Baby Bunnies

from birth to cruising

Are you looking for a session where you can spend some quality bonding time with your baby without the daily distractions around you?

A session which is highly engaging and interactive? A time where you see your baby gurgle and laugh all in a friendly environment with other like-minded adults?

A session led and planned by an Early Years Specialist who understands how babies develop, who will support and foster your baby’s early learning and development? then please read on to discover what’s included in a Baby Bunny session.

What’s included in a Baby Bunny session?

Nursery Rhymes and Musical Instruments

On entering the session your toddlers will be given the opportunity to ‘wriggle’ to their favourite Nursery Rhyme and play musical instruments.  Here we will be building on and reinforcing the Nursery Rhymes learned in Baby Bunnies, using Baby Sign and actions.

Interactive Nursery Rhymes including actions and Baby Sign

Each session will begin with the group singing a variety of familiar nursery rhymes. This will be interactive and everyone will be encouraged to use musical instruments or hand actions and a few baby signs. Did you realise that it’s helpful to sing to babies and toddlers as singing slows down the spoken word making it easier for them to process?

Learn and use a new Baby Sign

At this point of the session we’ll introduce a new baby sign and we’ll use it where appropriate during the session, this will help to build up a bank of Baby Signs. I used British Sign Language
with my own daughter and certainly found that we benefited from doing so; she had a few favourite signs ‘more’ being one of them! I’m currently signing with my son who at 10 months old
shows that he understands my actions but hasn’t yet signed to communicate himself.

Focused Activity - A highly sensory, stimulating and engaging experience

In order to cater for the needs of every individual baby whether they are newborn, tummy timers,
sitting, crawling or cruising, the mid-part of the session is free-flow. This will enable you to
choose the appropriate toys for the developmental level of your baby. Each week we will focus
on a specific schema, schemas are described as patterns of repeated behaviour which allow
children to explore and express developing ideas and thoughts through their play and exploration. The repetitive actions of schematic play allow children to construct meaning in
what they are doing. Babies and young children learn best through opportunities to engage in active learning through hands on experiences. Toys and activities will be chosen to support babies to develop the following schemas: trajectory, rotation, enclosing, enveloping, transporting, connecting, positioning and orientation. The stimulating Montessori toys and schema specific activities during this part of the session will change weekly in order to reflect the week’s focus.

Having some knowledge of these schemas will help you to understand how your baby plays and how to further support their development. Information cards on each specific schema will be given to you during each session, these cards will include ideas on how to further support your baby at home.

Story Time

Towards the end of the session when your baby is tiring they’ll be wanting to sit and have a cuddle and to listen to your reassuring voice, this is the time where you’ll choose a book for you and your baby to share together. I love a cuddle whilst reading a good book and will always be on the look out to share a story with one of the babies! Dr Lyon says in his research “there’s a clear indication of a neurological difference between babies who have been regularly read to and those who have not. Listening to you read stimulates the connections in the part of the brain that handles language sounds, the more frequently a baby hears these sounds the faster they become at processing them”.

Every Session has to End - but they’ll be more again next week!

This part of the session will stimulate your baby’s sensory reflectors as they listen to relaxing music, whilst watching the lights and bubbles pass them by. Even my active son stays still for the light show! Some weeks this may happen whilst lying / sitting underneath a canopy of foil or a parachute dome.

Time for a Cuppa

Each session will include a complimentary hot drink and a biscuit.

Which standards in the EYFS will these sessions cover?

(EYFS Statutory Framework. The Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) sets standards for the learning, development and care of children from birth to 5 years old. All schools and Ofstedregistered early years providers must follow the EYFS, including childminders, preschools, nurseries and school reception classes.)

Our sessions will focus on standards set for babies 0-20 months, which says that babies should copy facial movements, laugh & gurgle, react enthusiastically, turn towards a familiar sound, stop and look when they hear their own name, begin to hold objects, enjoy looking at a book.

“Edward loved exploring the sensory toys. He was mesmerised by the shiny metallic
stacking rings. He loved looking at all the reflections in them as he played.” Phil

Edward is 6 months old

Venue

Bramhope Village Hall &
Eddie Catz Studio, Mothercare Leeds.

Contact

Please email Rachel at hop.a.long@icloud.com

Sessions

sessions are run by a Qualified Teacher & Early Years Specialist of 20 years experience.

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