Friday Baby and Toddler Classes

Friday 

Toddler and baby classes, playgroups and activities in Woodford Green, Wanstead, Buckhurst Hill and the local West Essex area held on a Friday.

Many classes are term time only so you may want to check with the organiser for confirmed dates.

9.30AM CREATIVE MONKEYS, GRANGE FARM CHIGWELL

A messy play session for pre-school children with a variety of play including; sand & water stations, painting & arts & crafts, Foam, Playdough, baking, role play, music & much more.

Address: Grange Farm, Grange Farm Lane (off High Rd), Chigwell, IG7 6DP
Website: Grange Farm website or Creative Monkeys Facebook page
Contact: 0793 9042253/ 0798 5196320

9.35AM, 10.10AM, 10.45AM, 11.20AM, 11.55AM MONKEY MUSIC, WOODFORD GREEN

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.35AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
10.10AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.45AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.20AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
11.55AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, IG8 0NH
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

10.30 – 11AM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, SOUTH WOODFORD LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: South Woodford Library & Gym, 116 High Road, London, E18 2QS
Website: South Woodford library website 
Contact: 020 8708 9067 or email southwoodford.library@visionrcl.org.uk

 10.30 – 11AM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, WOODFORD GREEN LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: Woodford Green Library, Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0DX
Website: Woodford Green library website 
Contact: 020 8708 9055 or email woodfordgreen.library@visionrcl.org.uk

 11 – 11.30AM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, WANSTEAD LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2RQ
Website: Wanstead library website 
Contact: 020 8708 7400 or email wanstead.library@visionrcl.org.uk

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1.30PM SING AND SIGN, GRANGE FARM CENTRE CHIGWELL

A chance for you and your baby to learn how to communicate through sign language. The hour long classes are relaxed and fun with small class sizes. Sing and signing lasts for approximately 30-40 mins.

Price: Classes run for 10 weeks and are £65 for the term. Courses must be paid in full and pre-booked.
Address: Grange Farm, Grange Farm Lane (off High Rd), Chigwell, IG7 6DP
Website: Grange Farm website,  Sing and Sign website
Contact: Lili lilithomas@singandsign.co.uk 07462 444 807

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Thursday Baby and Toddler Classes

Thursday

Toddler and baby classes, playgroups and activities in Woodford Green, Wanstead, Leytonstone, Buckhurst Hill and the local West Essex area held on a Thursday.

Many classes are term time only so you may want to check with the organiser for confirmed dates.

9.40AM*, 10.15AM, 10.50AM, 11.25AM MONKEY MUSIC, BUCKHURST HILL

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.40AM *Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months (Coming soon)
10.15AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.50AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.25AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: The Bridge Church, 29 Princes Road, Buckhurst Hill IG9 5EE
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

9.40AM, 10.15AM, 10.50AM, 11.25AM MONKEY MUSIC, BABABOOM LOUGHTON

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.40AM Rock’n’Roll –  Babies from 3 months
10.15AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.50AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.25AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AD
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

10AM – 11.30AM STAY N PLAY, SOUTH WOODFORD LIBRARY

Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old in term time only

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: South Woodford Library & Gym, 116 High Road, London, E18 2QS
Website: South Woodford library website 
Contact: 020 8708 9067 or email southwoodford.library@visionrcl.org.uk

10AM – 11.30AM PARENT & TODDLER GROUP, ST ANDREWS WOODFORD GREEN

Price: £1 or £2
Address: St Andrews Church, Chingford Lane, Woodford Green, IG8 0NH
Website: St Andrew’s Church website
Contact: Contact@asww.org.uk

10.30AM, 11.30AM BABY SENSORY, LEYTONSTONE

A fun class led by the wonderful Sara with various sensory activities designed to support your baby’s sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Classes are term time only and get booked up early so try to book early or join the waiting list.

10.30AM birth – 13 months
11.30AM birth to 6 months

Price: TBC, term commitment
Address: Leytonstone United Free Church, 55 Wallwood Road Leytonstone E11 1AY
Website: Baby Sensory website
Contact: Sara Marchesi 07506 020039, Baby Sensory Facebook page

10.45AM POST-NATAL & BABY YOGA, WANSTEAD

Bring your baby along while you get in shape, all yoga abilities welcome, including complete beginners. Babies from 6 weeks-1 year. Bring a yoga mat if you have one (spares if not) and a blanket for your baby to lie on – Dads welcome too.

