Under Fives

Things to do with Babies, Toddlers & Young Children in Derbyshire and Staffordshire

Activities for Children Under Five

8 September 2021

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There are so many groups and classes that cater to children under-five in Derbyshire and Staffordshire. The list is continually growing as an army of women, and some men, dedicate themselves to keeping our children entertained and giving us somewhere to go where our babies and under-fives can have fun whilst we socialise. No matter what you are looking for - music, craft, dance, drama, language, sports, stories, etc - there is something on offer not far from you.

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What all the activities have in common, is that they teach your children to pay attention. A study recently found that toddlers who are better at concentrating, taking directions and persisting even after hitting difficulties have a 50 per cent greater chance of getting a degree when older! 1

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Music Classes

Little Hands Music and Boogie Babies

Are you wanting to help your young baby, toddler or grandchild with their development ? Would like to meet like minded parents and grandparents in a fun and relaxed environment, a great way to learn? Wondering where to start, and would like to learn new songs, and nursery rhymes, singing and dancing with other parents in small fun friendly groups? Learn lots of new songs written especially to help your little one with their development, confidence, speech, listening skills and for your child to have loads of instruments to explore, lots of props and parachutes, and gain lots of ideas to take home and try? Above all to have special time with your little one and create memories.

For over 14 years Little Hands Music and Boogie Babies have been helping very young babies and toddlers learn through music. The feedback from parents and grand parents has been fantastic as they see their little one develop and grow in confidence. Classes are kept deliberately small with lots of individual attention and each week is fresh and new. It is fabulous fun for babies and children from birth until school as they learn through music. We sit, we wiggle, we dance, we bounce, we sing, we giggle, and explore our surrounding up dancing and moving around. There are two age groups Boogie Babies and Little Hands Music with a maximum of 10 children per group. It's also a great way to make new friends and go to social events together. Classes are held in Uttoxeter. Come and see for yourself.

Little Hands Music

To Book a class contact Joan on 07751 255409, e-mail joan@littlehandsmusic.co.uk, go to www.littlehandsmusic.co.uk or fill in the form below

Age of child:    

Exploring Child Development workshops for parents - how your baby learns. Contact Joan for more information.

St John Ambulance Hall, Uttoxeter
Monday afternoons
1.00pm Boogie Babies
1.45pm Little Hands Music
2.30pm Little Hands Music

St John Ambulance Hall, Uttoxeter
Tuesday mornings
10.00am Little Hands Music
10.45am Little Hands Music Mini
11.30am Boogie Babies

Mayfield Bowls (near Ashbourne)
Tuesday afternoons
1.15pm Boogie Babies
2.00pm Little Hands Music



Colourstrings Kindergarten Music classes for 0- 5 yr olds. Held at the Flying Club on School Lane in Ashbourne on Tuesdays. Separate carefully structured classes for babies, toddlers, big-toddlers and pre-schoolers ensuring progression whilst having lots of fun.


Kimble's Music Movement

Choose from 25 classes a week. Using a variety of music from around the world we facilitate a toe tapping, foot stomping, thigh slapping, tummy tickling, hand clapping, instrument playing, lycra pulling, parachute waving, bottom wriggling fun filled experience for both carers and children alike.

Moira Community Centre
Ashby Road
Tel: 01283 219330
Thursdays: 9:30 babies to 18 months; 10:25 18 Months to 3 Years; 11:15 3 plus.

Measham Leisure Centre
Tel: 01283 219330
Tuesdays and Fridays.



Classes run on Monday mornings for two age groups: 0-2yrs - 09.45-10.15am, 2-4yrs - 10.50-11.30am. Stay behind after each class for a cuppa and a chat and to meet other families in the area. Experience music with your child through a combination of vocal and instrumental activities, including nursery rhymes, songs and games. All activities are designed to help develop social interaction between children and the people around them.
Eccleshall Methodist Church Hall
Tel: 01785 859979
E-mail: totstunetime@hotmail.com
Contact: Helen Shilvock


Twistin' Tots

Tel: 07977 578359
E-mail: info@twistintots.co.uk
Contact: Jacqui Davis

Matlock: Wednesdays, 10-11am at
Imperial Rooms
Imperial Rd
(1-hr music session).

Belper: Tuesdays 9.45-11.45am at
Belper Community Hall
Bridge Street
Belper (directly behind the Library)
2-Hr music and play session - an hour of music followed by an hour of play with toys.

Ripley: Fridays, 9.30-11.30am at
St Joseph's Church Hall
Butterley Hill
2-Hr music and play session - an hour of music followed by an hour of play with toys.

Little Eaton: Wednesdays 1.30-2.30 pm at
Little Eaton Village Hall
Vicarage Lane

Music and movement from birth - 5. Fun music and movement classes using songs, props, dance and action rhymes to educate your children and keep them entertained. No Need to book, you can just turn up, but if you book and pay in advance for the term, this will not only secure your place, but also give you a discount of £1 per class. Alternatively, you can book four consecutive classes and receive a 50p discount per class. And if you introduce a friend, you get in half price at that session. Individual classes cost £3.50.


Twistin' Tinies

Tel: 07977 578359
E-mail: info@twistintots.co.uk
Contact: Jacqui Davis

Tuesdays 1.30pm - 2.40pm
Belper Community Hall
Bridge Street
Belper (directly behind the Library).

A new fun music session for parents with new babies aged 0 - 18mths. 40 minute music session using exciting props, sensory activities, songs and puppets followed by a 30 min play session for babies with tea/coffee and cake for parents/carers. For ages 0-18mths. Free tasters offered, but booking essential. Thereafter sign up for four consecutive sessions or a full term (12 weeks).


Kindermusik with Shelly

Tittensor Village Hall and Inspire Music Stone
Kindermusik with Shelly is an early childhood education programme developed by Kindermusik International. It nurtures the cognitive, emotional, language, social, physical and musical development of children and believes that parents are the most important person in a child's learning, therefore we involve families in the joy of their children's musical education.



St Helens Church Hall
Darley Dale
Music movement sessions for babies to 4 years. Thursdays 10.30am - 11.15am. Enjoy popular songs and nursery rhymes using fun actions, dance and props to encourage co-ordination and development. Enjoy time together with your child while they learn and interact in a fun and friendly environment.


Trunks of Tunes

Tel: 07774 540003
Contact: Sarah Evans

Musical fun for everyone. Term time only. £3.50 for first child, discounts for under 1s and additional children. Sessions at Play Centres - pay the normal admission.

Planet Happy, Ripley
1:30-2:15 Mondays

Tiddlers Day Nursery, Stretton
1:30-2:30 Tuesdays

Play Mill, Bonsall
11-11:30 Tuesdays

Bassett Rooms, Ashover
10-11 Fridays


Tuneful Tots

Sutton Centre
Tel: 07814 264888
E-mail: pearly.whirly@talktalk.net
Contact: Pearl Anderson

Nursery rhymes and songs for babies and children. Tuesday 10am until 11.30am. All welcome.


