Our original Baby College® parent and baby development classes help parents gain an insight into their baby’s development from birth onwards and learn a carefully designed range of physical, multi-sensory and cognitive games and exercises which can be enjoyed together in class and at home.
Classes include a carefully designed mixture of physical, multi-sensory and cognitive games, exercises and activities including music, dancing, signing and much more – all designed to cover every aspect of your child’s development. Book in advance for term.
Infants (0-9 months) – offer an insight into baby development to increase your confidence and understanding of your growing baby. All our fun activities are suitable from birth with the exercises progressing as your baby grows.
Toddlers (9-18 months) – your older baby is now fascinated with the world around them so in this group additional learning themes are introduced and new skills are practiced. Activities promote language and social skills and body awareness.
Juniors (18-36 months) – our special Junior programme is even more active, more emphasis is placed on encouraging confidence in physical and social skills and in supporting increased independence with fun and stimulating games.
Class venues and times:
Mondays – St Alban’s Hall, Charles Street, East Oxford, OX4 3AH
Tuesdays – WOCA, Botley Road, Botley, OX2 0BT
Wednesdays – NOACC, Diamond Place, Summertown, OX2 7DP
Thursdays – St Anthony’s, Headley Way, Headington, OX3 7SS
Fridays – Botley Dean Court Community Centre, OX2 9DG
Visit the Baby College website to check availability, see venue details and book a class.
Hi, my name is Gemma and I run Crafty Cooks Oxford. Crafty Cooks is a cookery class for children aged from 2.5 to 9 years of age, though slightly younger are welcome to come along and try, dependent on concentration levels! The classes are kept small and friendly so that every child gets the attention they need.
Each week your child will alternate between a sweet or savoury dish that they will then take home with them. Whilst the food bakes, we will look at all the ingredients and learn where they are from, how they grow and normally have a tasting session, great for the fussier eaters. At the end of the lesson each child gets a recipe card to take away with them, building up their own recipe book as they go, so they’re always on hand to make with you at home!
Each lesson will take place at my home in Merton, near Bicester every Monday (10.30 and 4.00pm) and monthly at the weekends. Extra classes also run in school holidays.
Cost is £10 drop in or £8 if booking a termly place (payable in advance). An adult must accompany the child at all times.
For more details please contact me on the below and remember to like my Facebook page for all current classes.
I look forward to welcoming you and your little cooks very soon!
SUMMER HOLIDAYS – classes will run every Tuesday.
Arty Crafty is the perfect opportunity to encourage your toddler’s creativity without having to worry about having any mess to clear up at home. Each week we have a different activity which your pint-size Picassos, mini Monets and little Lowrys can enjoy.
Thursdays: 11.00-12.00 (term-time only)
Snakes and Ladders Soft Play, Audlett Drive, Abingdon, OX14 3NJ
We run hour long arty sessions for little ones aged 6 months to 5 years. Each week we base the session on an artist and have many stations for your little ones to explore the world of art!
Fridays 10-11 at Christ Church Hall, Northcourt, Abingdon.
Doesn’t run every week so check in advance / book via Arty Tots Facebook page or messaging 07759 929529.
Baby Ashmoles – singing and sensory play for babies with a different object story for adults each week. For babies under one. BOOKING ESSENTIAL £4 per adult. Fridays: 10.30-11.30.
Little Ashmoles – explore, play and learn together with a different theme each month. All welcome but particularly suitable for 3–5 year olds. DROP IN. Thursdays: 10.30-11.15.
Ashventures – Join our regular Ashventures for stories, gallery hunts, games and crafts. All ages are welcome. Particularly suitable for ages 4+. MONTHLY on a Saturday.
The Ashmolean – in a different gallery each month
Baby Sensory is a magical world, full of light shows, puppets, bubbles and balloons, baby instruments and musical fun, exercise, baby signing, massage, parachutes, rainbows and so much more! Everything we do is carefully designed with your baby’s development in mind. Book in advance for term.
10:30-11:30 (5 to 13 months)
12.00-1.00 (birth to 7 months)
1.30-2.30 (birth to 13 months)
Silver Band Hall, Cowley, Temple Road, Temple Cowley, Oxford, OX4 2EZ
Sensory playgroup for kids all ages. Arts&Crafts / Role play activities / Games etc! Handmade cakes & teas for everyone too 🙂
West Oxford Community Centre, Botley Road, OX2 0BT
Modern Art Oxford’s ‘Make Play’ sessions offer a curious and sensory space for children aged 6 months to 5 years with their parent/carer to explore and discover together. Inspired by the materials and themes of our exhibitions, each week will offer different experimental activities to help us make play. £2, book in advance.
Thursdays 11-12 (doesn’t run every week and gets booked up well in advance). Term-time only.
Modern Art Oxford, Pembroke Street, OX1 1BP
We provide multi-sensory messy play experiences for children aged 6 months (or sitting unaided) to 5 years old. With lots of activities to explore, including our famous painting wall, the little ones can squelch, pour, mix and splat until their hearts are content. Sessions run in term-time Kennington, Witney, Harwell, Abingdon, Bicester, Banbury and Chipping Norton.
SUMMER HOLIDAYS – 3 special sessions running in August, Abingdon on 4th, Banbury on 8th and Kennington on 22nd.
Mini Professors classes provide a welcoming environment in which children can explore and marvel at science. Book in advance for term. We cover everything from polymers to dinosaurs and much, much more.
Tuesdays: 10-10.40 (2-3.5 years) and 11-11.50 (3-5 years) – South Hinksey Village Hall, OX1 5AS
Saturdays: 10-10.40 (3-5 years) and 11-11.50 (2-3.5 years) – Littlemore Village Hall, OX4 4PY
Classes also run in Didcot, Abingdon and Wallingford.
We are a Cutteslowe Community Association and Cutteslowe Primary School joint venture, providing fun groups, activities and support for children under 5 and their families. Sunnymead Minnows is committed to the continuation of free open access Children’s Services in North Oxford, based in the Cutteslowe area, following the closure of the North Oxford Children’s Centre (NOCC).
We now provide 5 drop-in groups:
Rhyme Time for under 5s – Mondays 9.00-9.30
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School. Term-time only.
Bumps to Babies – Mondays 9.30-11.00
A FREE interactive session for expectant parents and under 1s. Term time only.
Aquarium Room at Cutteslowe Primary School
Stay & Play with hot lunch – Thursdays from 9.45am
FREE drop-in Stay & Play for under 5s, followed by singing and a hot lunch (small charge for lunch). Operates through the school holidays.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX
Messy Minnows – Fridays 10.00-12.00
A FREE messy and active play session for under 5s. Drop-in session. Term time only.
The Pavilion in Cutteslowe Park (next to San Remo Café)
Family Fun – 3rd Saturday of the month, 10.00-12.00
A monthly family group with toys and activities – older siblings welcome. Drop in.
Cutteslowe Community Association, 31 Wren Road, OX2 7SX
We are an award winning multi-sensory programme, which combines structured activities with adventure play! Each week offers a new theme, so there’s always something different to look forward to! Thursdays at The Pine Lodge in Little Milton and Fridays at the Bullingdon Community Centre in Headington.
New Explorers – 13 months to 1 year 8 months
Adventurers – 1 year 8 months to 3 years
Rangers – 2 years 6 months to 5 years