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Online Baby and Toddler Sessions

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Relaxed, online sessions for you and your deaf baby or toddler to enjoy together

Our online sessions are ideal for deaf children to enjoy together with their families. By family we mean parents, carers, siblings, aunts, uncles, grandparents, cousins...the list goes on!

Upcoming online sessions

Monthly Baby and Toddler Drop-In Sessions

  • 1 February, 1 March
  • 10.30 to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with deaf children aged 0 to 3.

Join us online each month as we meet up with our babies and toddlers to enjoy:

  • a signed story
  • music and songs
  • chatting to other families
  • discovering valuable information as a parent
  • meeting our family and deaf presenters, and finding out about their experiences.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Animals at the zoo

  • 21 January
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Come along and join in with our animal-themed signing and singing session. You’ll learn the different signs for the animals you might meet at the zoo while having fun with your little one! We’ll be reading Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell and singing No More Monkeys Jumping on the Bed as well as some of your other favourite tunes!

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: People who help us  

  • 28 January
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

When your children have medical appointments, knowing some signs, to explain more about the people they’ll meet and what might happen at the appointment, can help calm their feelings of anxiety and increase their understanding. In this session’s story, Dr Maisy tells us all about the people who help us.

Come along and learn hearing-related signs such as ‘audiologist’, ‘cochlear implant’, ‘hearing aid’ and many more!

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: A trip to space

  • 4 February
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

There’s fun to be had up in space as we discover the signs for ‘astronaut’, ‘rocket’, ‘aliens’ and many more! We’ll be singing, Zoom Zoom Zoom, We’re Going to the Moon, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Five Astronauts in a Flying Saucer, and there’ll be a story all about space for your children to enjoy too.

Bounce along to this week’s space-themed session and come and have some fun!

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Food glorious food!

  • 11 February
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Have you ever wondered how to sign your child’s favourite foods? Come along and find out as we enjoy the signed version of Chocolate Mousse for Greedy Goose by Julia Donaldson. We’ll also be singing and signing some fun songs like Jelly on a Plate and many more.

Make mealtimes even more fun with Baby Sign.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Mother's Day Special! 

  • 16 March
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

Join us as we enjoy Mother’s Day by learning signs that really celebrate being a Mum!

More information

About Bounce Along to Baby Sign

At these interactive, online sessions, you and your little one will learn useful, everyday British Sign Language (BSL) signs. We'll show you these using toys and bubbles, while singing well known songs and nursery rhymes. 

As well as being a fun thing to do together, this can boost your deaf child’s language development and communication skills.

Each session is 30 minutes long, with time afterwards for questions and answers, and any specific sign requests that would help you and your family.

Who the sessions are for

These sessions are suitable for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. Bring the whole family (plus pets and favourite toys), to start learning to sign with us in a playful way!

Register your interest

You can register your interest to be notified when future Bounce Along to Baby Sign sessions become available.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Easter Special! 

  • 30 March 
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.

This special Baby Sign Session is all about Easter and the wonders of springtime, new life and of course a little bit about chocolate! We’ll be reading ‘We’re Going on an Egg Hunt’ By Martha Mumford and Laura Hughes and we’ll be learning lots of signs linked to this lovely time of year.

How to take part in our online sessions

As long as you have access to any computer, smartphone or tablet with an internet connection then you'll be able to access our online events.

When you sign up online, you'll receive all the information you need about how to join via Zoom. You are also welcome to view our video and written guide.

Communication support

Closed captioning and BSL interpreters will be available. If you have any questions, please email [email protected].

Meet your hosts

Our Bounce Along to Baby Sign sessions will be led by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign.

Carla and Helen from our Family Programmes team will be on hand to answer any of your questions at our Baby and Toddler Sessions.

Carla Rose-Hardman, Head of Family Programmes and Involvement

Carla has worked with families in a variety of charity settings for 18 years, and has been with the National Deaf Children's Society for 6 years. She is passionate about ensuring our Family Programme meets the needs of all families. She also works with parents and carers to get them involved with us and have an impact on what we do, as well as the local services in their area.

Helen Ingram, Families Programmes Operational Manager

Helen has been with the National Deaf Children's Society for over 10 years. She makes sure our in-person and online Family Programme Events run as smoothly as possible. She is keen to make sure that families get all the information they need to best support their child.

Kathryn, Bounce Along to Baby Sign Session Leader

Kathryn is the founder of Little Hands Baby Sign in West London and has over 10 years’ experience of working with national deaf charities. A parent herself, and with a degree equivalent in BSL, Kathryn offers warm and family-friendly baby sign classes. She introduces easy and helpful BSL signs to boost your child’s confidence and early communication though play, singing and stories.