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CALM TOTS

BABY  &

TODDLER  CLASSES 

 

BABY MASSAGE
BABY STRETCH & PLAY
STRETCH PLAY AND EXPLORE
MESSY TOTS
GROOVAROO

Booking Essential.

 

THE CLASSES

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January classes 


Baby Massage

Baby  Massage  -  Claygate  commencing January  2022

Classes are 1 hour  - 5 week course

Booking essential £60.00pp

The classes are fun, friendly and informal.  They are baby led and baby always comes first.  There is no right or wrong way for your baby to respond. It is fine if your baby cries, needs feeding, changing or just a little cuddle.  The baby massage class is a supportive non-judgmental  environment where you can enjoy bonding with your baby, learning new skills and making some new friends.

The classes will run over 5 weeks and I will show you how to gently massage your baby.  Baby massage is suitable for babies aged 8 weeks + 

Baby  Stretch and Play  

Baby  Stretch & Play in Claygate  -  Commencing January 2022

Baby stretch and Play is suitable for babies aged 12 week to crawling. 

Booking essential £60.00pp

This is a great follow on class from Baby massage ( but you don't have to have done our Baby massage  to attend this course)  This class starts with a little dry massage  then moves on to some Baby yoga.  Baby yoga is a great way to support your baby’s development. By exposing your baby to a range of movements, stretches and poses you stimulate all your baby’s senses. This exposes your baby to new, exciting and fun movements which helps your little one learn and develop.  We sing lots of songs and rhymes. Each week the class has some new movements as well as having the repetition which babies loves.  We also include songs, rhymes, bubbles, parachutes and a little bit of free play at the end of the class.This is a fun and stimulating class for Mum and baby to spend together.    

The classes are booked in  5 week blocks.



Stretch, Play & Explore  in Claygate on  friday mornings . commencing January 2022

 Stretch, Play and Explore  is suitable for babies aged  5 months + week to crawling.  Classes are for 50 minutes.

 This is a follow on course from Baby Stretch and Play.  In this class we enjoy some songs, actions and rhymes as well as have some free sensory play.  This is a lovely time for Mum or Dad to play with baby and lets your little one all explore together.  Each week has a different theme . We finish the class with bubbles and parachutes time and some free play . 

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Messy Tots and More:  in Claygate from January 2022    

 This class includes a mixture of messy play, sensory play, heuristic play, nature play, music, parachutes, fun and some free play and is suitable from 6 months+.  This class, like all Calm Tots classes, is baby led letting your baby explore at their own pace and you don’t have to tidy up! Booking essential £60.00pp for 5 weeks

GroovaRoo Baby Wearing Dance

On hold due to current restrictions.  

GroovaRoo Dance with Calm Tots. This is a relaxed, informal, soul line-dancing class.  You wear your baby in a front facing sling and it’s a great time to spend bonding with your little one and having a little gentle exercise. You don’t need any dance experience and it’s not about how you dance, just how you feel.  £10 per session booked in 5 week blocks. 

Email Chris@calmtots.co.uk for details and to book your place 

Please note in the event  of Classes not being able to be taught face to face  classes will be taught online .

Please do not attend the class if either you or your baby are unwell or have a temperature. 

Tummy Time Work Shops   - Dates to be confirmed 

Dads Baby Massage Workshop - Dates to confirmed. 

NCT groups  If you would like to book a course together  we hope we can offer this again soon in the comfort of your own home.

Please contact me for details of any of the above courses or to discuss your requirements.        

  

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Benefits of Baby Massage

Baby Massage has many lovely benefits for both you and your baby. We discuss these in class as we learn the art of gently massaging your baby. Below is a brief outline of just some of the many benefits:

Help with bonding and forming secure loving attachments between you and Baby

Can help relieve Colic, trapped wind, teething discomfort, congestion and more

Baby massage stimulates baby’s vital systems to help their bodies work efficiently

Baby Massage is relaxing for both you and your baby

Baby massage is a special one-to-one time to spend with your baby, getting to know them with no distractions.  The classes are relaxed, informal and baby led. They also give you an opportunity to meet other new Mums and make lifelong friends.


