Stratford and the surrounding areas are a fantastic place to bring up children and there is plenty going on for both pre-schoolers and over 4’s.
Please contact the organisers directly if you would like to find out further information or to confirm class times or costs.
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Our fun-packed and animated On The Go Music Programme is back at Henry’s Castle PLAY BARN from Tuesday 3rd April 2018 to Monday 28th May (8x weeks)
Music I (4 – 14 mths) 11am – 11:45am
Music II (14mths – 2.5yrs) 10am – 10:45am
Where: Henry’s Castle PLAY BARN at Stratford Armouries, Gospel Oak Lane, Pathlow, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0JA
Tel: 07881 892 686
Just Dance offers classes from age 2yrs and upwards. Styles covered are ballet, jazz, lyrical and show case.
Mondays 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Tuesdays 5:15pm and 6pm
Air track gymnastics at Wilmcote Village Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 9XL
Thursdays 5pm and 5:45pm
Air track gymnastics at Meon Vale Village Hall, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 8QR
Saturdays at Stratford Girls’ Grammar School, Shottery Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HA
– Mini Gems 9am-10am
– Mini Gems advance 10am-11am
– Little gems 11am-12:30pm
– Diamonds 12:30pm-2pm
Tel: 07789 865659
Weekly music classes running throughout the county. Over the past 15 years we have nurtured 100’s of little people in our award winning music groups. All our teachers are musicians and performers! *SPECIAL OFFER membership for only £1 instead of £18 please quote “MUMBLER”*
Rock n Roll – babies from 3 months
Heigh Ho – toddlers from 12 months
Jiggety Jig – children from 2 & 3 years
Ding Dong – pre-schoolers 3 & 4 years
Vibrant classes with 30 minutes of structured music using a significant degree of originally composed music as well as familiar nursery rhymes. The music arranged to suit the development needs of the children in the different aged classes. Wonderful music kit of instruments sufficient for every child, things to bang, scratch, shake and jingle. A class that is FUN for both parent/carer and child
Mondays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and The Octagon, St Mary Magdalene’s Church, Vicarage Road, Lillington, Leamington Spa CV32 7RH
Tuesdays at Wellesbourne Sport and Community Gym, Loxley Close, Wellesbourne CV35 9RU and Warwick Gates Community Centre, Cressida Close, Warwick CV34 6DZ
Wednesdays at Rosebird Community Hall, 110 Shipston Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7LR and Studley Garden Centre, Henley Road, Mappleborough Green, Studley B80 7DR
Thursdays at The Malt House, The Rookery, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7QP and Kenilworth Youth Centre, Abbey End Car Park, Abbey End, Kenilworth CV8 1QJ
Fridays at Chase Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT
Tel: 01789 720289 or 07771641712
Bouncy castle and soft play fun sessions for kids and parents with fully led activities such as parachute games and running races – there is something for everyone at Active Antz.
When: Monday 10:30am to 12noon; Tuesday 09:30am to 11am and Thursday 10am to 11:30am
Where: Stratford Leisure Centre, Bridgeway, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6YY
Tel: 01789 268826
Party packages available.
Alderminster Tots is a weekly stay and play group for parents and carers with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.
When: Mondays 10am to 11:30am (term time)
Where: Alderminster Village Hall, Stratford-Upon-Avon CV37 8PA
Aqua Beans is a specialist baby and toddler swim school for little ones aged 0-4 years. We offer baby and toddler swimming each Tuesday morning and Friday afternoon at the Croft House Pool in Stratford-upon-Avon, plus Warwick, Leamington and Barford:
Mondays 12.45-3.15pm at Oddfellows (Leamington)
Tuesdays 9.30-11.30am at Croft House (Stratford) and 4-5pm at Ridgeway (Warwick)
Thursdays 1-3pm at Glebe Hotel (Barford)
Fridays 1.30-3.30pm at Croft House (Stratford)
Saturdays 11am-1pm at Glebe Hotel (Barford)
Thursdays 6-7.30pm Aqua Natal Yoga for expectant mums – great for ladies from 14 weeks to birth.
Where: Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7NF
Tel: Claire 07984 620246
Please join us for a chat, cuppa and play…everyone is welcome! £1.50 a session includes drinks and snack + 50p per additional child. 50% of all profits will go to the Elim Missions BE LOVED project.
When: Mondays 10am to 11:30am term time
Where: Oasis Christian Centre, The Old Square, Shottery, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9HG
Tel: 07840 043 030
Indoor, bespoke, ASA registered swim school based in the private gardens of The Grange in the village of Broom
– 9:00am-10:00pm Monday to Friday, and 9.00am-6pm Saturday (closed Sundays).
BABY & TODDLER CLASSES:
– Structured adult participation sessions to introduce young children to water.
– Classes run in the mornings on Monday to Friday dependent on age group.
– Aimed at 3 and 4 year olds.
– The year before a child starts full time school is a fantastic opportunity to teach swimming and basic water safety skills.
