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Baby and Toddler Activity Classes in West Berkshire - Guide for the Spring Term 2022

Do you have a baby or toddler at home? Are you looking for an activity class to take them to? We are very lucky here in West Berkshire as we have lots of different baby and toddler activity classes to choose from. These groups are great for meeting other parents and bonding with your little ones, they can also help in other ways such as building your child’s confidence, communication and social skills. We have updated our list of activity classes for the 2022 Spring Term so you can have a look to see if there is anything you would like to try. Most of these classes will require you to pre-book.

You may also be interested in our list of Baby & Toddler Groups in West Berkshire, our Rainy Day Activities blog and our Indoor Play Ideas for Young Children blog.

Don’t forget to check out our What’s On calendar too for handy daily listings of events and activities in the area.

If you run an activity class and would like it added to the list or if you know of anything that we’ve missed then please get in touch.

Please check that all details are correct and up to date before going along to any groups or activities that are listed below, this guide is a starting point only – contact providers directly. Some activities will require you to book in advance.

Hartbeeps

These magical music & sensory classes for babies, pre-schoolers and toddlers are back on Monday 10 January. Sessions take place on Mondays at the Old Bluecoat School in Thatcham, Wednesdays at Newbury Rugby Club and Thursdays at Thatcham Parish Hall. Classes are divided into different age groups (Baby Bells for newborn to sitting, Baby Beebs for sitting to toddling and Happy House for walkers and their siblings). Many of these sessions are fully booked but you can add yourself to the waiting list. Book or add yourself to a waiting list here. Visit the Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham Facebook page here.

For more details contact Jo on 07919 407614 or email jo@hartbeeps.com.

Hartbeeps Newbury & Thatcham is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner! See details of our offer with Hartbeeps and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Baby College West Berkshire & North Reading

Baby College classes are for babies from birth and children up to the age of three. They involve a carefully designed mixture of physical, multi-sensory and cognitive games, exercises and activities including music, dancing, signing and much more – all designed to cover every aspect of your child’s development. Classes take place in Theale, Burghfield, Purley on Thames, Tilehurst, Wash Common, Inkpen, Emmer Green and Thatcham. Classes cost £8.00 each and in order for you and your child to get the most from the programme delivered, Baby College asks that you commit to the term/remainder of the term. Split payment options are available upon request. All details of classes and booking can be found via the Baby College website.

Baby College West Berkshire is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner! You can enjoy a 10% discount (terms apply). Email hayley@babycollege.co.uk for more details. Sign up for your free Family Card on our membership page.

Buggyfit & Fitter Mother

Not strictly a baby & toddler activity class, these fitness sessions are run by the fabulous Fiona and are a great way to get fit whilst socialising and meeting other parents.

Buggyfit is a fun, safe and effective workout combining cardio, strength, resistance and core training. Suitable from 6 weeks postnatal onwards and for all fitness levels. Classes take place at The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham (Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 11am), Victoria Park in Newbury (10am on Wednesdays) and Cobbs Farm in Hungerford (11.45am on Wednesdays).

For more details and booking info contact Fiona on 07919 092939 or email fionachaillier@gmail.com. Visit the Buggyfit Newbury Facebook page here. www.fittermother.com.

With Fitter Mother, Fiona runs Circuit Mums, Mums & Tots Pilates and Fit in 15 (online).

Mums & Tots Pilates takes place at Donnington Valley Hotel on Tuesdays & Fridays at 11.45am and is suitable from 6 weeks post natal onwards. Fitness Pilates applies the main principles of Pilates – breathing, centering, flow & control – but also involves more functional movement for everyday life. It will improve overall body strength with the main emphasis on your back, pelvic floor and core muscles.

Circuit Mums is a total body circuit style session for mums from approx 6 months postnatal onwards. Babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are welcome. Sessions take place on Fridays at 9.30am at Chieveley Recreational Field.

Buggyfit Newbury & Hungerford and Fitter Mother are West Berkshire Family Life membership card partners! See details of our offers with them and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Fit with Nicci

Another fabulous family-friendly fitness instructor, Nicci will be running two child friendly classes at Northcroft Leisure Centre in Newbury. More details coming soon!

