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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

Resilience: The Rabbit Listened

  • 5 July
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families to enjoy together with deaf children aged 0 to 3. 

Supporting deaf children in early years to ‘bounce back’! In this session we will cover the topic of ‘resilience’. We’ll be reading a wonderful book called ‘The Rabbit Listened’ by Cori Doerrfeld. Come and enjoy singing along to songs and learn through our fun and engaging mindfulness activities which involve building self-esteem, strengthening relationships and being kind.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign Special: Summer Holidays

  • 11 July
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0 to 4. 

Let’s take a virtual trip to the beach this summer holiday and enjoy everything the sea has to offer! We’ll be learning key signs for ice cream, waves, sand, swimming, sandcastles and many more. Come and take part in some singing and storytelling with British Sign Language signs this July.

Curiosity: Bear On A Bike

  • 13 September
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families to enjoy together with deaf children aged 0 to 3. 

Curiosity is the key to the joy of learning! If you want to feed your little one’s curiosity, come along to this baby and toddler session where we’ll be reading ‘Bear on a Bike’ by Hannah Shaw. This is a chance for us to have fun with our imaginations through lively activities and singing along to songs together.

Baby Sign Week 1: Visit the Park with Elephant

  • 16 September
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0 to 4. 

At this session of Baby Sign we’ll be reading ‘Elephant and the Lost Blanket’ by Alex Naido and learning about Elephant’s adventures in the park. We’ll be thinking about being outside and we’ll learn British Sign Language signs for minibeasts as well as signs linked to all your favourite park-time activities. Come along and sing and sign with us this September.

Baby Sign Week 2: Playgroups

  • 23 September
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0 to 4. 

In this week’s Baby Sign we’ll be reading ‘Goat Goes to Playgroup’ by Julia Donaldson. We’ll be learning key signs in British Sign Language for nursery, friends, playtime, snack time and many more.

Baby Sign Week 3: Transport

  • 30 September
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0 to 4. 

Baby Sign explorers are out and about today on virtual transport! We’ll be learning about buses, cars, tractors, planes, diggers and submarines through interactive singing and signing for all the family. Come on a journey with us and have some fun.

Baby Sign Week 4: Party with Jackdaw

  • 7 October
  • 10.30am to 11.30am
  • recommended for families with babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers aged 0 to 4. 

At this session of Baby Sign we’ll be reading ‘What the Jackdaw Saw’ by Julia Donaldson and exploring the illustrated signs within this book. We’ll be practising the British Sign Language for all the animals we meet in the story and singing some of your favourite songs and nursery rhymes.

More information

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

The Bright Start team will be on hand to answer any of your questions at our Baby and Toddler Sessions.

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

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.

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.

Bounce Along to Baby Sign is 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!