Monkey Music

Tel: 01785 814077
Contact: Melanie Hepke

All rhythm and no blues: children's music classes from 3 months to 5 years. Call to book your free session.


Rhythm Time

Alsager Community Church
Lawton Road

Beacon Community Centre
Prospect Road
Market Drayton

Bradwell Lodge Community Centre
Bradwell Lane

Tel: 01270 884583
E-mail: fdonkin@gmail.com
Contact: Frances Donkin

Rhythm Time dovetails the Foundation Stage of the National Curriculum, offering percussion playing, dance and movement, and singing within a fun and structured environment. Children are taught in 3 different age groups, baby classes for 0-15 months, toddler classes for 15 months - 3 years and pre-school classes for 3-5 years. A gentle approach is taken to encourage children to participate and enjoy making music together. You can watch your child grow in confidence as they develop week by week, and their social skills and concentration skills will flourish. Ring Frances on 01270 884583 to visit a class.



W I Hall Hammerwich
Nr Lichfield
Tel: 07774 481401
E-mail: catkins_classes@tiscali.co.uk

Music, dance, nursery rhymes, action songs, and lots and lots of fun for toddlers and their carers. Classes ranging from 6 months to 3 years.

Movers and Shakers

Chesterfield Studios
Eastwood Building
Rose Hill
S40 1LW
Tel: 01246 271540

Music fun from 3 months to 5 years Singing, actions, dance, rhythm, instruments and socialisation. Fun, friendship and refreshments. Mondays at 10.00am, Wednesdays at 10.00 am, Fridays at 10.00 am and 11.30 am. £4.00 per class. Contact Roseanna Sanderson and Wendy Barnett 01246 271540


Kindermusik with Carole

Tel: 07967159277/0115 9723703
E-mail: carolescholes@btinternet.com
Contact: Carole Scholes

Music and Movement programme for babies and young children from 0-5 years. Classes in Derby city centre starting May 2012.


Lilley Pond Singalong

Hilton Business Park
DE65 5FJ
Tel: 01283 736199
See map...
Hop along to a LILLEY POND SINGALONG at JANGALA to dance, sing and shake your thing with acclaimed singer-songwriter and professional musician Mark Lilley. Your budding popstars (0-5) will enjoy a LIVE, interactive singalong session featuring themed masks, props and musical instruments - making their favourite songs and nursery rhymes fun, fun, fun!


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TinyTalk Baby Signing: Melbourne and Castle Donington

Sign, Sing and Stimulate your baby's development at our fun and friendly classes!

TinyTalk Baby Signing:Melbourne and Castle Donington

We have so much fun with songs, mirrors, instruments, books, toys and more, whilst you learn to communicate with your baby before they can speak!

Contact: Jo Clark
Tel: 07801 351986
E-mail: JoC@tinytalk.co.uk
Melbourne - Wednesday
Melbourne Assembly Rooms
High Street
DE73 8GJ
Baby Signing 10.45 - 11.45 and 12.15pm - 1.15pm

Castle Donington - Friday
Spital Park Pavilion
Spital Park
The Spital
Castle Donington
DE74 2NQ
Baby Signing 10.15 - 11.15

Help to reduce frustration and do something special for your baby's development at the same time. Playtime follows with lots of toys for the little ones, whilst mummies and daddies enjoy social time and make new friends over a well-deserved drink and a biscuit (or two!).

So come along and find out why over 100,000 parents voted Tiny Talk Baby Signing as one of the very best activities you can do with your baby aged 0-2 years in the What's on for Little Ones Awards 2015! FREE TRIAL CLASSES available, get in touch now to book your space! Telephone 07801 351986, e-mail JoC@tinytalk.co.uk or fill in this form.



TinyTalk Baby Signing: Long Eaton and Alvaston

Contact: Caroline Stalker
Tel: 07739551018
E-mail: carolines@tinytalk.co.uk

Long Eaton - Wednesday
St John's Church Hall
College Street (Corner of Canal Street)
Long Eaton
NG10 4GA
TinyTalk Toddlers 9.30 - 10.30
Baby Signing 10.45 - 11.45
Baby Signing 12.00 - 1.00

Alvaston - Tuesday
St Michaels Hall, Elvaston Lane
DE24 0PX
Baby Signing 1.00 - 2.00
Toddlers 2.15 - 3.15
Baby Signing 3.30 - 4.30

Help your child to communicate before they can speak - help to reduce frustration and do something special for your baby's development at the same time. Sing nursery rhymes and learn everyday baby signs based on BSL, followed by playtime and refreshments (and chocolate biscuits for parents and carers). TinyTalk classes offer relaxed, yet educational, fun.


TinyTalk Baby Sign Language Classes (0-18months) and Toddler Talk (walking to 3 years old): Derby, Oakwood, Mickleover and Allestree

Contact: Emily Reeve
Tel: 07736467326
E-mail: emilyreeve@tinytalk.co.uk
Baby Signing - What does your baby want to say to you? Babies have so much to say before they can talk- Let them tell you Friendly and fun classes from birth to 2 years learning basic sign language while singing nursery rhymes then relaxing over toys and refreshments. Classes now contain sensory section- to thrill and stimulate your baby
Toddler Talk - Learn the soft skills needed to prepare your little one for preschool. Singing, communication, dancing, music and games. In a fast moving lively class, to keep your toddler entertained! Come and try a class for free - email emilyreeve@tinytalk.co.uk to find out more.


Sing and Sign: Stafford, Stone, Cannock

Tel: 07967 286271

Tel: 07967 286271

St Aidans Church
West Chadsmoor
WS11 5JD
Tel: 07967 286271

Learn baby signing the fun way! Help your baby communicate before speech with award winning music programme. Fun filled classes loved by parents and babies across the UK.
Contact: leesemott@singandsign.co.uk


Love and Cuddles Ltd Baby Signing: Glossop

223 Woolley Bridge Rd
SK13 1BW
Tel: 07721 314138
E-mail: harlequindance@hotmail.com
Contact: Lisa Norris
Classes for babies to 2 years


TinyTalk Baby Signing: High Peak

Across the High Peak
Tel: 07522775761
E-mail: juliep@tinytalk.co.uk
Contact: Julie Parker
Baby Signing classes for 0-2's and signing/language development classes for 2-4's. Come and join the fun, learning simple bsl signs through songs, rhymes and fun activities. Social time after with toys for the children and drinks/biscuits for the adults!


Sing and Sign: Chesterfield

Eyre Chapel
Newbold Road
Tel: 01246 432784
E-mail: liz@singandsignsheffield.co.uk
Contact: Liz Harrison

Baby signing classes in Chesterfield.

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Teaching babies to swim turns out to be more than just fun. Baby swimmers have better balance and are also better at grasping at things than non-swimmers. This difference persists even when children are five years old, when babies who have been taught to swim still outperform their peers, research from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) shows2. It also make sense from a safety point of view.

The NHS advises that you can take your baby swimming at any age, both before and after they have been vaccinated. It doesn't matter if they haven't completed their course of injections yet. Indeed, The Department of Health recommends that you can take your baby swimming from a very young age.

