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baby & toddler groups & classes in west berkshire - summer term 2021

As we progress through the easing of lockdown lots of baby & toddler groups are starting up again. 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. If you have had a lockdown baby you have no doubt missed going along to these groups and are probably desperate to get out and socialising! We are very lucky here in West Berkshire as we have lots of different groups to choose from. We’ve rounded up the groups that are open again so you can have a look to see if there is anything you would like to try. Most of these groups will require you to pre-book and many of them will already be fully booked. However, this list will hopefully give you an idea of the groups that are available and once restrictions are lifted they should open up more spaces. We will keep checking and will update this post as we receive any new information.

If you run a group or activity and would like it added to the list or if you know of anyhing 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. Most activities will require you to book in advance.

Hartbeeps

These magical music & sensory classes for babies, pre-schoolers and toddlers are back on 19th April! Sessions take place on Mondays at the Parish Hall in Thatcham and on Wednesdays at Newbury Rugby Club. 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 Mums Family Card partner! See details of our offer with Hartbeeps and sign up for your FREE Family Card via 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) and at Victoria Park in Newbury (10am on Wednesdays).

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

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

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 Mums Family Card partners! See details of our offers with them and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page.

Swimkidz

Providing swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children, Swimkidz classes have started again at Brockhurst School in Hermitage and will be starting at the Hilton Hotel in Chieveley from 3rd May 2021. 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 Mums Family 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.

Trainmaster Berkshire

Providing train themed play sessions, Trainmaster has events in Thatcham on 24th April, 22nd May, 19th June and 31st July. These are taking place at Thatcham Parish Hall. Tickets are £7 and can be bought via the website. You can also follow Trainmaster Berkshire on Facebook.

Trainmaster is a West Berkshire Mums Family Card partner! See details of our offer with Trainmaster and sign up for your FREE Family Card via our membership page. Read our article about Trainmaster here.

Baby College West Berkshire

Baby College classes are for babies from birth and children up to the age of three. They involve music & movement and other activities. Classes take place in Theale, Tilehurst, Burghfield Common and Purley on Thames as well as online. There is a Dads’ Club on the first Saturday of the month in Theale. All details of classes and booking can be found via the Baby College website.

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 is now taking bookings, although many classes are fully booked. Find out more by visiting the Facebook page here.

Moo Music Newbury, Thatcham & Hungerford

Musical sessions for children aged 0-5. Sessions start again on 20th April and take place in Wickham, Kintbury, Thatcham, Newbury and Kingsclere. Spaces are limited and need to be booked in advance (some sessions are fully booked). Find out more via the Facebook page.

Corn Exchange

The Corn Exchange in Newbury is running several groups for babies & toddlers at its Learning Centre:

Baby Socials (Mondays)

Toddler Dance (Tuesdays)

Rhyme & Shine (Wednesdays & Fridays)

Tots Create (Thursdays)

Teddy Bears Picnic (Fridays)

Many of these sessions are fully booked but we managed to get booked on to a Toddler Dance session in June and a Teddy Bears Picnic session at the end of April so it’s worth having a look. Visit the website here for more details of the groups including times, age ranges and booking.

If you have older children the Corn Exchange also runs youth theatre classes which take place after school and at weekends. All details can be found on the website.

Chieveley Baby & Toddler Group

Chieveley Under 5s Baby & Toddler Group runs on Thursdays at Chieveley Village Hall from 10am-11.30am. It’s £2 for one child and £1 for each additional child. For more information or to reserve a space, you can email chieveleyunderfives@gmail.com. You can also visit the Facebook page here.

Rainbow Activity Centre

Rainbow Activity Centre is based at the Kennet Christian Centre on Enborne Road in Newbury. It currently has three different groups running:

Non-mobile baby group – Tuesdays at 10am-11.30am.

Crawlers baby group – Thursdays at 10am-11.30am

Toddler group – Tuesday & Thursday morning 10am-11.30am

The cost for all of the groups is £2.50 per adult and up to two children. The groups have social distancing in place and you need to pre-book. You book your place online, booking links are posted on the Rainbow Activity Centre Facebook page.