Benefits of Baby Yoga

Baby yoga has many of the same benefits of Baby massage and in addition:

Helps support and develop babies’ physical development by strengthen baby muscle strength and tone.

Helps support and develop babies’ sense of Balance and Body awareness

Helps support and develop babies’ flexibility

Can help boost babies’ circulation and digestions

Can help babies to relax

Helps and supports babies’ development with the use of songs and movements


Benefits of Messy / Sensory play

Babies’ occupation is “Play”; this is how they learn.  By exposing babies to new experiences, we are

assisting baby to develop by stimulating all of their senses. 

We assist in the development of babies’ fine and gross motor skills

We stimulate all babies’ senses by exposing them to new and different experiences as well as giving babies the repetition they need.

We use a variety of songs and movements to engage with our little ones and promote early language development

We encourage our little ones to explore and be curious about the world around them

 
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GroovaRoo Baby-wearing dance classes coming soon. Contact me for details.

Classes starting Friday 9th September in Claygate. 

 

REVIEWS

Baby Stretch and Play - September 

I have attended a wide variety of baby classes through my two maternity leaves and I can confidently say that Baby Stretch and Play have been the very best class I have attended in the past three years. Each class is carefully structured and it changes every week. Chris ensures that we  build upon the skills that were covered the previous week. It essentially has some singing, baby movements to build strength and some stimulating play. Chris decorates the room differently every time so one week you walk into a jungle and the following week into a sensory room- it filled me and my baby with excitement to see what the theme would be that day!! The thought and effort that Chris puts into her classes is beyond expectation but also the genuine and heartfelt care she gives us. My baby and I are looking forward to doing Messy Tots with her next term! 

Messy Play - September

XX and I were saying on the way home that messy play is hands down the best class either of us have been to with both of ours! It's really fantastic 😊xx

Baby Massage , Stretch and Play and Messy Tots 

We were saying this afternoon how amazing your classes are and how much effort you put in to them all, and for Xx  and I as first time mothers, we were talking about the massage one we did all those months ago and how we both felt that you are such a calming person and so lovely and that we appreciated the therapy-like start to those sessions, it was just what we needed!

Baby Massage - September 

Hi Chris -   Xx here from the class this morning. I just wanted to say thank you very much for such a lovely first class, for creating such a warm & supportive environment, and for being so understanding about me leaving early. Really looking forward to learning lots from you over the coming weeks and also getting some special calm time with phoebe which is hard to carve out with the other two x

June  Baby Massage

My baby and I loved attending Chris’s classes and looked forward to them each week. Chris goes the extra mile to make the classes feel special and I have experienced some really lovely moments with my baby as a result. She taught me some great ways to play and bond with my baby which I have loved also doing with him at home.

May 2021 Baby Massage Class 

Wonderful class. Olive was just under 6 months when we started and though she couldn’t tell me I’m quite sure she loved it! It was great to be able to chat openly with the other mums too and be asked how we were feeling. There are few opportunities as a new mum to have a space to share in such a relaxed environment. Chris was lovely; so easy going but also really informative. She made us feel very welcome and I left feeling uplifted every time. I’ll definitely be signing up for more classes!

Online Class Review 

had such a lovely 'virtual' time learning baby massage with Chris. I did the course with the girls from my NCT classes during lockdown of 2020 and we were so excited to start baby classes together before lockdown happened and were unable to do so. Luckily Chris came to our rescue offering to teach us all via video link and we all loved it and learned so much. I don't think being taught over video took away from the experience in anyway and would highly recommend it for new mums out there at the moment. Thanks again Chris :)

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I've loved it - A lovely, calm environment for both Mummy and baby. Time to chat and share, a well taught and well structured course. Not to mention being spoilt with tea and homemade cake .Jamila


