Baby to Pre-school Classes in Gateshead, Autumn Term
There are loads of fantastic activities for little ones in Gateshead! Although not all classes and venues are back to normal yet, thankfully many providers are now in a position to plan for September. You can browse the classes below and use the handy links to check for the latest updates and to book, or can skip straight to a specific section here:
Booking is already open for some classes. For other providers who haven’t confirmed final details, many are offering the option to pre-register your interest. For many activities, places do book up quickly but there may be a waiting list in case of cancellations or if extra sessions are added, or for next term. Luckily there’s plenty to choose from below, and more activities will be added to the list in the coming weeks, so do check back!
If you have any recommendations for under 5s classes in Gateshead, please let me know here🙂
Circumstances and guidelines are continually changing. Please do check full details of the safety measures in place and the latest updates directly with individual providers using the links below. Always follow the latest Government guidelines on social distancing and protective measures. Do not leave home if you or anyone in your household has symptoms. Check the latest Government guidelines and updates here.
Crafts, Messy Play & Outdoors
Baby ARTventurers & Little ARTventurers (ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead) 📌 Dunston Activity Centre ▪ Oodles of arty activities to ignite your little ones imagination. Nurture and develop creativity by providing opportunities, inspiration and materials to explore, allowing little ones to experiment and express themselves. 👉 Find out more and book here. 6 months – 5 years
Messy Play & Mark Making (Little Learners Gateshead East) 📌 Lilyput Lane, Felling, NE10 9LU (Little Learners Gateshead West) 📌 Blaydon Youth and Community Centre CIO, NE21 5QE 📌 Dunston Community Centre, NE11 9EB ▪ Have fun learning through messy play, mark making, painting and more. 👉 Find out more & register your interest here (Felling) or here (Blaydon/Dunston). 5 months – 5 years old
Forest School (Conkers Life) 📌 The Hagg, Hamsterley Mill, Rowlands Gill, NE39 1ND ▪ A creative, warm and loving space for families to be with their children from an early age, with Steiner Inspired Parent and Child groups. Take part in a craft, learn new nature skills, share a healthy snack and warm drink and more. 👉 Find out more here & email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. All ages welcome
Forest Adventurers Preschool (Forest Adventurers) 📌 Ryton Federation, Main Road, Ryton, NE40 3AF ▪ Outdoor fun including snacks and drinks, outdoor crafts, lots of opportunities to explore and tonnes of free play with new friends. 👉 Find out more & register your interest here.
Dance & Drama
Ballet & Tap (Babyballet North Tyneside, Newcastle North and Gateshead West) 📌 Dunston Activity Centre, Dunston ▪ Award-winning pre-school Ballet & Tap and dance classes for babies, toddlers and children. Fully trained dance teachers create a fun, friendly environment where every little one is given a chance to shine. 👉 Find out more and book here. 6 months – 4 years
Dance/Pop/Ballet/Theatre (Buzz Dance) 📌 Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Birtley, DH3 1HQ ▪ Offering a range of classes from ages 2.5, including: – Dance Stars (walking to age 4) – Preschool First Steps (age 2.5–4) – Preschool Popsteps (age 2.5–4) – Popsteps (age 4-6) – Ballet/Theatre (age 4-6) 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest.
Freestyle Disco (Dance Eclipse) 📌 Winlaton Mill Village Hall, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6SF ▪ Every child is more then welcome to come and enjoy the amazing style of freestyle disco. 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest.
Ballet (Dance Fuse) 📌 Chowdene Children’s Centre, Harlow Green, NE9 7TU ▪ Tiny Toes ballet is a fun class for children to exercise and learn the first steps of ballet. These dance classes will help develop rhythm, confidence and creativity whilst promoting positive behaviour, good posture and self-discipline. 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest. 3+ years
Freestyle & Gymnastics (Elite Dance) 📌 Cardinal Hume Catholic School, Old Durham Road, Gateshead, NE9 6RZ ▪ Beginners Freestyle & Gymnastics for all ages. Dance for fun or become part of the competition team. 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest. Ages 3+ to teens
Ballet Bunnies (Eve Trew Dance) 📌 Eve Trew School of Dance, Saltwell Business Park ▪ A fun, interactive class for parent and pre-school child. Ideally suited to boys and girls who are already walking and enjoy music and movement. A perfect introduction to the world of dance. 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest.
