Baby & Toddler Timetable: BS16

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A list of weekly term-time activities for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers in BS16 covering the areas of Fishponds, Emersons Green, Bromley Heath, Frenchay and Siston.

Please contact groups prior to arriving to ensure they are running on that day.

MONDAY

Story Stars Sensory Storytelling Classes: Downend Assembly Hall
Brand new sensory storytelling classes for babies up to 18 months. Classes combine much-loved books with themed sensory and messy play activities. Every week you and your baby will zoom off on to an exciting story-themed adventure!

The 45-minute sessions run in 2 parts: an interactive storytelling session followed by plenty of themed sensory and messy play to really immerse little ones into an amazing story land.​

  • New term begins  Mon 11th Sept  (6 week course)
  • 10-10.45am: 0 – 12 mths & 11- 11.45am: 0 – 18 mths
  • £49 for 7 week course
  • Downend Assembly Hall, Salisbury Rd, Downend, BS16 5RA
  • More details

diddi dance: Emersons Green Village Hall
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, we have had lots of younger children join in.

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Tiny Tots: All Saints Church
A regular toddler group for babies and children aged 0 – 4 years and their mums, dads, grandparents and carers. Stories, singing, crafts and toys.

  • 10.30 – 12 noon
  • All Saints Church, Fishponds Grove Road, BS16 2BW
  • Contact: Rev Lizzie Kesteven 0117 9650 856

Toddler Time: Fishponds Baptist Church
A Christian based toddler group for babies and children aged 0 – 3 years (children are welcome to attend until the end of the term in which they are three) which runs on Mondays and Fridays. Snacks of fresh fruit and juice/water for the children, as well as tea/coffee and biscuits for the adults are provided.

At 10.30am a story is read to the children and at 11.15am, after packing away the toys, there is singing before everyone goes home. Most weeks a craft activity is offered and there is a wide selection of toys for all age groups, including slide, a trampoline and a play house.

There is currently a waiting list.

Messy Monday Play: Staple Hill Library
Lively sessions for toddlers and pre-school aged children during term-time. Stories, rhymes and simple crafts.

  • 10.30-11am
  • FREE
  • Staple Hill Library, Broad Street, BS16 5LS
  • Tel. 01454 868 006

TUESDAY

Sing and Sign: Emersons Green Village Hall
Sing and Sign are music classes but with a BIG difference.  With your participation and commitment, Sing and Sign can teach your family how to communicate before baby can talk.  Through music and singing, you learn the signs while baby enjoys the songs, instruments and props.  Classes are good fun and relaxed but with a strong emphasis on learning.

A Sing and Sign course runs for 10 weeks and each class lasts about 35-45 minutes.  In those 10 sessions, you can learn well over 100 signs.  Some signs are relevant to baby’s routine (milk, eat, change nappy); some are signs for things that babies are interested in (park, duck, train).  Bristol families say over and over again how much they enjoy Sing and Sign classes and how beneficial signing has been for them.

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  • Stage one (6-15 mths): 10.45am
  • Pre-booking on a term-time basis is required
  • Emersons Green Village Hall, Emerson Way, BS16 7AP
  • Contact Katherine: Katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk

Sing and Sign: All Saints Church, Fishponds
Sing and Sign are music classes but with a BIG difference.  With your participation and commitment, Sing and Sign can teach your family how to communicate before baby can talk.  Through music and singing, you learn the signs while baby enjoys the songs, instruments and props.  Classes are good fun and relaxed but with a strong emphasis on learning.

A Sing and Sign course runs for 10 weeks and each class lasts about 35-45 minutes.  In those 10 sessions, you can learn well over 100 signs.  Some signs are relevant to baby’s routine (milk, eat, change nappy); some are signs for things that babies are interested in (park, duck, train).  Bristol families say over and over again how much they enjoy Sing and Sign classes and how beneficial signing has been for them.

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See & Know Toddler Group: Downend Baptist Church
A weekly playgroup for babies and young children which meets in term-time. Includes a mixture of Christian songs and nursery rhymes, crafts activities, free play and refreshments.

Come and play together and learn new songs from our friend Monty Mouse.

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • First session free, thereafter £1 per family
  • Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, BS16 5RA
  • Contact Andy 0117 9701058

Music for Toddlers: St Mary’s
Babies, toddlers, pre-schoolers and their parents and carers welcome for singing, percussion and a story. Refreshments are provided. Buggies should enter through the Choir Vestry door – look out for the balloons!