Babies are well suited to swimming. They have a natural dive reflex (called bradycardic response) where they close their mouths underwater and slow down their heart rate. They gradually grow out of this but it is still there at 6 months 3.

Apart from the science - seeing your baby swimming underwater with her eyes open and moving up towards the surface of the pool is amazing.


Puddle Ducks Derbyshire

Swimming classes from birth to 5 years, join at any time. Get in touch for more information and for class availability & times.
Contact: 01332 605729
E-mail: Derbyshire@puddleducks.com

Jurys Inn, Castle Donnington DE74 2SH
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

Choices Health Club, Raynesway Derby DE21 7BB
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday

Gayton Swimming Pool, Gayton Avenue, Littleover, Derby DE23 1GA
From 10-12

Etwall Primary School, Etwall, Derbyshire, DE65 6ND

Adelaide Grange, Snelston near Ashbourne
Fridays & Saturdays

DW Fitness, Pride Park, Derby DE24 8BW
Monday, Thursday & Sunday

DW Fitness, Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire DE14 1NA
Saturday & Sunday

Woodlands School, Allestree DE22 2LW

Margaret Clarke Hydrotherapy Pool, Alfreton DE55 7AL
Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

Wirksworth Swimming Pool, Wirksworth DE4 4JG

Denstone College, Denstone ST14 5HN


Swimming: Ashbourne

Parent and Baby: Tuesdays 12.30-1.30, Thursdays 9.30-10.30
Family Splash (under 9's): Saturday 1.30-2.30
Family Session: Sunday 9.00-12.30
Classes start and 3 and a half. Children can be added to the waiting list from 3. Ashbourne Leisure Centre
Clifton Road
Tel: 01335 343712


Swimming: Uttoxeter

Splish Splash: Mondays 10.00-10.30, Thursdays 2-2.30
Parent and pre-school: Thursdays 10.45-11.45
Aqua Babes, swimming classes for parent and child from 18 months to 3 years of age: Thursdays 1.30-2.00
Aqua Tots, for children from 3 - 4 years old: Wednesdays 1.30-3.00, Thursdays 9.30-10.30, Saturday 10.30-11.
Private classes available
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre
Tel: 01889 562844
Fax: 01889 569891


Swimming: Matlock

Swimming classes for the under-fives with no waiting list. Imperial Road
Tel: 01629 582843


Swimming: Waterhouses

Family swim: Sundays 3-5 pm and Wednesdays 6.45 - 8 pm.
Adult 1.80 pounds, child 1.50 pounds, under-fives free.
Enquiries Clare 01538 308591, Sue 01538 308754, Nikki 01538387719.
Turn right at the George towards Waterfall then turn left at the school.
Tel: 01538308754
E-mail: sue.edwards24@btinternet.com


Parent - Toddler Swimming

11:00 am every Tuesday at the Ex Derby University Pool now operated by a Charitable Trust.
Lonsdale Swimming Pool
Chevin Avenue
Tel: 01332 516325
Contact: Lynda Mangnall


Splashing Stars

Adult and Child classes within a private heated pool maximum 2 adult and 2 children per class, children aged between 1 - 4 welcome. Session times Friday 2.30 pm til 4 pm and Saturday 9 am til 10.30 am.
Unit 8 Perkins Yards
Mansfields Road
DE21 4AW
Tel: 07769883993
E-mail: pjlmricho@icloud.com
Contact: Jo Richardson


High Peak Water Babies

Baby & Toddler Swimming Lessons with Water Babies in High Peak. Watch your little one grow in confidence as they learn swimming and safety skills through fun, games and song from the UK's leading baby swimming lesson provider. Lessons available from birth to 5 years with highly qualified teachers.
Mondays at Whaley Bridge Primary School
Tuesdays at Peak School, Chinley
Booking required
Tel: 0161 928 6385
E-mail: 123swim@waterbabies.co.uk


Water Babies

Baby swim school, offering structured classes from birth across Staffordshire and Derbyshire. For more information, give us a call on 01283 814 766.
Tel: 01283 814 766
E-mail: tigerarms@waterbabies.co.uk


Swimming classes

Tel: 07907 263423
E-mail: info@kinderswim.co.uk
Our classes are fun and stimulating.They incorporate vital survival skills.A unique bonding experience for you and your baby.


Bubble Splash Ltd

Tel: 01302 856 088 / 07724 528 838
E-mail: roxana@bubbleandsplash.co.uk
Baby and toddler swimming classes encouraging early learning skills. classes take place in Doncaster, Chesterfield, Derby, Sheffield


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Drama Groups


Unit 1
Olde English Road
Tel: 01629 823969
Contact: Kirsty Williams
E-mail: admin@theatreworksuk.com

Drama classes for children from 3 years. Fun and exciting classes to promote confidence and imagination.


Theatre Kittens

Tel: 0845 003 8230
Contact: Catherine Budworth
E-mail: info@theatrecats.co.uk

Theatre Cats is a stage school that opened in Burton Upon Trent in January 2008. It is for children and young adults aged between 2 and 16 years of age and offers drama classes at Burton's Shobnall Leisure Complex, The William Allitt School in Newhall, Mickleover's Royal British Legion in Derby and Picknall's First School in Uttoxeter.


Stagecoach Early Stages

St John the Evangelist CE Primary School
Tel: 01782 777345
Drama, dance and singing for children aged 4-6 years old. Children are taught in small groups by qualified professionals. Helps to increase confidence and self-esteem. Summer Holiday Workshops and classes for older children also available.


Oaklands Academy of Dance

Nr Lichfield
Tel: 01543 684446 or 07774 481401
E-mail: oaklands_acdemy@tiscali.co.uk
Contact Ann or Michelle
A whole range of dance and drama classes for all ages. Ballet, tap, modern jazz, freestyle, gymnastic dance, musical theatre, theatre craft, dramaetc. Contact Ann or Michelle.


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Amy's School of Dance

Disco and street dancing for under 5s to adults. Bradwell Memorial Hall Monday and Tuesday nights and Chelmonton Village Hall Wednesday nights.
Tel: 01298 85175
Mobile: 07968 116902


Twirling Tots Mini Movers

4 Sandford St
Tel: 01543 411467
E-mail: elitedancing@hotmail.com
Exciting Dance class in ballet, tap and gymnastics for toddlers. Incorporating creative and fun sessions. Dress up and have fun.


Bojangles Dance - Pop Tots and Petite Feet

3 Wiltell Estate
Upper St John Street
Staffordshire WS14 9ET

5 stars

"Ballet and Pop dance classes for children aged 2.5 to 5. Lovely friendly school, with parking, in the heart of Lichfield."


Babyballet Song and Dance Academy

Thursday AM: Barlborough Village Hall
Thursday PM: Healthy Living Centre, Staveley
Friday AM: Barlow Methodist Church
Saturday AM: Bolsover Community Centre
Saturday PM: Brampton Manor

Classes start March 2010 for children from 6 months to 4 years and over. For more information and to join the waiting lists please contact Miss Jayne on 01246 229106 or e-mail chesterfield@babyballet.co.uk.


