Newborn to Pre-School

Baby Classes

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Gateshead Children’s Centres provide support, advice and activities for families with children under the age of five years. They offer a wide range of weekly activities and Well child clinics, along with baby weaning sessions, holiday activities, toy library and more.

Children’s centre services are provided in the following areas:
Birtley🔸Blaydon Winlaton🔸Chopwell🔸Chowdene🔸Edberts House, Heworth🔸Felling🔸Greenside Primary School, Ryton🔸Highfield Communal Lounge, Rowlands Gill🔸Larkspur House, Beacon Lough🔸Leam Lane🔸Pattinson House🔸St Nicholas Church, Dunston🔸Swalwell primary school🔸The Elgin Centre🔸Tyne View Centre🔸Wrekenton Hub

Visit the website for more information and a timetable of activities.


0191 433 6300
gatesheadchildrenscentre@gateshead.gov.uk
www.gateshead.gov.uk/article/2695/Gateshead-Children-s-Centres

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Baby Beeps (Hartbeeps)

Tuesdays 10.30 – 11.10am
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Wednesday 11.15 – 11.55am
Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Rd, NE8 4JB
Wednesdays 1.30 – 2.10pm
Pineapple and Bears, Spa Well Road, Noel Avenue, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6RU
Thursdays 10.30 – 11.10am
Andrews Church Hall, Lamesley, Gateshead NE11 0EU
Thursdays 11.30am – 12.10pm
& Fridays 1.30 – 2.10pm
The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Fridays 10.30 – 11.10am
Whickham Community Centre, Front St, Whickham, NE16 4JL
All term-time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07794 363 780

Every class is a fun-­filled adventure through Baby Land with wacky characters, lighting effects, cool props and parachutes. Set to a funky soundtrack of original baby songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies.

£30-£35 for 6-7 weeks (booking required, may be waiting list).
Sitting to toddling.

Baby Bells (Hartbeeps)

Tuesdays 11.30am – 12.10pm
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Wednesday 12.15 – 12.55pm
Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Rd, NE8 4JB
Wednesdays 2.30 – 3.10pm
Pineapple and Bears, Spa Well Road, Noel Avenue, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6RU
Thursdays 11.30am – 12.10pm
Andrews Church Hall, Lamesley, Gateshead NE11 0EU
Thursdays 12.30 – 1.10pm
The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Fridays 11.30am – 12.10pm
Whickham Community Centre, Front St, Whickham, NE16 4JL
All term-time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07794 363 780

Our lovely, gentle class focuses on bonding and confidence, with elements of yoga, massage and calming techniques. With a soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies, and friendly puppet characters, props and parachutes.

£30-£35 for 6-7 weeks (booking required, may be waiting list).
Newborn to sitting babies.

Baby Bugs (Music Bugs Newcastle Gateshead)

Tuesdays 11.15am
St Helen’s Church, Bell Vue Bank, Low Fell, NE9 6BQ
Tuesdays 1.30pm
Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4JL

Thursdays 11.15am
Heron House Scout Hut, Park Drive, Whickham, NE16 4SP
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07414 906 834

These multi-sensory classes provide a perfect introduction to music and singing for your baby. Babies enjoy being held, rocked, swayed and soothed, with lots of new songs (plus old favourites) that you can enjoy together at home.

£5 (£2.50 siblings or free under 1s). Termly booking required.
Newborn – walking.

 

Baby Massage (1st Sensations)

Tuesdays 11 – 12pm
Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 5EZ
Wednesday 11am – 12pm
Tyne View Children’s Centre, Rose Street, Teams, NE8 2LS
Thursdays 11 – 12pm
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Thursdays 1 – 2pm
Deckham Children’s Centre, The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, NE9 5PA
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

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.

£30 per five week course. Booking required.
Six weeks – one year old.

Baby Massage (Family Learning Gateshead)

Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm
5 week course, from 20th April

State of the Art@Dryden Centre, Evistones Road, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5UR
Tel: 0191 433 8635

Baby massage course. Free to Gateshead parents and carers.

Free. Booking required.