Keep up to date by visiting Nicci’s Facebook page and Instagram page.

Swimkidz

Providing swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children, Swimkidz classes take place at Brockhurst School in Hermitage, the Regency Hotel in Thatcham and the Hilton Hotel in Chieveley. More details on the Swimkidz website.

You can visit the Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts Facebook page here. Call 07500056623 or email havefun@swimkidz.co.uk.

Swimkidz Berks/Hants/Wilts is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner! See details of our offer with Swimkidz and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Read our article about Swimkidz here.

Yabba Dance

Yabba Dance classes for under-fives are held in Newbury. The classes focus on promoting confidence and can help to improve co-ordination and balance; they feature a mixture of music including mainstream and children’s favourites.

Yabba Dance is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner! You can enjoy your first class for only £4! (Excludes holiday workshops). See more details and sign up for your free membership card here.

E: yabbadance@gmail.com. W: www.yabbadance.com. Facebook: Yabba Dance. Instagram: yabba_dance. Read our article about Yabba Dance here.

WIKIDS

WIKIDS (Workouts Inspiring Kids) classes run in Kintbury, Marlborough and Newbury for children from the age of 2 up to the age 15. WIKIDS aim is to inspire and motivate children to exercise and live a healthy lifestyle, get them moving and show how much fun keeping fit and active can be! Classes are for children of all abilities and can help to develop many skills such as balance and co-ordination; as well as improve life skills like teamwork and problem solving.

Current classes: Tuesday – Kintbury 6pm: 10-16 year olds. Wednesday – Kintbury 11am: 2-4 year olds with a parent/carer. Friday – Marlborough 10am: 2-4 year olds with a parent/carer. Saturday – Kintbury 9am: 4-5 year olds, 10am: 6-10 year olds.

WIKIDS also run afterschool clubs and a school holiday club for 4-11 year olds.

WIKIDS is a West Berkshire Family Life membership card partner and is offering our members a free taster session on any classes and a 10% discount on birthday parties (new clients only)! See more details and sign up for your free membership card here.

W: www.wikids.co.uk. E: nicki@wikids.co.uk.  Instagram: wikids_berkshire. Facebook: Wikids.

Trainmaster Berkshire

Providing train themed play sessions, Trainmaster has events in Thatcham at the Parish Hall. Tickets are £7 and can be bought via the website. You can also follow Trainmaster Berkshire on Facebook.

West Berkshire Family Hubs

West Berkshire Family Hubs run groups and provide support for families with children up to the age of 5. The hubs are located in Thatcham (the Central Family Hub), Newbury (Family Hub West) and Calcot (Family Hub East). There is also Hungerford and Area Family Centre.

You can see which groups are running and book here.

Music with Mummy Newbury

Popular music sessions for babies and pre-schoolers, Music with Mummy classes take place at Newbury Rugby Club and the Chequers Hotel, Newbury. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page here. You can visit the website here.

Moo Music Newbury, Thatcham & Hungerford

Musical sessions for children aged 0-5. Sessions start again on 10 January 2022 and take place in Wickham, Thatcham, Newbury and Kingsclere. Spaces are very limited and need to be booked in advance (some sessions are fully booked). Find out more via the Facebook page. Visit the website here.

Glow Tots Sensory

A free flow, child led session where children play and explore using a range of educational sensory equipment and toys including sounds, bubbles, textures and lights. Sessions take place in Burghfield, Thatcham, Upper Basildon and Hartley Wintney. Book your space here. Visit the Facebook page here.

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange in Newbury runs a few different groups for babies & toddlers

Baby Massage

It is running two Baby Massage courses, the first one starting on Monday 17 January and the second one on Monday 28 February. They are five week courses costing £48. Sessions take place at 10.15am. For more details and to book, you can visit the Corn Exchange website here. Suitable for babies under 6 months.

Toddler Dance

Two five week courses starting Tuesday 18 January and Tuesday 1 March at 10.15am, for 2-4 year olds. It’s £30 for the five-week course (one adult and one child). You can find out more and book here.

