Welcome to the TinyTalk classes of
Claire Barnett

"" Hello and welcome to TinyTalk East Cheshire. I'm Claire, TinyTalk teacher and Mum to TinyTalker Daniel (3). I currently run classes in Bollington, Macclesfield and Wilmslow.

I learnt British Sign Language many years ago and was aware of the many benefits of signing with babies so when Daniel came along I knew that I would be signing with him from a very young age. It was amazing and to say it changed my life would not be too
much of an exaggeration, at least to my sleep deprived self at the time. Weaning wasn’t going very smoothly and as we started what looked like becoming another fraught meal time, Daniel signed ‘drink’. I gave him his drink, he had some and then he started to eat. It was that simple. I was stunned. He’d been refusing food just because he was thirsty and happily I had given him the tools to let me know it. He was about 8 months old at the time.

At the same time I was introduced to TinyTalk by a friend. Full of enthusiasm for baby sign I didn’t hesitate in booking into a baby class. We both loved it from the start and ‘TinyTalk’ quickly became one of his signs, one he would use excitedly each week when he realised where we were going. It didn’t take too long until he was confidently communicating with us, so proud of himself whenever he signed something and was understood. By his second birthday Daniel knew over 100 signs and had an amazing verbal vocabulary too.

Each class is an hour long. The first half an hour is focused upon the babies, learning some of the core signs they and their grown ups will find most useful, things like ‘milk’, ‘drink and ‘food’, but there are also lots of songs and sensory play. Its great fun and as each week has a different theme it doesn’t get dull or repetitive. The second half hour is play time when the babies get to learn some important social skills like sharing toys and making friends. This is also the time when the grown ups get a drink, a biscuit and time for a chat.

Why not come along to one of my classes, subject to availability, for fun and therapy! The rewards are truly outstanding! I look forward to hearing from you. x

Meet Claire...

Children:Daniel (aged 3)

Location:Macclesfield & Wilmslow

Favourite Sign:Hug/cuddle - who doesn't love a cuddle with their child

Qualifications:CACDP Level 1 & 2, BSC (Hons) Mathematics

I love baby signing because:being able to communicate with your child before the can speak is absolutely amazing... and they love it too!

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Our current classes:

Baby Signing

Monday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Bollington Arts Centre Wellington Road Bollington SK10 5JR

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Directions:Turn left up the hill immediately after going under the viaduct after the Coop. There is parking at the top of the road or on the edge of the road under the trees.

Wednesday, 11:15am - 12:15pm

Macclesfield URC Park Green Macclesfield SK11 7NA

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family, not per child

Wednesday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Macclesfield URC Park Green Macclesfield SK11 7NA

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family not per child

Friday, 11:15am - 12:15pm

Wilmslow Library South Drive Wilmslow SK9 1NW

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family, not per child
Directions:Upstairs in the library.

Friday, 12:30pm - 1:30pm

Wilmslow Library South Drive Wilmslow SK9 1NW

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family, not per child
Directions:Upstairs in the library.

Toddler Talking

Monday, 11:15am - 12:15pm

Bollington Arts Centre Wellington Road Bollington SK10 5JR

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Directions:Turn left up the hill immediately after going under the viaduct after the Coop. There is parking at the top of the road or on the edge of the road under the trees.

Wednesday, 10:00am - 11:00am

Macclesfield URC Park Green Macclesfield SK11 7NA

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family and not per sibling

Friday, 10:00am - 11:00am

Wilmslow Library South Drive Wilmslow SK9 1NW

£5.50 per family per class
£71.50 for this term's classes
Note:Price is per family and not per child
Directions:Upstairs in the library.

Special Offers

  • Summer classes 2018:
    Beat the boredom of the long summer break with these fun classes for babies and for toddlers. Older siblings very welcome too. Classes run in Wilmlsow on Friday 20th July, 10th and 24th August (Toddlers, 11am and babies at 12.15pm) and in Macclesfield on August 8th and 22nd (Toddlers 10am and babies at 11.15am). Classes cost £6 each.

Our term dates

  • Half-term 1:
    18 July - 24 August
  • Half-term 2:
    10 September - 19 October
  • Half-term 3:
    22 October - 07 December

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