Where: The Grange, Mill Lane, Broom, Alcester, B50 4HS
Tel: 01789 772249
For example, meet & play Mondays 10am to 11:30am at Stratford Children’s Centre on Drayton Avenue.
Private swimming pool located just outside of Stratford-upon-Avon. Heated to 32.6°C. The pool is 10m x 5.5m with a depth 1m which gradually deepens to 2m. Host to Swim Schools; Flippers, Water Babies, Turtle Tots, Puddle Ducks, Aqua Beans. Lessons available for all ages from babies to adults.
Aqua fit, Aqua Natal classes and Private Pool Hire sessions are also available.
Where: Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7NF
Tel: 01789 295885 or 07791 554013
**Starting Monday 4th June 2018**
It’s Cuppa O’Clock at the RiverBank Café, Stratford! for parents of newborns to crawlers.
Share tips on baby feeding, sleep & anything else that comes to mind!
Info. available on coping with colic & where to find helpful local resources.
Plus free breastfeeding help from a trained ABM ‘Mother Supporter’.
(Parents-to-be are also welcome!)
When: Monday afternoons 1:30pm to 3pm
Where: The Riverbank, Swans Nest, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 7LS
Contact: Clair Hobbs
Dandy Development is the award winning new baby and toddler development class that combines baby sign, music and sensory fun. Join in the fun with DandyLion to develop language and communication skills, listening skills, social and emotional skills, confidence and co-ordination and to stimulate the senses and imagination.
Dandy is split into two stages so that learning can be tailored specifically to developmental mile stones and needs. The classes are of a similar structure so that children know to expect fun but are different enough so that every lesson is a new and exciting learning experience. Each class teaches parents/carers simple signs and one skill or technique to encourage language and communication development. Supporting information is provided after each class to consolidate what has been learnt.
When: Classes every day of the week
Where: Leamington Spa
Tel: 07890 241 301
Children’s lessons, kids club and pony parties. Lessons include: weekday tots rides and Sunday morning tots and beginners sessions.
Where: Featherbed Lane, Wilmcote, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9UN
Tel: 07974 374854
JNB Dance Academy offers high quality training in a wide variety of dance styles, including classical ballet, modern jazz, tap, contemporary and commercial. We have a dance class to suit everyone!
We offer pre-school classes two mornings a week for children aged 2+, both with parents/guardians and independent sessions, in order to give them a fun and creative introduction to dance.
Our after school sessions offered in ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary and commercial allow students to develop their own style and build up their technique, creativity and performance skills.
Mondays and Thursdays; 9.30-10.15am for pre-schoolers
Where: Featherbed Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0ER
Tel: 07516723024 or 07776373471
Sessions for toddlers, juniors, 11+ and beyond.
The MUM & ME preschool sessions run 7 days per week, 50 weeks per year (closed during the two weeks over Christmas and all bank holidays).
Where: Unit 5 Featherbed Lane, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 0ER
Tel: 07776 373471
Toddler Time sessions are on Mondays to Fridays 10am to 12pm
Where: Jump In Trampoline Arena, Hermes Close, Warwick, CV34 6NW
Tel: 0845 838 6214
Dance and Gymnastics classes for children ages 3-15yrs.
Classes at Stratford High School on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays in Ballet, Freestyle, Gymnastics and Lyrical.
4.30-5.00pm Under 6 Gymnastics (with our new tumble track!)
5.00-5.30pm Under 6 Ballet
5.30-6.15pm Intro to competition class
6.15-7.00pm Beginner Ballet
5.30-6.30pm Beginner Dance (freestyle and lyrical)
6.30-7.30pm Advanced Lyrical
10.00-11.00am Beginner Dance
11.00-12.00pm Beginner Gymnastics (with tumble track)
12.00-12.45pm Boys only Dance
All classes are FREE to try and then pay as you go after.
All children have the chance to dance in shows, take exams, compete with our competition team or just dance for fun and to make lots of friends.
Where: Stratford High School, Alcester Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 9DH
Tel: 07875847353 / 07874881528
Mums work out whilst little ones play in the play – come join us and see for yourselves that fitness is fun.
When: 10:45am on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday
Where: Chase Meadow Community Centre, Narrow Hall Meadow, Warwick CV34 6BT
SPECIAL OFFER: First session is FREE
**New group starting Monday 5th March 2018**
This group is designed for those little people who are just starting to move about the place (from crawling up to aged 2) but most importantly, it’s a chance for mums to have a cuppa and a chat while their little ones have a play.
Please come along to this weekly group in the Rosa Room in the new Stratford Hospital (go in the main entrance and it’s just by the Costa Cafe – there will be signs!)
Tea/Coffee and some sweet treats will be provided for mums and a range of toys to distract the little ones will be available for a suggested donation of £2.
For those who drive, Arden Street Car Park is in a convenient spot and is £1/hr.