Baby Massage (Kalma Baby Gateshead)

Mondays 11.30am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

St Helens Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, NE9 6BR
Tel: 07590 726707

Massage with a twist of development aiding techniques, and an introduction to yoga. Learn easy massage sequences including singing, playing, kissing and talking. It is a lovely bonding experience for parent and infant.

£6.75 per class, booked termly (or £7 for 1 trial session).
6 weeks to crawling.

Baby Massage (Kalma Baby North Durham & Gateshead West)

Tuesdays 1.15 – 2pm
Clara Vale Village Hall, Ryton, NE40 3SY
Thursdays 2 – 2.45pm
Pineapple & Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, NE21 6RT
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07581 359 585

Massage with a twist of development aiding techniques, and an introduction to yoga. Learn easy massage sequences including singing, playing, kissing and talking. It is a lovely bonding experience for parent and infant.

£6 per class, booked termly.
6 weeks to crawling.

Baby Massage (The Well House Therapy)

Tuesdays 1.30pm
Term time only, from 3rd March

Whickham Community Centre, Whickham, Gateshead, NE16 4JL‬

Enjoy some precious time out with your little one learning techniques to help with bonding, sleeping patterns, colic and relaxation.

5 week course. Booking essential.

Baby M+Ms (The Baby Hub)

Mondays 11am
& Tuesdays 1.15pm

Pineapple and Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Tuesdays 11.15 am
The Ark at Crawcrook. Main Road, Crawcrook, Ryton, NE40 3UG
Thursdays 11.15am
& Fridays 11am
Oak Tree Hub, 3 Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton, NE40 4TX

Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 0191 447 2050

A movement, music and sensory play class focusing on learning through play – with sing-a-long songs, props, activities and music. There will be bubbles, ribbons, sensory materials, mirrors, musical instruments, play parachutes and much more!

£30 for 6 weeks (sibling discounts). Booking required, may be waiting list.
6 weeks – 1 year.

Baby Move & Groove (Jittabugs North East)

Tuesdays 12.30pm
Term time only, from 10th March

Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4AD
Tel: 07739 811 716

Expect reggae, disco, jive, 80’s, soul, pop, musicals etc combined with upbeat Jittabugs action songs. We provide endless beautiful sensory equipment, which your child can explore and have fun with.

£4 per session, 5 week course. Booking required.
0-18 months.

Baby Movers (Little Movers Chester Le Street & Durham North)

Mondays 10.45 – 11.30am
Fridays 10.30 – 11.15am
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

Birtley Children’s Centre, Pembroke Avenue, Gateshead, DH3 2DJ
Tel: 07968 620 247

Introducing little ones to movement through the use of song, play and sensory props. A great way to meet other parents/carers.

£24 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
Birth – crawling.

Baby Movers (Little Movers Gateshead Central & East)

Thursdays 9.30 – 10.15am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, NE9 5PA
Tel: 07984 617 162

Introducing little ones to movement through the use of song, play and sensory props. A great way to meet other parents/carers.

£24 for 6 weeks. Booking required, may be waiting list.
Birth – crawling.

Baby Musicians (Sage Gateshead)

Mondays 2.15 – 3.15pm
Wednesday 11am – 12pm
All year round, exc bank holidays

St Mary’s Square, Gateshead Quays, Gateshead, NE8 2JR
Tel: 0191 443 4666

Weekly 1 hour family music making sessions with fantastic and friendly live musicians. Songs, dances and games to help to gently support development.

£3.50 per person (discounts for siblings/full/half term bookings).
Booking recommended. 0-12 months.

Baby Sensory (Baby Sensory Gateshead)

Tues 10am – 11am (0-13 months)
Tues 11.30am – 12.30pm (6-13 Months)
Tues 1 – 2pm
(0-6 months)
Wesley Memorial Methodist Church, The Crescent, 557 Durham Road, NE9 5EY

Wed 10 – 11am (0-13 months)
Wed 11.30am – 12.30pm
(6-13 Months)
Wed 1 – 2pm
(0-6 months)
Sunniside Social Club, Hollywell Lane, Sunniside, NE16 5NJ

Thurs 9.30 – 10.30am (0-13 months)
Thurs 11am – 12pm
(0-13 months)
Mister Twisters, 15E Follingsby Avenue, NE10 8YG

Fridays 10.15 – 11.15am (0-13 months)
Mount Community Association, Thomas Street, Eighton Banks, NE9 7YA
All term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07710 161 671

Classes are packed with an incredible variety of sounds, smells, sights, textures, music, dance, singing and more – plus you’ll never experience the same class twice.