Rhyme & Shine

Music and movement sessions for under 2s that take place on Wednesdays at 10.15am (starting 19 January). It’s £5 a ticket (one adult and one child) and this includes a regular tea or filter coffee from the Corn Exchange cafe after the session. You can find out more and book here.

Tots Create

For ages 2-4, these sessions feature music, dance, drama and crafts. They take place on Thursdays at 10.15am (starting 20 January). £5 per ticket (one adult and one child). You can find out more and book here.

Boogie Mites West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire

Fun music making classes for babies and toddlers. Boogie Mites is holding classes at Hogan Music in Newbury, The Bowlers Arms in Wash Common, The Nature Discovery Centre in Thatcham and at Croft Hall in Hungerford. Sessions also run in Wantage and Oxford. Classes are divided into Babies, Minis, Toddlers and Family. For more details email lizziel@boogiemites.co.uk and visit the Facebook page here.

Baby Massage Newbury

Baby Massage classes in Newbury run by Caz Campbell. For more information and to book you can visit the Facebook page here.

As well as teaching baby massage, Caz is an emotional coach for children, teenagers and adults and has written two guest blogs for us:

Why do our Children Behave in Certain Ways?

Exploring our Emotions – Why do we Get Anxious, Angry or Afraid?

Little Quavers Music

Music sessions for under 5s at Henwick Hockey Club in Thatcham. Sessions take place on Tuesdays and Fridays at 10am. £6 per child and £2 for additional children. For more details, visit the website here.

Songtree Music

Music sessions for toddlers on Monday mornings at the Fieldgate Centre in Kingsclere. Visit the Facebook page here.

Toni’s Mini Messy Play

Messy play sessions at Padworth Hall on Tuesdays (10am-11am) for babies from sitting and children up to the age of three. There is a range of different messy activities and toys in tuff trays throughout the hall. £5 for one adult and child. For more information you can visit the Facebook group here.

Waterminis at The Watermill Theatre

Creative sessions for children aged 0 to 4 years that take place on Tuesday mornings (10.15am-11am). Children and their grown ups will play drama games, sings songs, bring stories to life and more. £6 per session for one child, £9 per session for a family. You can find out more and book here. You can also email outreach@watermill.org.uk or call 01635 570927.

Didi Rugby

Didi Rugby sessions for ages 18 months to 6 years take place in Thatcham. Free taster sessions are available, email craig.hunter@didirugby.com for more details. Visit the Facebook page here and the website here.

KD Gymnastics

KD Gymnastics is on Bone Lane in Newbury and runs an open play gym for 0-5s on weekdays, it’s £5 for one adult and one child. £5 for each additional child and £5 for each additional adult. Runs on a drop-in basis. More information including times can be found on the website and you can also visit the Facebook page.

Mini Maestros

Lively music classes for 0-4 year olds in Burghfield and Newbury.

For more information you can visit the website here.

Releve Dance Pre-School & Toddler Dance Classes

Pre-school dance classes at Brightwalton and Woolhampton Village Halls and parent & toddler classes at Boxford Village Hall. Visit the Facebook page here for more information.

Baby Ballerinas

Ballet and tap classes for children aged 2-7 that take place in Stockcross. More details and booking info can be found on the website.

Baby Sensory

Classes for babies from birth up to 13 months that take place in Thatcham. You can find more details on the website.

Toddler Sense

Classes for children aged from 13 months up the age of 4, taking place in Burghfield Common. For more details and to book, you can visit the website here.

Rugby Tots

Classes for children aged 2-7. Classes take place in Thatcham and Newbury. More details can be found via the website.

Little Kickers

Football classes for children aged 18 months to 5 years, taking place in Thatcham. More details can found via the website.

Baby College Henley, Bracknell and Maidenhead

Not quite West Berkshire but we know there’s a few of you from East Berkshire way and Baby College has also a franchise running classes in Maidenhead and Bracknell. Classes run in Maidenhead on Mondays and in Bracknell on Mondays & Tuesdays. Find out more and book via the website.

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