The Baby Sensory programme has been specifically designed to support the early development of babies through exposure to sensory experiences. Babies learn more in the first year of life than at any other time. Never again will there be such an extraordinary pace of development. They are totally attentive and absolutely fascinated by everything that they can see, hear, touch, taste and smell. Baby Sensory doesn’t waste a moment of this valuable time!
Our award winning Baby Sensory classes provide a myriad of colourful sensory experiences and new sensations. Activities vary weekly and incorporate every possible sensory experience including sign language, fibre optic light shows, amazing bouncy light balls, rainbows, bubbles, bells, holistic massage and much more. Imagine taking your baby on a jungle, water or space adventure, to a winter wonderland or to a world of light and magic? Parents and carers also find out how to settle and soothe their baby, how to get them on their tummies, how to perform simple massage techniques and a whole lot more.
Parents are provided with hundreds of simple ideas for activities that they can do with their babies at home. Baby signing for example, is a great way to develop speech and language, whereas movement activities can help with the development of sight and hand-eye co-ordination, so important for later reading and writing.
The joy and sense of awe from seeing your baby learn, communicate and develop is worth the effort of squeezing this class into your schedule. Plus, you get the chance to meet others parents with young babies and form friendships which can play a useful role in helping you adapt to parenthood.
Toddler Sense classes provide a fantastic opportunity for learning through play experiences which will capture your toddler’s imagination. The main emphasis is on mobility, excitement and adventure. The classes include great music, gym equipment, bouncy castles, games and new ideas! Imagine climbing a snow mountain, going on safari, digging for fossils, swimming with dolphins and hunting for dinosaurs…every week introduces new activities and a whole new adventure.
The Toddler Sense session starts in our exploratory play area which is set out differently each week. Children enjoy scrambling over obstacles, balancing on steps and blocks, crawling through tunnels and climbing over the trestles and ramps. They also enjoy putting the equipment away after play.
Each session is different and the equipment for the session has been specifically selected to match the theme. What may look like a balance beam to you will be transformed into a bridge that crosses a crocodile swamp and the following week into a plank for your young pirate to walk across. We start each session by introducing the theme and then suggest ways in which you can bring this part of the session to life for your toddler.
Adventure play is followed by structured, themed activities, which provide a wealth of ideas that can be continued at home. Expect things like creative dance, parachutes, pom-poms, coloured ribbons and more.
Toddler Sense introduces children to a whole new world of adventure and challenge that will lead learning and development forwards, and motivate children to try out new skills.
Whilst packed with fun, the underlying educational value of the programme is that every session and every single activity within, has been designed by Dr Lin Day to enhance learning and development in the following areas.
- Social Skills (turn-taking, cooperation, friendships)
- Communication Skills (singing, action rhymes, talking, musical expression)
- Physical Skills (balance, coordination, control, manipulation)
- Knowledge Acquisition (knowledge and understanding of the world)
- Emotional Development (self-esteem, confidence, independence, trust)
- Creativity (imagination, drawing, rhythmic speaking, music-making)
- Mathematical Skills (counting, problem-solving, sequencing, building)