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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Babba Club (The Nest)

Mondays 10 – 11.30am
All year round exc Bank Holidays

The Nest Café, 417-419 Durham Rd, Low Fell, Gateshead NE9 5AN
Tel: 0191 4414590 / 07949 039 270

Connect, make friends, share giggles and support each other through the tricky bits, along with lots of toys and a sing-song. Take time to connect with other parents and babbas in a friendly, no-rush environment. .

Free, drop in.
0 – 12 months.

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 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 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 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.

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.

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.

Felling Children’s Centre Soft Play

Mondays – Wednesdays: 9am – 12pm

Felling Children’s Centre, High Street, Felling, Gateshead, NE10 9LT
Tel: 0191 433 5100

Small soft play room for children from birth to 5 years, with plenty of soft shapes to build towers and a raised walkway and slide.

50p – drop-in. Birth up to 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.

Gymnastics – Parent & Child (GO Gateshead)

Mondays 10 – 11am
Saturdays 9 – 10am

Gateshead Leisure Centre, Alexandra Road. Gateshead. NE8 4JA
Tel: 0191 433 5733

A parent & child class teaching core physical skills and life skills with a focus on the four F’s: Fun, Fitness, Friendship and FUNdementals. From toddler age (with the help of parents), young gymnasts are taught physical, emotional, educational, creative and social skills.

£48.50 for 10 weeks (with GO Gateshead card).
18 months – four 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 Movers (Little Movers Chester Le Street & Durham North)

Mondays 10 – 10.45am
Tuesdays 1.45 – 2.30pm
Fridays 9.45 – 10.30am
Term-time only, from 24th Feb

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

Fun class for walkers and parents/carers, lots of fun through singing, dance and play.

£24 for 6 weeks. Booking required.
Walking – 4 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.

Mini Musicians (Sage Gateshead)

Monday: 9.45am, 11am & 1pm
Tues, Fri & Sat: 9.45am & 11am
Wednesday: 9.45am
Thursday: 1pm & 2.15pm
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. Sing, dance and play, learning the foundations of music whilst making new friends.

£3.50 per person (discounts for siblings/full/half term bookings).
Booking recommended. 0-4 years.

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

Tiny Tasters (Tiny Tasters Newcastle & Gateshead)

Mondays, 9.30 – 10.30am
Whickham Community Centre, Front Street, Whickham, NE16 4JL
Tuesdays, 9.45 – 10.45am (2+ years)
Tuesdays, 11.15am – 12.15pm (1-2 years)
Pineapple and Bears, Spa well Road, Blaydon, Gateshead, NE21 6RT
Term time only from 2nd March

Tel: 07966 876 792

Cooking fun for your little one! Welcome to Tiny Tasters where your little one can make, bake and create as they release their inner chef.

£35.75 for 5 weeks. Booking required (may be waiting list).

Toddler Yoga (Kalma Baby Gateshead)

Mondays 9.30 – 10.15am
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 trial).
Crawling to 3 years.