We both loved the baby massage course so much ! It was so relaxed and well run. The format worked really well and I feel like I've really learnt something I will use.  Chris your cakes are amazing ! I will really miss Monday afternoons. Lisa

Chris has a wide knowledge on babies, it was great to be able to get advice from her on a number of different things.  Print outs are really helpful. Chloe

Chris is really lovely . No question is too silly ! Amazing cake.   Claire       


Chris has a lovely teaching style and makes each person and baby feel welcome and supported.  Massage classes helped baby sleep well after each class. Marize

Chris really made us and the babies feel comfortable and gave us lots of options to help massage our baby . Emma

Chris is absolutely lovely and we loved the baby massage classes and the very yummy cake at the end. We were sad when the course was over but we have learnt so much . Nicola 

Absolutely brilliant classes! Both me and baby love the sessions plus practice at home afterwards! X Katie

Lovely informal baby led massage classes, Chris is a great teacher, and me and my baby really enjoyed it. Fiona 

 

ABOUT

My name is Chris Nicholls; I first trained in childcare over 35 years ago and am passionate about working with babies and toddlers.  I have been a Nanny, Maternity Nurse, a swimming teacher for babies and toddlers and have also been in charge of a nursery room in a private nursery school.  Most importantly I am the mother of twins.


I attended baby massage classes with my twins and adored the bonding, loving experience. Both myself and my children loved every second of it.  It was a great way to communicate with my babies and gain a greater understanding and confidence of their needs through this gentle method of communication. It was also fun and a great way to get out and meet other Mums. I felt inspired to train in baby massage and yoga for babies and toddlers and when my children grew older it became the right time to follow my dream.

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PRICES

  Booking for all classes is essential 

Each Baby Massage class last 1 hour  which including 15 minutes for questions and social time.

Baby massage  classes

5 week course 1 hour session £60 .

Baby Stretch and Play classes

5 week 50 minute classes  £60 .  

Stretch play and Explore

50 minute session £60 

Messy  Play 5 week course.

50 minute session £60

Sessional Workshops -  £20

1-2-1 classes  £40 per session  

Cancellation and Refunds Policy  

In the event of class having to be cancelled by Calm Tots due to Covid restrictions or other unforeseen circumstances, these classes will then transfer to online classes. It will not be possible to offer a refund, with the exception of Messy play,  where a credit note will be issued.  Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a refund for any classes missed due to illness or holidays. Should you wish to cancel a class that you have already booked we ask that you give two weeks’ notice in writing to be entitled to a refund.

Please email  Chris@calmtots.co.uk if you have any questions

 

VOUCHERS

Baby massage vouchers make a great gift for an expectant mum,

A baby shower gift, Christmas gift, Mother’s Day, or just a treat for an amazing daughter, wife or partner.


You can buy a set of group massage classes for £60 or pay for part of a course in £10 increments.


Email Chris@calmtots .co.uk and I will send a voucher directly to you to present to Mum.

Please contact me for details.

 
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CONTACT

07956 352269

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FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO BABY MASSAGE?

Just a towel from home and a pillow /cushion for either you to sit on or to prop baby on and the normal things you need for your baby when you go out.

HOW OLD DOES MY BABY NEED TO BE?

From 8 weeks old to crawling age is the ideal age for baby massage classes.

CAN MY PARTNER COME TOO?

No at the moment only one adult per child/ baby.

CAN I BRING TWINS TO THE CLASS?

Yes, you can learn to massage them both together, or you can bring a second adult.

WHAT IF MY BABY CRIES OR NEEDS TO FEED OR BE CHANGED?

The classes are baby led so baby’s needs come first.  The classes are very relaxed so its fine to feed/ change or comfort your baby. The class will continue and you can learn the techniques to try on your baby at a later time.

WHAT IF I CAN’T MAKE IT TO A SESSION?

We will recap from the week before, so you won’t miss anything. There are also weekly handouts so you can practice these techniques at home.

WHAT IF MY BABY HAS JUST HAD AN IMMUNISATION?

