Virtual baby and toddler classes to try with your little one

Toddler doing a virtual class

by Mother & Baby |

Section: development-milestones

There are so many benefits for little ones attending classes and groups, (including the perfect excuse for parents to get out of the house) - but finding the best activity for your little one can be pretty overwhelming! With hundreds of classes out there, it can be hard to know which will suit your child best.

In this article:

How do I choose the right class?
What research should I do?
How do I know if a class is safe and a good standard?
What are the best baby and toddler groups?
How do I find baby and toddler classes nearby?
Virtual classes to try

How do I choose the right class?

“Like all things parenting, it’s really finding what works for you and your little one and choosing something that fits in with their age and stage of development,” says childcare expert Fi Star-Stone. “Music and singing classes are a brilliant way to support learning. One of the biggest benefits of singing is the repeated use of the ‘memory muscle’. Learning a piece of information attached to a tune, embeds that information more rapidly in a child’s mind. Dancing, swimming and even little yoga classes are fantastic for little ones physical and social development and a great way of channelling that never-ending energy. And if you really can’t decide, don't worry! Many classes offer taster sessions – so it’s worth trying a few before signing up for a term.”

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What research should I do?

“Check the class credentials – it’s something that's important and something that so many parents forget,’” recommends Fi. “Many groups and classes across the UK attended by little ones, may not have adequate child safeguarding or Health and Safety and insurance.’

The Children’s Activities Association (CAA) have a Code of Practice to offer parents peace of mind and many popular UK classes including Water BabiesBaby Sensory, diddi dance and Tumble Tots are signed up.’

Mum Hollie admitted when looking for activities she hadn’t even realised classes weren’t regulated: “I assumed these kind of guidelines were in place, and in all honesty feel very ignorant now for making such a huge assumption as far as Hollie is concerned. I will now as a rule be doing my research!”

Richard Tunstall, who runs Ju Jitsu mini Ninja classes, agrees the code of practice is a huge help in helping parents find classes with peace of mind. “Any scheme which is fairly run, giving fair references on the experiences of the children and parents attending the group has to be good for all involved. Parents constantly worry about their child’s well-being and therefore to know that the activities are well run and safe, should be their highest priority.”

How do I know if a class is safe and a good standard?

It’s understandably incredibly important to you that your baby will be well looked after, whatever class you choose. But how can you be sure?

“Look out for the official CAA logo on the websites and literature of all those businesses who have pledged to meet the CAA’s robust guidelines for best practice,” recommends Fi. “For those not displaying the logo, don’t be afraid to ask to see their insurance, CRB checks and qualification or training from all staff involved in the activities. Think about it - you wouldn’t send your child to a nursery or childminder without the relevant checks, so be safe with your classes too.”

What are the best baby and toddler groups? 

We’ve picked out some of the best courses to do with your baby. And the good news? They’re available nationwide.

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1) Dance classes with diddidance.com

Perfect for burning off some of your toddler’s endless energy, diddi dance classes use ribbons and hoops as props. Dance classes have a theme, which changes every 5-7 weeks, and includes salsa and 1920s Charleston – think jazz hands.

How do I find baby and toddler classes nearby?

“Pre-school and after school classes are a fantastic way of meeting new people and making friends for both parent and child, so don’t be afraid get out and about and enjoy all your local area has to offer,” suggest Fi. “Do your research, check online reviews and class feedback, and talk to the best critics of all – other parents!”

If you’ve not got a specific class in mind but want to see your options, simply Google ‘Baby classes near me.’ This will then bring up local classes that may be of interest to you for you to look into.

Virtual classes to try 

Lockdown means that baby and toddler classes are no longer able to run, leaving a lot of parents desperate for alternatives to entertain their child. This has seem an increase in parents being offered virtual classes. While this may not seem the same as attending a class in person, this does give you the chance to try some classes with your child that you might not be within distance for you to go to.

To give you a hand, we’ve gathered some virtual classes for you to give a try:

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