Price: £10, drop in classes
Address: Quaker Meeting House, Bush Road, E11 3AU.
Website: Miriam and George Facebook page
Contact: Miriam 07943 261671 miriammzz@aol.com

1.30PM-3PM LITTLE FISHES, BUCKHURST HILL

A weekly playgroup held during term-time for babies to pre-schoolers. There’s toys, a craft table and stories.
Address: St John’s Church Hall, St. John’s Church, High Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5RX
Website: St John’s Church website
Contact: Little Fishes Facebook page

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Wednesday Baby and Toddler Classes

Wednesday

Toddler and baby classes, playgroups and activities in Woodford Green, Wanstead, and the local West Essex area held on a Wednesday.

Many classes are term time only so you may want to check with the organiser for confirmed dates.

9.30AM -11AM ST THOMAS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP, WOODFORD GREEN

Friendly drop in play group suitable from birth up to 2 years old. Open term time only.

Price: 50p per head, includes tea, coffee and juice
Address: Beckett Centre, St Thomas of Canterbury, 557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB
Contact: Sheila Browne browne152@btinternet.com

9.40AM, 10.15AM, 10.50AM, 11.25AM, MONKEY MUSIC, SOUTH WOODFORD

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.40AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
10.15AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.50AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.25AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: Woodford Methodist Church, Derby Road, South Woodford, E18 2PU
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

9.45AM-10.30AM & 10.45AM – 11.30AM TINY TALENT MUSIC & MOVEMENT, SOUTH WOODFORD

A lively, friendly class with lots of fun singing songs, playing instruments, puppets and props, action songs, parachute fun and bubbles! There’s free tea and coffee after class which gives you a chance to have a chat and get to know the other mums.

Price: £6 per session, payable in advance in half termly slots (usually 6 weeks). Free trial session available. You can turn up any Wednesday for a free trial and then book in and pay for the rest of the half term if you wish to continue.
Address: Redbridge Drama Centre, Churchfields, South Woodford E18 2RB
Contact: Theresa Edwards tinytalent@hotmail.com or you can get in touch via the Redbridge Drama Centre 0208 708 800

10AM – 10.30AM MOVERS AND SHAKERS, WANSTEAD

Movers and shakers

A drop in class of music and movement suitable from birth to 3 years old.

Price: £4.50 and siblings £3, you can reserve a space via the website
Address: Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane, London E11 2HD
Website: Movers and Shakers website
Contact: Erica Bartrum 07871 552141 erica@movers-and-shakers.co.uk

10AM – 11.30AM NCT COFFEE MORNING, COSTA COFFEE WOODFORD BRIDGE

Fortnightly coffee morning open to all mums, you don’t need to be an NCT member to attend. Suitable for mums with new borns up to pre-school children.

Price: Free
Address: Costa, 688 – 690 Chigwell Road, Woodford Bridge, IG8 8AH
Website: NCT Redbridge branch website
Contact: Claudine at ParentSupport.Redbridge@nct.org.uk or NCT Redbridge Facebook page

10AM – 11.30AM NCT COFFEE MORNING, SLUG AND LETTUCE SOUTH WOODFORD

Drop on for a cup of tea to meet other mums in the area, whether you have a newborn or preschooler. You don’t need to be an NCT member to attend. All attendees will be given slug cards which entitles you to a 10% discount.

Price: Free
Address: Slug and Lettuce, 184 George Lane, South Woodford, E18 1AY
Website: NCT Redbridge branch website
Contact: Claudine at ParentSupport.Redbridge@nct.org.uk or NCT Redbridge Facebook page

10AM – 11.15AM MESSY MISCHIEF, ILFORD

A range of stimulating messy play experiences without you experiencing the mess suitable for babies and toddlers. Term time only.

Price: £5.00 per session (first session free, recommend two people and get another free session)
Address: Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LN
Website: Messy Mischief webpage
Contact: Laura Davis, 020 8551 0017, messymischief@jcare.org

10.30AM, 11.30AM, 12.30AM, BABY SENSORY, SOUTH WOODFORD

A fun class led by the wonderful Sara with various sensory activities designed to support your baby’s sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Classes are term time only and get booked up early so try to book early or join the waiting list. Pay and display parking available in the library car park.

