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Online Baby and Toddler Sessions

Photo: Dad and baby.

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

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

Join us to:

  • meet other families caring for young children
  • take part in fun activities
  • discover valuable information 
  • meet our family and deaf presenters and find out about their experiences of parenting.

Upcoming online sessions

Nursery Rhyme Time (rescheduled)

  • Tuesday 24 August
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Recommended for families to enjoy together with deaf children aged 0 to 3.

Come along with your baby and join in as we enjoy sharing traditional nursery rhymes in this fun and lively session. We’ll have a BSL interpreter with us too, so you can sing along and pick up the signs!

Grandparents' Story Time

  • Tuesday 7 September
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Recommended for families to enjoy together with deaf children aged 0 to 3.

Invite your grandparents to join you (in-person or virtually) as we share a story together. If you prefer, you are welcome to bring another relative or friend who is close to your baby. A special guest will join us to share the story.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Family

Come along and join in with our family-themed signing and singing session! You’ll learn the different signs for the people in your family while having fun with your little one! We’ll be reading ‘Where’s Spot?’ by Eric Hill and singing ‘If You’re Happy and You Know It’ as well as some of your other favourites.

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Farm

There’s fun to be had down on the farm as we discover the signs for some well-loved farm animals! We’ll also be learning key signs like ‘tractor’ and ‘farmer’, and singing lots of your favourite animal songs. Join us for our signed story, ‘Oh Dear’ by Rod Campbell and learn more about using facial expressions and visual cues.

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Bedtime

This fun session will teach you helpful signs to support your everyday routines at home. Signs such as ‘bath time’, ‘potty’ and ‘lights out’ will be taught in fun and exciting ways that suit both adults and very young children! We’ll listen to ‘Is it Bedtime Wibbly Pig?’ by Mick Inkpen, so bring along your bedtime teddy and have fun with us.

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

Fun with Fantasy Play

  • Tuesday 5 October
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • Recommended for families to enjoy together with deaf children aged 0 to 3.

Together with our early years expert, we’ll explore the world of imaginative and fantasy play for deaf children, and look at why it’s so important. There will some activities to do with your baby or toddler too.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Mealtimes

Have you ever wondered how to sign your child’s favourite foods? Come along and find out as we enjoy the signed version of ‘The Very Hungry Caterpillar’ by Eric Carle. We’ll be singing and signing some funny songs like ‘Jelly on a Plate’ and many more. Learning how to communicate in new and exciting ways is fun with baby sign!

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Out and About – Colours and Weather

Being out and about in the world is really positive for young children’s development. Using our hands and voices to sign and sing, we’ll be exploring everyday adventures to the park, being out in the garden and visiting the shops. We’ll also learn signs for the weather, the colours around us and our pets, so come along and join in!

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign: Transport

Whether it’s a bus, an aeroplane or a digger, vehicles and transport are bound to interest your little one! Join us as we sign along to ‘The Wheels on the Bus’ and all your other favourite vehicle songs. We’ll be reading ‘Maisy’s Bus’ by Lucy Cousins and you can pick up some of the simple signs that go along with the story.

This session is part of our Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series run by Kathryn from Little Hands Baby Sign. You’re welcome to book onto one or multiple sessions.

How to join

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].

More info about the Bounce Along to Baby Sign Series

Our weekly online baby sign sessions are a fun way to learn British Sign Language (BSL) signs through play, singing and stories. Bring your little ones to our friendly, interactive online sessions and learn how to start using signs at home with your family. This can boost your deaf child’s language development and communication skills, as well as being a fun thing to do together.

We’ll learn useful everyday signs with toys and bubbles, while singing well known songs and nursery rhymes. Each session will be 30 minutes long, followed by an optional breakout room for families to meet and have a chat.

Our sessions are suitable for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers and they support play-based learning. Bring the whole family (pets too!) and your favourite toy, and start learning to sign with us in a playful way.

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 Family Programme Events, both face to face and online, 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.