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    Baby Signing Classes in Cambridge, Bar Hill, Histon, Trumpington and Waterbeach

    Hi, I’m Lorna – I run Sing and Sign baby signing classes for the Cambridge area along with my fantastic teachers Katharine, Rachel and Sofia.  We currently offer classes in Cambridge (Mill Road), Bar Hill, Histon, Trumpington and Waterbeach Classes are easily accessible for Cambridge and many of the surrounding villages (Milton, Cottenham, Willingham, Bar Hill, Longstanton, Girton, Oakington, Great Shelford, Newnham, Grantchester and more!) bringing the fantastic benefits of baby signing to many families.

    Find Out About Sing and Sign Classes, and lots more...  Read on for an overview of what's on offer in the Cambridge area including:

    ~ Classes & how to book & term dates

    ~ Free Taster Sessions

    ~ Easter, Summer and Christmas Party Sessions

    ~ Children's Parties

    ~ Venues

    ~ The Sing & Sign Nursery Affiliation Program

    ~ Childminder & Nanny Training

    ~ Comments From Parents

    ~ My Own Baby Signing Experiences

    There are also useful links to the right / at the bottom of this page.

    Classes & How To Book

    You see dates and times, availability, and book for Free Tasters and Courses here.   

    Directions to our venues and important travel info can be seen here.

    Spring Term Dates: Classes start w/c 16 January and run for 10 weeks. There will be a half term break the week of 13 February.  The last classes are the week of 27th March. The 10 week term costs £65.  There will then be optional Easter Session Party dates - see below.

    Summer Term Dates: Classes start w/c 1 May with the exception of Monday classes which start on 8 May.  There will be a half term break the week of 29th May.  The last classes are the week of 10 July with the exception of Monday classes which finish on 17 July.  This is a 10 week term costing £65. There will then be optional Summer Sessions - further details will be distributed nearer to the time. 

    Autumn Term Dates:  Classes start w/c 11 September. There will be a half term break the week of 23 October. The last classes are during the week of 27 November. 
    This is an 11 week term which will cost £72.  There will then be optional Christmas Party dates - further details will be distributed nearer to the time.

    Twins are charged just once. There is a nominal charge for siblings over 6 months of £25 for the term (babies under 6 months attending as a sibling are free of charge).

    What Stage?

    Stage One classes are suitable for babies from around 6 months up to approx. 14 months and you can start at any time between these ages.  Younger babies are also welcome if you are keen to start! Babies start to sign back anywhere from around 6 months and continue to use the signs as toddlers to support clear speech development.  Toddling onto Stage Two is great fun and is suitable for little ones from around 14 months old up to two years old (can vary depending on the toddler).  The class is more physically active for them and we learn signs for colours, foods, the alphabet, the weather, counting and even beginning phonetic awareness and much more.  You don't need to have done Stage 1 - we still include the basic advice on how to sign with your baby and have some lovely songs to enjoy.

    Both levels are enjoyed through our magic ingredients: music and fun!

    Free Taster Sessions - Not all baby signing classes are the same!  
    Come along to a free 45 minute Sing and Sign session - bring your babies from 0 to 24 months (older toddlers very welcome but please get in touch first), or your bump if you are pregnant, to enjoy the fun and find out more about baby signing the Sing and Sign way.  Older / younger siblings are welcome to come along and join in the fun! Absolutely no obligation to enrol for the term.

