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MOTHER AND BABY/TODDLER GROUPS

(AND NOT FORGETTING DAD!)

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

Please Note: Some of this information may not be up-to-date, it is advisable to telephone first

Would you like the company of other Mums. Why not look for a Mother and Toddler Group in your area. If you run a Mother & Toddler Group Email me details and I will include it on the site. Some details have been there a while so it is always advisable to contact the organiser first.

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) offers information and support in pregnancy, childbirth and early parenthood. The local branches offer ante-natal classes, breastfeeding support, maternity sales, postnatal support and also hold regular coffee mornings and a variety of events throughout the year. There are some local NCT branches included in the Mother and Toddler Groups shown below. Check if there is one in your local area.

FREE creative workshops in the school Summer holidays! Fun holiday art workshops for all the family, making something creative with an artist - and every week will be different! No need to book, just turn up and have a go!

Family first Saturdays! 6 July, 3 August, 7 September, 5 October, 2 November & 7 December Prescot Museum 12.30 - 3pm Address: Prescot Museum, The Prescot Centre Activity Room, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot L34 5GA

Make it...Mondays! 22 July, 29 July, 5 August, 12 August, 19 August Prescot Museum 1 - 4pm Address: Prescot Museum, The Prescot Centre Activity Room, Prescot Shopping Centre, Aspinall Street, Prescot L34 5GA

Try somethingTuesdays! 23 July, 30 July, 6 August, 13 August, 20 August, 27 August Kirkby Gallery 1 - 4pm Address: In the Kirkby Library building, Newtown Gardens, Kirkby L32 8RR

Villas in Spain with facilities for babies and toddlers - http://www.villatorentspain.com/ I would appreciate it if you could mention you saw the advert on my site if you decide to book with them.

NORTH WEST MUMS

The Forum is for Mums' in the North-West to chat, make friends and meet other local Mum's. We chat about everything from trying to conceive to childbirth and pregnancy to parenting and lots more including Wedding's and Hair 'n' Make-Up. We are all really friendly and welcoming.

CHESHIRE

VARIOUS VENUES - BABY BEATS is a brand new weekly music class for children age 0-5. Fun, educational, original songs and activities provide a genuine interactive musical experience for you and your child incorporating singing, listening, movement and developing musicality. Each week features a combination of well-known and original songs, props and puppets, sensory stimulation, dancing and a variety of live instruments. All classes are held in child friendly venues where parents can catch up with a coffee afterwards. Classes cost £4.50 each with sibling and block booking discounts available. Classes will run throughout school holidays and older siblings are welcome to attend.

Mondays 10.15 am up to 5 years Mondays 11.00 am Babies/crawlers Gym Juniors, Stuart House, Arnold St, Nantwich, Cheshire CW5 5QB
Tuesdays 9.30 am Babies/crawlers Tuesdays 10.15 am up to 5 years Studio above The Coop Café, 16A Market Street, Crewe, CW1 2EG
Wednesdays 10.30 am up to 5 years St Marks Church Hall, Main Road, Shavington, CW2 5DP Wednesdays 1.30 pm up to 5 years Yoxall Village Hall, Crewe Road, Haslington, CW1 5QY

For more information or to book a class contact Laura on 07412961389, info@babybeatsmusic.co.uk, visit www.babybeatsmusic.co.uk or facebook.com/babybeatsmusic

ALDERLEY EDGE - RHYTHM TIME Classes are held at The Scout & Guide Hut, Talbot Road, Alderley Edge SK9 7HR on Thursday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

ALSAGER - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Alsager Community Church, Lawton Road, Alsager on Wednesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

ALSAGER - Alsager Bumps & Babes Drop-In First Wednesday of every month. The Bank Corner cafe bar. 10 am till Noon. Alsager Open House Every Friday Morning 10 am till Noon. Venue varies, please call for details. It doesn't matter whether you are a member or not. It doesn't matter how you choose to feed your baby. It doesn't matter how you are bringing up your child. It doesn't matter if you don't want to host an event yourself. Just come along and see how friendly we are! The contact details for both groups are Ali on 0870 220 5864 or email alsagercoffees@nctsouthcheshire.org.uk and our website is www.nct.org.uk/in-your-area/southcheshire

ALSAGER MAD ACADEMY. MAD Academy is a free spirited, high energy Music And Dance class for children from 4 months - 5 years. Children learn the basics of music and dance while having lots of fun at the same time. Classes include singing traditional and new MAD songs, moving and dancing to music, props such as pom poms, hula hoops, ribbons and balls, listening games, discovery time, beat competency and much more. MAD classes in Alsager take place on a Monday morning at Wesley Place Methodist Church and on a Saturday morning at Alsager Leisure Centre. All classes are for the parent/carer and child to enjoy together. For more information call Kathryn on 01270 876628 or e-mail kathryn.lindblad@madacademy.com

ALSAGER SPECIAL MAD ACADEMY. SPECIAL MAD Academy is a free spirited, high energy Music And Dance class for children with special or additional needs. Children learn the basics of music and dance while having lots of fun at the same time. Classes include singing traditional and new MAD songs, moving and dancing to music, props such as pom poms, hula hoops, ribbons and balls, listening games, discovery time, beat competency and much more. APECIAL MAD classes take place on a Saturday morning at Alsager Leisure Centre. All classes are for the parent/carer and child to enjoy together. For more information call Kathryn on 01270 876628 or e-mail kathryn.lindblad@madacademy.com

ALTRINCHAM - RHYTHM TIME classes held at Altrincham Methodist Church, Barrington Road (opposite the Cresta Court) on Tuesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME is so much more than just a sing-a-long. It offers quality music classes for children under 5. It is a well thought out musical experience which makes the most of your child's innate musical ability and uses lots of exciting songs and activities to help develop your child's language and co-ordination. Three age appropriate courses:- Baby class (0 to 15 months), toddler class (15 months to 3 years) and pre-school class (3 to 5 years). For more details contact Jane Leavy tel no 01270 529224, email janeleavy@googlemail.com or look on our website www.rhythmtime.net

ANTROBUS - Parent and Toddler Group. Every Thursday, including school holidays, from 10:30 - 12:00 at Antrobus Village Hall, Cheshire. All ages from birth to school are welcome and refreshments for parents and children are provided.

