Newborn to Pre-School (by weekday)

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COVID-19 UPDATE: Full info on weekly activities will be updated in due course as more classes re-start, so please do check back. In the meantime, you can find a quick overview of upcoming baby to pre-school classes, plus local virtual classes & summer holiday days out & events, and can like our Facebook page to keep up to date🙂

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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 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.

Ballet/Theatre (Buzz Dance)

Tues: 4 – 4.45pm
Thurs: 4 – 4.45pm
Fri: 4 – 4.45pm
Sat: 9.15 – 10am

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A combination class of ballet and theatre dance. Dancers progress by learning basic ballet steps and terminology. Dancers are given the opportunity to take part in I.D.T.A. rosette examinations.

£15.55 per month.
Ages 4-6.

Football (Little Kickers)

Tuesdays
9.30 – 10.15am
(Little Kicks)
10.20 – 11.05am (Junior Kickers)
Wrekenton Methodist Church, Springwell Avenue, Gateshead, NE9 7JL

Fridays
4 – 4.45pm
(Mighty Kickers)
4.45 – 5.30pm (Mega Kickers)
Barley Mow Community Centre, Bedford Avenue, Birtley, DH3 2AJ

Saturdays
9 – 9.45am
(Little Kicks)
10 – 10.45am (Little Kicks)
10.50 – 11.35am (Junior Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mighty Kickers)
Emmanuel College, Consett Road, Gateshead, NE11 0AN

Sundays
10 – 10.45 am (Junior Kickers)
10.50 – 11.35am (Mega Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mighty Kickers)
Whickham School, Burnthouse Lane, Gateshead, NE16 5AR

Sundays
9 – 9.45am
(Little Kicks)
10 – 10.45am (Little Kicks & Junior Kickers)
10.50 – 11.35am (Junior Kickers & Mighty Kickers)
10.50 – 11.35am (Mighty Kickers)
11.45am – 12.30pm (Mega Kickers)
Kingsmeadow School, Market Lane, Dunston, NE11 9NX
All year round 

Tel: 0191 406 6224

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.

£23.99 per month (plus £20 registration fee, inc shirt & shorts).
Booking required, may be a waiting list.
Little Kicks: 1 ½ years to 2 ½ years.
Junior Kickers: 2 ½ to 3 ½ years.
Mighty Kickers: 3½ years to 5th birthday.
Mega Kickers: 5 years to 7th birthday.

 

Gymnastics – Beginners (Northern Hope Centre)

Mondays – Fridays, 4 – 5pm
Sundays, 9.30am, 10.30am & 11.30am
Term time only, from 24th Feb

Northern Hope Centre Limited, 78 Imex Business Centre, Station Lane, Birtley, DH3 1QT
Tel: 0191 338 9865

Northern Heroes beginners sessions, with an emphasis on agility, balance and strength and the basics of gymnastics. Regular awards are available, including star of the week and the British Gymnastics progressive proficiency award scheme.

£45 per half term (membership fees also apply from 2nd term).
Pre-school to teens.

Happy House (Hartbeeps)

Tuesdays 9.30 – 10.10am
Chowdene Children’s Centre, Waverley Road, Chowdene, NE9 7TU
Wednesday 10.15 – 10.55am

Shipley Art Gallery, Prince Consort Rd, NE8 4JB
Wednesdays 12.30 – 1.10pm
Pineapple and Bears, Spa Well Road, Noel Avenue, Winlaton Mill, Blaydon, NE21 6RU
Thursdays 9.30 – 10.10am
Andrews Church Hall, Lamesley, Gateshead NE11 0EU
Thursdays 10.30 – 11.10am
& Fridays 2.30 – 3.10pm
The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, NE9 5AN
Fridays 9.30 – 10.10am
Whickham Community Centre, Front St, Whickham, NE16 4JL
All term-time only, from 24th Feb

Tel: 07794 363 780

Our fun-filled, highly interactive toddler class, with music, drama, creative play, dance and movement all set to a soundtrack of remixed nursery rhymes, funky, original kids songs and familiar lullabies.

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

Parent Support Group (Awesometistic CIC)

Alternate Fridays 4.15 – 5.15pm

Dunston Activity Centre, Ellison Road, Dunston, NE11 9SS
Tel: 0191 425 2222

A friendly support group where parents can come together and share their week, with a good balance of good autism days and hard – as autism is awesome as well as hard. This is NOT a children’s play group but does have play facilities so children can come along. Refreshments available to purchase.

£2, drop in.

Popsteps (Buzz Dance)

Mon: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 7-8)
Thurs: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 4-6)
Fri: 4.45 – 5.30pm (Age 4-6)
Sat: 10 – 10.45am (Age 4-6)

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

A fun, fun and furious class for dancers to take part in warm-ups, exercises and travelling movements, and to learn full routines to the latest pop-songs. Dancers can take part in freestyle medal tests with the I.D.T.A.

£15.55 per month.

Preschool First Steps (Buzz Dance)

Thursdays & Fridays, 3.30 – 4pm
Saturdays 10.45 – 11.15 am

Buzz Dance Company, The Old Fire Station, Edward Road, Birtley, DH3 1HQ
Tel: 0191 492 2099

Ballet/Theatre: An introduction to the elements of ballet via character exploration and storytelling. Dancers will improve coordination, balance, flexibility and communication skills. From age 3 dancers are given the opportunity to take rosette examinations with the I.D.T.A

£13 per month.
Ages 2.5 – 4.