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Sing and Sign baby signing classes in... Stafford, Cannock, Stone & Stoke on Trent

  • About Me

    Welcome to the homepage for Sing and Sign in Stafford and Stoke on Trent

    Hi, I'm Leese,

    I have been teaching Sing and Sign Classes locally for over 8 years. I joined Sing and Sign classes as a first-time mum in 2006. The classes taught me how to introduce relevant signs to my son gradually, as well as songs and little games we could play together. I was amazed at just how much he could understand at such a young age.  It eased his frustration (and mine!) being able to sign for what he wanted rather than crying, for example when he wanted a drink or a particular toy, he could sign for it before he could say it. It gave him confidence in communication and helped him to develop his vocabulary at an early age.

    With my 2nd (and then 3rd!) child I really noticed how signing strengthened the bond between siblings as my son sang and signed to her and soon they were having little signing conversations. Signing feels very natural to us as a family - I can't imagine not being able to communicate with my baby!

    Places are available on our Sing and Sign Babes classes (for babies from 2 months to "on the move"), our Stage One (for babies 7 months and over) and our Stage Two (for toddlers) baby signing classes.

    Classes run on a termly basis starting in September, January and after Easter. You can reserve your place by simply clicking on the booking button to the right or Click here to view Class availability and to Book

    Places are allocated on a 'first come, first serve' basis and do go quickly. 

    Classes are held on Mondays at Fulford Village Hall, Fulford, Stoke on Trent, and Thursdays at Families First at Faraday Road (formerly Stafford Children's Centre), Stafford.

    Need more info? You can contact me via the enquiry form below or click the "Make an enquiry now" button 

    If you are not able to attend next term, please don't miss out on the joys of signing with your baby! New parents who attend our Babes classes receive our Jessie Cat Songbook (with cds) and those joining our Stage 1 & 2 classes receive our Sing & Sign DVD or Annual Online Membership for home use and these are an ideal way to learn our approach and enjoy the songs and main content of class before a place becomes available. 

    You can contact me by PHONE/TEXT (07967 286271) or  by EMAIL using the enquiry button on this page. I look forward to meeting you and your little ones soon,

    Leese :-)


  • More Info

    Further Information about Classes:

    SPRING TERM DATES: 9th JANUARY - 30th MARCH (there will be a week's break in February School Half Term Holiday)

    SUMMER TERM DATES: 24th April -  20th July (there will be no classes during the two May Bank Holiday weeks)

    AUTUMN TERM DATES:   SEPTEMBER - DECEMBER (there will be a week's break in October School Half Term Holiday)

    Fees are charged on a termly basis. The 11 week term fee for Babes is £62.99 (this includes your songbook with CDs) and for Stages 1 & 2 is £70 (this includes either your DVD or Annual Online Membership).

    Due to limited numbers per class you will need to book and pay prior to term starting. (Early booking is advisable) Payment can be made via cheque, bank transfer or PayPal.

     

    Not sure which Stage to choose?

    SING AND SIGN BABES (for babies that are under 7 months and not yet crawling - rolling and sitting are fine!)

    Sing and Sign Babes builds the framework for good communication using our magic ingredient - Music!  These classes encourage early forms of communication with your baby through fun music activities and introduces a few age relevant signs. It will also prepare you and your baby for our Stage 1 Sing and Sign classes.

    Your fees include your Sing & Sign Babes Songbook with CDs. You can join our Babes classes at any time (subject to availability when you book) and your first class is free.

     
    STAGE 1 (for babies from 7 months )
    If this is your first term with us then your baby will get the most out of class if they are 7 months or older at the start of term. This is because he/she will be sitting up, becoming more aware and ready to enjoy the music, the toys and props and social aspects of class.
     
    If you have already completed one course of S&S then we recommend coming back for a 2nd Term! In terms of the learning process, the first term is for you, the second term is for your baby. Did you know there are well over 100 signs covered in our Stage 1 course?  If your baby is younger than 13/14 months then we definitely recommend repeating this Stage 1 curriculum. Coming to class for a second term enables you to see the usefulness of some of our course ideas in action at home, as your baby will be growing developmentally ready to respond more and more. I can speak for all our teachers when I say they love to see their existing babies stay on and that they hope to see you there!
    Your Stage 1 Term Fees include your Stage 1 DVD or Annual Online Membership
     
    TODDLING ON TO STAGE 2  (for babies from 14mths-2yrs)
    If your baby is a little older, you may feel ready for a class with a little more action and activity! Even if you have never done Sing and Sign before, in our Stage 2 class we still include the basic advice on how to sign with your baby and have some lovely songs to enjoy, covering concepts such as the weather, colours, being helpful, simple counting, opposites and even beginning phonetic awareness all enjoyed through our magic ingredient - music! There are also opportunities to move about more, and plenty of toys and props to keep your baby amused. 
    Your Stage 2 Term Fees include your Stage 2 DVD or Annual Online Membership
     
    If you're unsure which stage your baby would fit into best then please just email or call me for further advice.
     
     

     What are classes like?