APPLETON - RHYTHM TIME classes held at St. Mary Magdalene's Church Hall, Dingleway (on the corner of Bridge Lane) on Monday mornings. RHYTHM TIME is so much more than just a sing-a-long. It offers quality music classes for children up to 5. It is a well thought out musical experience which makes the most of your child's innate musical ability and uses lots of exciting songs and activities to help develop your child's language and co-ordination. Three age appropriate courses:- Baby class (0 to 15 months), toddler class (15 months to 3 years) and pre-school class (3 to 5 years). For more details contact Jane Leavy tel no 01270 529224, email janeleavy@googlemail.com or look on our website www.rhythmtime.net

BARNTON -Barnton Pentecostal Church, Barnton, (Nr Northwich), Cheshire, Monday morning at 9.45am (term time only) Tel: 01606 781965

BRAMHALL - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at The Bramley Centre, Bramley Close, Bramhall, SK7 2DT on Friday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

BRAMHALL -THE CREATION STATION . BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - that's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials for 1 to 5 year olds. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Classes on Thursdays at the Bramhall United Reformed Church, Robins Lane 0940 – 1030. Holiday classes for 1 – 11year olds please see the website for further details. Please contact Sarah for more information or to book a place. Tel 0844 854 5065 email sarahkooper@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit the website www.thecreationstation.co.uk *** special offer pay for the first session and get the second one free***

BRAMHALL - BABY SENSORY - The Brookdale Theatre, Bridge Lane, Bramhall, SK73AB. The classes are held every Friday at 11:00-12:00, 12:30-13:30 and 14:00-15:00. Baby Sensory offer a Complete Development Programme to help aid and promote the development of all senses. Our classes build relationships, confidence, and social skills as well as laying down the foundations of all future learning. We have a wide range of resources-many of which unique to our programme. Join us for light shows, textures, scents, rainbows, bonding, movement and exercise, music and instruments, themed adventures...and much more. Plus we have an exploratory play area to enjoy together and help meet other parents. Booking: Classes are booked in terms so please contact us to guarantee your booking. Contact: Tina Baguley, 07877458602, eastcheshire@babysensory.co.uk Website: www.babysensory.com

CHEADLE HULME - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Cheadle Hulme Methodist Church, Ramillies Avenue, Cheadle Hulme, SK8 7AL on Monday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one :-)

CHESTER - TINY TALK. Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. There are two classes running in Chester on Monday mornings in Broughton & Monday afternoons in Hoole. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years are welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. Pre-pay rates are available please ask. For more information email samanthad@tinytalk.co.uk

CHESTER - Hoole Community Centre,Westminster Road, Hoole, Chester CH3 and Flint Library, Church St, Flint, Clwyd CH6 5AP Tel: 07739 104147 - Kindermusik Village: A Bonding Experience The Kindermusik Village class provides a delightful environment unlike any other. Through a unique blend of multi-level activities that include creative movement, vocal play, object and instrument exploration, and a colourful literature component, baby’s growth and development are stimulated and all senses engaged. Kindermusik Village is for lap babies, crawlers, and walkers. It incorporates the most current research on early childhood development and provides families a special place for learning and connecting with other parents and babies through music and movement. Village Curriculum Description - Age Range: newborn to 18 months Class Structure: 16 classes in a semester with two different, eight week themes—length may vary by location Class Length: 45 minute class each week Class Size: Class with no more than 12 babies with parents

COMBERBACH - RHYTHM TIME classes held at Comberbach Memorial Hall, Marbury Road on Friday mornings. RHYTHM TIME is so much more than just a sing-a-long. It offers quality music classes for children under 5. It is a well thought out musical experience which makes the most of your child's innate musical ability and uses lots of exciting songs and activities to help develop your child's language and co-ordination. Three age appropriate courses:- Baby class (0 to 15 months), toddler class (15 months to 3 years) and pre-school class (3 to 5 years). For more details contact Jane Leavy tel no 01270 529224, email janeleavy@googlemail.com or look on our website www.rhythmtime.net

CONGLETON - Our group 'mums and tots' meet every Wednesday morning 10-11.30 am during term time at the Church Hall United Reformed Church, Antrobus Street, Congleton. We welcome any pre-school children and their parents/carers. We have a good selection of toys and activities each week, keeping the children happy while parents/carers have a well earned tea or coffee and chat. Entrance is just £1.00 per family including drinks and biscuits for everyone. For any further information please email Vicki at COOPERSIT@AOL.COM or give me a ring on 01260 270848.

CONGLETON - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Mossley Village Hall, Leek Road, Congleton, CW12 3HX on Monday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

CONGLETON MAD ACADEMY. MAD Academy is a free spirited, high energy Music And Dance class for children from 4 months - 5 years. Children learn the basics of music and dance while having lots of fun at the same time. Classes include singing traditional and new MAD songs, moving and dancing to music, props such as pom poms, hula hoops, ribbons and balls, listening games, discovery time, beat competency and much more. MAD classes in Congleton take place on a Tuesday morning at Mossley Village Hall. All classes are for the parent/carer and child to enjoy together. For more information call Kathryn on 01270 876628 or e-mail kathryn.lindblad@madacademy.com

CREWE - Crewe Library, Prince Albert Street, CreweBABY SIGN & BABY PLAY CLASSES WITH HULLABALOO KIDSThursdays 11am Teach baby to communicate with you before they can speak, learn through Singing and Signing to popular nursery rhymes, well known songs as well as specially written songs and books. Incorporating Multi sensory play to enhance all your baby's senses.For more details contact Sharon Burrows on sharon@hullabalookids.co.uk or 07973 479471.

