Meet, Chat, Learn – 2021 Schedule

Open exclusively to Ward 35 parents, Meet, Chat, Learn sessions are a great way to meet other Neonatal families, learn new skills and spend some bonding time with your little one. The classes are funded by Tiny Lives and provided by our delivery partners, so they are always free-of-charge to Ward 35 parents. Please find the latest schedule below. If you’re interested in attending any of these classes, or would like more information, please email meetchatlearn@tinylives.org.uk

 

New – We are pleased to announce our new Riverside Buggy Walks for small groups of Mams to meet outdoors now that the warmer weather is approaching, (in line with government guidance!). Find out more here.

 

Update – Why are you not holding Face-to-Face classes? 

After much consideration with our Board of Trustees, we have taken the decision that while some parent and baby groups are resuming face to face activities from 12th April, Tiny Lives will not be running face-to-face Meet, Chat, Learn classes at this moment in time. Online classes will be going ahead as per last term.

This decision has not been taken lightly. While this may be disappointing for some parents, the wellbeing of our often vulnerable babies and families is of utmost importance to us. Although some Lockdown restrictions are in the process of being lifted, we would like to take a cautious approach to resuming our indoor face to face activities, until we have more information about the development of the virus and the vaccine programme in the next few weeks.  We will be continuing to monitor the situation very closely as the restrictions continue to ease, and we will continue to keep you updated.

 

Baby Massage (6 weeks – sitting unaided)

Held by Kalmababy Gateshead, Baby Massage classes are suitable for babies aged between 6 weeks to those that can sit up unaided. The sessions are wonderful, calm classes and give you the opportunity to bond with your baby through relaxing touch. These sessions also feature developmental techniques, as well as traditional baby massage. This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. At the moment, all of these classes will be online. 

10.00am – 11.00am   

  • 19th April 2021
  • 26th April 2021
  • 10th May 2021
  • 17th May 2021
  • 24th May 2021

 

 

Baby Yoga (6 weeks to sitting unaided)

Held by Kalmababy Gateshead, this session of Baby Yoga is for babies from 6 weeks to sitting up unaided. The class incorporates music, song and sensory props, as well as traditional yoga poses too! This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. At the moment, all of these classes will be online. 

All sessions are held 11.15am – 12.15pm

  • 19th April 2021
  • 26th April 2021
  • 10th May 2021
  • 17th May 2021
  • 24th May 2021

 

 

Movement, Music and Sensory Class (6 weeks – 2 years)

Held by The Baby Hub Gateshead, these award-winning classes feature a mix of singing, music, action songs and themed sensory fun. Singing with your baby has been proven to help strengthen your bond, and this is the perfect class to try out a few songs! Each week, there will be a theme such as Farm, Garden and Weather. This is a 5 week course, and we recommend that you attend all of the sessions in order to get the most out of them for you and your baby. At the moment, all of these classes will be online. 

These classes are held via a closed Facebook group, with a new pre-recorded video being uploaded on the dates below. Once you sign up, you will receive a link to join the group.

  • 19th April 2021
  • 26th April 2021
  • 3rd May 2021
  • 10th May 2021
  • 17th May 2021

 

Boogie Bairns (6 weeks to 2 years)

Boogie Bairns sessions are held by Children North East, and are a fun mix of music, singing, dancing and bubbles! These standalone sessions are a great way to get your baby moving and enjoying lights, sounds and other sensory stimulation. At the moment, all of these classes will be online. 

All sessions are held 11.30am – 12.00pm.

  • 20th April 2021
  • 28th April 2021
  • 11th May 2021
  • 26th May 2021

 

Don’t just take our word for it!

Our Ward 35 families have this to say about their Meet, Chat, Learn experiences:

 

“These sessions have been fun for both of us and we have looked forward to each session”

“It was a great way to meet other parents who understood what you have been through”

“These online sessions have been the only way I have been able to connect with other parents since lockdown, it’s really helped me.

“I find the groups inviting and have a lovely atmosphere. The classes are fun and lovely to meet other mums.”

 

This term of Meet, Chat, Learn has been funded via a generous grant from Global’s Make Some Noise campaign (part of the Government’s Community Match Scheme, to support small charities across England). We are so grateful for their wonderful support of Tiny Lives.