumn Term across North Leeds
As the summer holidays draw to a close, many of you will be thinking about getting back into your routines of weekly classes and activities. If you’re thinking about trying a new class this term, I’ve picked out some ideas for ones across North Leeds below.
There are lots more classes listed on the website by day for baby, toddler and pre-school classes and by type of class for children 4+
ARTventurers run colourful, creative (often messy!) art, craft and creative play sessions for babies, toddlers and children as well as holiday classes and workshops, fantastic creative birthday parties, after school clubs and other events for children of all ages.
Classes in: Alwoodley, Adel
Age Range: Due to covid-19 changes, there are now two types of classes that you can book onto; Baby ARTventurers (6m-18m) and Little ARTventurers (18m- 4yrs)
Read the review of when Mumbler tried an Artventurers class here.
Join our Award Winning Baby Sensory classes running weekly across North Leeds. An incredible range of activities stimulating all of your babies senses, different sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, light shows, puppet shows, messy play, signing, massage and much more.
Each session is an hour-long, you will learn all about how your baby develops, get ideas to use at home, meet lots of other parents and make memories to treasure for life. Described as “the highlight of my maternity leave” by so many…come and find out why!
Classes in:Roundhay, Chapel Allerton, Alwoodley and Bramhope. Classes are fully Covid-19 secure with single use prop trays for each baby and reduced class sizes.
At Baby Swimmers, we follow the Starfish Awards, so little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided in the future. We play games and sing songs which are skill related and also teach water safety skills so they can learn to swim back to the side, hold on and climb out when they are strong enough. Our structured classes work towards this and are also fantastic for bonding with your little one, as well as enjoying yourselves in a fun relaxed atmosphere, which we always ensure is at your little ones own pace including underwater swims. Babies use their natural reflexes when they are in water, so it is always a good idea to start as soon as you can, as swimming is a great workout and helps to strengthen their muscles and also increases alertness.
For toddlers, we follow the STA Stanley Awards, so again little ones can gain water confidence and build a foundation to swim unaided. For this age group we still sing songs and have fun with games and also start to teach the basic strokes, continuing with water safety skills and teaching your toddler to hold on, turn, then push off the side to swim to you independently. Classes will focus on floating, learning to tread water, rolling, push and glides, diving for sinkers and more.
Dancebugs is a great introduction to dance for pre school children. Using stories and imagination children learn fundamental skills such as balance, co-ordination and rhythm in a fun based class. Dancebugs is a stepping stone to Danceworks which offers a wide range of classes for both girls and boys.
Location: Moortown. Classes run on a Friday & Saturday
Lively, exciting, funky toddler dance, movement and music classes for 18 month to 5 year olds with lots of props, flash cards, lights, bubbles and most of all fun!
The classes are devised to improve listening, self-control, gross and fine motor skills and confidence. With a different theme every half term the little ones are always kept on their toes with exciting new dances, songs, movement and creative props. We not only dance, we learn how to throw, kick, catch, jump, balance and play lots of games. Children are also encouraged to dance independently so don’t worry if they want to do their own thing!
Dancing Tots will give you the opportunity to meet other adults and children and also to enjoy precious time bonding with your little ones. Adults are encouraged to join in and often find the class just as enjoyable as the little ones. No need to exercise after a Dancing Tots workout !
Taster sessions are available on Monday’s and Friday’s. Class numbers are reduced so book ASAP!
Classes in: Monday & Friday at Alwoodley Community Association, Tuesdays and last Saturday of the month at St Matthew’s Church Hall, Chapel Allerton
diddi dance is relaunching their funky preschool dance classes for boys and girls from 18 months to 5. We have revamped our sessions to ensure our socially distanced classes involve both child and their grown-up , allowing you to explore over 16 different dance styles, from Charleston to Bollywood!
Every class is jam-packed with dances, exercises, and the use of exciting props for individual use such as ribbons and tapsticks in your very own drawstring bag, in your very own diddi dance spot!
Classes in: Roundhay, Horsforth, Headingley and more to added soon!
Age Range: 18 months – 5 years
Taster sessions are available in classes with spaces. All places must be pre-booked in advance. Due to Covid-19, we are unable to accept drop-ins at this time.
Mini Maracas delivers music and movement classes suitable for babies to 5 year old preschoolers. The classes are a great opportunity for you to meet new people and make friends! The 40 minute classes are fun, relaxed and educational.
During the classes we enjoy music through singing, dancing, and playing musical instruments. Your child will enjoy familiar nursery rhymes as well as learning new action songs, knee bouncers, counting songs and finger play games! Mini Maracas classes are designed around the National Curriculum’s Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). The classes will contribute to the development of your child’s communication skills, numeracy skills, physical capability, and social & emotional development.
Classes: Mondays at 10am from 5th October 2020 at The Grove Centre, Horsforth, LS18 4BH
Age Range: Birth – 5 years
We are Covid-19 secure. See our website and social media page for updates.
*Sessions return, COVID safe, w/c 7th September and run for 7 weeks*
Moo Music’s interactive sessions are fast-paced and truly multi-sensory. Each week we explore new themes using our music with sensory activities, signing, props and instruments. With 125+ songs all written by a professional songwriter, we guarantee you’ll be humming along all week! We will help your child gain confidence, develop memory and language and coordination skills but most of all we will have fun so you can make memories together.
Classes in: Adel, Alwoodley, Scarcoft, Oulton, Menston, and new this term Otley and Ilkley too. Please follow our page for more sessions and areas being added.
Baby Moo – From Birth to Crawling
Mixed Moo – All age group (0-5) and perfect for active toddlers to explore, this is the ideal sibling group.