CREWE - The Creation Station. BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - That's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Contact Lindsay on 0844 854 9095 or lindsay@thecreationstation.co.uk to book your trial sessions. More information can be found at www.thecreatationstation.co.uk.

CREWE - Go Tots - Weekend baby and toddler group for 0-2 year olds. Monthly themed activity classes. Messy play, arts and crafts to take home. Music, songs and sensory play. Structured to follow the Early Years Foundation Stage. £4.50 per family. Contact: Caroline or Laura Telephone: 07772 758623 Email: GoTots@outlook.com or check website for further details - http://www.facebook.com/GoTotsCheshire

CREWE – Baby Sensory Classes. THURSDAYS 10am & 11:30 at Crewe Alex Footaball Stadium, Crewe . Call Linda 07745 353836 to book a place or go to http://ww.babysensory.co.uk

EAST CHESHIRE

Baby Sign Time" is an 8 week course in Baby Signing which is designed and led by Liz Syed,an experienced Speech & Language Therapist. The course tells you all you need to know to start signing with your little one (from birth to 2 years, but older siblings are very welcome at no extra cost), and the aim is to make it as entertaining as possible for both babies and their grown-ups! Lots of puppets, songs, stories, games, props, plus great coffee and cake for the parents at the end, so you can have a chat and relax while your little one plays. Come and try it for FREE (free first session, no obligation). For more information please visit www.babysigntime.net, or call Liz on 01565 640645. See venues below:

Baby Sign Time in Knutsford: from Monday 12th January 2009, 10-11am at Kids Allowed, Mobberley Road, Knutsford.

Baby Sign Time in Alderley Edge: from Thursday 15th January 2009, 10-11am, St Pius Church hall, Stamford Road, Alderley Edge (just round the corner from Festival Hall).

Baby Sign Time in Wilmslow: from Tuesday 13th January 2009, 10-11am, Wilmslow Library (upstairs in the meeting room).

FREE TASTER SESSION on Tuesday 16th December 2008, at 10am at WILMSLOW LIBRARY, all are very welcome!!

EAST CHESHIRE NCT Bumps, Babies & Toddlers Group
Fun4All, Queens Avenue, Hurdsfield Industrial Estate, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 2DG
Wednesday (Term-Time only) 10:00am – 12:00 noon Website - www.nct.org.uk/branches/east-cheshire Email - whatson@eastcheshire-nct.org.uk Contact - Sarah Tel - 0844 243 6115. Children under 3 years old are admitted free of charge, children aged 3 years and over are subject to the normal Fun4All admission charges. If you are pregnant or have a baby who cannot yet walk, do still come along as there is an Under 1's play area and lots of seating areas! If you are not a member of the NCT you are still very welcome.

EAST CHESHIRE NCT Bumps, Babies & Toddlers Group
Wilmslow Methodist Church, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AR
Friday 10:00am – 12:00 noon Website - www.nct.org.uk/branches/east-cheshire Email - whatson@eastcheshire-nct.org.uk Contact - Sarah Tel - 0844 243 6115 We are a fun and friendly group who like to have a natter.. There is a baby-changing facility and a toy area for older babies or toddlers. Please do come along and meet other local parents, everyone welcome, you don't need to be an NCT member and it's free.

FRODSHAM - We are based in Kings Church, Chester Rd, Frodsham, WA6 6XR and run during term time on a wednesday from 9.30am - 11.30am. Come along for play, song and story time and catch up with other Mums over a coffee and some cake! www.kingschurchfrodsham.org.uk for more details.

HADFIELD, GLOSSOP Baby signing classes with Love and Cuddles Ltd, the baby signing club with a difference. Classes held Weds 9.30-10.30 under ones 10.30-11.30 under twos at 223 Woolley Bridge Rd Hadfield, Glossop, SK13 1BW 07721 314138 www.loveandcuddles.co.uk. Classes £4 per session no need to pay upfront, classes continue throughout school holidays.

HAZEL GROVE - Rhythm Time Hazel Grove's Norbury Church on Mondays, Baby classes 9.45am and Toddler 10.25am.

HASLINGTON, NR CREWE - Haslington Toddlers now at Yoxall Village Hall Crewe Road Haslington, open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 - 11.45. £1.50 per adult includes tea or coffee, refreshments for the children.WE have a baby area, craft table, books, ride on toys, wooden kitchen units, dolls house, fire station etc etc. Please come along & join our very popular, friendly group, run solely now by Samantha Green with help from other Mums. Ring 01270 583782 for further details.