Dance (Happy Feet Dance) 📌 Happy Feet Studios, Felling, NE10 9LU ▪ Offering a range of ‘pay as you go’ classes from age 2, including: – Princess Ballet (age 2+) – Funky Tap (age 2+) – Pop Princess (age 2+) – Street Dance (age 4+) 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest.
Tots & Minis Dance (JLJ Dance) 📌 JLJ Dance Studios, Ryton, NE40 3RS ▪ Offering a range of classes for toddlers onwards, including: – Mixed Minis (under 5s) – Ballet Minis (age 3-5) – Tap Minis (age 3-5) 👉 Find out more and email email@example.com to register interest.
Irish Dancing (Kelly Hendry School) 📌 Kelly Hendry Studios, Blaydon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 4AU ▪ Irish dance classes for girls and boys, promoting fun, fitness and friendship. Taught by world champion Irish dancer Kelly Hendry, along with a team of world class instructors. First class is free. 👉 Find out more here and email firstname.lastname@example.org to register interest. 3+ years
Dance Mini Stars (Romero School of Dance) 📌 Springwell Village Community Venue, Springwell Village, NE9 7RP ▪ Teaching the basics of Classical Sequence, Ballroom and Latin in a fun and relaxed environment, with a mixture of song, dance and movement activities. 👉 Find out more and message here to register interest. Ages 3 – 5 years
Ballet & Tap (Sylvia Dobson Dance) 📌 St Paul’s Church Hall, Winlaton 📌 Rowlands Gill Scout Hut ▪ Baby Pointers & Tappers class for ages 3-5 years, and infant ballet. 👉 Find out more here and message to register interest.
Massage & Yoga
Baby Massage (1st Sensations) 📌 Concept 2000, Felling ▪ Infant Massage promotes bonding, attachment and early communication and emotional wellbeing for both parent and infant. Massage is often said to help with relaxation, sleep, digestive issues, constipation, wind and colic. 👉 Find out more here and email email@example.com to book. Six weeks – one year old
Baby & Toddler Yoga, Baby Massage (Kalma Baby North Durham & Gateshead West) 📌 Trinity Church, Blaydon 📌 Whickham Community Centre, Whickham (Kalma Baby South Tyneside and Gateshead) 📌 St Ninian’s Church, Low Fell 📌 Springwell Village Community Venue, Springwell Village 📌 Happy Feet Dance, Felling ▪ Massage sessions to learn easy massage sequences including singing and playing, and enjoy a lovely bonding experience. Yoga sessions in a relaxed fun environment with yoga inspired stretches to music, song and rhyme with lots of sensory props. Also some stretches for parents and little ones to promote bonding. 👉 Find out more and book here (Blaydon/Whickham), or here (Low Fell, Springwell Village, Felling) 6 weeks to 4 years.
Baby Massage & Yoga (The Well House Therapy) 📌 The Nest, Low Fell ▪ Massage sessions to introduce techniques to help with bonding, sleeping patterns, and and digestive discomfort. Yoga sessions to bring babies enjoyment and comfort, as well as promoting physical, developmental and psychological benefits. As new mums you will enjoy working out with your baby, improve posture, and strengthen the core. 👉 Find out more here and email firstname.lastname@example.org to book. 10 weeks+ (and after your post-natal health check for yoga sessions)
Baby Yoga & Toddler Yoga (YogaPupz) 📌 Raven Valley Gym Club, Riverside Park, Gateshead, NE11 9DJ ▪Using songs and rhymes alongside movement and stretching to promote strength, flexibility and balance, designed to support more developed forms of self-expression through movement. 👉 Find out more here and message to register your interest. Approx 1-3 years
Music, Movement & Sensory
Baby and Mini M+Ms (The Baby Hub Gateshead) 📌 Raven Valley Gym Club, Metrocentre Gateshead 📌 Ryton Community Centre, Ryton ▪ Music, movement and sensory fun. Relaxed, full of giggles, jazzy props, instruments and bubbles galore, your little one will love joining in with the fun. 👉 Find out more here and message to book. 6 weeks to 3 years
Baby Sensory (Baby Sensory Gateshead) 📌 Low Fell, Sunniside & Eighton Banks – to be confirmed ▪ Classes are packed with a huge variety of researched backed activities to help aid brain development, including music, movement, signing, textures, lights, bubbles, puppets and more – plus time to socialise and make friends, and ideas to try at home. 👉 Find out more and register your interest here. Newborn – 13 months
Baby Bells & Baby BeepsHartbeeps Gateshead, South Shields, Sunderland and Chester Le Street 📌 St Ninian’s Church, Low Fell 📌 St Andrews Church Hall, Lamesley 📌 Whickham Community Centre, Whickham ▪ A fun-filled adventure through Baby Land with wacky characters, lighting effects and props. Set to a funky soundtrack of original baby songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. 👉 Find out more and book here. Suitable for newborn to toddling
Baby Move & Groove (Jittabugs North East) 📌 Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4AD ▪ Enjoy salsa, reggae, jive, musicals, jazz, pop and so much more, combined with Jittabugs action songs and sensory equipment. 👉 Find out more here and email email@example.com to book. 10 weeks – 14 Months
Jitterbugs (Sylvia Dobson School of Dance) 📌 Rowlands Gill Scout Hut 📌 Chopwell Community Centre ▪ Movement, song and dance for pre-school with lots of interactive equipment to help children learn and explore in a safe friendly environment. 👉 Find out more here and message to book.