Pat Miller School of Dance

Branston Village Hall
Clays Lane
Burton upon Trent
DE14 3HS
Tel: 07973 478 444
E-mail: patmiller.dance@yahoo.co.uk
Contact: Pat Miller
Learn to dance with us - our Saturday morning classes are aimed at children aged 4 to 8 years. Teachers are highly experienced and the children will love learning dance routines to the latest 'pop' tunes.


Pre-School Dance Class

Saturday mornings: a fun dance class for 3-4 year-olds (without parents) 9.30-10.15am. You are most welcome to come along and watch at any time. Contact Pat Miller
Branston Village Hall
DE14 3ES
Tel: 07973 478 444
E-mail: info@patmillerdance.co.uk


Twinkletoes Preschool Dance Classes

Tel: 07875129692

Fradley village hall
Church hall
WS13 8NL
Thursdays: Under 2 1/2 from 10-10.45 am
Over 2 1/2, from 10.45-11.30 am

Brereton Ravenhill Hall
WS15 1DS
Fridays: Under 2 1/2 from 10-10.45 am
Over 2 1/2, from 10.45-11.30 am


Crazy Legs - Parent and Toddler Fun Dance Club

St Marys Church Hall
Derbyshire Tel: 0115 9460845
E-mail: ACoolden@yahoo.com
Contact: Miss Rachel Coulson
Class Mondays 10 am. Other toddler classes are available.



19 Chapel St
Tel: 01332 370911
E-mail: info@deda.uk.com
Classes for children from 6 months to 7 years.


Ballet Tots (Noodle Performance Arts)

Barlborough Village Hall on Wednesdays 11.00-11.30
Little Feet Nursery, Dronfield on Wednesdays 9.30-10.00
Tel: 07984-46171
A fun ballet class for children from walking to age 3.
Noodle Performance Arts provides dance and performing arts classes and parties. To attend a trial class or to book, please contact Nikki on 07984-461711 or e-mail Nikki.


Noodle Ballet (Noodle Performance Arts)

Little Feet Nursery, Dronfield on Wednesdays 4.00-4.45
Tel: 07984-46171
A lovely informal ballet class for children aged 3-6
Noodle Performance Arts provides dance and performing arts classes and parties. To attend a trial class or to book, please contact Nikki on 07984-461711 or e-mail.


Funky Noodle Street Dance (Noodle Performance Arts)

Little Feet Nursery, Dronfield on Tuesdays 4.00-4.45
Tel: 07984-46171
Aged 3 upwards.
Noodle Performance Arts provides dance and performing arts classes and parties. To attend a trial class or to book, please contact Nikki on 07984-461711 or e-mail.


Tiny Tots Dance Class and Mini Movers

Units 4 & 5 Henmore Trading Estate
Mayfield Road
01335 344 665

Tiny Tots: Mondays 9.30 - 10.15 am. It's a parent/carer accompanied class combining basic dance steps and co-ordination exercises with music and singing. 18mths - 3 years, pay as you come £3 lesson and £1.00 for additional siblings. Term time only.

Mini Movers: Basic ballet steps with lots of fun including singing, rhythm practice and general co-ordination. Designed for pre-schoolers - 3 and 4 year olds - unaccompanied. Thursdays 9.30 - 10.00 am and Saturdays 8.55 - 9.25 am, price £3.50 lesson. Places must be pre-booked and are payable by term


Mini Movers & Groovers

Pavillion Arts Centre

Mini Movers and Groovers sessionns for under 5s. Through a mix of creative movement and dance, toddlers and children can learn new skills in a fun and relaxed setting. Mondays 10 - 10.45 am.


Big Fish Little Fish

Multi-award winning family fun for the post-rave generation of parents. Helping parents be responsibly irresponsible since 2013. This event takes place at Derby's Revolution bringing you rave classics. 3rd November 14.00-16.30 Revolution Derby, 1 the Strand DE1 1BJ. Family ticket £28.00. Adult £8.50. Child under 12 £ 6.50. Pre walkers free.

More information contact info@bigfishlittlefishevents.com


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Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory: Burton Upon Trent, Lichfield, Burntwood , Uttoxeter, Inkersall, Chesterfield

Baby Sensory

Baby Sensory is aimed at babies from birth-13 months. We have instruments, baby signing, massage and exercise, sleep techniques, social playtime, action rhymes and songs. Each hour long session is filled with wonderful sensory experiences for the babies and adults to enjoy! From fibre optic lights shows to glowing bouncy balls, bubbles, bells, rainbows, tickly feathers, puppets, silky scarves and water play; the possibilities for learning are endless! Each activity we do aims to enhance learning and development in some way. There is also an exploratory playtime which is the perfect time for Mums to make new friends. Each week there is a new exciting theme including, "Baby Pirates, jungle jitters, winter wonderland and baby beach party!"

First class is a free trial session.

Classes in Inkersall and Chesterfield, Contact Pauline on 07922595414 (times and days below)
E-mail: chesterfield@babysensory.co.uk

Treetops Nursery, Ash Close, Barlborough, Chesterfield S43 3XL
Mondays birth - 13 months 10.45-11.45

Green, Ulverston Road, Chesterfield, S41 8EQ
Tuesdays 7-13 months 10.00-11.00 & birth - 6 months 11.15-12.15

St Columba Church, Inkersall S43 3LU
Thursdays 7-13 months 9.45-10.45 and birth - 6 months 11.00-12.00

Toddler Sense The Hall on the Green, Ulverston Road, Chesterfield, S41 8EQ
Thursdays 13-18 months 10.00-10.45 & 18 months - 3 years 11.00-11.50 at

Classes held in Burton Upon Trent, Lichfield, Burntwood and Uttoxeter, Contact Gemma on 07812 380 888

For Derby, contact Claire on 07967 485855 or email derbyeast@babysensory.co.uk.


Baby Sensory: Stafford, Stone, Penkridge and Brewood

Stafford, Stone, Penkridge and Brewood
01785 229373
07915 440444
E-mail: stafford@babysensory.co.uk


Baby Sensory: Biddulph Moor, Biddulph, Northwood

Baby Sensory classes provide hundreds of simple activities designed to stimulate the senses and help with your baby's development. Our classes include activities ranging from signing to fibre optic light shows, amazing light balls, bubbles and bells- our unique themed session plans provide new exciting experiences every week. Designer baby parties also available.
Contact Rachel: northstaffs@babysensory.co.uk Tel: 07713 336680.

Northwood Parish Hall
Keelings Road
Northwood (near Hanley)

Biddulph Moor Village Hall
Hot Lane
Biddulph Moor

The Victoria Centre
Station Road


Toddler Sense: Lichfield, Shenstone

Shenstone: Wednesday mornings from 10:00–10:50. Ages 13 months–4 years
Lichfield: Friday mornings from 9:30–10:15 for ages 13–22 months; 10:30–11:20 for ages 23 months–4 years.