    • Classes are very relaxed and good fun! Class sizes are kept small (around 11 per class) so you and your baby can enjoy the social aspect of class.
    • Stage 1 & 2 Classes run for about an hour - we sing and sign for approximately 30-40 mins. Babes classes tend to be shorter.
    • Our Babes Classes include gentle songs and activities for you to share with your baby and encourage good communication.
    • In our Stage 1 and 2 classes we know babies don't like to stay still, so we don't expect them to! They are welcome to roam around the room if they want to - they will still be learning (you'd be surprised how much they can pick up whilst wandering!) When Jessie Cat, instruments or the prop bag appear they soon come back!
    • At the end of our music session the toys come out and drinks are available for grown ups. We are then available to answer any questions that may not have already been answered in class.
    • We learn all the signs through our easy to learn action-songs. Don't worry if you can't sing ... your baby loves the sound of your voice and we won't be requesting solos!
    • At the first week's class you will receive your baby's own personalised folder to store handouts, which recap what we have learned in class.

    Want to know what Staffordshire Parents think? Read herehere  and here!

     

     

     

     

     

  • Venues

    Try a free taster session!

    I frequently visit local Post Natal Groups to give a free introduction to Baby Signing with Sing and Sign - check our Facebook page to see if there is a talk happening near you. If you'd like me to come to your group please email me.

    You can attend your first Sing and Sign Babes class at any stage in the course as a free trial (where places are available!)


    Day Time Stage Location
    Monday AM Stage 1 Fulford Village Hall, Fulford Road, Stoke on Trent ST11 9QT
    Monday AM Stage 2 Fulford Village Hall, Fulford Road, Stoke on Trent ST11 9QT
    Monday PM Babes Fulford Village Hall, Fulford Road, Stoke on Trent ST11 9QT
    Thursday AM Stage 1 Families First at Faraday Road (previously Stafford Children's Centre), Stafford ST16 3NQ
    Thursday AM Stage 2 Families First at Faraday Road (previously Stafford Children's Centre), Stafford ST16 3NQ
    Thursday PM Babes Families First at Faraday Road (previously Stafford Children's Centre), Stafford ST16 3NQ
  • Nurseries

    Baby Signing in Local Nurseries and with Childminders

     

    Does your child attend a nursery? Tell them that your baby is learning to communicate with baby signing and get them involved too! Sing and Sign have an excellent Nursery Affiliation Programme which will train staff on their own premises at a time to suit all. I will teach staff a selection of signs, tailor made to the nursery's individual requirements and design an Individual Action Plan to inspire staff and make signing fun and easy to incorporate. Following training, the nursery will receive a Certificate of Sing and Sign Affiliation together with ongoing access to our signing resources and a complimentary package of products. If your baby attends nursery or you know of a childcare facility that would be interested in receiving further information, please do pass my details on, or contact me at the number/email above.

    Nurseries that have enjoyed signing locally include:

    Turtles Nursery Stafford, Burton House Farm, Burton Bank rd, Stafford, ST17 9JW, Tel 01785 214675

    Turtle Nursery Penkridge, Wolverhampton Rd, Penkridge, Stafford, ST19 5SP, Tel 01785 716111

     

    A group of local childminders recently attended a Sing and Sign training workshop. At the workshop they learnt about the theory and principles of baby signing and the benefits to babies and themselves as Childcare providers. They have learnt our signs and songs and are putting this into practice with the children they care for.

    Sing and Sign Affiliated Childminders:

     Karen Ward 01785 605249  70 Sidmouth Avenue, Weeping Cross, STAFFORD ST17 0HF

     Jane Groves  01785 605360  13 Rowan Glade, Wildwood, STAFFORD ST17 4NG

     Susan Birchall, Registered Childminder  07841236358  Sue.birchall432@gmail.com 136 Porlock Avenue, Weeping Cross, STAFFORD ST17 0HU

     Denise Johnson  01785 605133  Denise_johnson49@hotmail.com  44 Hollyhurst, STAFFORD ST17 4RS

     Lisa Turlington  “Little Treasures Childminding”  01785 661754  Lisat141@btinternet.com  10 Otterburn Close, STAFFORD ST17 4RQ

     Stephanie Lowe-Hodgkins  “First Impressions Childminding”  07906078673  hodgkinsstephanie@yahoo.co.uk  15 Cypress Close, Baswich, STAFFORD ST17 0BB

     Shelly Newby  “Shelly’s Childminding”  07793961116  Sjb69@homail.co.uk  4 Cloverdale, Wildwood, STAFFORD ST17 4QJ

     Maria Banner  “Molly’s”  07952103022  mariabanner@btinternet.com 8 Merrivale Road, STAFFORD ST17 9EB

     Nicola Lewis  01785 605781  Lewis.nicki@virginmedia.com 11 Brean Road, STAFFORD ST17 0PA

     Tracey Farmer Childcare  01785 620592  tfchildcare@virgnmedia.com  10 Eastlands Close, STAFFORD ST17 9BD

     Jill Glen  07973412871  Jill.glen@sky.com 56 Lancaster Road, STAFFORD ST17 4PF

     

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