HOLMES CHAPEL - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Holmes Chapel Methodist Church, Knutsford Road, Holmes Chapel, CW4 7DE on Friday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

HOLMES CHAPEL - Baby Sensory Classes. WEDNESDAY 10am at The Victoria Club, Holmes Chapel. Call Linda 07745 353836 to book a place or go to http://www.babysensory.co.uk

HOLMES CHAPEL MAD ACADEMY. MAD Academy is a free spirited, high energy Music And Dance class for children from 4 months - 5 years. Children learn the basics of music and dance while having lots of fun at the same time. Classes include singing traditional and new MAD songs, moving and dancing to music, props such as pom poms, hula hoops, ribbons and balls, listening games, discovery time, beat competency and much more. MAD classes in Holmes Chapel take place on a Thursday morning at the AP Leisure Club. All classes are for the parent/carer and child to enjoy together. For more information call Kathryn on 01270 876628 or e-mail kathryn.lindblad@madacademy.com

KNUTSFORD - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Knutsford Sports Club, Mereheath Lane, WA16 6SZ all day Wednesday and Friday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

KNUTSFORD - Baby Massage Works. Baby Massage Classes held on Wednesday mornings 10am-11am at Kids Allowed, Mobberley Road, Knutsford. WA16 8HY. For more details please contact Katie 07973 540072 / 01565 640 628

LYMM - TinyTalk. Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. Hour classes on Thursday mornings in Oughtrington, Lymm. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. Pre-pay rates are available please ask. For more information email theresem@tinytalk.co.uk

LYMM - Music School for Little Ones! - Kindermusik sessions for babies up to 5 years at Lymm High School, Oughtrington Lane, Lymm on Saturday mornings. Helps promote physical and cognitive development in a fun and educational way! The sessions also aim to help promote music-making at home, as well as in class, and to provide information to parents who want their children to generally become more involved in music. Contact Jane on 01925 754762 or visit www.move2themusic.org.uk for further information. Email: info@move2themusic.org.uk

MACCLESFIELD - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Elim Christian Life Centre (CLC), Parsonage Street, Macclesfield, SK11 7GY on Wednesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

MARPLE & DISTRICT TWINS CLUB - We meet fortnightly on the 1st and 3rd Friday every month from 10-11.30 at the Mellor Parish Centre, Stockport. A great opportunity to meet other multiples mums & dads, share experiences and have a cuppa whilst your children play. Expectant parents are always welcome to come along. We organise many events throughout the year including: Monthly evening meetings either at a member''s house, a meal, a pubquiz etc, fund raising events including clothing & equipment sales, sponsored bounce for the children. Summer trip and Christmas party for all the family to attend and a quarterly newsletter is produced. Contact: pamelaleah@ntlworld.com or Tel 0161 494 8116 (no website)

MARPLE -THE CREATION STATION. BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - that's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials for 1 to 5 year olds. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Classes on Tuesdays at the Rough’n Tumble play centre Marple 10am – 1050. Holiday classes for 1 – 11year olds please see the website for further details. Please contact Sarah for more information or to book a place. Tel 0844 854 5065 email sarahkooper@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit the website www.thecreationstation.co.uk *** special offer pay for the first session and get the second one free***

MIDDLEWICH - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at the Community Centre, Civic Way, Middlewich, CW10 9BX on Tuesday afternoons. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

NANTWICH- Baby Sensory Classes. MONDAYS 11:30 and 1pm at Stapeley Community Hall, Nantwich. Call Linda 07745 353836 to book a place or go to http://www.babysensory.co.uk

NANTWICH - Cronkinson's Farm - Pear Tree Field, Nantwich BABY SIGN & BABY PLAY CLASSES WITH HULLABALOO KIDSMondays 11am Teach baby to communicate with you before they can speak, learn through Singing and Signing to popular nursery rhymes, well known songs as well as specially written songs and books. Incorporating Multi sensory play to enhance all your baby's senses.For more details contact Sharon Burrows on sharon@hullabalookids.co.uk or 07973 479471

NANTWICH - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Regents Park (Old Bible College), Main Building, 129 London Road, Nantwich, CW5 6LW on Tuesday afternoons. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

NANTWICH THE CREATION STATION. BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - That's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Contact Lindsay on 0844 854 9095 or lindsay@thecreationstation.co.uk to book your trial sessions. More information can be found at www.thecreatationstation.co.uk.

NANTWICH AND CREWE - TINY TALK - Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. 1 hour classes on Wednesday morning 10:30 - 11:30 at Hough Village Hall, Crewe and Thursday morning 10:00 - 11:00 at Highfields Community Primary School. All babies from birth to 2 years welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. Give your baby a head start with baby signing classes from TinyTalk. For more information email dawnla@tinytalk.co.uk call 01270 627486/ 07810668239

NANTWICH - We meet at Acton Parish Hall just outside Nantwich Town every Friday morning 10 - 12 term time only. The Hall is just opposite the Church with parking available in the Village car park opposite the Pub. We are a small friendly group with a large range of suitable toys for age ranges from babies to pre-schoolers. We welcome parents and carers. We serve refreshments, have storytime and singing. First time is free thereafter we ask for £2 per family to cover costs. We are run by volunteer mums and everyone else mucks in. We like to celebrate special occasions with Christmas Parties, Easter Egg Hunts or wearing the Birthday Hat. Over the Summer we meet at various local attractions such as the park, the local farm etc where older siblings can join in too.

NCT - STOCKPORT BRANCH - Support offered to parents - weekly informal get-togethers in homes all over Stockport and some evening events eg. currys, pubs, barbeques, theatre. Also Good as New sales of children's clothes and toys, nursery equipment and maternity wear.

NETHER ALDERLEY - Baby Sensory – Precious early learning for babies - Monday St Mary’s Parish Church in Nether Alderley (Nr Alderley Edge) 11am - Thursday Village Hall in High Lane (Nr Marple) 11am - Friday Brookdale Club & Theatre in Bramhall 2pm Coming soon to Hale and Didsbury (June 2010) - Laura Pedley 07985 901 901 www.babysensory.com

NEWCASTLE-UNDER-LYME - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Bradwell Lodge, Bradwell Lane, Porthill, ST5 8PS on Monday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one

NORTH CHESHIRE - covering Warrington and surrounding areas. We offer Bumps n' Babes coffee groups, and geographical coffee groups covering our local areas. We also organise regular Nearly New Sales, babes in arms cinema showings and other social events. For more information contact northcheshirenct@yahoo.co.uk.