£6 per class, termly booking, taster available (may be waiting list).
Newborn – 13 months.

Baby Signing (Eleanor at The Snowdrop Story)

Mondays 1.30 – 2.15pm
Pineapple and Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, NE21 6RT
Fridays 1.30 – 2.15pm
Oak Tree Hub, 3 Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton, NE40 4ND
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07796 697 065

An opportunity to learn, socialise and play. Each session focuses on new signs, with repetition of the core signs along with different themes throughout the year, all based on Makaton signs.

£6 per family (discount for block booking, £30 for 6 week term).
Booking required. 0-3 years.

Baby Yoga (Kalma Baby Gateshead)

Mondays 10.30 – 11.15am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

St Helens Church Hall, Belle Vue Bank, Low Fell, NE9 6BR
Tel: 07590 726707

A relaxed fun environment offering yoga inspired stretches to music, song and rhyme with lots of sensory props. Once sitting unaided the focus is on balance coordination and milestones. Also some stretches for parents and little ones to promote bonding.

£6 per class, booked termly (£6.50 for 1 trial session)
6 weeks – crawling.

Baby Yoga (Kalma Baby North Durham & Gateshead West)

Tuesdays 10 – 10.45am
Trinity Church, Lucy Street, Blaydon, NE21 5PU
Tuesdays 12 – 12.45pm
Clara Vale Village Hall, Ryton, NE40 3SY
Thursdays 1 – 1.45pm
Pineapple & Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, NE21 6RT
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07581 359 585

A relaxed fun environment offering yoga inspired stretches to music, song and rhyme with lots of sensory props. Once sitting unaided the focus is on balance coordination and milestones. Also some stretches for parents and little ones to promote bonding.

£6 per class, booked termly.
6 weeks to crawling.

Baby Yoga (YogaPupz Gateshead)

Wednesdays 10.30am
Thursdays 10.30am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Valley Farm. First Avenue, Team Valley, NE11 0NU
Tel: 07939474475

Helps to attune to your baby’s needs and to calm or stimulate them as appropriate with a sense of security and wellbeing. Baby yoga offers quality physical stimulation that has become essential in an urban sedentary lifestyle.

£30 for 6 weeks (may be waiting list).
Approx 2 months – 1 year.

Beary Messy Play (Pineapple and Bears)

Wednesdays 9.30 – 10.15am
Term time only, from 2nd March

Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Tel: 0191 447 2050

A sensory session introducing little one to lots of different textures, materials and new sensations. Each week is centred around a theme and is a great way to meet other mamas. Half price entry to the play hub is included.

£20 for 4 weeks. Booking required.
0 – 2 years.

Books, Bumps & Babies (Central Library)

Wednesdays 3pm – 3.45pm
All year round

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

For new and expectant parents. Share books and bonding with your bump or baby. Come along and meet other parents.

Free, drop-in.
0-2 years.

Busy Bees & Caterpillar Class (Bloom)

Mondays
10 – 10.45am: Busy Bees

11 – 11.45am: Caterpillar Class
Wrekenton Methodist Community Church, 2 Springwell Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7JL

Wednesdays
10 – 10.45am: Busy Bees
11 – 11.45am: Caterpillar Class
Teams Life Centre, Askew Rd West, Gateshead, NE8 2PW
All term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07710 231912

The Caterpillar Class is a fun creative session for younger babies, with gentle multi sensory, baby development and massage. Busy Bees is a highly interactive, musical class for older babies with a range of songs and activities, bright props and treasure baskets.

£36 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
Caterpillar Class: 6 weeks – 6 months.
Busy Bees: 6 months – mobile.

Can Bears Play Ukulele (Pineapple and Bears)

Thursdays 9.30 – 10.15am
All year round (selected dates in school hols), from 24th Feb

Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Tel: 0191 447 2050

A sing song, movement and sensory class with a different theme each week. A great opportunity to meet other new mamas. Half price entry to the play hub is included.