  • 10.30 – 11.30am
  • Contact Margaret Morgan 07743 495 133 / Audrey and John Anson 0117 9622 093

Baby Bounce and Rhyme: Fishponds Library
Fun session for babies and very young children which meets in term-time. Stories, rhymes and songs.

Happy Hands Parent and Toddler Group: The Sanctuary Church, Staple Hill
A safe place for parents and toddlers to come and play, learn and socialize together.

Parents and Toddlers: The Salvation Army, Staple Hill
A safe toddler group for parents with pre-school age children to meet with other parents and where children can play together in a safe environment. Wide variety of toys available.

WEDNESDAY

Bean Stork Baby Massage: Bean Tree Café, Staple Hill 
Bean Stork offers a 5-week course in BabyNatal Developmental Baby Massage suitable from birth to crawling. The course is especially designed to calm, soothe and relax your baby supporting their natural development. Classes combine developmental baby massage with song, sign, parent and baby mindfulness and sensory play creating a fun class for you and your baby.

Anne, founder of Bean Stork is a fully qualified Antenatal and Postnatal Practitioner trained by BabyNatal.

BabyNatal Developmental Baby Massage Classes will;

  • Encourage bonding and positive attachment
  • Help to develop joint flexibility and muscle strength appropriate to your baby’s developmental stage
  • Teach you ways to relieve colic symptoms and aid digestion
  • Help to relax your baby which can aid sleep
  • Teach you positions to help ease your baby into tummy time
  • Explore ways to play with your baby at home
  • Teach you positions to help ease your baby into tummy time, sitting, crawling and standing depending on their stage of development

  • Wednesday’s – 1.15-2.15pm
  • £45 for a 5 week course
  • Coconut oil will be provided for those who wish to use it.
  • Please bring a towel or blanket for your baby to lie on.
  • Bean Tree Cafe, 21 Park rd, Page Park, Staple Hill, BS16 5LB
  • If you know you will be unable to attend a session you can make it up in the following term (subject to availability)
  • Private group sessions available in the comfort of your own home.
  • Booking in advance required www.beanstork.co.uk or contact anne@beanstork.co.uk

Swaddling to Toddling: Lincombe Barn, Downend
Welcoming and relaxed antenatal classes focusing on labour and baby care. Giving you the confidence to look forward to and enjoy your baby. Sessions will cover feeding, dressing, nappy changing, winding, sleep, teeth, hygiene, possible routines and much more.

Collect and explore information packs to guide you through the first year and onwards. Practice key skills on realistic dolls and discuss a range of theories so you can decide how you manage your journey with your baby.

Meet other couples in your local area and enjoy the social time at the end of each session (refreshments included).

diddi dance: Emersons Green Village Hall
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, we have had lots of younger children join in.

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Parents and Toddlers: The Salvation Army, Staple Hill
An interactive music session to introduce parents and their babies and toddlers to the many benefits music can have on early development.

Mothers & Toddlers: Grace Church
Weekly drop-in playgroup for all parents/carers and children up to four years of age. Plenty of space and toys for the children. Refreshments provided for carers.

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • Downend Baptist Church, Salisbury Road, Downend, BS16 5RA
  • Contact Grace Church: Tel 0117 956 9415

Pendennis Toddlers: Pendennis Evangelical Church
A chance for parents and carers of children aged 0 – 4 years to socialize with each other and engage with their children. Plenty of toys to play with, as well as crafts to make, various messy activities and singing time also. Refreshments for all. There is a waiting list for this playgroup.

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • Pendennis Evangelical church, Pendennis Road, Staple Hill, BS16 5JB
  • Contact: Nic Barnett on 07963 270 321 / nic@pendennisgoodnews.com

Baby Bounce & Rhyme: Hillfields Library
Come along to a Baby Bounce & Rhyme session with your baby to share favourite nursery rhymes. Sessions last around 30 minutes and are a great place to develop early language skills as well as meet others. Older siblings welcome.

  • 2.15 – 2.45pm
  • FREE
  • Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, BS16 4HL
  • More details

Pre-school Children’s Storytime: Hillfields Library
A fun session for toddlers from around 18 months. Stories, rhymes and simple craft or colouring activities.