NORTHWICH - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Davenham Methodist Church, Firth Fields, off Hartford Road, CW9 8JB on Wednesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one

NORTHWICH - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Hartford Children's Centre, Chester Road, Northwich, CW8 1LJ on Monday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one

NORTHWICH - 'Dancingtots' classes are held in Moulton Village Hall, Moulton, Northwich on Saturday mornings. throughout school term-time. The classes are 30 minutes and suited towards both boys & girls aged 18 months- 5 years, and as such the emphasis is on FUN and an opportunity to express themselves. Making fitness fun at an early age provides the foundation to continue enjoying fitness in later years. It introduces children to dance, encouraging fitness from a young age as well as helping them to develop interaction, imagination, confidence, social skills, rhythm and display their personal creativity. Mums and dads join in too so a great opportunity to share the FUN with your toddlers. For more information or to reserve your little one a place please you can either call Sharon on 07834 612303, email enquiries@dancingtots.co.uk or browse our website www.dancingtots.co.uk

NORTHWICH- 'Dancingkidz' classes are run by the founders of dancingtots, offering children from 3 years the opportunity to learn introductory IDTA ballet. Classes are held at LA fitness on a Thursday afternoon at 15:30 and 16:20 lasting 40 minutes allowing school children the opportunity to come along after school. Parents who are LA fitness members can either have a workout whilst their children develop their dance skills or can join the non-members in the coffee bar for a social get together. Both boys and girls welcome. For more information or to reserve your little one a place please call Sharon on 07834 612303.

PADGATE - RHYTHM TIME classes held at Padgate Community Centre, Station Road on Wednesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME is so much more than just a sing-a-long. It offers quality music classes for children under 5. It is a well thought out musical experience which makes the most of your child's innate musical ability and uses lots of exciting songs and activities to help develop your child's language and co-ordination. Three age appropriate courses:- Baby class (0 to 15 months), toddler class (15 months to 3 years) and pre-school class (3 to 5 years). For more details contact Jane Leavy tel no 01270 529224, email janeleavy@googlemail.com k or look on our website www.rhythmtime.net

POYNTON - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Poynton Civic Hall, Council Chambers, Off Park Lane, SK12 1RB on Friday afternoons. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one

PRESTBURY - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Prestbury Village Hall, Macclesfield Road, Prestbury, SK10 4BW on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

SANDBACH - Sandbach Library, High Street, Sandbach - BABY SIGN & BABY PLAY CLASSES WITH HULLABALOO KIDSFridays 10.30amTeach baby to communicate with you before they can speak, learn through Singing and Signing to popular nursery rhymes, well known songs as well as specially written songs and books. Incorporating Multi sensory play to enhance all your baby's senses.For more details contact Sharon Burrows on sharon@hullabalookids.co.uk or 07973 479471.

SANDBACH - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Sandbach Methodist Church, Wesley Avenue, CW11 1DG on Tuesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

SANDBACH MAD ACADEMY. MAD Academy is a free spirited, high energy Music And Dance class for children from 4 months - 5 years. Children learn the basics of music and dance while having lots of fun at the same time. Classes include singing traditional and new MAD songs, moving and dancing to music, props such as pom poms, hula hoops, ribbons and balls, listening games, discovery time, beat competency and much more. MAD classes in Sandbach take place on a Wednesday morning at theWesley Centre. All classes are for the parent/carer and child to enjoy together. For more information call Kathryn on 01270 876628 or e-mail kathryn.lindblad@madacademy.com

SANDBACH - THE CREATION STATION. BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - That's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Contact Lindsay on 0844 854 9095 or lindsay@thecreationstation.co.uk to book your trial sessions. More information can be found at www.thecreatationstation.co.uk.

STOCKPORT

Parent and Toddler Group at North Reddish Community Centre, North Reddish Park, Stockport: Wednesdays and Thursdays 1pm - 3pm. Email: Sue Bredbury

Dialie Tots! Dialstone Lane Methodist Church, Offerton. Monday mornings during term time. from babies to school age. 9.30 am til 11.30 am. all welcome. parents, carers, grandparents and childminders. £1.50 per session also.

Trinity Tots. Trinity Church, Trinity Gardens, Davenport. from babies to school age kids. Thursday mornings 9.30 - 11.30 term time only. everyone welcome. £2.00 per session. Tel: Vanessa - 0161 483 6458

Rhythm Time - Friday mornings from 10th November onwards in term time - Centre Point, Bramhall, (next to the Methodist Church) Baby class 9.45am , Toddler class 10.25am. Early Learning Through Music, Fun, quality Music Classes for Babies and Toddlers, Fun and Education come first. Call for a FREE trial session - Leighanne Bryant-07787556248. For information on local classes go to:www.rhythmtime.net

TARPORLEY - THE CREATION STATION. BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - That's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Contact Lindsay on 0844 854 9095 or lindsay@thecreationstation.co.uk to book your trial sessions. More information can be found at www.thecreatationstation.co.uk.

WARRINGTON - TINY TALK. Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. Hour classes on Tuesday mornings in Stockton Heath and Friday mornings in Callands. Other classes in Lymm and Newton le Willows. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years welcome. £4 per class, pre-booking not necessary. For more information email theresem@tinytalk.co.uk or call 01925 445143.

WARRINGTON - THE JUNGLE GYM - 12 Chetham Court, Winwick Quay, Warrington WA2 8RF - just next door to LA Bowl, close to Gemini Retail Park (M&S/IKEA/Toys R Us etc). Tel: 01925 659995 - Web: www.thejunglegym.co.uk Opening Hours - Monday-Sunday 10am - 6pm Entrance: £Mon-Fri 10am - 3pm Exercise and fun for children in a safe, clean environment - for children up to 1.45m (approx 9 years). There is a fantastic multi-level play frame for children over 3 and a separate toddler area and great party packages. The Jungle Express Cafe offers something special for parents/guardians too - a relaxing place to read a magazine and enjoy a cappuccino, a delicious sandwich or tempting slice of chocolate cake. From 10-12 Monday - Friday during term time there is a Little Cubs sessions? It's a chance to meet friends and relax - parents and their little cubs get a free drink included in the entrance fee.

