Now that the festive is over, and we’re settling into the New Year, it’s time to turn our thoughts to what fun our kids can enjoy in 2017. Kids love classes, and below are some fabulous ones which we are lucky to have in Edinburgh.
During the first year, babies learn more than at any other time in their lives. By the first birthday baby’s brain has doubled in volume as a direct result of trillions of connections made between the brain cells. This is why it is so important to introduce a rich variety of sensory experiences at every possible opportunity.
At Baby Sensory it’s our goal to bring amazing and often very simple sensory activities to class so you can replicate at home as well as enjoy in class with all your little baby sensory buddies.
There is a reason our classes are so popular babies just love the rich enjoyable activities specifically designed for them from birth to 13 months.
Founded by Dr Lin Day, everything we do is done for a reason; from the length of time we run our sessions, which mimics the play, rest play cycle that happens within a baby’s brain, to the ‘Wave Goodbye’ song which mimics the sound of the mothers blood in utero.
You could come for a whole year and never experience the same session twice. We literally deliver hundreds of different activities per year and follow over 60 different lesson plans.
New Year – new focus on languages? Now in its 6th year, Mini French is the loving creation of Felicity, Mum to three bilingual children. She uses her own experience and draws on recent research into language acquisition to run French sessions for babies and young children. Members can log in to an online learning portal accessed via the website.
Felicity says “Our unique and welcoming programmes aim to foster a curiosity in the French language and culture. I call it brain training for babies! Not only will you and your children have fun in a nurturing environment, you are giving your child a fantastic head-start in languages.”
We also have French families who come back term after term. The Music class is suitable from birth to age 4 and the Academy is for age 4 to P2. Felicity is always available to chat by email or phone about your child’s requirements or to answer questions.
Feedback on NetMums includes: “Felicity has put a lot of thinking and love into her lessons and it works” & “We learned so much French effortlessly”
Check out the online shop selling French books and Busy Bags – toy bags with French song cards!
Block booking discounts, and sibling discounts available – for full pricing see website.
Step it up Dance
Step It Up Dance is an award-winning urban dance company teaching tots to teens. Launched in Edinburgh in 2012 with one teacher delivering one class, we now teach our unique brand of Urban Dance classes to thousands of children every week across Edinburgh and Glasgow. We deliver our progressive programme within nurseries, schools and communities and host insanely fun birthday parties and exceptional holiday camps and workshops. Children don’t just enjoy attending our classes, they also become more active, gain more skills and enjoy an explosion of confidence!
We offer a unique curriculum for children aged 18 months upwards. This progressive programme is rooted in the Curriculum for Excellence and includes Adult & Child classes right through to Breakdance classes for teenagers, with regular performance opportunities for all.
We are dynamic enough to be responsive to our customers, and experienced enough to offer tried and tested services. Our team of teachers is made up of highly qualified and thoroughly nice people, the kind we would like to hang out with even if we didn’t work together. Why not give our range of activities a try? We’re confident you and your children will enjoy hanging out with us too!
Got dreams of being an actor, singer or dancer? Want to explore your potential as a performer? Welcome to MGA Stage Academies, where you’ll find exceptional performing arts training, loads of fun and opportunities to make new friends, all while building self-confidence!
As part of The MGA Academy of Performing Arts Junior School. Children aged 4-7 can experience the fun of performing arts with our Stage Academinies sessions on a Friday afternoon whilst our exclusive Stage Academies offer weekly sessions of training in acting, singing and dance for students aged around 7 to 14 (P3 up to S2). Why is our training unique? We aren’t a franchise organisation and tailor training to suit the needs of students rather than rolling out standardised, rigid formats. And we take advantage of the incredible world-class teachers who work on our full-time vocational courses to share their experiences and skills with Stage Academies students as well!
Classes are based in our fantastic studio facilities at 207 Balgreen Road (EH11 2RZ), with three groups arranged by age rotating through classes in acting, singing and dance during a three-hour session. Enrol for either our Friday evening or Saturday morning session by completing an application form downloadable from our website, where you’ll also find more information about training opportunities for children and young people at MGA.
Booking contact: Shirley Hornig, Registrar, email@example.com or call (0131) 466 9392
Get your kids knitting with the award winning Kids Knit programme!
Knitting might seem a bit tricky at first, but with the patient help of expert Kids Knit teachers, children quickly grow in confidence and start making their own unique creations from day one. The Kids Knit course has been professionally designed to take children from beginner stages right through to expert level. And with so many attractive and fun projects to choose from week by week, the fun never ends! You can choose from weekly classes, one off workshops and yarn-themed parties.
Kids Knit classes are provided by Knitting For All, a fast growing organisation that also includes YPK (Young People Knit) for teenagers. Classes take place all over Edinburgh, including Balerno, Juniper Green, Stockbridge, Morningside, Tollcross, Corstorphine, Portobello and Blackhall.
Knitting helps in the development of fine motor skills, maths and spacial recognition (understanding how things fit together), and it can be a wholly absorbing activity therefore increasing the ability to concentrate and apply oneself to a task. It has a wonderful effect on self esteem and the ability to think creatively in all areas of life.
To find out more, visit http://www.knittingforall.com/find-a-class/