Lichfield Football Club
Brownsfield Road
WS13 6BT
Tel: 07813 640 977

Shenstone Village Hall
Barnes Road
WS14 0LT
Tel: 07813 640 977

Little Saplings Sensory Play: National Arboretum

Croxall Road
DE13 7AR
Tel: 01283 245 100

Following story time, children and accompanying adults can play with the evolving array of sensory toys with the objective of encouraging creativity and multi-sensory experiences. First Friday of the month. For babies, toddlers and preschool children.


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Edward Bear Club

Ten minutes of "Fun-worship" at St Oswalds Church, Ashbourne
10.30 am every Thursday during term time.
Followed by tea, biscuits and play in the Church rooms.


Mayfield Sunday School

Every other Sunday from 10.30 am until 11.30 am
"Attending Sunday School is good fun for all children and can be beneficial in allowing them to mix with children outside their year group in a safe and caring environment."
Contact: Margaret Mansfield
Tel: 01335 343791
Mayfield, nr Ashbourne


St John's Sunday School

9.15 am Sundays. Starts in church (Buxton Road, Ashbourne) then moves to St John's Community Centre.
Contact: Beverley Oakley
Tel: 01335 342001


Steep Turnpike Church

SUNDAY CLUB 11am. Activities from 3 yrs during the family service; includes Sunday Club, children's items and creche.

TUESDAYS - FOOTSTEPS at 6.15 pm. Age: reception - yr 5. Nearly 40 children having fun - a good, friendly mix of boys and girls across the age range. Got your ears ready for a fun quiz? Or a story? Body ready for action songs and games? Hands ready for crafts? What about team games?

Steep Turnpike Church
D4 3DP


Praise and Play

Twenty minutes of church fun, praise and prayer followed by play and coffee and tea for mums and dads Every other wednesday 10 am till 11am, all welcome.
St Mary's Church
Tel: 01785 220585


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Language Classes

For years, scientists and parents alike have touted the benefits of introducing babies to two languages: Bilingual experience has been shown to improve cognitive abilities, especially problem-solving. Children's brains will never be better at learning a second language than they are between 0 and 3 years of age, says study.

French classes

French classes from Nathalie Quigley
For 2 to 5 year olds. Morning or early afternoon, Ashbourne. Price and session length is around £3.50 for a 30-40 minute session.
Tel: 01335 3248787


French classes

French classes from Mrs Harmon
Doveridge and home sessions
Tel: 01889 565393


Children's fun French classes

French with songs, games and fun. Classes for babies & toddlers and for children 3-11 years taught by a La Jolie Ronde licensee on Saturday mornings. Small classes. Lots of fun.
Lichfield Methodist Centre
Tel: 01283 712329
Contact: Julie
E-mail: Juliesfrenchclasses@gmail.com


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Softplay: St Oswalds

Thursdays 1.30 - 3 pm. Contact:
St Oswalds School Hall
Mayfield Road
Tel: 07738007803


Soft Play: Mickleover

British Legion


Tumble Fun

Soft play, bouncy castle and gymnastic equipment. An introduction into building motor skills and the fundamentals of physical activity. Parents and carers join in the fun along with the supervision of our coaching staff. 12 months - 3 Years. Payable Weekly. Monday 01:30-02:30pm.
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre
Tel: 01889 562844
Fax: 01889 569891
Mondays 2.00-2.45, Tuesdays 1.00-2.00.


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Gym Kids

Pre-school introduction to gymnastics.
Uttoxeter Leisure Centre
Tel: 01889 562844
Fax: 01889 569891
Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays


Gym Kids

Gymkids is a fun pre school gymnastics club for children 0-4 yrs GYMKIDS FITKIDS is a fun active fitness session 4 yrs to 8 years.
Alfreton, Belper and Matlock Leisure Centre
Tel: 01773834497
Mobile: 07717065095
E-mail: helens75@hotmail.co.uk
Contact: Helen


Toddler Keep Fit

The Gateway Centre
Grandstand Rd
Tel 07984 875400
Contact: Jacqui
Wednesdays 9.30-10.30 am. Balance, co-ordination, games: qualified coaches.


Little Steps Gym

Lichfield St Chads Scouts
The Leasowe
WS13 7HH
Tel: 07825 216496
E-mail: stepsgympelsall@yahoo.co.uk
Fun and fitness for children 6 months to 11 years


Gym Cubs

10 Gerard
Lichfield Road Industrial Estate
B79 7UW
Tel: 07522 300048
Gymnastics for all abilities.


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Toy Libraries

Like book libraries but with toys, games, puzzles and puppets to borrow.

Community toy libraries were first formed in England in the late 1960's, initially for children with additional needs. Like much childcare provision at that time, they were often run by local parents or carers, sometimes with help from teachers and other professionals. Today, there are an estimated 1,000 toy libraries serving around a quarter of a million children and their families.

Toy libraries support children's development through the extension of play opportunities; provide a place for parents and carers to meet and offer support for parenting and parental involvement in play.

Derbyshire Toy Libraries

Toy Library 'Stay & Play' sessions provide a welcoming, fun and stimulating place for parents and carers to bring their children. which encourages them to play alongside other children. Babies, toddlers and children up to pre-school age are welcome. Session fee is £3.00 per family for up to three children. Additional visitors & children are charged an additional 75 pence each (a one-off lifetime membership fee of £10 is charged to families and carers to join toy library, on joining your first session is FREE) and includes a wide variety of toys to play with, one week's toy hire, a craft activity, kids' snack, hot drink for parent or carer. Introduce a friend to 'Stay & Play' session & recieve free entry when they join Toy Library. Discounts also available for paying for sessions in blocks i.e pay monthly and get one session free. Parents, Carer's, Childminders and children in local community and surrounding areas are invited to "Come, Play and Take Away". (All Stay & Play Sessions closed week commencing 22nd & 29th December 2014)

We have a wide range of toys and resources, which include: games, puzzles, dressing-up costumes, interactive learning aids and much more. These are available to hire for a time period of between one and six weeks.

Parents and carers can chat our Toy Library Team Members who are on-hand to assist with any aspect of learning through play, as well as sign-posting to other agencies for more specific help.

Parents, carer's, childminders and children in local community and surrounding areas are invited to "Come, Play and Take Away".

Bring the fun home with toy hire for Parties, Christenings and other family occasions. For more details contact info@toylibraries.org

View over 2000 toys via online database.

Toy Library spokesperson Ann-Marie McMillan said: "Toy libraries provide a valuable community service. Parents Carers and children and Childcare providers can try out new toys without spending a fortune and the groups provide a great place for making new friends."

Derbyshire Toy Libraries, Wirksworth
Wirksworth Toy Library

Health Education Room
Hannage Brook Medical Centre
Tel: 0845 0092084
E-mail The Wirksworth Toy Library meets upstairs in the Health Education Room of Hannage Brook Medical Centre, Wirksworth. The Library runs fortnightly on the first and third Tuesday afternoons of each month (1.30-3 pm).

Derbyshire Toy Libraries Wirksworth Stay and Play Sessions

Wirksworth Children's Centre (Memorial Hall)
39 St Johns Street
The Memorial Hall is located opposite Waltham House adjacent to Traffic Lights and Memorial Gardens.
Every Tuesday: 10am to 12pm.