WARRINGTON- KINDERMUSIK- music and movement classes for newborns through to 7 year olds in Warrington. Kindermusik has over 25 years of children's developmental research backing all its curriculi. All classes are age and developmentally appropriate. Free trial lesson available. For further information contact Michele on 01925 714 244 or e-mail: info@kindermusikwithmichele.co.uk. Website: www.kindermusikwithmichele.co.uk

WEAVERHAM - Family & Toddler Group for children with additional needs. Every Tuesday 10-11.30am, The Community Room, The Russett School and Cheshire MSI Unit, Middlehurst Ave, Weaverham, Northwich, Cheshire. Tel: 01606 853005. Email: Helen @ hroberts@russett.cheshire.sch.uk. A relaxed and sensory experience for you and your child.

WILMSLOW BABY REFLEXOLOTY- Wilmslow Library on Thursdays, 11am-12.30pm and 12.30pm - 2.00pm. Baby reflexology is a gentle form of reflexology adapted especially for babies, from one month old to walking age. There are many benefits of giving reflexology to your baby. If you have experienced a traumatic birth, baby reflexology can help to develop and enhance a natural loving bond between parent and child. Many parents find baby reflexology especially helpful in the first few months of their babies' life as it can help to calm, soothe and improve the baby's sleep patterns. Baby Reflexology also helps to improve digestive issues such as wind, colic and reflux. For more information and to book your place, please call Gabby Lamplugh on 07817 597288 or 01625 526800 www.gabbylamplughreflexology.co.uk

WILMSLOW- THE CREATION STATION - BIG FUN for little people - Let your child start their own 'Journey of Discovery and Exploration'. The ultimate award winning children's creative arts and crafts activity - that's seriously fun! "It's taking the UK by storm". Themed weekly sessions using a variety of arts and craft materials for 1 to 5 year olds. Educational and developmental in line with recommended government guidelines. No mess or stress for you just interactive and engaging quality time with your child. Classes on Wednesdays at Monkey Puzzle Day Nursery 1100 – 1150 Wilmslow. Holiday classes for 1 – 11year olds please see the website for further details. Please contact Sarah for more information or to book a place. Tel 0844 854 5065 email sarahkooper@thecreationstation.co.uk or visit the website www.thecreationstation.co.uk *** special offer pay for the first session and get the second one free***

WILMSLOW - BABY SENSORY - Quarry Bank Mill, Styal, SK9 4LA. The classes are held every Tuesday at 11:00-12:00, 12:30-13:30 and 14:00-15:00. Baby Sensory offer a Complete Development Programme to help aid and promote the development of all senses. Our classes build relationships, confidence, and social skills as well as laying down the foundations of all future learning. We have a wide range of resources-many of which unique to our programme. Join us for light shows, textures, scents, rainbows, bonding, movement and exercise, music and instruments, themed adventures...and much more. Plus we have an exploratory play area to enjoy together and help meet other parents. Booking: Classes are booked in terms so please contact us to guarantee your booking. Contact: Tina Baguley, 07877458602, eastcheshire@babysensory.co.uk Website: www.babysensory.com

WILMSLOW - RHYTHM TIME Classes held at Wilmslow United Reformed Church, Chapel Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 1PR on Wednesday mornings. RHYTHM TIME'S award winning music classes are unique and are a fantastic stimulant to awakening your baby's senses, through music, movement and sensory development. We are "the best music class in town" as quoted by our mums and you are invited to come and see for yourself. Every class has an assistant to ensure that you have a full, uninterrupted half-hour session packed with developmental and educational activities to stimulate and enhance your baby's learning. With progressive steps right up to school age, your child will get a fantastic musical start, laced with confidence, social skills & great concentration. The activities are specially designed to help with balance, development of the inner ear, speech, language and brain development. Our classes are fun for all and use lots of wonderful multi-sensory materials including instruments, balls, mirrors, scarves, lycra, sensory blankets, lights, windmills, foil and bubbles (amongst other things!) Give me a call on 01270 884583 or email fdonkin@gmail.com to book in and come along for a free trial! I would love to be able to show you what a benefit Rhythm Time classes are for your little one.

WILMSLOW - TINY TALK - Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. 1 hour classes on Friday mornings in Wilmslow at URC, Soon to be at Poynton and Bramhall. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years welcome. Pre-booking is necessary to secure your place. For more information email sallyj@tinytalk.co.uk or call 07914088845.

WINSFORD - Mother and Toddler Group held at Over Hall School on Ludlow Close. Open from 1.30 pm till 3.00 pm every Wednesday during term time and it costs 30p per family. It is fully staffed with qualifiied childcarers and refreshments are provided for children and adults. There are many activities on offer for the children and it's a great social event for parents.

