Sensory classes for Babies in West Sussex

Little Senses, specifically designed for babies from birth to those first steps focuses on developing neural pathways in the brain through sensory rich activities. Our carefully planned weekly classes open up your baby’s world to many new sounds, sights, textures and smells that support their ever growing brain, and help to lay the foundations for all future learning.

Our Sensory classes for babies from birth run in Turners Hill on Mondays and in East Grinstead on Thursdays. Every week there are exciting adventures ahead as we head off to The Farm, visit a Baby Festival and even venture in to Space? Our 45 minute class we will take you and your baby on a captivating journey week after week, full of sensory delights and wonderful songs.

During your baby’s first year their brain will double in size. This is due to all the connections being made between brain cells. As your baby uses their senses these connections grow and strengthen, and through repetition of events, actions and experiences these connections become engrained and form memories.

Every activity that we do during our class is accompanied by developmental information to help you understand what your baby will learn. Why is shaking a maraca so beneficial to overall brain development? How can learning to clap help with later handwriting skills? Why are bubbles so magical for visual development? There is a different class every week and should you attend for your babies first year you won’t repeat the same class, the possibilities for learning are endless.

Our bookable term is 6 or 7 weeks and the bookings are open for the Spring Term running in March, April & May 2023. To find out more or to book click on the ‘BOOK NOW’ tab, or click here: https://bookwhen.com/thesensorynetwork

Little Senses classes run at the following times:

Mondays in Turners Hill

10.50am – Pre Walking (sitting – crawling – first wobbly steps)

12pm – Pre Sitting (newborn – learning to sit up)

Thursdays in East Grinstead

11am – Pre Walking (sitting – crawling – first wobbly steps)

12pm – Pre Walking (newborn – learning to sit up)

1pm – Pre Walking (newborn – pre walking)

Spaces are always incredibly limited and will be offered to current customers first, followed by waitlist customers. Join our waitlists to be one of the first to hear about available spaces

Not sure which class to book?

Pre Crawlers: Newborn until around 6-7 months

This is the class to book if your baby is newborn, and any stage up until sitting.

In this class, by the end of the term babies will be able to do some or all of the following:

  • Hold a maraca or bell, or similar small object
  • Follow moving objects as the come closer
  • Respond to new sounds by turning their head to the sound, or waving their arms and legs
  • Reach out for object in front of them
  • Spend a small amount of time on their tummy and hold their heads up
  • May show signs they are ready to roll, or start rolling
  • Smile
  • Start babbling
  • Play with their feet
  • Respond to their name
  • Enjoy playing with you and their toys.

Pre Walkers: 6-7 months – 12 / 13 /14 months

This is the class to book if your baby is sitting, and any stage up until taking those first 1 or 2 wobbly steps – but still not confidently walking.

In this class, by the end of the term babies will be able to do some or all of the following:

  • Sit confidently for some / most / all of their playing time (may topple occasionally)
  • Mouths objects to understand their composition
  • Can confidently shake maracas and bells, and is starting to hit a drum / tub / the floor to make noise
  • Points to things of interest (bubbles / people / moving objects)
  • Takes objects offered to them – such as maracas out of the basket
  • Crawl, or show signs they are getting ready (on all 4’s and rocking) / commando / rolling around to get to where they need to be
  • Clap hands / nods head or similar when asked or when copying
  • Start to understand simple instructions like “clap your hands’ / “wave” / “touch your nose”
  • May have a fear of new people / Separation anxiety
  • Inquisitive about objects and toys around them
  • Stand on 2 feet and take steps with support (using furniture or your hands)
  • May begin to make their first sounds or say their first words.