Derbyshire Toy Libraries Crich Stay and Play
Crich Toy Library

Crich Glebe Field Centre
Every Monday: 10am to 12pm except Bank Holidays. 0-5 years.

Derbyshire Toy Libraries Belper Stay and Play

The Bungalow
Belper School
John O' Gaunts Way
DE56 1RZ
The Bungalow is located in far left hand corner of Belper Leisure Centre & Belper High School Car Park.
Every Thursday: 1.00pm to 3.30pm

Heage Toy Library Stay and Play

The Studio
Heage Primary School
School Lane
DE56 2AL
Every Tuesday: 1.15 to 3.15pm

Derbyshire Toy Libraries Hartington Stay and Play
Hartington Toy Library

School Hall - Hartington C of E Primary School
The Dale
SK17 0AS
Every Wednesday during term time: 10am to 12pm. Subsidised session fee 50 pence.

Derbyshire Toy Libraries Matlock Stay and Play

Matlock Surestart Childrens Centre (Adjacent to Catle View. Primary School)
School Rd


Staveley Area Toy Library

The Stables
Staveley Hall
Staveley Hall Drive
S43 3TN
Tel: 01246 470696 / 0770 754 7950

Staveley Toy Library is a great place for you to meet new friends and for your children to play and learn. Staveley Area Toy Library is available for a loan service each week from the following Stay and Play sessions run by the Toy Library.

Little Spikes Poolsbrook Social Club
Cottage Close
Mondays 9.30am - 11.00am

Ducky Ducklings Duckmanton Primary School
West Crescent,
S44 5HD
Mondays 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Little Treasures Staveley and Barrow Hill Community Rooms
47 High Street
Staveley, S433UU
Tuesdays 9.30am - 11.00am

Toy Library Healthy Living Centre (in the creche)
Barlow Road
Wednesdays 1.30pm - 3.00pm

Mini Monkeys Norbriggs Primary School,
Woodthorpe Road,
Mastin Moor
S43 3BW
Thursdays 1.30 - 3.00pm

What does it cost?

Stay and Play sessions
£1.00 per parent/carer and 1 child plus 50 pence for each additional child
This includes refreshments, craft and activities

Toy Library Membership:
£6.00 Families (Lifetime membership)
£3.00 For families in receipt of benefits
£10.00 Groups/Childminders (renewable annually)
£25.00 Schools/Nurseries (renewable annually)

Toy Loans
40 pence per toy per fortnight
Families can borrow up to 3 toys each fortnight.
Childminders/groups can borrow up to 5 toys each fortnight
Schools/Nurseries - loan period and number of toys is negotiable


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Arts, Crafts and Messy Play

The World Around Us

Wyaston Village Hall
Tel: 07784 780 795
Contact: Caron Jones

Craft and messy activities for 18m - 4 year olds. Fifty minute sessions where children are able to enjoy a wide selection of creative activities such as painting, printing, collage, sand/water activities, dough/clay activities, baking and messy play. Each session includes a short group time where we enjoy singing songs and playing instruments. Sessions take place at Wyaston on Thursdays at 10.15am and are planned and led by a specialist Early Years Teacher. Please contact Caron for further details- caron.stevej@btopenworld.com / 07784 780 795.


Messy Play

The Gateway Centre
Grandstand Rd
Tel 07984 875400
Contact: Jacqui
From 5 June, Tuesdays 10.00-11:00 am. Sand and water play, painting, playdough, drawing, music and singing.


Tots Make and Do

Derby Museum and Art Gallery
Tots Make and Do is a weekly session fro 2-5 year olds and their grown-ups for crafts, games and stories inspired by the museum's collections. Every Friday from 10-11:30 am.


Artful Splodgers Messy Play Group

Fleet Arts Centre
The Fleet
DE56 1NU
Tel: 0845 643 2606
Lots of art, crafts and messy play for children aged between 18 months and 5 years.


Creation Station Arts and Crafts

Tel: 07875 054266


Splatter Studio

Beeston, Ilkeston, Long Eaton, Sawley and Stapleford
Tel: 01159179185
An arts and craft group which encourages babies and toddlers to explore their creative minds. Splatter Studio provides parents/carers and children with the opportunity to meet like minded people and to create a 'master piece' to take home at the end. Best of all, they clean up the mess.


Orange Bear Mobile Paint a pot Studio

158 Bitham Lane
Burton Upon Trent
DE13 0HB
Tel: 07729473184
E-mail: heg@orangebear.co.uk


Childrens' Art and Crafts

Burton Upon Trent and Lichfield
Tel: 08448747329
E-mail: fiona@thecreationstation.co.uk
Contact: Fiona Bradbury


Little Chicks Art Sessions

St Michael Hall
First Friday of the month, 9:30am to 10:15am for 18mths to 4yrs.



Tel: 07788552868
Contact: Celia
E-mail: artingabout@hotmail.co.uk

New Saturday Art Club coming to Burntwood soon for families and children. 30 min Toddler session £3.50 per child



Tel: 07855156540
Contact: Sam Milne

Arty Activities "No-Stress-Mess" Tuesdays 10 am-12, book on 07855156540.


Make and Bake

The Mitchell Arts Centre
Broad Street
Tel: 01782 409307
Contact: Hannah Clemson

Join us for a make and bake parent and child session. Spend a few hours decorating cakes and making crafts. Each week our Cafe team will have different make and bake activities on offer. Meet up other with parents and enjoy a creative morning. Children of any age welcome. This is a drop-in session so no need to book. Every Wednesday from 11am - 1pm. FREE.


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Story Time

Pre-School Story Session

14-16 George Street
SK13 8AY
Tel: (01457) 853413
E-mail: help@georgestreetbooks.co.uk
See map...
Free session with stories, rhymes, songs and crafts every Friday, 10am.


Story Time for Little Terras

Little Terra
21 Sadler Gate
Tel 01332 253 719

Children's Story Time on the first and last Thursday of every month at Saddler Gate's Little Terra shop. Browse through the shop whilst your little ones listen to favourite stories such as The Fish Who Could Wish and Elmer The Elephant. Free and open to children and babies of all ages. Refreshments and a little something to take home are provided.


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Baby Massage

Baby Massage

Research by a team at the University of Warwick says that massage may help infants aged under six months sleep better, cry less and be less stressed.

See also Baby Sensory as these groups often also include baby massage.

Baby Ability

Mugginton Village Hall
Church Lane
Weston Underwood
Tel: 07553097459
E-mail: stephanie@babyability.co.uk
Contact: Stephanie Jones

Here at Baby Ability, we are passionate about supporting all parents especially those with early/ premature babies and special needs babies. Our development classes are led by our experienced Baby Development Therapist, qualified in Midwife approved techniques giving you invaluable knowledge.

Together we can nurture your babies physical, mental and social development through bonding activities in a relaxed inclusive way.

