Amid all the uncertainty and gloom, one large ray of sunshine is the fact that the majority of children’s classes are back up and running again, with sensible safety measure in place. Some are back in person, while others are online for the time being. From dance to drama and storytelling, there’s something for children of all ages. Here’s a few to get you started, and you’ll find many more in the Classes section of the Little Vikings website.
Hoglets Online Storytelling Adventures
Hoglets runs weekly online drama and storytelling adventures, aimed at ages 0-7. Each session is an imagination-firing, energetic, immersive and enchanting experience for little minds. Storytelling performances, songs, games, crafts and loads of silly fun! They run 4 sessions a week – beamed live, right into your homes. Best of all – they’re FREE to join!
Days – Saturday to Tuesday
Age range – 0 to 7 years
Duration – 45 minutes
Venue – Online
Cost – FREE!
More info – email or visit www.hoglets.org.uk
Crafty Tales online with Story Craft Theatre
Janet and Cassie of Story Craft Theatre are continuing their Crafty Tales sessions online. Catch them every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at 10am for some song singing, craft making, storytelling, game playing, problem solving interactive fun. Sessions are based around a popular picture book and cost just £3.50. Aimed at 2-7 year olds and 50 minutes long. Classes take place via Zoom. Once you have booked your place you will receive an email with login details and craft material needed. Janet and Cassie are also hosting online birthday parties! For more info contact Cassie on 07789 727031
Days – Wednesday, Friday, Saturday at 10am
Age range – 2 to 7 years
Duration – 50 minutes
Venue – Online
Cost – £3.50
More info – visit www.bookwhen.com/storycrafttheatre
Rugby fun for little ones with Rugbytots
Days – Saturday and Sunday
Age range – 2 to 3.5 years; 3.5 to 5 years and 5 to 7 years
Duration – 30/45 minutes
Venue – The Mount School, Joseph Rowntree School, Pocklington School. Hymers College, Hull Collegiate School
Cost – £6.50 per class; free trial available
Learn to dance with En Pointe
En Pointe is an award-winning dance studio in York. It’s not just about how well you dance – it’s also about having fun, making friends and exploring this wonderful world of dance. Their wonderful dance studios have been made COVID-19 safe and their lovely staff have had the relevant training to ensure that you can start your journey into dance. They offer a host of classes including jazz, tap, yoga (adult and children), ballet, contemporary, lyrical, musical theatre, technique and commercial street. Plus for this term they are offering tap, jazz and yoga classes for just £3.00 a class on Saturdays.
– Days – Every day
– Ages – Walking 1 year to adult (all abilities welcome)
– Venue – En Pointe Dance Studios, Rose Ave, York YO32 5ZA
– Costs – From £3 per session
– More info – email or visit www.enpointeyork.co.uk
Learn a language with Lingotot York
Lingotot introduces languages to children using familiar songs, stories and games. Usually in schools, nurseries, after school clubs (ASCs) and community classes, since March they have also been online, and on subscription. Current online classes are as follows (note that you can also join Lingotot sessions offering Welsh, Mandarin, Italian and Arabic too):
– After school clubs – Aimed at EYFS/KS1 but suitable for siblings too, the session is at 4 to 4.45pm on Mondays (Spanish) and Thursdays (French). The cost is £4.95 per family*
– Toddler Tuesdays – For younger ones, join the online session at 10am to 10.30am (Spanish) or 11am to 11.30am (French). The cost is £4.50 per family*
More info – Email for more details and a 25% Little Vikings discount! Visit the Lingotot website for more info
Forest school sessions with Wild Things
Wild Things forest school runs weekly sessions for babies (up to 17 months) and pre-schoolers (18 months to 4 years). An outdoors experience to help us connect with nature, develop resilience to the great British weather, develop social skills and learn to take managed risks. During the sessions there are lots of activities to stimulate independent play and allow children’s natural curiosity to develop, for example, binoculars, magnifying glasses, mud kitchen, mud painting, and den building. As well as this there is always a focused activity, often linked to the seasons to help pass on skills, knowledge and understanding of the world around them.
Ages – Babies and pre-schoolers
Venue – Wild Things’ own site, in the grounds of Millthorpe School (Nunthorpe Avenue)
Cost – £8.50 per child, including a hot drink & activities
More info – Email , call 07968060182 or visit https://www.wildthingsyork.co.uk/
Expert tuition with Kip McGrath York West
Many children lack confidence at the start of a new school term, never mind after months away from the classroom, thanks to a pandemic! Local private tuition providers, Ruth and David Hardy of Kip McGrath Education Centre York West, are helping students to get back on track and feel
confident once again. David and Ruth provide personalised tuition in English, maths and science to students from reception to GCSE, at their tuition centre in York. All prospective students undergo a free assessment
with Kip McGrath Education Centre York West, to enable the tutors to ascertain the student’s strengths and weaknesses and to put together a personalised plan for the student. Parents receive regular updates on their child’s progress and many parents often comment that their child has not only made rapid academic progress but has grown in confidence thanks to the progress they’ve made.
Kip McGrath Education Centre York West, which is one of three Kip McGrath Education Centres in the city, is an OFSTED registered childcare provider, meaning they are able to accept a range of payment methods including childcare vouchers, working tax credits and tax-free childcare, making their services accessible to all. Ruth and David are fully qualified, DBS checked teachers, giving parents peace of mind that their children really are receiving top quality tuition in a safe environment. Tutoring takes place from Monday to Thursday, from 4pm to 8.20pm.
More info – Visit kipmcgrath.co.uk/york-west for more details