  • 2.45 – 3.15pm
  • FREE
  • Hillfields Library, Summerleaze, BS16 4HL
  • More details

THURSDAY

Steiner Parent & Child Group: Steiner Academy Bristol
A weekly group which has been created with the aim of supporting and nurturing young children aged 0 – 3 and their families and recognises the importance of protecting the delightful wonder of early childhood.

Run by a qualified Steiner Kindergarten and class teacher, sessions will take children and parents on a gentle Journey through the seasons with simple crafts, food and celebration.

The group will offer a warm and protective environment for children to take their first steps on the bridge between home and the world of school (and all that lies beyond!).

  • Thursdays, 9.30am – 12 noon (term-time)
  • First session free – thereafter each session will be £10 (concessions for more than one child)
  • Booking on a termly basis is required
  • Steiner Academy Bristol, St Matthias Campus, BS16 2JP
  • To book a place contact Hatty Rose: email hattyrose@outlook.com / phone 07768 637 838.
  • More details

diddi dance: Emersons Green Village Hall
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, we have had lots of younger children join in.

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Rhymetime at Pre-school Storytime: Staple Hill Library
Lively sessions for toddlers and pre-school aged children during term-time. Stories, rhymes and simple crafts.

  • 10.30-11am
  • FREE
  • Staple Hill Library, Broad Street, BS16 5LS
  • Tel. 01454 868 006

FRIDAY

Sing and Sign: Downend Folk House
Sing and Sign are music classes but with a BIG difference.  With your participation and commitment, Sing and Sign can teach your family how to communicate before baby can talk.  Through music and singing, you learn the signs while baby enjoys the songs, instruments and props.  Classes are good fun and relaxed but with a strong emphasis on learning.

A Sing and Sign course runs for 10 weeks and each class lasts about 35-45 minutes.  In those 10 sessions, you can learn well over 100 signs.  Some signs are relevant to baby’s routine (milk, eat, change nappy); some are signs for things that babies are interested in (park, duck, train).  Bristol families say over and over again how much they enjoy Sing and Sign classes and how beneficial signing has been for them.

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diddi dance: Emersons Green Village Hall
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, we have had lots of younger children join in.

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Bumps, Babies & Toddler Group: St Augustine of Canterbury
A drop-in playgroup formed to provide an opportunity for carers with under 5s to get together weekly. For children, there are a wide range of songs, storytime session with squash and biscuits, plus regular craft activities. Tea/coffee provided for adults.

  • 9 – 11.30am
  • St Augustine’s, Boscombe Crescent, Downend, BS16 6QR
  • Contact Bernadette: Tel. 0117 9833939

Jigsaw Toddler Service: Christ Church Downend
A fortnightly church service for tots to which all families with under 5 are welcome to attend. Activities include toys, crafts, song time with Monty Mouse as he teaches little ones how to follow God and refreshments. Term time only.

The Friday Playgroup: All Saints Church Hall

The Friday Playgroup

A friendly little playgroup in Fishponds which meets every week, even in the holidays! Free tea or coffee for parents and free juice, fruit and biscuits for the children.

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • £2.50 entry (50p per additional child)
  • All Saints Church Hall, Grove Road, BS16 2BW
  • Phone 07791 413 227

Toddler Time: Fishponds Baptist Church
A Christian based toddler group for babies and children aged 0 – 3 years (children are welcome to attend until the end of the term in which they are three) which runs on Mondays and Fridays. Snacks of fresh fruit and juice/water for the children, as well as tea/coffee and biscuits for the adults are provided.

At 10.30am a story is read to the children and at 11.15am, after packing away the toys, there is singing before everyone goes home. Most weeks a craft activity is offered and there is a wide selection of toys for all age groups, including slide, a trampoline and a play house.

There is currently a waiting list.

Parent and Toddler Group: Staple Hill Methodist Church
An established group for pre-school age children with between 13 – 30 families each week. Includes drink and biscuit.

SATURDAY

diddi dance: Christ Church Centre, Bromley Heath
Funky pre-school dance classes suitable for both boys and girls aged 18 months upwards, however, we have had lots of younger children join in.

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Toddler Time for Dads: Fishponds Baptist Church
This group especially for dads runs on the second Saturday of the month (apart from August). As well as the usual activities, newspapers are provided and there is the opportunity to purchase bacon butties. No waiting list.

  • 10 – 11.30am
  • £1.50 per family (optional extra £1 for a bacon butty)
  • Fishponds Baptist church, Downend Road, Fishponds, BS16 5AS
  • Contact Fishponds Baptist Church
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