Classes are in Baby Massage and Baby Yoga at Mugginton and Mickleover Derby. Visit www.babyability.co.uk


Natality Baby Massage

Tel: 01773 880780
E-mail: info@natality.co.uk
Baby Massage Classes in Hilton, Derby - Littleover and Allestree, Belper and Matlock. Taught in a small, friendly group this course offer the chance to learn a skill that enhances bonding, improves sleep and colic and gives you the opportunity to make new friends.


Blossom Babies Baby Massage Derby

Littleover Church Hall
Normanton Lane
Tel: 07557408500
Contact: Emily Connell

Small and friendly baby massage course in Littleover. 5 week course for £40, it includes massage oil, print outs, keepsake certificate and refreshments. All you need to bring is a towel. You can bring baby from birth to crawling.



Baby Massage

The Bridge Centre
185, Ladybank Rd
Tel: 01332-521270/ 01773-826845
E-mail: raphael.jenny@gmail.com
Thursday mornings 10-11am. Small groups so booking essential.


Baby Massage

2 The Pastures
Tel: 07887 555086
E-mail: info@babymassageclass.co.uk
Baby massage courses in Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

Belle Bambino Baby Massage

Tel: 07989832116
E-mail: lisaransom99@yahoo.com

Classes at Anna Michelles school of Dance - Derby, Studio Vibe - Matlock and Vanessa Millars school of dancing - Belper. Baby massage can reduce crying and increase levels of relaxation providing longer sleep. It can relieve wind, colic, constipation and teething discomfort as well as providing an enjoyable opportunity for you to spend one-one time with your baby. Recognised benefits of baby massage research has shown massage can reduce stress hormones and alleviate depression. Massage has lots of physical benefits and can play a vital role in circulation, digestion and growth.
Booking essential.


Loving Hands Baby Massage

Wilmot Street
Tel: 07850 425136
E-mail: loving.hands@outlook.cominfo@natality.co.uk
Friendly, relaxed baby massage spanning over a 5 week period held on a Wednesday morning. During the course you will learn a full body massage routine which includes stokes to help the relief of colic, constipation, wind, teething pain and congestion. All equipment included so all you will need to bring is usual feeding and changing requirements and a towel. Classes end with some sensory play and time to enjoy a chat with other parents over a coffee.


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SOCATOTS South and East Staffs

Venture Point
Towers Business Park
WS15 1UZ
Tel: 01889 580234
E-mail: a.holland@socatots.com


Soccerstars UK

Green Bank Leisure Centre
Tel: 01332 368000
E-mail: footie@soccerstarsuk.co.uk

Soccerstars UK have designed a fun and exciting programme that introduces football to children aged between 3 and 5 years old. As parents you will be able to help educate and develop your child's football skills under the guidance of our qualified coaches. As a result, your child will also improve in key areas such as balance, co-ordination and agility. This really is a great way to spend some quality fun time with your child whilst watching their soccer skills develop.
Tiny Tots - Sessions are always indoors. Please bring a drink


Football Bambino

4 Blacksmiths Lane
Newton Solney
Tel: 07703799727
E-mail: footballbambino@hotmail.com
Contact: Alison Arif


Tiger Tots Soccer

Castlechurch Hall
Newport Road
ST16 1DP
Tel: 07966 089992 E-mail: jools132@hotmail.com

No need to book, just turn up: £2 a session. Weekly 30 mins of activity followed by biscuits and a drink. Various games and challenges to get 2-6yr olds engaging in sport and socialising with others. It is mainly based on football but lots of throwing catching and chasing games too. Saturdays, Under three's 9.15-9.45; over three's 9.45-10.30.

Diddikicks Toddler Football in Derbyshire

Diddikicks® believe in development beyond football®. Our age specific toddler football classes engage and encourage your little one to learn in an energetic, fun filled, and pressure free environment throughout their Diddikicks®. journey.

Classes are delivered by qualified coaches who have undergone enhanced DBS checks. Sessions are complimentary to the EYFS curriculum, incorporating numeracy, colours, communication, social and physical development.

All our sessions have been created with your child's development in mind by qualified football coaches and are uniform across our hundreds of classes to ensure the best experience for everyone at #TeamDiddi

Diddikicks: When Halls Become Stadiums, Where Shy Becomes Confident, Where Strangers Become Team-Mates.

Register today for a FREE trial session at our local Glossop, Chapel, Old Whittington and Chesterfield classes:

Diddikicks®. Glossop
Pure Vibes
Ebenezer Street
SK13 8JY
Tel: 01942 517 638

Diddikicks®. Chapel-en-le-Frith
Chapel Leisure Centre
Long Lane
High Peak
SK23 0TQ
Tel: 01942 517 638.

Diddikicks®. Old Whittington
Mary Swanwick Community Primary School
54-65 Church Street North
Old Whittington
S41 9QW
Tel: 01942 517 638.

Diddikicks®. Chesterfield
St. Peter and St. Paul School
Brambling House
Hady Hill
S41 0EF.
Tel: 01942 517 638.

5 stars

"My son Jacob always tended to be very shy around other toddlers, after trying many other classes he would cling onto me and not join in. After such a small space of time coach Ryan has helped Jacob really come on with his confidence, he now can't wait to put his Diddikicks kit on every weekend!"
- Lorna, Bolton

Tennis Coaching for Kids

We have sessions on our indoor courts 9-10am both Saturday and Sunday (kids from 4 years old upwards). The sessions use mini rackets, mini nets and sponge balls and are an ideal start to tennis. For a FREE session contact us on derbytennis@hotmail.co.uk or call 01332 273770 and speak to Centre Manager Robert Hawkins to arrange.

Derbyshire Tennis Centre
DE23 8BF
Tel: 01332 273770


Mini tennis Red

Newcastle Road
ST15 8LD
Tel: 01785 815429

Mini tennis for children from age 5.



St Albans House
St Albans Road
ST16 3DR
Tel: 07582663994

Fun, fitness and learning the skills to enjoy sport for kids aged from 2 to 7. Fun weekly sports classes in 6 week blocks including badminton, basketball, hockey, football, tennis, cricket and rugby.


Little Warriors

Tel: 01773 880278
Tae Kwon-Do for four- to six-year-olds. The programme focuses on improving pre-school age children's basic motor and listening skills. Classes take place at Ashbourne Leisure Centre on Tuesdays, Wednesdays or Fridays.


Martial Arts Classes

St Johns Primary School
Tel: 0800 0435203
E-mail: hiryoku@hotmail.co.uk
Self-defence fitness and fun. Ages 4 years +.



Uttoxeter Leisure Centre
Tel: 01889 562844
Fax: 01889 569891
For toddlers from 2 years. Saturdays: 03:00-04:00 Beginners; 04:00-05:00 Improvers.

ClifTOTS: Multi Skills

Clifton Smith Hall
Tel: 07977045766
Sports group - multi skills focusing on a different range of skills each week.
9.30 - 10.20: 18 months - 2 1/2
10.30 - 11.20: 2 1/2 - 4
Block bookings - contact for booking form



Why not come along and have a go at this FREE YogaBugs class for parents and children - - suitable for 3 years+. No previous experience necessary. Just like Waybuloo!

