What Happens?

How a brain develops depends on the complex interplay between the genes you are born with and the experiences you have. Early interactions don’t just create a context; they directly affect the way a brain is wired - R Shore 1977

How a brain develops depends on the complex interplay between the genes you are born with and the experiences you have. Early interactions don’t just create a context; they directly affect the way a brain is wired – R Shore 1977

Baby Nurture

Baby Nurture is a series of baby classes which run over seven weeks.  Each class is designed using the latest research and lots of experience to create the ideal environment for your baby to learn and develop using all of their senses.  We’re careful to progress at each baby’s own individual pace.  Babies learn best through using all of their senses.  Baby Nurture provides the very best sensory equipment because we believe only the best is good enough for you and your baby.  Baby Nurture classes move seamlessly from one activity to the next with exactly the right equipment for your baby to focus their attention and learn most effectively.  Just in case your baby needs a little time and space away from the main group we provide a special area to just relax in; it’s so nice you may just want to take a peek and enjoy that space during the class anyway.

Baby Stages

We describe babies in stages, very often babies overlap stages; for example your baby may anticipate activities and be mostly successful in reaching and grasping but not be ready to sit unsupported yet. Or possibly is far more interested in trying to focus on the exit sign than your face.  Use the stages as a very loose guide, remember your baby is unique and will develop at their own individual pace with your support.

Familiar and New Experiences

In each session you’ll find some familiar activities and some new ones. From an early stage babies begin to predict what will happen next in a familiar situation and gain a great deal of enjoyment from you building anticipation and expressing your pleasure.

Babies learn through doing and need plenty of opportunities to “do it again” - J Lindon 2003

Babies learn through doing and need plenty of opportunities to “do it again” – J Lindon 2003

Having Time

Baby Nurture believes in giving babies time. Did you know that it takes around ten seconds for a baby to process information and to respond? How often do we actually wait that long? This is your babies time and we want both of you to gain lots from this time, neither of you will be rushed.

Mirrors

We use mirrors each week. Babies gain a great deal from mirrors, at first they enjoy the brightness of the mirror and over time begin to interact with the baby they see and later begin to realise that they are in fact the baby they see.

Baskets

We also use baskets each week; you will find new things in the basket relating to the activity as well as some things you might have seen before.  Babies soon enjoy the anticipation of watching what will come out of the basket and in time will reach for the basket and attempt to get something out.  Babies also enjoy the texture of the basket and will want to touch or scratch it, this is fine it’s good for your baby to be inquisitive and wish to explore.

Babies need the chance to explore books by looking, listening, handling and even putting them in their mouths. PEEP 2000

Babies need the chance to explore books by looking, listening, handling and even putting them in their mouths. PEEP 2000

Books

Each week we spend time with a book. Babies are never too young to enjoy a cuddle with a book.  Don’t worry if your baby only wants to look at one page or wants to mouth the book, we’ve carefully selected our books to be visually appealing and sensory, there is no incorrect way to enjoy a book with a baby.You are giving them a gift of a lifelong love of books and learning as well as creating an early connection between books and communication.

Music

At Baby Nurture we sing rhymes and and nursery songs as your baby will respond to your voice more than any instrument, don’t worry if you’re not confident singing in public your class leader will lead the singing.  We do use recorded music, toys that make sounds and musical instruments in a limited way. This is because babies have immature sound filtering ability so if we have several sounds going on at the same time babies will hear each sound at the same level and receive an over stimulating, chaotic, exhausting, result which would be similar to us being in a room with several radios all playing different stations loudly, most certainly not a pleasurable experience.

The most wonderful thing about babies is that they are enormously interested - A Gopnic et al 1999

The most wonderful thing about babies is that they are enormously interested – A Gopnic et al 1999

Visual Stimulation

You will notice we use bold geometric patterns, bright colours and shiny things. After learning to focus on your face whilst  feeding and learning a great deal from your expressions the next images your baby can focus on are geometric, black and white patterns.

After several months your baby begins to distinguish between bright colours, there is evidence that red is amongst the first of these colours.

During the first months your baby will develop with your support from having blurry indistinct vision of some things (mainly your face) no further than 30cm away to being able to focus on and go some way to picking up a tiny object on the floor. We spend time each week on activities which strengthen baby’s ability to focus their eyes and “follow” objects.

No Extra Charge For Twins

We tend to think of babyhood as a time of helplessness and idle play. In fact being a baby is very hard work, fired by a relentless drive to become a fully fledged, walking, tool using, talking, thinking, social being - A. Karmiloff – Smith 1994

We tend to think of babyhood as a time of helplessness and idle play. In fact being a baby is very hard work, fired by a relentless drive to become a fully fledged, walking, tool using, talking, thinking, social being – A. Karmiloff – Smith 1994

Babies don’t always come in ones. If you have twins or more you won’t be charged extra.  We charge per adult, if you have someone to come with you and your twins (or more) we’ll make an additional charge so for example if you bring a helper with you and your triplets we’ll charge for two places. Please do let us know when you register and we’ll make sure we’re prepared with enough equipment.

Older Children

You may have older children.  We don’t encourage you to bring toddlers as this would change the dynamics of the group, if you have an older child who is on a school inset day or similar they will be welcome, please bring them a book or quiet toy if they don’t want to join the session with you and baby.

Individual Needs

Just as your baby is a unique individual so are you. If you have specific requirements or concerns about the group or any activity please discuss this with us and we will do our upmost to meet your needs.

Baby Nurture is one of an elite small group of organisations across the UK to have attained the highest standards across all areas of its service and receive the prestigious CANparent quality mark.

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