GREATER MANCHESTER

ALTRINCHAM - Altrincham TinyTalk Baby Signing and Singing Classes. Join our fun lively classes and use signs to enhance communication between you and your baby before they can talk. Suitable for all babies from birth to 2 years. Flexible classes – you can begin at any time. Please contact me for further information andreaj@tinytalk.co.uk

AUDENSHAW - Trinity Church, (Red Hall) Audenshaw Road, Audenshaw, Tameside
Mums, Carers and Tots Group who meet on Fridays in termtime and sometimes in the school holidays. We are a small, friendly group of Mothers and Childminders (some of us are both!) who meet for a chat over a cuppa while the children play. We do activities such as painting, fund raising and trips out to local places. Sometimes we get together and organise a night out and at Christmas, a Christmas Meal + Disco at a local hotel. The times of opening 1.30 - 3.30 on Mondays. For further details email Paula Greenhalgh hghspau@aol.com

ASHTON there is a tots group who meet at West End Methodist Church, Trafalgar Square, off Stockport Road called Tiny Tots. We meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 9.15 and 11.15 in term-time and very occasionally in holidays. Lots of toys for the 0-5 yr old age range, healthy snacks and drinks for both children and adults. Come and see for yourself for more information! Tel:339 6705 (CIS Tameside)

DIDSBURY - Ever wondered what your baby is thinking? Learn how to communicate with your baby before they can talk by using baby signing. At TinyTalk we learn through fun nursery rhymes and action songs, introducing simple everyday signs to you and your baby in a fun-filled session. For information on class times and venues, call Kirsten on 07717 218741.'

MANCHESTER TRAFFORD - Manchester Trafford NCT If you are a new parent in Trafford, a warm welcome awaits you from Trafford National Childbirth Trust. We have an ongoing range of events including Antenatal Classes, Postnatal Groups, Coffee Mornings, Tums to Toddlers, Caesarian Support Groups, First Aid Courses, Nearly New Sales (http://nct-trafford.co.uk/gns) and access to local Breastfeeding Support Councillors. If you want to know more about what we do, please leave a message on our enquiry line 07005 801704, and a volunteer will ring you back

NORTH WEST MANCHESTER - North West Manchester offers Baby Signing and Singing Classes. Join our fun lively classes and use signs to enhance communication between you and your baby before they can talk. Suitable for all babies from birth to 2 years. Flexible classes – you can begin at any time. Please contact me for further information nickim@tinytalk.co.uk

STOCKPORT - Ever wondered what your baby is thinking? Learn how to communicate with your baby before they can talk by using baby signing. At TinyTalk we learn through fun nursery rhymes and action songs, introducing simple everyday signs to you and your baby in a fun-filled session. For information on class times and venues, call Kirsten on 07717 218741.'

WHITWORTH - St John's Toddler Group, St John's Church Hall, Facit, Whitworth. Tuesday and Thursday 9.30-11.15. From birth to 5 years. We have a large baby safe area, craft activities, climbing equipment, bikes and cars, painting, playdough, construction toys and much, much more. Refreshments are available for adults and children. Babies 0-9months are free, Adults- 50p, Childen over 9 months-£1. We are open 50 weeks of the year only closing over the Christmas period. School aged children are welcome to attend along with their toddler siblings during the school holidays.

LANCASHIRE AREA

INGOL - Our Lady and St Edwards Mon 1.15pm - 2.45 pm
Free Methodist, Lightfoot Lane Tues 10.00 am - 11.30 am

FULWOOD - St Cuthbert's Church Hall - Wed morning
Memorial Church, Deepdale Road - Wed 10.00 - 12 noon
Fulwood Methodist, Watling Street Road, Fri 9.30 am - 11.30 am

FULWOOD - Christ Church Hall - Monday morning (term time only) 10.00-12.00

FULWOOD - Highfield Priory School, Fulwood Row, Preston 01772 709624 www.highfieldpriory.co.uk. Highfield Priory has a flourishing toddler group, where we offer a fun and friendly environment for the children to develop their social skills.Children,parents,childminders and carers enjoy a wide range of activities in a well resourced room. It provides an opportunity for children and adults to share learning experiences,develop relationships and enjoy a chat. The toddler group meets every Thursday -1.30pm-3pm (during term time) We are always looking to welcome new families so please come and enjoy the fun - we look forward to meeting you !

HASLINGDEN - Dinky Links - every Wednesday 9.45 - 11.45 (term time only) refreshments provided for adults and children. St Matthews Church Hall, Haslingden. Phone 01706 224848 for more info

HASLINGDEN - HOMESTART Toddler Group (up to 5 years old) for parents/carers of twins, triplets or more. Every 2nd and 4th Tuesday morning between the hours of 9.30 and 11.30am. Haslingden Community Link and Children's Centre, Bury Road, Haslingden, Rossendale BB4 5PG. Telephone - 01706 214 621 (office hours).

GOOSNARGH - Village Hall, Church Lane Mon 1.30 pm - 3.30 pm term time only

LEA - Lea Methodist Church Hall, Birkdale Dr. Preston from 1.00pm to 3.00pm on Thursdays. From Tinies to School Age - all welcome.

LEYLAND - Brockholes Wood, Brant Rd, Farringdon Park, Fri 1.00 pm - 2.30 pm

LEYLAND - Angels meets at Leyland Baptist church in Leyland every Friday 10.00-11.30 as is open throughout school holidays. The group caters for children aged 0-4 years and is held in a large hall allowing us to use climbing frames, slides, bikes and scooters aswell as many indoor toys and a cordoned off baby area. As well as the playtime, drinks and toast, craft time and songtime are also included in the fee.

LEYLAND - 'St Ambrose Angels' meet at St. Ambrose Church Hall Annexe, Moss Lane, Farington, Leyland, every Friday afternoon (1:30 - 3:15). £1 per child (50p for siblings) - Mixed play for 0-5 yr olds - refreshments included - All wecome.

LEYLAND - Playaways, Prospect House, Sandy Lane, Leyland, Lancs. Wed & Fri, 9.30 - 11.25, £1.70, drinks, snacks and craft activities included. Mums and toddler group. Babies, childminders, dads and grandparents welcome. Range of indoor play items, baby section and craft activities. All expected to help out as run by mums on non-profit making basis. Mums nights out arranged on regular basis!