It is not recommended to practice on a baby within 48 hours of having immunisations. Again, you are welcome to attend and practice the massage in your own home.  Handouts are given after each class.

WHAT SHOULD I DRESS MY BABY IN FOR THE SESSIONS?

Please dress your baby in easy access clothing such as a baby grow with poppers.

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Please wear something comfortable; you will be sitting on the floor.

WHAT TYPE OF OIL IS USED FOR THE MASSAGE?

We provide Cold Pressed Organic Sunflower oil as this is easily absorbed by baby’s skin. This oil has been found to be agreeable to babies with very rare chance of a reaction.

PLEASE READ - COVID AND ILLNESS 

COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR CLASSES

DOORS THAT CAN BE OPENED WILL BE OPENED FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLASSES, DOORS WILL ALSO BE OPENED WITHIN THE CENTRE TO ALLOW FOR MORE VENTILATION.

HANDS MUST BE SANITISED BEFORE ENTRY INTO THE CLASSES.

CLASSES MUST START AND FINISH PROMPTLY TO ALLOW EXTRA CLEANING TIME. 

AFTER CHANGING NAPPIES OR GOING TO THE TOILET HANDLES MUST BE WIPED DOWN WITH ANTIBACTERIAL WIPES PROVIDED.

IN THE EVENT OF A LOCKDOWN AND THE CENTRE CLOSING OR IF I NEED TO GO INTO SELF-ISOLATION CLASSES WILL AUTOMATICALLY TRANSFER ONLINE VIA ZOOM KEEPING TO THE SAME DAYS AND TIMES.

UNFORTUNATELY, ONLY ON ADULT PER CHILD/BABY DURING TO KEEP NUMBERS LOW AND US ALL SAFER.

IN CLASSES NOW WE ARE  SHARE RESCOURSES - THESE ARE CLEANED BEWTWEEN CLASS.  IF YOU ARE UNCOMFORTABLE SHARING RESCOURSES PLEASE CONTACT CALM TOTS TO DISCUSS.  

CHANGES TO TERMS & CONDITIONS DUE TO COVID 19:

CLASSES ARE IN BUBBLES SO  CATCH UP CLASSES WITH ANOTHER GROUP ARE NOT POSSIBLE. IN THE EVENT OF CLASSES NOT BEING ABLE TO CONTINUE FACE TO FACE CLASSES WILL BE TAUGHT ON ZOOM. ONCE THE CLASSES HAVE COMMENCED NO REFUND WILL BE OFFERED.

PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CLASS IF:

YOU OR YOUR CHILD/BABY HAS A HIGH TEMPERATURE, PERSISTENT NEW COUGH, SHORTNESS OF BREATH, LOSS OF TASTE OR SMELL OR ANY OTHER UNUSUAL SYMPTOMS.

IF YOU OR YOUR FAMILY HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH ANYONE WHO HAS TESTED POSITIVE FOR COVID 19 IN THE PAST 14 DAYS.

IF YOU HAVE BEEN ADVISED TO SELF ISOLATE EVEN IF ASYMPTOMATIC.

IF ANYONE IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD IS DISPLAYING ANY OF THE COVID 19 SYMPTOMS ABOVE.

PLEASE NOTE THAT SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN AND BABIES MAY DISPLAY DIFFERENT TO THOSE IN ADULTS. IF YOURSELF OR CHILD/BABY IS UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CLASS.

COVID 19 PROTOCOL FOR CLASSES

DOORS THAT CAN BE OPENED WILL BE OPENED FOR THE DURATION OF THE CLASSES, DOORS WILL ALSO BE OPENED WITHIN THE CENTRE TO ALLOW FOR MORE VENTILATION.

HANDS MUST BE SANITISED BEFORE ENTRY INTO THE CLASSES.

PLEASE NOT THAT SYMPTOMS IN CHILDREN AND BABIES MAY DISPLAY DIFFERENT TO THOSE IN ADULTS. IF YOURSELF OR CHILD/BABY IS UNWELL PLEASE DO NOT ATTEND CLASS.

 

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