The first step in choosing baby classes is finding local options that fit your schedule and budget.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Check out your local community centre or recreation centre. Many of these facilities offer drop-in classes for babies and toddlers.
- Ask your friends, neighbours, and co-workers if they have any recommendations. Chances are, someone you know has already done the leg work of finding great local classes!
- Search online for “baby classes” + your city or town. This will bring up a list of results from sites like What's On 4 Kids, Facebook, and Google.
Once you've compiled a list of potential classes, it's time to start narrowing down your options.
Here are a few factors to keep in mind as you make your decision:
- How do you ensure the quality of the class?
Is the class programme appropriate? Is the class leader trained and experienced? What about insurance?
To help answer all these questions and more look for the class being a member of an independent body such as the Children's Activities Association.
- What is your budget?
Private classes can be expensive, but there are plenty of free or low-cost options available if you're willing to do a little research.
- What is your schedule like?
If you work full-time or have other commitments during the day, you'll need to find a class that meets in the evening or on weekends.
- What are your child's interests?
If your child is particularly active or shy, look for a class that caters to those needs.
- What is the adult/child ratio?
You'll want to make sure there's enough adults in the class so that each child gets individual attention.
Once you've decided on a few potential classes, it's time to start thinking about budgeting. Here are a few tips to help you create a budget that works for your family:
- Check with your employer to see if they offer any benefits for taking parenting classes. Some companies will reimburse employees for part or all of the cost of taking baby classes!
- Look into financial assistance programs offered by local councils. These programs can help offset the cost of taking baby classes if you meet certain income requirements.
- See if the class offers any discounts for signing up early, registering multiple children, or paying in advance. Many organisations offer these types of discounts in order to encourage families to sign up for their programs!
- Ask for a beecard gift card to spend at a wide range of classes for your baby's 1st birthday or Christmas.
There's no right or wrong answer when it comes to whether or not to take baby classes - it's entirely up to each individual family to decide what's best for them. However, if you do decide that taking a class is something you're interested in, we hope this blog post has given you some helpful information on how to choose the right one for your family. Thanks for reading!