SingStart! Babies 

SINGSTART! BABIES is the first step on our musical learning journey and provides babies with their first musical experiences. This class is specifically designed for babies aged from 12 weeks up to about 14 months and they come along each week with their special adult, whether it be mummy, daddy, a grandparent, or another important person. Classes are friendly, fun and relaxed. The songs are a mixture of nursery rhymes, traditional songs and original songs especially composed for SingStart!

Each weekly 30 minute session is carefully designed for very young babies and the structure is kept the same throughout which helps the babies feel secure in their environment, and the repetition gives them a familiar routine to follow. Every session includes a hello song, action songs, percussion time, songs that include movement, a listening and relaxation time, and finish with a goodbye song. We practice waving and clapping, enjoy bouncing and moving to the music, and also learn lots of new songs to sing together after we've gone home. During the class we sometimes use different props to enhance the experience for the babies which include teddies, scarves, balls and puppets.

The classes aim to encourage early social skills and speech development, as well as being a fun introduction to music and rhythm. And the classes are also an opportunity for baby and carer to spend some special time together and make new friends. 

When the babies have started to toddle and/or are aged around 12-18 months go straight into SingStart! Toddling Tots

SingStart! Tots

SINGSTART TOTS classes are for children aged 1 - 3+ years approximately, although children a little older or younger than this are welcome to join too. Children come along each week not only with Mummy, but maybe Daddy, Grandma, or another special person and learn about music and rhythm in a fun and friendly environment. There are many other benefits to attending the classes, including developing good social skills, encouraging active listening, increasing concentration, and building confidence and self-esteem.

Each weekly 30 minute session is carefully structured. Sessions run in blocks of 5 weeks per school half term. Each block has a story theme, eg. Home, and a musical theme, eg. Loud and Soft, and the activities are built around these two themes. As well as singing old and new songs, there is always percussion time where children learn about rhythm and also a short listening section. Many other non-musical ideas are introduced through the classes too, depending on the theme we are following. For example; counting / colours, and also early drama skills are encouraged too, eg. pretending to be an animal.

The songs are a mixture of nursery rhymes, traditional songs and original songs especially composed for SingStart! Many songs have simple actions and movements to accompany them, and the sessions often involve a variety of teddies and other props to help capture the children’s attention. Above all, classes are an opportunity for adult and child to spend some special time together whilst learning and making new friends at the same time!