The Today in Tooting calendar on the homepage focuses on drop-in classes and groups, to simplify things and ensure you weren’t disappointed if you arrived at a class and then couldn’t get in.
However, we know that many of you like to have a regular group to attend to provide some structure to the week and are interested in groups with a termly commitment. So below are some local groups to sign up to that offer a whole spectrum of things to do with your little ones, from sign language to rugby! More details on specific locations and details of the classes can be found on each of the groups’ websites. It’s worth noting that there are more options slightly further afield (Clapham, Wandsworth, Fulham etc) but we have focused on the groups that are in very easy reach from central Tooting.
We have a separate page on Tooting Baby for health/fitness classes too.
Music & Dance
Music class for babies and children up to four years old, based on the belief that music is fundamental to a pre-school aged child’s development. They feature original songs, specialist percussion instruments, dance, movement, puppets, props and lots of bubbles. Separate classes for each age group with different locations around Balham, Streatham and Wandsworth. www.monkeymusic.co.uk
Fun music and action classes with puppets, instruments and bubbles in Tooting, Wandsworth and Wimbledon. www.caterpillarmusic.com
Funky pre-school dance classes for girls and boys. Classes at Eddie Katz Colliers Wood and Streatham. www.diddidance.com
Original and interactive sessions for babies and toddlers with original songs, remixed nursery rhymes, musical stories, characters and colourful themes. Tooting classes at The Kings Head, 84 Upper Tooting Road plus The Railway, Greyhound Lane, Streatham Common. www.hartbeeps.com
Fun and enjoyable ballet lessons from 2.5 onwards, no matter what ability, developing skills such as co-ordination, musicality, confidence and imagination. Classes at Mitcham Lane, Streatham. www.abcballetschool.org
Rainbow Tots Dance
Rainbow Tots have just started two brand new dance classes at Tooting Leisure Centre, Pre School Ballet and Pre School Dance. Sessions come highly recommended by local parents.
Pre School Ballet is a fun and creative approach for boys and girls to learn the basics of Ballet. Pre School Dance is a parent and child dance class, in which you can dance along with your little one or watch them wiggle. Classes are fun, energetic and filled with exciting props and music. Classes are termly £80-90 for the term, first class free. Ballet 9.30 Saturdays, Dance 10.15 Saturdays.
Pre-school ballet classes for 3-4 year olds at Sellincourt School and other locations in Mitcham and Wimbledon. https://siegerisdance.com/
WhizzDance aims to inspire, nurture and encourage dance students in a structured yet fun, creative environment. WhizzDance offers a range of classes throughout the week from 2yrs to 6yrs+ along with adult classes. Classes held in Streatham at the SYCT on Wellfield Road, and at Dunraven School. Free trials available for all children’s classes. www.whizzdance.com
Fun, interactive, sensory, educational. MiniJam have written and recorded exciting versions of nursery rhymes with some of London’s top session musicians. Supportive and friendly environment. Multi instrumental instructors also perform live every week. Booking advised but drop ins welcome. Locations in Balham, Clapham Pavement, Battersea. See www.minijam.uk for details.
The Baby Sensory Experience
Hundreds of sensory development activities that are great fun for parents and babies to share in the first year including fibre optic light shows, bubbles, bells, musical fun, puppet shows, baby signing, light balls. Held at Eddie Catz South Wimbledon. www.eddiecatz.com/wimbledon
Designed to stimulate, educate and create memories, from birth to 13 months. Held at the Bedford Pub in Balham. www.babysensory.com/en
Circle Time Treasure Basket Classes
Muddy Knees Rugby
Non-contact rugby for boys and girls from 2 years old. Classes on Saturday mornings on Tooting Common develop teamwork, co-ordination, confidence, motor skills, socialisation, all in a fun environment. www.muddykneesrugby.com
Rugby specific play programme for young children and toddlers. Classes in Burntwood School, Wandsworth and Merton Hall, South Wimbledon. www.rugbytots.co.uk
Positive introduction to sport by teaching high quality football skills in a friendly, pressure-free environment. Four difference classes tailored specifically to the needs of children between 18 months and seven. www.littlekickers.co.uk
A child-development based fun multi-sports.class where children learn the skills for the 7 most popular sports (cricket, football, tennis, volleyball, baseball, hockey and basketball). At Eddie Catz South Wimbledon. www.eddiecatz.com/wimbledon
Parent and Toddler Classes are based around ‘FUNdamentals’ – a fun and exciting programme designed and developed by British Gymnastics, in conjunction with early years specialists to help younger children from toddler to 6 years to acquire essential physical, social and emotional life skills. Classes run on Tuesdays and Thursdays at various times. Please visit http://www.benchmarkgym.com/pt-tooting
Baby classes are specifically designed for babies and their parent/carer to explore a number of activities through sensory and movement. Encouraging bond building as well as physical, emotional and language development in a fun and welcoming environment. Suitable for children who are 5 months to walking. Please visit: http://www.benchmarkgym.com/bb-tooting
Nurturing, fun swimming lessons for babies, toddlers and children, with activities individually tailored to your child. Join at any stage in the term, at any age from birth to 4 years. Held at Broadwater School, Sellincourt School and Balham Leisure Centre.
The Baby Swimming Company at Trinity Hydro
Purpose built baby swimming pool in Tooting Bec. Classes of no more than 6 babies, with a free pair of swimming trunks when you sign up for a course. www.thebabyswimmingcompany.co.uk
Tooting Leisure Centre
Weekly lessons in small groups with a friendly teacher. Lessons continue through holidays and even bank holidays. www.placesforpeople.org/centres/tooting-leisure-centre/lessons
Baby toddler & pre school swimming. Alderbrook school Sw12 Mon Tues Fri & Sat Eardley Primary SW16 Fri Perseid school MIddleton & Bordesley Rd Thurs & Sat All our instructors are CRB checked,ASA/ STA trained & insured, “in water” and enthusiastic
Dolphins Swim School
Swimming lessons for babies, children and adults in Mitcham and Wimbledon. www.dolphinswimschools.co.uk
Cindy’s Swim School
Tiny Talk Sign Language
Baby and Parent sign language classes, helping babies communicate before they become verbal using Makaton sign language in a fun, music-based class in South Wimbledon. www.tinytalk.co.uk
Sing and Sign
Fun and engaging classes developed with speech and language therapists. South Wimbledon and soon other areas of SW London (Balham, Streatham, Clapham). www.singandsign.com
Cheeky Kitchen cookery sessions, led by experienced nursery teachers for 2.5-4 year olds in a home kitchen in Tooting Bec.
Classes aim to develop skills such as sharing, teamwork, language and communication, numeracy and literacy. They develop fine motor skills as they chop, mash, slice and dice ingredients. There will be songs, stories and games related to the recipe of the day, and classes talk about healthy eating and enjoy and try international cuisines.
Drop in £12 per class or discount for termly booking. Apron and fresh ingredients are provided. Parents/carers are welcome to have tea and coffee in the adjoining room. Children will taste what they have made and bring some home. Contact and bookings: email@example.com or 07584856561 (Irene)or www.facebook.com/thecheekykitchen
Please let us know of any other local classes that we should include, and reviews are very welcome too! And of course check the homepage calendar for all the drop-in groups in Tooting.