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

Adventure Babies: Church Centre, Bromley Heath
Take your baby on an adventure…

Adventure Babies classes are award-winning story and sensory adventures which bring brilliant books to life and help little ones fall in love with books and reading whilst positively stimulating all of their senses and supporting vital language and communication skills.

Interactive storytelling, sensory props, messy play and fantastic lights bring the story alive every week. Activities are all linked to the EYFS curriculum so that they support your baby or toddler whatever their stage of development.

Groups suitable for babies from birth: a non-moving 0-8 month old group, a busy 0-1s group and a mobile 8-24 month old group.

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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)
  • 9.30am: 0 – 12 mths; 10.30am: 0 – 12 months; 11.30am: 0 – 18 mths
  • £42 for 6 week course
  • Downend Assembly Hall, Salisbury Rd, Downend, BS16 5RA
  • More details

Debutots: Emersons Green Village Hall
Debutots Family Story Play sessions are a unique blend of story, music, interactive language games, bubbles, puppets and dramatic play. They are fantastic for nurturing language and communication skills as well as self confidence. Family Story Play Sessions are inclusive and suitable for parents, carers and little ones aged 6 months to 4 years.

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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Toddler Group: St Joseph’s Church
A toddler group which offers construction toys, creative and messy play, music and more. Tea/coffee for parents and snacks/juice for children provided.

  • 1.45 – 3.30pm
  • Entry £1
  • St Joseph’s Church Hall, Forest Road, Fishponds

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.

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.

Shining Stars Play Café: Hillfields Park Baptist Church
If you would like to meet some fellow parents/carers drop-in to Shining Stars Play Café which runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in term-time. It is for babies and children aged under 5s and their parents/carers and there are toys, bouncy castle, crafts and much more to enjoy.

There are refreshments and simple lunches served, plus all-day breakfasts available at reasonable prices.

  • 10.30am – 1pm
  • £1 per person
  • Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue, BS16 4EP
  • Contact Paige: 07469 717 816
  • More details

TUESDAY

Adventure Babies: St Stephens, Downend
Take your baby on an adventure…

Adventure Babies classes are award-winning story and sensory adventures which bring brilliant books to life and help little ones fall in love with books and reading whilst positively stimulating all of their senses and supporting vital language and communication skills.

Interactive storytelling, sensory props, messy play and fantastic lights bring the story alive every week. Activities are all linked to the EYFS curriculum so that they support your baby or toddler whatever their stage of development.

Groups suitable for babies from birth: a non-moving 0-8 month old group, a busy 0-1s group and a mobile 8-24 month old group.

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Sing and Sign: Emersons Green Village Hall

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Developed with the help of speech and language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is the original British baby signing programme.

Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate! Baby signing with Sing and Sign is easy and fun and over the course your baby will learn around 150 signs. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to “talk” to you before speech.

  • Stage one (6-15 mths): 9.45am (as needed) and 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

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Developed with the help of speech and language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is the original British baby signing programme.

Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate! Baby signing with Sing and Sign is easy and fun and over the course your baby will learn around 150 signs. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to “talk” to you before speech.

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

Baby Sensory: Emersons Green Village Hall
Multi-award winning classes which will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.

Specifically designed for babies aged 0 – 13 months to aid development, classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus, you’ll never experience the same class twice.

Visitors are always welcome but please call in advance to reserve your place.

  • Times – 45 minute sessions: 10.15 – 11am (0-13 months), 11.30am – 12.15pm (0-6 months)
  • Times – 1 hour sessions: 1.30 – 2.30 pm (0-13 months), 3 – 4pm (0-13 months)
  • Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Way, Emersons Green, BS16 7AP
  • Booked in terms – contact bristoleast@babysensory.co.uk / 07465441475
  • New Autumn term 6th Sept – 15th Nov
  • 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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Babel Babies: The Cross Hands Pub, Fishponds

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Learn languages with your little ones! Fun multisensory music and movement sessions exploring foreign languages with songs and stories from around the world. Accompanying adults can learn alongside the children, it’s never too early or too late to start learning and loving languages.