10.30AM 4 – 13 months
11.30AM 6 – 13 months
12.30AM birth to 6  months

Price: TBC, term commitment
Address: 52nd EFS Scout Hut, 118 – 126 High Road South Woodford E18 2QS
Website: Baby Sensory website
Contact: Sara Marchesi 07506 020039, Baby Sensory Facebook page

 11AM – 11.30AM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, WANSTEAD LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: Wanstead Library, Spratt Hall Road, Wanstead, London, E11 2RQ
Website: Wanstead library website 
Contact: 020 8708 7400 or email wanstead.library@visionrcl.org.uk

10AM & 11AM HARTBEEPS, WOODFORD GREEN

A multi-sensory, musical experiences for babies and children. Classes use music, innovative props and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques.

10AM Happy House (toddling to 4 years, younger siblings welcome)
11AM Baby Beeps (sitting to toddling)

Price: Taster class £3, Pay as you Go (where space available) £7 or block booking half termly £6 per class
Address: All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0NH
Website: Hartbeeps website or Hartbeeps Facebook page 
Contact: Seema call 07903 086 096or email seema@hartbeeps.com

1.30PM – 3PM HOLY TRINITY BABY & TODDLER GROUP, SOUTH WOODFORD 

A friendly stay and playgroup suitable from birth to 5 years old open during term time. There are bikes, scooters and toy cars for the older children to use, and a baby corner with range of baby toys for the little ones. Tea, biscuits and chats for the parents and carers. All welcome.

Price: Donation of about 50p to £1.
Address: Holy Trinity Chuch, 185 Hermon Hill, South Woodford, London, Essex,  E18 1QQ
Website: Holy Trinity Church website

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Tuesday Baby and Toddler Classes

Tuesday

Toddler and baby classes, playgroups and activities in Woodford Green, Wanstead, South Woodford and the local West Essex area held on a Tuesday.

Many classes are term time only so you may want to check with the organiser for confirmed dates.

9.30AM – 11AM ST THOMAS MOTHER & TODDLER GROUP, WOODFORD GREEN

Friendly drop in play group suitable from birth up to 5 years old. Open term time only.

Price: 50p per head, includes tea, coffee and juice
Address: Beckett Centre, St Thomas of Canterbury,  557-559 High Road, Woodford Green, IG8 0RB
Contact: Sheila Browne browne152@btinternet.com

9.40AM, 10.15AM, 10.50AM, 11.25AM MONKEY MUSIC, WOODFORD GREEN

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.45AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
10.15AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.50AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.25AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, IG8 0NH
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

10AM – 11.30AM BROADMEAD PARENT & TODDLER GROUP, BROADMEAD CHURCH WOODFORD GREEN

Drop in group open to all and suitable for children under 5 years old, operating during term time only. Free parking available.

Price: £1 with tea, juice and biscuits
Address: Broadmead Baptist Church, Chigwell Road, Woodford Green, IG8 8PE
Contact: 020 8504 1073 nfo@broadmeadbaptistchurch.org.uk

10AM-11.30AM SAINTS’ BABIES, ALL SAINTS WOODFORD

Term time baby group with a play area for babies and coffee for the parents and carers.

Price: £1.50 per week
Address: All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0NH
Website: All Saints Website
Contact: 020 8504 0266, contact@asww.org.uk

10.30AM, 11.30AM, 12.30AM, 1.30PM BABY SENSORY, WANSTEAD

A fun class led by the wonderful Sara with various sensory activities designed to support your baby’s sensory development every week and you are welcome to join at any time. Classes are term time only and get booked up early so try to book early or join the waiting list.

10.30AM 6 – 13 months
11.30AM birth to 6 months
12.30AM 4 to 13 months
1.30PM 4 to 13 months

Price: TBC, term commitment
Address: Quaker Friends Meeting House, Bush Road Wanstead E11 3AU
Website: Baby Sensory website
Contact: Sara Marchesi 07506 020039, Baby Sensory Facebook page

10.30AM HARTBEEPS, RAY LODGE PARK, WOODFORD GREEN

A multi-sensory, musical experiences for babies and children from 4 months to 4 years. Classes use music, innovative props and puppetry together with a vast array of multi-sensory techniques. The class takes places within the James Leal Centre which has an on site cafe, small soft play area and is next to the park. There is a pay and display parking at the top of the park and it is a 2-3minute walk down.

