Babyballet launches free lessons for all children under six in the UK

Pre-school dance specialist babyballet has launched free online educational dance lessons for every child under the age of six in the UK during the latest lockdown.

Monday, 18th January 2021, 7:00 am
Photo of children at a babyballet class before the Covid-19 pandemic began

The idea is already proving popular with parents/carers, schools and education providers with more than 5,500 signing up for the themed, weekday sessions in the first 24 hours alone.

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The 10 minute sessions aim to provide a resource, in line with national learning objectives, for nursery practitioners and teachers, as well as parents/carers who are home schooling.

Each week will cover a different theme such as ‘animal adventure’ and ‘celebrating people who help’. There will be a 10 minute activity session at 10am every weekday for the next eight weeks, as well as a boogie time, a sing-along and a story time at different times during the week.

Claire O’Connor, CEO of babyballet, founded in Halifax, said: “We are doing this because we want to help. Over the past 15 years, babyballet has created classes, resources and content, which up until now have only been enjoyed by children attending our classes, but due to the challenge of the situation we find ourselves in, it is time to share it for free to help keep the nation's young children active, having fun and learning through lockdown.

“We have an overwhelming sense of responsibility to help the nation as much as we possibly can by sharing these resources with every child in the UK via parents and carers, nurseries, pre-schools and schools.”

Along with the online sessions there will be resources including fun activities and colouring sheets as well as an information sheet to explain the learning objectives covered each week.

The content of the babyballet curriculum has been thoroughly researched and developed by professionals over many years and is in line with a range of Government Educational Frameworks including UK - Early Years Foundation Stage (@EYFS) and Year One (KS1); Scotland - Realising The Ambition: Being Me, The Early Years Framework; Wales - Foundation Phase; Northern Ireland - Learning to Learn.

To sign up for the free sessions visit www.babyballet.co.uk/free-lockdown-programme-registration