LONGTON - St Oswalds Thurs 10.00 am - 12.00 noon

LOSTOCK HALL - Jolly Tots Toddler Group - Calvary Christian Fellowship, Ward Street, Wed 9.45 am to 11.30 am term time. The group offers a wide variety of toys and activities including craft each week. Email: WENHODG@aol.com

NCT - PRESTON BRANCH - Support offered to Mothers - coffee groups - a variety of events organised eg children's Christmas Party, clothes and toy sales, visiting speakers, picnics, barbecues and social evenings.
Website will give up-to-date contact details. http://www.nctpregnancyandbabycare.com/

NELSON -Have you a child under 30 months? Baby Signing classes are every Friday morning at Giddy Kippers just off J12 M65. 45 minutes of signs, rhymes, singing and games plus entry into play area included. These are lovely classes with some really friendly Mums and some fabulous musical instruments and puppets. Baby signing brings on speech and reduces frustration. (Newborns are welcome but won't sign back until 7 or 8 months). New half term starts back on 3rd Nov, a handful of places left on 11.15 class so please contact Jayne, on 01706 872816 for more info. Also more info is on the website. Can't attend a class? There's a shop on our website which stocks baby signing products. www.talkfirst.net.

PENWORTHAM - The Kings Church Youth Centre, Priory Lane Fri 9.15 am-10.45 am & 10.45 am-11.15am Methodist Church, Leyland Road - Tues 1pm - 3 pm
St Leonards Church Hall, Marshall's Brow, Penwortham - 1 o'clock - 2.30pm. term time only.
St Mary's Church Hall, Cop Lane. Friday's 9:45am - 11:30am term time only. £2 per adult, children free! Come along for drinks & snacks, toys & activities, fun & games! Craft activities, Song time and many toys for all ages to enjoy! Please contact stmarystoddlergroup@patchit.co.uk for more information.
St Mary Magdalen, Leyland Road - Tues 9.15 am - 11.00 am

PRESTON - TinyTalk. Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. Hour classes on Tuesday mornings in Fulwood Preston, Thursday mornings in Much Hoole and Friday mornings in Cottam. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years welcome. Pre-booking not necessary. Pre-pay rates are available please ask. For more information email harrietg@tinytalk.co.uk.

RIBBLETON - Twinkling Stars Toddler Group, Acregate Mission Hall, Acregate Lane, Thurs 9.30 am - 11.30 am during term time

RIBBLETON - Mother & Toddler Group at Ribbleton Avenue Community Centre in Preston every Tuesday during term time starting at 1.30 p.m. - 3.00 p.m. A voluntary contribution of 50p includes refreshments and activities. Telephone 01772 796037 for details or come along and see Mrs Dring, all welcome!

TALKFIRST -TalkFirst baby signing classes help your baby ‘talk’ to you. Each week Dexter comes alive to bring you signs, rhymes, songs and games which are structured around a weekly theme. Use the signs at home and soon your baby will be able to tell you if they are hungry, tired, too hot etc before they can speak. Babies who sign first can TalkFirst! Browse the website to find out your nearest class. http://www.talkfirst.net/

TALKING TOTS - A fun way to encourage excellent communication skills in young children. Helps promote good: listening & attention skills, expressive language, vocabulary, social skills, phonological awareness essential for good literacy. To find your nearest class go to http://www.talkingtots.info/

WHALLEY - Mother Baby and Toddler Group Methodist Church Hall, King St, Whalley, Lancashire Every Tuesday afternoon 1.30pm - 3.00pm (Term time only) Plenty of toys to play with, craft table and singing every week! £2.50 per family, £1.00 for under 1's Snack and juice for children, tea/coffee for adults

WILPSHIRE WOMBLES - Wilpshire Methodist Church, Ribchester Road, Blackburn. Monday 2-4pm Termtime. A small, friendly group of mums, bumps, babies and toddlers, who meet each week for play and a natter! Activities for babies and toddlers of all ages, including snack, story and song time. Email. kirstie@theessons.fsnet.co.uk

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FORMBY - Tuesdays 1.45pm until 3.00 pm term time only at Redgate Primary School Hall, Reddgate, Formby.

MAGHULL/LYDIATE - 'Little Dots' - Lydiate Primary School, Community Hall, Lambshear Lane, Lydiate. Friday 9.30-11.30am term time only. We offer playdough, jigsaws, drawing/painting, craft table, sand play, baby mat, homecorner and snack. We have songs and circle games at the end of each session. This group is run by a mother and daughter team. Magaret a retired nursery nurse and Judith teaching assistant currently studying for NVQ3 in childcare. Children can play in a safe and happy environment while parents/carers can relax and enjoy a chat and cup of tea/coffee. Each session is £1.50 per family. Come and join in the fun. Email

NEWTON LE WILLOWS - TinyTalk. Baby signing and singing classes, helping babies to communicate before they can talk. Hour classes on Tuesday afternoons at Newton Children's Centre and Wednesday mornings at Newton Community Centre. Term time only, all babies from birth to 2 years welcome. £4 per class, including refreshments. For more information and to book a place, email theresem@tinytalk.co.uk or call 01925 445143.

SEFTON - Held at St Stephens Church Hall in Hightown, Sefton, the first church hall on your right as you enter Hightown. It is run on a Thursday afternoon 1pm-3pm term time only with activites and snacks.

SKELMERSDALE - Held on Wednesday mornings, 9.15am until 11.00am, in Ashurst Community Centre, Skelmersdale, Lancashire. Open during term time and occasionally in school holidays. Children from birth to pre-school are welcome, dads and grandparents are welcome to come along too. Costs £1.00 per child which includes juice and toast and tea/coffee for the adults. We have a wide variety of toys to suit all ages. We have christmas parties and occasionally do fundraising and other events.

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