    • Wed 8 March ~ Waterbeach Children’s Ctr (pre-walkers only, parking on main road) ~ 1.30pm
    • Thurs 9 March ~ Longstanton Village Institute 10am
    • Wed 15 March ~ Bottisham Children‘s Centre 12.30pm
    • Wed 5 Apr Bar Hill Children’s Ctr 1pm pre-crawlers; 2pm crawlers
    • Tues 11 April ~ Bar Hill Octagon 10am
    • Wed 19 Apr ~ Mill Road Baptist Church Ctr Cambridge 10am
    • Wed 19 April ~ St John’s Church Hall, Waterbeach 10am
    • Fri 21 April ~ Histon & Imp Recreation Ground Ctr 10am
    • Mon 24 April ~ Bakehouse, Trumpington 10am

    Please check back as more will be added throughout the year. You can book here and you can be kept updated with new sessions, just register your interest with lornadunn@singandsign.co.uk
    Any of the Tasters are relevant for classes in any location.
    I also offer groups of friends the opportunity for me to come and hold a Taster in one of their homes or a venue they've arranged, depending on my availability.  The minimum group size is 6 participants that are new to Sing & Sign. There is a fee of £25 (shared by the group) which can be offset against a term booking. Further details available on request.

    Easter Parties!

    Easter parties will be held at each of the Sing and Sign teaching venues, primarily for those who have attended Sing and Sign in the current or any previous term.  All parties are from 11am-12.30pm.  Refreshments will be provided or you can bring your own if you prefer.  Parties are £7.50 for the first adult + child or twins; additional sibling £2.50; additional adult £1. To book please go to www.bitly.com/syKwel and choose Special Events. No need to stick to your regular venue:

    Tuesday 11th April - Octagon, Bar Hill

    Wednesday 19th April – Mill Road Baptist Church Centre

    Wednesday 19th April – St John’s Church Hall, Waterbeach

    Friday 21st April - Histon & Impington Rec Ground Centre

    Monday 24th April - Bakehouse, Trumpington


    Privately Held Children's Parties

    We are available for Jessie Cat Parties - whether it's a party for your little one's birthday, a seasonal get together or any other excuse to have some fun!  Please contact me for more details lornadunn@singandsign.co.uk. 

    Venues

    Please click on the Venues tab at the top of this page to see where classes are running.  You can check class availability and prices as well as directions to venues by clicking on your choice of class here: www.bitly.com/syKwel.

    The Sing & Sign Nursery Affiliation Program

    A growing number of local families are learning baby signing through Sing and Sign classes in the Cambridge area and would love to be able to have the continuity of their babies attending a childcare setting that supports baby signing.  The Nursery Affiliation Program offers a unique approach to bring baby signing into nurseries in a really natural and manageable way.  OFSTED also view baby signing as an excellent communication tool and it has a strong connection with the goals of the EYFS Stage 1.

    CAMBRIDGE AREA SING AND SIGN AFFILIATED NURSERIES ARE:

    Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation includes a wide range of ongoing benefits, offering the best way to introduce signing, inspire staff and give parents confidence in the nursery’s approach. Hundreds of nurseries nationwide have embraced better communication since the Sing and Sign NAP started in 2006.  Please get in touch for more information at
    lornadunn@singandsign.co.uk
     or on 07732 380191.

    Childminder & Nanny Training

    By using baby signing both at home and in a childcare setting, babies & toddlers learn words more easily and enjoy increased confidence from being understood - this in turn encourages speech development.  Signs help understanding from a very young age and eliminate many of the frustrations of being pre-verbal. The continuity of signing while away from parents can also help a child to feel more settled. 

    If you are interested in a seminar or workshop for individual or groups of childminders or nannies, please get in touch for further information.  These sessions will equip you to start signing actively with the children you care for using the Sing & Sign methodologies and materials, learning and sharing through songs, music and rhymes.

    What Do Parents Who Come To Classes Say?

    Don't just take my word for it! Here's are some quotes from parents who have enjoyed Sing and Sign with me in Cambridge: 

    "Charlie signed 'pain' for the first time yesterday and then pointed to his cheeks.  We thought he was teething with his molars but now we know for sure.  We dosed him up with Calpol and Nurofen over night and he had the best nights sleep he'd had for days!  Another big tick for baby signing!"  Adina, Charlie's Mum

    "Thanks for a great term! We've learnt a lot and Benjamin even does signs which I've not even shown him so he must be picking some up from you in class!  He loves the "faster" sign !! Hehe!"
      Eleanor, Benjamin's Mum


    Maisie has loved the sing & sign sessions and I have learnt a lot too, keeping up quite a few signs at home; it's starting to pay off now which is just fantastic. Maisie can now tell me when she wants her milk, is hungry, wants a drink, is tired and she makes quite a few animal signs.  It's great for me as there is less guess work, but Maisie also seems so pleased with herself that I am understanding her too.
      Zoe, Maisie's Mum.