Price: Taster class £3, Pay as you Go (where space available) £7 or block booking half termly £6 per class
Address: James Leal Centre, (situated in Ray Park), Snakes Lane East, Woodford Green, IG8 7JQ
Website: Hartbeeps website or Hartbeeps Facebook page 
Contact: Seema call 07903 086 096or email seema@hartbeeps.com

 

2PM – 2.30PM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, SOUTH WOODFORD LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: South Woodford Library & Gym, 116 High Road, London, E18 2QS
Website: South Woodford library website 
Contact: 020 8708 9067 or email southwoodford.library@visionrcl.org.uk

2.30PM – 3PM STORIES, RHYMES AND SONGS, WOODFORD GREEN LIBRARY

Weekly story time and rhyme sessions that you can just drop in to. Suitable for toddlers and pre-schoolers under 5 years old.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: Woodford Green Library, Snakes Lane West, Woodford Green, Essex, IG8 0DX
Website: Woodford Green library website 
Contact: 020 8708 9055 or email woodfordgreen.library@visionrcl.org.uk

1.45PM – 3PM MESSY MISCHIEF, ILFORD

A range of stimulating messy play experiences without you experiencing the mess suitable for babies and toddlers. Term time only.

Price: £5.00 per session (first session free, recommend two people and get another free session)
Address: Redbridge Jewish Community Centre, Sinclair House, Woodford Bridge Road, Redbridge, Ilford, Essex IG4 5LN
Website: Messy Mischief webpage
Contact: Laura Davis, 020 8551 0017, messymischief@jcare.org

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Monday Baby and Toddler classes

MONDAY

Toddler and baby classes, playgroups and activities in Woodford Green, Wanstead, Buckhurst Hill and the local West Essex area held on a Monday.

Many classes are term time only so you may want to check with the organiser for confirmed dates.

9.30AM, 10.30AM, 11.30AM, 2PM JO JINGLES, GANTS HILL

A 45 minute music, singing and movement class for babies and young children. Different educational themes are introduced weekly, such as colours and numbers, using action songs and well known rhymes. We also have a wide range of visuals and props to help explain the theme. Children play with percussion instruments, get a chance to meet Jo Jingles the doll as well as interacting with bean bags, streamers and bubbles

9.30AM: Jingle Toddlers, suitable for walking – 2 years
10.30AM: Jo Jinglers, suitable for 2 years +
11.30AM: Jingle Babies, suitable for 3 months to walking
2.30PM Jingle Juniors, suitable for 3-5 years

Price: **Awaiting price**, You need to book a term of classes
Address: St Augustine’s Youth Hall, Cranbrook Road, Gants Hill, Essex IG6 1AU
Website: Jo Jingles website
Contact: Elaine 0208 551 7788 or email Elaine

9.30AM, 10.30AM & 11.20 MINI MUSICIANS, WANSTEAD HOUSE

A lovely music class taught by early years specialists for babies and toddlers including singing, dancing, stories and instruments. Run by Redbridge Music Service during term time.

9.30AM- 10.15AM Babies – (birth-15 months)
10.30AM- 10.45AM & 11.20AM-12.05PM Toddlers (walkers to 4 years)

Price: £70 per term
Address: Wanstead House, 21 The Green, Wanstead E11 2NT
Website: Redbridge Music Service
Contact: 020 8501 3944

9.40AM, 10.15AM, 10.50AM, 11.25AM MONKEY MUSIC, BABABOOM LOUGHTON

Music classes where children are encouraged to experience music and join in with percussion instruments.

9.40AM Rock’n’Roll –  Babies from 3 months
10.15AM Jiggerty Jig – 2 & 3 year olds
10.50AM Heigh- Ho – Toddlers from 12 months
11.25AM Rock’n’Roll – Babies from 3 months

Price: cost tbc, booking required and classes booked by the term
Address: Bababoom, 255 High Road, Loughton, IG10 1AD
Website: Monkey Music website
Contact: Kate Panayi, 0208 989 7017, southwoodford@monkeymusic.co.uk

9.45AM SLING SWING, WANSTEAD

mums dancing at a Sling swing class

A fun  5 week class where you learn simple, gentle dance routines while wearing your baby in a sling. This is a friendly session run by Sally who is a qualified baby-wearing consultant. Even if you don’t usually use a sling or own one, Sally can provide one and offer advice. You don’t have to be a good dancer (I’m pretty rubbish!) but it’s a lovely way to do something different with your baby and they all seem to find it very relaxing.

The next course starts on the 27 March 2017.