Barlaston Childrens Centre
next to Barlaston First School
ST12 9DB
Tel: 07973 478 444
Every Thursday at 9.45am

Hixon Childrens Centre
next to St Peters SChool
ST18 0PS
Tel: 07973 478 444
Every Friday at 9.15am.


Baby Yoga

Belper Community Hall
Bridge Street
DE56 1AB
Tel: 07545 479693
E-mail: laurie@littlesageyoga.co.uk
Contact: Laurie Lowe
6 week courses are run tern time 9.45 - 11 am. Suitable form 8 weeks old to crawling.


Loving Hands Baby Yoga

Ilkeston, Ripley, Oakwood and Long Eaton
Tel: 078504254136
E-mail: loving.hands@outlook.com
Contact: Donna


Banana Babies Yoga-fun and fitness

Hilton Village Hall
Peacroft Lane
Tel: 07971 062556
Mitchy Titch Yoga- fun and fitness for babies, children parents/carers


Just Be

Tel: 07707 668710

Walton Community Centre
ST15 0EQ
10am - 11.15am (babies 6m+)
11.30am - 12.45pm (babies up to 5m)

Stafford CC
ST16 3NQ
11.45am - 1.00pm (babies 6wk -12m)
1.30pm - 2.45pm (babies 6wk-12m)


Baby Active Class

lancaster sports centre
Tel: 07728841397
Contact: Elaine

A social and active session for babies aged 12wks - 1yr.




Swimming, including underwater baby swimming, is in its own section.


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Holiday Clubs

Holiday Club

Steep Turnpike Church
Special activities for children during the School Holidays, with a new theme each holiday. Summer Clubs have included "Landlubbers!" and "Desert Detectives" and last Christmas was "Christmas Crackers!" Registration is essential.


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Talking Tots

1 Rileys Way
Bignall End
Stoke on Trent
Tel: 07876 506557
E mail: roly@talkingtots.info

Classes in Crewe, Stoke on Trent and Newcastle under Lyme areas. Fun classes where chatter matters.


Little Chatterboxes

St Thomas' Church Centre
Tel: 07909047937
E mail: chatterslt@gmail.com

New weekly group for children aged 1 to 3 and a half run by a Speech and Language Therapist. Developing all the skills children need to become happy, confident communicators and get ready for nursery. Every Friday from 11th October 2013 9:30am at St Thomas' Church Centre. The groups focus on supporting language development through fun activities and practical advice for parents. Limited places, booking essential. Book 5 sessions and get one free. Contact Claire to book 07909047937


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Cheeky Chefs

Chatterbox ceramic cafe
Contact: Jo Stimpson
Tel: 07968 784387
E mail: cheekychefs@hotmail.co.uk

A fun cooking class for 2-4yr olds. Children help cook healthy, tasty recipes; learn about food ingredients; play food games and activities and of course..taste what they have created. Lots of mixing, mashing, making and baking with 'Charlie Cook' a puppet chef. The sessions run for 45 minutes


Cookie Tots and Kiddy Cook: North Staffs

Baddeley Green
Tel: 07720 645328

Cookie Tots for 2 - 4 year olds and Kiddy Cook classes and parties for 4 - 11 years olds. The children cook in the classes and also take part in fun activities, singing, games and food experiments.


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Nature Tots Derbyshire

Whistlestop Centre in Matlock Bath or the Wildlife Discovery Room at Carsington Water

Sessions take place twice a month on Mondays, from 10am-11.30am. They cost £3 per session for one child, with a second child paying £2. A drink and snack is included in the price. Help pre-schoolers explore the natural world.


Nature Tots Staffordshire

Fun nature-themed activities for under 5s and their carers. Each week includes seasonal, child-led outdoor exploration, story time, and free play. Please come dressed for the weather as they go outside in most conditions. No booking necessary.

Fridays 10-12
Westport Lake Visitor Centre

Wednesdays 10-12
Wolseley Centre
ST17 0WT


Little Explorer Club

Matlock Farm Park
Jaggers Lane
Darley Moor
Tel: 01246 590200

Every Wednesday at 11.30 am discover and help wildlife, from building bug hotels and making a toad habitat, to making feeders for birds and planting flowers for bees. Take appropriate clothing as you will be getting mucky outdoors in all weathers. Activities will last 30-60 minutes.


Wildlings at Bean Covert

Free Wildlings sessions in Branston, Burton upon Trent with every Wednesday during term time. Explore, get mucky and play independently in this beautiful woodland.

Bean Covert
behind the new Clays Lane Pavilion
DE14 3HU


Wildlings at The Wolseley Centre

Experience fire, get mucky and play independently in outdoor classroom.£5 per session for children aged over 6 months. Fridays, 10.30 to 12.

The Wolseley Centre
nr Rugeley
ST17 0WT


Forest School Fun Thursdays

Mill Road
Tel: 07764 511463

Children's activities including bushcraft, ecotherapy, den building etc., Materials provided. Every Thursday in August, 2 sessions: 10 am to 12 noon and 1 - 3 pm. Booking essential


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Under 5's Fridays at Derby Museum & Art Gallery

Derby Museums,
Museum and Art Gallery
The Strand
Tel: 01332 641901
E mail: info@derbymuseums.org

Every Friday morning from 10:00 to 11:30 in term time events are held for children aged between 2 and 5 years and their parents and carers. With a different theme each week, activities include stories, rhymes, songs, crafts, trails and colouring. No need to book, just drop in.


Jabberjacks Educational Classes

In Shardlow and Ockbrook
E mail: angela@jabberjacks.co.uk

Aimed at pre-school aged children, they are educationally focused and crafted to develop the physical and social skills of your child, encouraging your son or daughter's imagination to flourish through storytelling and role play.

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Mummy Mornings

Eat Central
Westfield Shoppingtowns Limited
Centre Management
Westfield Derby
Level 3 West Mall
Tel: +44 (0)1332 366383
Fax: 01332 371903

Relax and be spoilt at our free Mummy Mornings on the first and third Wednesday of every month at 9.30am at our new venue, Eat Central. Each morning is themed, from style and beauty sessions, to advice on relaxation and wellbeing. Come down and enjoy some special me-time with other mums, dads and carers over a free cup of coffee.


QUAD Cine Babies

Market Place
Cathedral Quarter
Tel: 01332 290 606
Email: info@derbyquad.co.uk

Cine Babies are for parents/carers with babies under 12 months old and allow parents to bring their babies to grown up screenings. The lights are left on, (just slightly dimmed), there are no adverts and the sound is slightly lowered to create a more baby friendly environment. There is no general admittance to these screenings either, so they are exclusively for parents/carers and their babies!

Cinema tickets for parents are £6.50 or £5.50 concessions, tickets for babies are free. Screenings are every Thursday. To enable entrance, join QUAD's Cine Babies club by completing the Cine Babies membership at QUAD Box Office and bring either the baby's birth certificate or red book.



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2 H. Sigmundsson, B. Hopkins. Baby swimming: exploring the effects of early intervention on subsequent motor abilities. Child: Care, Health and Development, 2010; 36 (3): 428 DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2214.2009.00990.x
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