Climb aboard the Number Train as it takes your preschool child on a different journey of discovery each week. These fast paced, action packed sessions have a different theme each week and are designed to be FUN and educational. Watch your preschooler grow in confidence as they take part in fun activities, games, action songs, turn-taking and art & craft – all of which have an underlying focus on maths!
PJC Music School is run by Phillippa Jade Cairns; a classically trained musician and Head of Music at Horsforth Secondary School.
Their ‘Young Beginners’ Programme teaches Piano, Voice and Music Theory to students aged 3-14 years. Students work from beginner books through to ABRSM Grades in Piano and Singing, while developing their musicianship with aural skills, reading music, theory games, and the inspirational ‘PJC Composer of the Month’. The fun and engaging group-based learning style results in faster progress, improved confidence and increased resilience.
COVID-19 Update: After five months of successful online lessons we are all set up to start face to face lessons again from September, ensuring excellent social distancing and safety for our students and families. In the event of a further lockdown, students are able to move easily online in order to ensure they continue progress, or alternatively ‘pause’ lessons until restrictions are lifted.
Fun and high energy! Classes for 3 months – 4 year olds written by early years specialists and presented by a fully qualified, experienced teacher to introduce the world of letters and sounds to your little ones through play.
Each session is full of games, music, dance and much more to teach your children in exciting and interactive ways. As well as an early introduction to the world of literacy we also help your little one develop their speech, fine and gross motor skills, confidence and social skills.
Each class focuses on learning though play; together we play, dance and learn. Come along this Autumn and find out for yourself!
Classes in: Calcutt and Forestmoor Village Hall (Wednesdays), Clifton Village Hall (Thursdays) and Alwoodley (Fridays).
Age Range: Babies Class (3 months – walking), Minis’ Class (age 1- 2.5 years), Preschool Class (age 2.5 – 4 years).
Pyjama Drama provides drama and imaginative play classes for children up to seven years in and around Leeds North. Each class is packed full of singing, dancing, playing games and, of course, pretending! Every week we go on a different adventure, one week we might be superheroes rescuing Tiddles from the Misery Monsters, the next teaching a snail how to ride a bike. Developed over a period of ten years, The Pyjama Drama programme focuses on the development of key skills; language and communication, confidence, co-operation and concentration and supports the current requirements of the National Curriculum.
Give your little one the best start! Rhythm Time offers award-winning, high quality, fun music classes across Leeds, Wharfedale, Craven and Bradford and now online too! Specially created to enhance and nurture your child’s development, from newborn to preschool age. We’ll teach you how to make music fun and exciting for your little one. Watch your child grow and develop confidence, creativity, language, numeracy, listening skills and coordination. PLUS, Rhythm Time offers you the added reassurance that we are in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS).
Rugbytots offers fun, structured play sessions taking children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them every step of the way whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team.
**Classes will start back w/c 14th September 2020 and run for 6 consecutive weeks.**
Shake Rattle & Boogie provide exciting weekly dance and music classes for 0-5 year olds. The dance element encourages your children to be more mobile and develops their gross motor skills, whilst through singing children improve their language and communication. Each session has a variety of props to capture the children’s imaginations. If you are looking for a class that is full of energy and lots of fun then Shake Rattle & Boogie is definitely for you!
Places are very limited so you must block book the half term. (Single sessions are not permitted). A boogie bag is advised to be pre-ordered in advance.
Classes in: Adel, Horsforth, Calverley
Age Range: 0-5 years
*Read Mumblers review of Shake Rattle & Boogie here
Baby signing is a fantastic skill to learn with your little one, enabling you to communicate with each other from an early age and encourage their social development. Our great fun, music based classes support your family, as you discover the benefits for yourself!
Our plans for September include our fantastic @HOME classes alongside our venue based face to face classes to allow everyone to enjoy the magic of Sing and Sign!
Our @HOME courses give you access to our stage 1 or 2 courses with 1 pre-recorded class available to watch as much as you like each week as we follow the course over 10 weeks. Our Babes classes will also continue running live via Zoom in the autumn for our littlest fans!
Booking onto our venue classes also gives you access to our @HOME content, and includes a Sing and Sign tote bag filled with everything you need to enjoy the class for you to keep. There will be smaller class sizes to allow for social distancing, and adapted content to reduce risk! Spaces will be limited and bookings are now open.
Classes in: Headingley, Meanwood, Horsforth and at home.
Age Range: Sing and Sign Babes (0-6 months), Stage One (6-14 months), Stage Two (14-30 months).
The Little Gym offers a diverse line up of classes for every stage of your child’s development from 4 months to 12 years. Classes are filled with movement, music, learning and laughter. Children will make friends, reach developmental milestones and build self-confidence while having ‘Serious Fun’.
The Little Gym Bugs programme is suitable from 4 -10 months old. The 45 minute long parent and child session is designed to support babies overall development through the use of age-appropriate developmental gymnastics. Children are exposed to the rich multi-sensory environment. This allows them to learn and helps them gain a better understanding of the world around them. More importantly, though, they explore the gym environment with their senses as well as their bodies.
*If you join before the end of August you can get 15% off Bugs classes (4-10months).
Enjoy a multi-sensory adventure with your toddler, where structured activities go hand-in-hand with the freedom to explore! It’s not only a great place to play, but the equipment encourages a wide range of skills from social to physical, emotional, creative, intellectual and heaps more!
Classes: Mondays in Adel, Wednesdays in Bramhope, and Fridays TBC
Baby swimming with Water Babies is an exciting, enriching experience for both you and your little one. Song, games and interaction with toys are utilised to ensure the classes are enjoyable whilst laying the foundations of swimming and key water safety skills. We always incorporate lots of bonding, fun and socialising, so you can be sure that a Water Baby is a happy baby!
Classes In: Moorlands School, Pennyfields School, Temple Moor, Green Meadows School, Leeds City Hilton