Price: £35 for 5 week course (£30 earlybird price or for returning clients)
Address: Wanstead United Reformed Church, Nightingale Lane (just off Wanstead High Street), E11 2HD
Website: Buddha Baby website
Contact: Sally Martin info@buddhababywanstead.co.uk 07723 389 294

9.45AM, 10.45AM, 12.45PM, 1.45PM TUMBLETOTS, BUCKHURST HILL/WOODFORD

child doing Tumble Tots class

Sessions that allow your children to use special Tumble Tots equipment to develop their coordination, balance, agility and climbing skills. Sessions are structured with activities matched to your child’s age and ability and involve parent participation.

The circuit class at 12.45pm is geared up for siblings of various ages with various activity stations to focus on different skills.

9.45AM Walking to 2 years
10.45AM 2 to 3 years
12.45PM Circuit fun – walking to 5 years
1.45PM 3 Years to school age

Price: £7, free trial class
Address: Roding Valley Hall, Buckhurst Hill/Woodford, IG9 6LN
Website: Tumble Tots website
Contact: 020 8559 0617 or 078 4990 3035 or contact Eszter Schmaler via the website

10AM & 1.30PM ALL SAINTS TODDLERS, ALL SAINTS WOODFORD GREEN

An extremely popular toddler group at the All Saints Church hall (which also has a great coffee shop in the atrium that you can use any time). There’s activities and toys, craft and singing for children aged 1 to 3 years old and tea and coffee for the grown ups. The sessions are so popular that there is a waiting list so its best to turn up to a session and chat yo one of the organisers so that they can add you to the waiting list. Session times are 10AM-11.30AM or 1.30PM – 3PM on a Monday and they also have a Thursday session.

Price: TBC
Address: All Saints’ Church, Inmans Row, Woodford Green, Essex IG8 0NH
Website: All Saints Website
Contact: 020 8504 0266, contact@asww.org.uk

10AM PICCOLO SINGING, WANSTEAD

Piccolo music Wanstead

Extremely popular singing and music class with bubbles, puppets and musical instruments. There’s no need to book as it’s a drop-in session but it can get very busy so best to get there early.

Price: £5 per family including tea and cake
Address: Christ Church Hall, Wanstead Place, E11 2SW
Website: http://www.piccolosinging.co.uk
Contact: Lisa O’Connell, lisaoconnell@aol.com, 07971 401769

10.30AM HEY DIDDLE DIDDLE, LOUGHTON

Interactive music fun full of nursery rhymes for pre-school children run by Suzanne with some help from Daisy Diddle the cow. Classes are 45 minutes long and as well as musical instruments different props are also used such as a parachute and the always popular bubbles.

Everyone is welcome, there is no need to book and also no registration fee.  Just drop in and see us at £5 per child and £2.50 for siblings.

Price: £5 per child & £2.50 for siblings. Drop in classes so no need to book and no registration fee
Address: Wesley Hall, Loughton Methodist Church, Loughton, IG10 1RB
Website: Hey Diddle Diddle website
Contact: Suzanne Coyte 07768 262 509, Hey Diddle Diddle facebook page or via  Twitter @HeyDidDid

10.30AM – 12 NOON NCT COFFEE MORNING, COSTA BUCKHURST HILL

Friendly drop in coffee morning for mums with newborns up to pre-schoolers. You don’t have to be a member to attend.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: Costa, 48 Queen’s Road, Buckhurst Hill, IG9 5BY
Website: NCT Redbridge branch website
Contact: Claudine at ParentSupport.Redbridge@nct.org.uk or NCT Redbridge Facebook page

11AM – 12.30PM NCT COFFEE MORNING, MANOR HOUSE WANSTEAD

Weekly drop in coffee morning for mums with newborns up to pre-schoolers. You don’t have to be a member to attend. There is space for buggies and there are a few steps but staff are happy to help.

Price: Free, no need to book
Address: The Manor House, 129 High Street, Wanstead E11 2RL
Website: NCT Redbridge branch website
Contact: Claudine at ParentSupport.Redbridge@nct.org.uk or NCT Redbridge Facebook page

11.45AM GYMBABES, BUCKHURST HILL/WOODFORD

Gymbabes

Suitable for babies from 6 months to walking these sessions are the baby-friendly version of Tumble Tots. Parents get involved in the 40 minutes sessions which focus on encouraging babies to use their senses and play, explore and crawl.