£20 for 4 weeks. Booking required.
0 – 3 years.

Crafty Kids (1st Sensations)

Tuesdays 10 – 10.45am
& Wednesdays 1 – 1.45pm

Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 5EZ
Thursdays 10 – 10.45am
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Thursdays 2.15 – 3pm
Deckham Children’s Centre, The Elgin Centre, Elgin Road, NE9 5PA
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

Using hand and footprints to create inexpensive gifts and keepsakes. This group is more suited to children that are happy to sit or lie. Old clothes and wipes are required.

£33 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
From 4 weeks old, suitable for all abilities.

 

Dance – JitterBugs (Sylvia Dobson Dance)

Mondays 10 – 11am
Rowlands Gill Scout Hut, 2 Lilley Terrace, Rowlands Gill, NE39 2PD
Thursdays 10.30 – 11.30am
Chopwell Community Centre, Derwent St, Chopwell, NE17 7HS
Term time only, from 6th Jan

Tel: 01207 562 462

Sing and dance to popular children’s songs, play with balls, hoops, pom poms, bean bags and tunnels, plus balance beam and mini trampoline. Ending with singing and instruments, a fresh fruit snack and bubbles.

£3.
0 – 4 years.

Family Bugs (Music Bugs Middlesbrough & Durham)

Tuesdays 9.45am
Term time only, from 13th Jan

Birtley Boxing Gym, 12 Beaconsfield Terrace, DH3 1DN
Tel: 07946 161 415

There’s a real family feel to these classes as siblings, grandparents, childminders and friends come together to sing and share the music making experience. A wide range of sensory props and activities keeps everyone engaged.

£60 for 12 weeks. Booking required (£5 trail session available).
Mixed ages.

Family Bugs (Music Bugs Newcastle Gateshead)

Tuesdays 10.15am
St Helen’s Church, Bell Vue Bank, Low Fell, NE9 6BQ
Thursdays 9.40am & 10.30am
Heron House Scout Hut, Park Drive, Whickham, NE16 4SP
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07414 906 834

There’s a real family feel to these classes as siblings, grandparents, childminders and friends come together to sing and share the music making experience. A wide range of sensory props and activities keeps everyone engaged.

£5 (£2.50 siblings or free under 1s). Termly booking required.
Mixed ages.

Family Session (ARTventurers Newcastle and Gateshead)

Wednesdays 10.15 – 11.15am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

St Mary’s Centre, Church Chare, Whickham, NE16 4SH
Tel: 07768 373006

Oodles of singing, dancing, sensory and arty activities to ignite your little ones imagination and introduce them to art!

£30 for 5 weeks. Booking required (single sessions also available).
6 months – 5 years.

Forest School Pre-School (Stomping Grounds)

Mondays 10.30am – 12pm
Term time only, from 2nd March

Dukes Hagg Wood, Moor Road, Prudhoe, NE42 5PA
Tel: 07950 118 816

Activities include songs, stories, campfire, cooking, exploration, adventure, mud, water, swings, hammocks and nature crafts. Meet like-minded parents and carers.

£40 for 5 weeks (sibling & baby discounts available).
Booking required, may be waiting list.
0 – 5 years.

Infant Sign (1st Sensations)

Mondays 11 – 11.45am
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Mondays 2 – 2.45pm
Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 5EZ
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

Encourage early communication in children and reduce frustrations through the introduction of everyday signs in fun ways. Rhymes and songs along with the use of puppets, toys and bubbles.

£24 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
Birth to preschool children

Infant Yoga (1st Sensations)

Mondays 10 – 10.45am
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Mondays 1 – 1.45pm
Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, NE21 5EZ
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

Supports bonding and confidence in handling infants and also to supports baby’s development whilst focusing on relaxation and stretching techniques for parents or carers. Comfy clothing is advisable.

£25.50 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
9 weeks – 9 months old.