Football – Tots Training (Felling Magpies FC) 📌 Wardley Park, Manor Gardens, Gateshead, NE10 8TD ▪ A mixed training session for both boys and girls. The aim is to give children confidence with a football, team work and to produce future Felling ‘under 7’ team players. 👉 Find out more here and email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest. Age 4+
Football (Little Kickers) 📌 Emmanuel College, Lobley Hill, NE11 0AN 📌 Kingsmeadow School, Dunston, NE11 9NX 📌 Whickham School, Whickham, NE16 5AR 📌 Whickham Outdoors, Fellside Road,Whickham, NE16 5AY ▪ Teaching football in a fun, pressure-free environment, to give children a positive introduction to sport as a whole so they’re more likely to stay healthy and active throughout life. 👉 Find out more and book here. Age 1 ½ – 7th birthday
Football – Soccer Tots (Rutherford AFC) 📌 Farnacres, Beggarswood Park, Lobley Hill, NE11 0HH ▪ Fun filled football sessions held on Thursdays 5-6pm, giving kids a chance to get used to the footballs at their feet. Once children turn 6 years old they may be able to feed into an U7’s team where they can play matches too. 👉 Find out more here and contact 07527857968 to register your interest. Ages 4 – 6 years
Gymnastics (Northern Hope Centre) 📌 Northern Hope Centre Limited, Birtley, DH3 1QT ▪ Offering pre-school sessions for under 5s, and beginners sessions from pre-school to teens. Pre-school sessions introduce children to the apparatus and basic skills such as forward & backwards rolls. Northern Heroes beginners sessions focus on agility, balance and strength and the basics of gymnastics. 👉 Find out more here and message to join waiting lists.
Gymnastics (Raven Valley Gym Club) 📌 Riverside Park, Gateshead, NE11 9DJ ▪ Mini Ravens sessions, available as a one-off 45 min class, or one hour classes when booking onto a course. 👉 Call 0191 447 1720 to book, or email email@example.com. 18 months to 4 years
Rugby (Rugby Tots) 📌 Heworth Grange School, Gateshead, NE10 0PT 📌 Blaydon Youth & Community Centre, Blaydon, NE21 5LT ▪ Fun, structured play sessions take children on a journey of sporting imagination with engaging and energetic coaches supporting them whilst teaching how to catch, pass, kick, run with the ball and play as part of a team. 👉 Find out more and register your interest here. Age 2 – 7
Rugby (Vigor.Rugby) 📌 Springwell Village Community Venue, Springwell Village, NE9 7RP ▪ Little Legs Rugby is a parent and child class with a family run coaching company. Get your child active, improve hand & eye coordination and social skills, with parents taking part in the activities. 👉 Find out more here and register your interest. Ages 2 – 7
Shotokan Karate (Gateshead Kaizen Karate Club) 📌 Dunston UST Football Club (outdoors sessions) ▪Kaizen Kids is a fun class with an emphasis on self-defence, control, respect and discipline. Incorporating karate techniques with games and excercise to promote physical and mental skills in a safe secure environment. 👉 Find out more here and register your interest. 4 – 7 years.
Shotokan Karate (Primrose & Pelaw Karate) 📌 Hertfordshire House Community Centre, Pelaw, NE10 0QY ▪ Improve your self confidence. Become more fit. Learn self defence. Meet new friends. Fully insured, licensed and DBS certified instructors with years of martial arts experience. 👉 Find out more here and register your interest. Age 4+