Price: £7, free trial class
Address: The Roding Valley Hall, Buckhurst Hill/Woodford, IG9 6LN
Website: Tumble Tots website
Contact: 020 8559 0617 or 078 4990 3035 or contact Eszter Schmaler via the website 

 

Baby being massaged at Buddha baby class

 

The Buddha Baby massage (5 week) course teaches you massage strokes and techniques and includes the IAIM guidance on relieving colic and digestive problems. Most parents come along when their baby is approximately 3 months old, but you can attend with a younger baby. The atmosphere is very relaxed and there is plenty of time for discussions and informal chat.  Everything you need is provided including baby mats, towels and tissue, guidance booklet and organic massage oil to take home.  Refreshments, including tea and coffee and fresh fruit are served as part of the session as well as her traditional homemade cakes.

The next course starts on the 27 March January 2017.

Price: £85 for 5 week course
Address: Sally’s house, just off Wanstead High Street.
Website: Buddha Baby website
Contact: Sally Martin info@buddhababywanstead.co.uk 07723 389 294

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Review: Bebs Bites Authentic Indian Cookery Lessons

“Amazing and loads better than a takeaway,” this was just one of the many gushing things my partner had to say about the leftovers I brought home from my Bebs Bites Indian Cookery lesson. And it’s high praise indeed from someone who loves Indian food and would eat takeaways most days of the week if he could. He was totally right though, the food we created in just a few hours with Ranjeet, who runs Bebs Bites Indian Cookery lessons from her home in Woodford, was totally delicious.

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Yellow Lentil Dahl, Keema Lamb, Raita and rice

I arrived at Ranjeet’s house on a Saturday evening late and harassed after facing a toddler bedtime battle, but luckily her house was an oasis of calm and I was shown to the conservatory at the back where two other pupils were waiting. They were a lovely, young couple, cooking novices who had travelled from Brixton for the class after reading such brilliant reviews on Trymykitchen.com.

Ranjeet immediately made us all feel at home, offering a glass of beer or wine to start with, and talking us through the spices we would be using throughout the evening. Even though I have cooked quite a lot with spices, Ranjeet was excellent at telling us about each one and demonstrating the differences when you roast and grind your own and she was brilliant at sharing tips and tricks about how to cook and prepare spices as we went along.

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Chilli Paneer

We began by making a starter of Chilli paneer which was surprisingly easy to make but absolutely gorgeous and which I will definitely be making again. We then moved on to one of my favourite dishes, a Yellow lentil dahl and while I have tried loads of versions of this around the world the combination of ingredients and spices made this one of the best. Then we set to work on our other main dish which was Keema lamb which could also be made with Quorn for the vegetarians. As with all the dishes, we were surprised by how little oil we used and as Ranjeet explained the lack of loads of ghee, oil and onions that you find in takeaway food means that her recipes are healthy as well as being delicious.

Amazingly, Ranjeet runs two Indian cooking courses a week as well as holding down a job and raising a family and although she has only be running lessons since September 2015 she comes across as a natural hostess and teacher. Not only does she offer adult cookery classes in the evenings, such as the one I went to, she also offers bespoke children’s cookery courses. Usually these are a minimum of 4 lessons run once a week for an hour for parents and kids to do together, and is often a popular activity for dads to do with their children. Children can learn to cook things liked baked bhajis, chapati, stuffed parathas – healthy Indian food that is not deep fried, with an emphasis on teaching children about real ingredients and proper food. I think this would be a great idea of children who love cooking and you can see some photos of happy kids having a go on the Bebs Bites Facebook page.

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Keema lamb

 

After our Keema main courses were cooked, we all sat down at the table together to try the dishes we’d made along with some rice and a simple raita that Ranjeet showed us how to make. We were all amazed that we’d managed to cook such yummy food in such a short space of time – although I do think the fresh spices we used made a massive difference. If I didn’t have cupboards full of spices at home I would have bought some of the freshly ground spice trays Ranjeet was selling and it has definitely motivated me to cook Indian food more regularly. The couple who were doing the course with me both said they found the lesson very simple and easy to follow, so I’d recommend it for people of all abilities. As a parting gift, we were even sent home with some Indian sweets that Ranjeet had made for us.

You are advised to bring Tuppaware containers to your class so you can take home any leftovers and my partner has already been asking when I’m going to cook the recipes again. But I’ve got a better idea, I’m already planning on sending my partner along for his own lesson so he can learn how to cook these dishes himself.

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For more information about Bebs Bites Indian Cookery lessons visit the Bebs Bites website or Bebs Bites Facebook page. Ranjeet also offers kids parties, catering for functions and classes for corporate events and cookery lessons start at a vary reasonable £38.

Disclaimer: I attended the cookery lesson free of charge in exchange for a review, but as always, the words and opinions in this review are completely honest and my own.