When: Mondays 10am to 12noon
Where: Stratford Hospital, Arden Street, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6NX
Take part in our Shakespeare-inspired, stimulating free-flow sessions for young children to play and explore.
Sessions for 6-18 months 10.15 – 10.45am
Sessions for 18 months – four years 11.15am -12 noon
This new parent and baby/toddler group oﬀers a Shakespeare-inspired, creative environment to play and explore. The free-ﬂow sessions will be held in small groups of up to 10 children and their adults, who will be encouraged to engage at their own pace.
Each half-termly programme will be facilitated by experienced early years practitioners, to oﬀer a range of creative activities including movement and music. The stimulating play space will be developed each week to reﬂect the children’s interests. It will stage an exciting range of multi-sensory creative experiences, to encourage exploration and spark imaginations.
Where: The Other Place, Stratford-upon-Avon
Come in for a coffee and a chat!
When: Mondays at 10:30am to 11:30am
Where: Quinton Village Hall, Main Road, Lower Quinton
Tel: 01789 721711
Swimplicity is a brand new swim school with Teacher Nin (short for Janine!) who has 12 years’ experience, specialising in teaching babies and toddlers from only 8 weeks old. We regularly hear from amazed parents, “I can’t believe my baby can swim so young!”
We have a lovely warm and clean pool at St Greg’s, with exclusive use during our sessions. The water is only waist height, so it’s perfect for baby and toddler swimming lessons and for parents or carers who are less confident in the water.
Class sizes are kept small so that you can get the attention your little one deserves…. and most of all have fun together! Our classes are great value at £10.50 per session – ring now to book a FREE trial
When: 9:30am to 12noon every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday
Where: Swimplicity, St Gregory’s Catholic Primary School, Avenue Road, Stratford-upon-Avon, CV37 6UZ
A fun and creative dance and movement class
When: Monday afternoon
Where: Pebworth Village Hall, Chapel Road, Pebworth, CV37 8XA
Tel: Emma 07840 155786
Award-winning Teddy-cation is tailored specifically to the pre school phase and develops language and communication skills, listening skills, social and emotional skills, confidence, co-ordination, imagination, enquiring minds, creativity and exploration of different subject area skills.
Classes follow a set structure with Teddy Neuron greeting each child, a brain warm up exercise, a mission set by Teddy Neuron, a fun practical activity based on a subject area, a self assessment opportunity and a sticker on their Super Hero card.
Each class runs for 45 minutes
10 week course
Mondays: 1.30pm at Radford Road Church Hall, Radford Road, Leamington Spa Cv31 1NF
Tuesdays: 10am at Hatton Park Village Hall, Hatton Park, 2 Barcheston Drive, Hatton, Warwick CV35 7TR
Thursdays: 10am at Warwick Gates Community Centre, Cressida Close, Heathcote CV34 6DZ
Tel: 07720 446453
Our unique and fun Turtle Tots baby swimming classes and toddler swimming classes teach you to swim with your young child, whilst giving you a fantastic toning workout at the same time!
The Turtle Tots programme of swimming classes begins with aqua-natal yoga for mums-to-be, and continues once your baby is born with specialist and progressive swimming classes for babies and toddlers. The classes have also been written in conjunction with experienced personal trainers to promote fitness through pre-natal and post-natal pregnancy exercises.
Croft House Pool Monday 12-1.30 Wednesday 12.30-3 Thursday 12.30-3
Stratford Manor Hotel Monday 9-10.30 Wednesday 9-10.30
Chesford Grange Hotel (starting soon!) Tuesday 9-11 Thursday 9-11
Tel: 07473 160765
**Saturday morning classes at The Croft Prep School pool starting Sat 3rd March 2018!**
We have classes for Babies from birth to 4 years of age, initial class offering is as follows;
9:30am – Chapter 1 (Birth – 12mths)
10:00am – Chapter 1 (Birth – 12mths)
10:30am – Chapter 6 (12 – 24mths)
Water Babies teaches babies and toddlers to swim from birth up to 4 years of age.
Mondays at The Croft House Pool, Banbury Road, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7NF
Fridays and Saturdays at The Croft Preparatory School, Loxley Road, Alveston, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 7RL
Tel: 01905 745 505 or 07494 408585
When you start your splashy journey with us you will receive:
★ 9 or 10 of our carefully structured and award winning classes with our world class extended diploma qualified Water Babies instructors
★ A complimentary place on our fantastic Underwater Photo Shoot at the end of this Autumn term. (Spaces are limited, if Autumn photo shoot is full you will receive a complimentary space for the following Winter term. Products/images are available to purchase)
★ Your very own ‘Magical Water Babies Story’ keepsake book to help chart your little one’s swimming adventures
★ A celebratory cloth badge at the end of each term for your little one to collect along the way
★ An exclusive Water Babies Car Window Blind
★ A lovely Twinkle Twinkle gift (currently a handy Bubba bath thermometer)
★ Access to ‘Treats’ & MyWaterWorld which offers exclusive discounts and offers for national brands and deals!!