You can find more information on the groups here.

Cherubs Playgroup, Newbury

A playgroup for 0-4s that meets at Majendie Hall, St Mary’s Church, Speen on Tuesdays at 9.45am-11.15am (term time only), starting up again on Tuesday 4th May. £2 per family. You will need to book, you can do this via the Facebook page.

St Peter’s Toddler Group, Bradfield Southend

A toddler group currently meeting from 10am on Fridays. For more details, you can visit the Facebook page here.

Meeting Point Group, Newbury

A parent and toddler group that usually runs at St Mary’s Church, Shaw. For the summer term, the group is meeting for a ‘Stroll and Sing’ on Tuesday mornings from 9.30am. For more details, you can join the Facebook group.

Mortimer Toddler Group

Mortimer Toddler Group is currently meeting on Fridays at 10am at The Scout Hut, Mortimer Common. You’ll need to book a space. You can find all details and booking links on the Facebook page.

Ladybugs Playgroup, Hungerford

Ladybugs Playgroup meets on Fridays at Hungerford Youth and Community Centre at 9.30am-11am. You will need to book a space. You’ll find all the details and booking links via the Facebook page.

Boogie Mites Newbury & Hungerford

Fun music making classes for babies and toddlers. Boogie Mites is holding classes at Hogan Music in Newbury and at Croft Hall in Hungerford. Classes are divided into Babies, Minis, Toddlers and Family. For more details email lizziel@boogiemites.co.uk and visit the Facebook page here.

Ilsley Under Fives

A group for under fives that meets at the West Ilsley Cricket Pavilion on Wednesdays from 9.45am. The Pavilion can be found opposite the Harrow Pub in West Ilsley. A donation of £2 per child and £1 for each extra child is requested. There is a Facebook group 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?

Baby Sensations – Baby Massage & Reflexology

Baby massage and reflexology classes run by local mum Sarah. For more details you can visit the Facebook page here.

GroYoga Yoga for Pregancy

GroYoga pregnancy yoga is starting on Wednesday 19th May at Stockcross Village Hall from 7-8pm. For more information contact Leah: leah@groyoga.co.uk. Visit the Facebook page here.

Little Quavers Music

Music sessions for under 5s at Henwick Hockey Club in Thatcham. Sessions start again on Friday 30th April at 10am. £6 per child and £2 for additional children. Spaces are limited. For more details and to book, visit the website here.

Toni’s Mini Messy Play

Messy play sessions at Woolhampton Village Hall on Fridays at 10.15-11am, for babies from sitting and children up to the age of three. Sessions start on Friday 30th April and are £5 for one adult and one child. For more information you can visit the Facebook group here.

Didi Rugby

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

Beale Baby and Toddlers at Beale Wildlife Park

A playgroup that takes place on Tuesday & Thursdays during term time from 10am-12pm. You will need to purchase a ticket to visit the park but there is no additional charge to attend the playgroup. You’ll need to book your entrance tickets online and then inform the ticket office upon arrival that you would like to attend the group. Numbers are limited and the group will operate on a first come, first served basis.

Visit the Beale Park website here to purchase your entrance tickets. You can visit the Facebook page here for more details of the baby and toddler group.

KD Gymnastics

KD Gymnastics is on Bone Lane in Newbury and runs an open play gym for 0-5s on weekdays, it’s £5 per child and it 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 0-3 year olds in Lambourn (Tuesdays), Hampstead Norreys (Wednesdays) and Newbury (Saturdays).

For more information you can visit the website here.

Releve Dance Pre-School & Toddler Dance Classes

Pre-school dance classes at Brightwalton Village Hall (starting Monday 10th May 2021) and Woolhampton Village Hall (starting Thursday 13th May 2021). Visit the Facebook page here for more information.

Parent and toddler dance classes are starting at Newbury Rugby Club on Thursday 10th June. These are for children aged 18 months-2.5. Advance booking is required. You can see more details here.

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