Little Explorers (The Creation Station Gateshead)

Mondays 1 – 2pm
Tyne View Children’s Centre, Rose Street, Teams, Gateshead, NE8 2LS
Tuesdays 1 – 2pm
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, Gateshead, NE9 7TU
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07452 815 444

Every week you can inspire your child’s imagination and nurture their creativity and potential with fun, hands-on arts and crafts. Plus, you will be able to create treasured keepsakes with your baby to take home.

£24 for 6 weeks (siblings 50% discount).
Booking required (single sessions available).
15 months – five years old.

Messy Play & Mark Making (Little Learners Gateshead East)

Mondays 1 – 2pm
The Nest, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Alternate Wednesdays 10.30 – 11.30am & 1 – 2pm
BALTIC, Gateshead Quays, South Shore Road, Gateshead NE8 3BA
Thursdays 1 – 2pm **NEW venue from 9th March**
Deckham Children’s Centre, Elgin Road, Gateshead, NE9 5PA
All year round, Feb term: 10th Feb, March term: 9th March

Tel: 07833 222 219

Join us for our hugely popular messy mark making class. We learn through messy play, paint, play dough and more.

£25 – 32.50 for 5 week term (£5 – £7 for trial session).
£14 for 2 sessions at BALTIC. Booking required.
Five months – five years old.

Messy Play & Mark Making (Little Learners Gateshead West)

Mondays 1.30 – 2.30pm
Blaydon Youth Centre, Shibdon Road, Blaydon, NE21 5QE
Saturdays 10.30 – 11.30am
Dunston Community Centre, Collingwood Terrace, NE11 9EB
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Join us for our award-winning messy play & mark making class and let your child make their mark in paint, gloop, sand, play dough and much more.

£30 for 5 weeks (£6.50 for 1 trial session). Booking required.
Five months – five years old.

Mini M+Ms (The Baby Hub)

Mondays 10am
Pineapple and Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, NE21 6RT
Thursdays 10am
& Fridays 9.45am
Oak Tree Hub, 3 Main Street, Crawcrook, Ryton, NE40 4TX
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 0191 447 2050

A movement, music and sensory play class focusing on learning through play – with sing-a-long songs, props, activities and music. There will be bubbles, ribbons, sensory materials, mirrors, musical instruments, play parachutes and much more!

£30 for 6 weeks (sibling discounts). Booking required, may be waiting list.
Crawling – 3 years.

Music and Movement (1st Sensations)

Tuesdays 1.15 – 2pm
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Wednesdays 10 – 10.45pm
Tyne View Children’s Centre, Rose Street, Teams, NE8 2LS
Wednesdays 2 – 2.45pm
Blaydon Winlaton Children’s Centre, Shibdon Bank, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 5EZ
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

Music and movement from birth to preschool supports language, physical and social and emotional development through song and rhymes and resources. Comfy clothes are ideal for this session.

£18 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
Babies & infants all ages.

Rhymetime (Felling Volunteer Library)

Tuesdays 10am
Term Time only

58 High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LT
Tel: 0191 433 6402
Songs and rhymes, everyone is welcome.

Free, drop in.

Rhymetime (Gateshead Libraries)

Wrekenton Hub: Mondays 9.30 – 10am
Leam Lane Library: Mondays 2.30 – 3pm
Blaydon Library: Tuesdays 2 – 2.30pm
Birtley Library: Wednesdays 10 – 10.30am & 11 – 11.30am
Central Library: Fridays 9.30–10am, 10.15 – 10.45am & 11.15 – 11.45am
Crawcrook Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
Pelaw Library: Fridays 10 – 10.30am
All year round, exc bank holidays

Reading, songs and rhymes.

£1 per child, drop-in (excluding Central, booking required).
Birth – 5 years old

Storytime (Central Library)

Wednesdays 2.15 – 2.45pm
All year round

Gateshead Central Library, Prince Consort Rd, Gateshead NE8 4LN
Tel: 0191 433 8420

Join us for stories and activities.

£1 per child, drop-in.
Under 5 years.

Treble Time (Acorn Tree Music)

Wednesdays 1 – 2pm
Term time only, from 24th Feb

The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead, NE9 5AN
Tel: 07835 409 121

Interactive music classes for babies, pre-schoolers and their grownups, for educational and social development cloaked in fun.

Drop-in, £5 (£1.50 siblings).
0-5 years.