Shining Stars Play Café: Hillfields Park Baptist Church
If you would like to meet some fellow parents/carers drop-in to Shining Stars Play Café which runs on Mondays and Wednesdays in term-time. It is for babies and children aged under 5s and their parents/carers and there are toys, bouncy castle, crafts and much more to enjoy.

There are refreshments and simple lunches served, plus all-day breakfasts available at reasonable prices.

  • 10.30am – 1pm
  • £1 per person
  • Hillfields Park Baptist Church, Thicket Avenue, BS16 4EP
  • Contact Paige: 07469 717 816
  • More details

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

Mini Professors Science Classes: Emersons Green Village Hall
40-minute science sessions are for 2-5 year olds; each session includes interactive experiments, story-telling, singing and a short video on the subject of the day.

There are 80 different topics, designed to engage and inspire children whilst they have lots of fun!

Each mini professor has a lab coat to wear and at the end of each session they receive a sticker to put in their Research Logs.

Baby Sensory: Emersons Green Village Hall
Multi-award winning classes which will introduce you and your baby (or babies) to a world of sensory delights, where you can relax, spend quality time with each other and enjoy meeting other new parents.

Specifically designed for babies aged 0 – 13 months to aid development, classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus, you’ll never experience the same class twice.

Visitors are always welcome but please call in advance to reserve your place.

  • Times – 1 hour sessions: 10 – 11am (0-13 months), 11.15am – 12.15pm (0-6 months), 12.45 – 13.45pm (0-13 months), 2 – 3pm (0-13 months)
  • Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Way, Emersons Green, BS16 7AP
  • Booked in terms – contact bristoleast@babysensory.co.uk / 07465441475
  • New Autumn term 7th Sept – 16th Nov
  • More details

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

  • 11 – 11.30am
  • FREE
  • Staple Hill Library, Broad Street, BS16 5LS
  • Tel. 01454 868 006

FRIDAY

Hartbeeps: Emersons Green Village Hall
Hartbeeps award-winning sessions offer original and super-fun developmental baby classes, toddler classes and pre-school classes. All of our sessions are set to a soundtrack of original songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies, and follow a different theme each week with puppets, innovative props, sparkly lights and multi-sensory experience.

Baby Bells is for babies from birth to sitting, Baby Beeps is for babies from sitting to walking and Happy House is for confident walkers and up.

  • 10am – Happy House (toddling to 4yrs, siblings welcome),
  • 11am – Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling)
  • 12 noon – Baby Bells (newborn to sitting)
  • Emersons Green Village Hall, Emersons Way, Emersons Green, BS16 7AP
  • Book online or for more information send your name, your baby’s name and DOB to Liz: Email northbristol@hartbeeps.com / Phone: 07985 935 662
  • More details

Debutots: Emersons Green Village Hall
Debutots Family Story Play sessions are a unique blend of story, music, interactive language games, bubbles, puppets and dramatic play. They are fantastic for nurturing language and communication skills as well as self confidence. Family Story Play Sessions are inclusive and suitable for parents, carers and little ones aged 6 months to 4 years.

Sing and Sign: Downend Folk House

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Developed with the help of speech and language professionals and recommended by experts, Sing and Sign is the original British baby signing programme.

Babies use all kinds of signs and gestures as a natural part of learning to talk. Encouraging your baby with extra signs like milk, more, change nappy or tired will help your baby communicate! Baby signing with Sing and Sign is easy and fun and over the course your baby will learn around 150 signs. Your baby will recognise important words sooner and can use the signs to “talk” to you before speech.

  • Stage one – 11am (6-15 mths), stage two  – 10am (16-24 mths – waiting list)
  • Pre-booking on a term-time basis is required
  • Contact Katherine: Katherineamor@singandsign.co.uk

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.

Friday Fun Time: Staple Hill Library
Stories and activities for under 5s every Friday all year.

  • 11 – 11.30am
  • FREE
  • Staple Hill Library, Broad Street, BS16 5LS
  • Tel. 01454 868 006

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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