    My Own Baby Signing Experiences

    It really is a special experience when your own baby starts to sign and you realise that they are mentally ready to communicate with you, just unable to express themselves fully through speech - babies can sign a lot younger than they can articulate a range of words. 

    My first experience of baby signing was with my brother’s children.  My brother is deaf and when his first baby arrived in 1997, even though the baby was hearing he naturally used simple signs along with speech to communicate with him from a very young age.  I found it amazing how much a baby could communicate before speech, and how advanced he was – asking for a drink and a biscuit when he was at crawling age, and being able to identify all of the objects in his A to Z baby book long before he could say the words properly. 

    Fast forward 13 years and baby signing has become much more widely adopted in the hearing world too.  I started signing with my first baby, Cameron when he was about 3 months old and pretty soon it was really helping him to understand what was happening – whether I was telling him it was time to "eat", or that I need to "change his nappy". 

    My husband Nick and I were really taken aback the first time he clearly signed “milk” on the day he turned 7 months old, and that was soon followed by “drink”.  By 7.5 months old he was showing an obvious understanding of “eat”, “all gone” and “change your nappy”.   At about 12 months old it really took off, with him adding more and more signs.

    Cameron really advanced with his signing and his talking as well - at 14 months old he was signing and saying about 12 words: Ella, mama, dada, no and miaow amongst others!  So as well as teaching, I also really enjoy the signing with Cameron and how much wonderful communication we get through it.

    At 18 months, he had around 80 signs and was also trying to talk with many of them - he really enjoyed communicating and telling me what he wanted!  From around 20 months, I lost count of his signs, and his spoken words were coming thick and fast too.

    It's quite common that the signing babies talk sooner and have wider vocabularies.  He was still signing plenty as well, especially when he was struggling with a word or when he really wanted something! 

    By his second birthday, he was stringing basic spoken sentences together and the signs gradually dropped away as his speech took off - it was so lovely to be having proper little conversations with him at such a young age.  

    I started with my second little boy Nathan at 10 weeks old and he is following a similar pattern to Cameron.  It's also lovely that Cameron joins in and signs with him too. 

     

    To get in touch with me, please email me at 
    lornadunn@singandsign.co.uk
     or call 07732 380191. 

     

  • More Info

    Find Out What Your Baby Is Thinking And Avoid Toddler Tantrums!

    Sing & Sign classes are being enjoyed now by many parents, carers and their babies and toddlers in the Cambridge area - classes run as blocks of 10, 11 or 12 weeks and many parents chose to bring their babies or toddlers for two or three terms, to build up their signing vocabularies and because the babies get so much out of the classes - including lots of fun!

    Classes are currently held in Trumpington (Mondays & Thursdays), Bar Hill (Tuesdays), Mill Road Cambridge (Wednesdays), and Histon / Impington (Fridays).  More class locations will be added when teacher availability and booking interest allows.  There is a theme every week (emotions, people, nappies and bathtime...) and signs are learnt through songs and music, using props, instruments and toys that the babies and toddlers love.  Class sizes are limited to 12 bookings (twins count as one and pay once) to keep it enjoyable for all and to make sure you get the most out of baby signing. 

    The Sing & Sign approach makes it really easy for you to sign at home with your baby in between classes, and is incredibly effective in helping communication and speech development.


    How Much?
    :

    Classes cost between £65 and £75 (no extra for twins) for the term, which run for either 10, 11 or 12 weeks and we cover a different class theme each week.  You can re-enrol for subsequent terms and many people do, as the babies' participation and your own learning develop over time. Twins count as a single booking. There is an additional fee of £25 / £27.50 / £30 for the term for siblings over 6 months (for 10/11/12 week terms). 

    Book early to avoid disappointment!  I always keep class sizes manageable, so places will be limited and filled on a first come first served basis. I will however keep a waiting list if classes become full. If you are not ready to enrol your baby, you are welcome to indicate your interest and will have the option of joining the waiting list.
     

    You can also see term datestime and class availability here: www.bitly.com/syKwel or via the Book Now link to the right.

    More About The Classes

    I found the Sing and Sign approach the most appropriate for babies, as the signs are based on Makaton (the same system used in some local schools and nurseries e.g. Histon Early Years) and also use some signs from BSL and ASL – the point being that babies will most easily mimic the signs that are the easiest to form with their tiny hands.  We all know that babies love to copy, and the classes provide a fun and sociable way for parents to learn the signs while the babies enjoy the singing. 

    The classes run as a course, building up the signing vocabulary you are learning week by week so that you learn over 100 signs by the end of the course.  There is no pressure though and there is always a chance to catch up if you miss a week.

    Through Sing and Sign classes, parents and carers of baby signers gain a very special insight into what their babies are thinking.  Baby signing helps to avoid the dreaded tantrums by enabling your baby to tell you what they want.  As they become toddlers and start talking, the signs continue to help them to be understood while their speech may not be too clear.  Signing is also known to accelerate speech and studies have shown that gestures play a strong part in communication and language development.

    I’m really keen to help parents learn to sign with their babies and to have similar experiences to the ones I’ve enjoyed with my boys.   We go at a comfortable pace and I provide the individuals in class with as much support as they’d like.  Sing and Sign classes are relaxed and you can take whatever time you need to for your baby – whether they need feeding, changing or a nap!

  • Venues


    Day Time Stage Location
    Monday AM Stage 1 The Bakehouse, Grantchester Road, Trumpington, CB2 9LH (opposite Rainbow Nursery)
    Monday AM Stage 2 The Bakehouse, Grantchester Road, Trumpington, CB2 9LH (opposite Rainbow Nursery)
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 Bar Hill Octagon, CB23 8EH (behind Fish 'n' Chicken)
    Tuesday AM Stage 1 Bar Hill Octagon, CB23 8EH (behind Fish 'n' Chicken)
    Wednesday AM Stage 1 Baptist Church Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP (entrance via Stockwell St.)
    Wednesday AM Stage 2 Baptist Church Centre, Mill Road, Cambridge, CB1 3LP (entrance via Stockwell St.)
    Wednesday AM Stage 1 St John's Church Hall, Station Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9HT.
    Wednesday AM Stage 2 St John's Church Hall, Station Road, Waterbeach, CB25 9HT.
    Friday AM Stage 1 Histon & Impington Recreation Ground Centre, New Road, Impington, CB24 9LU
    Friday AM Stage 2 Histon & Impington Recreation Ground Centre, New Road, Impington, CB24 9LU
  • Nurseries

    Sing & Sign Nursery Affiliation Program (NAP)


    A growing number of local families are learning baby signing through Sing and Sign classes in the Cambridge area and would love to be able to have the continuity of their babies attending a childcare setting that supports baby signing.  The Nursery Affiliation Program offers a unique approach to bring baby signing into nurseries in a really natural and manageable way.

     
    OFSTED also view baby signing as an excellent communication tool and it has a strong connection with the goals of the EYFS Stage 1.
     
    CAMBRIDGE AREA SING AND SIGN AFFILIATED NURSERIES:
     
    Sing and Sign Nursery Affiliation includes a wide range of ongoing benefits, offering the best way to introduce signing, inspire staff and give parents confidence in your nursery’s approach. 
     
    Join over 100 Nurseries nationwide that have embraced better communication since the Sing and Sign NAP started in 2006.
     
    Please get in touch for more information at singandsigncambridge@yahoo.com or on 07732 380191.
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