Classes & parties for babies and toddlers to develop,
I have always had a passion to work with young children, and after gaining a qualification in child development at school, I went on to gain a level 3 in Nursery Nursing at college.
I then owned my own childcare business operating in three towns. I sold the business when I was 23, and became an Early Years inspector with Ofsted, registering and inspecting childminders, nurseries and pre-schools all around the region. Nine years ago, I had much longed-for boy/girl twins after numerous IVF attempts. I returned to work as an inspector when the twins turned one. Six years ago, I also registered as a childminder to meet my personal need to plan and provide an extensive range of activities for young children, and see them progress as a direct result of the time they spent with me. I loved it!
In 2012 we had had a wonderful surprise when we found out we were expecting another baby! The twins started school, and baby decided to come 12 weeks early at the end of October 2012. After numerous operations, scares and 6 months in hospital, she finally came home at the end of April 2013. I resigned as a childminder and took a career break from my role as an inspector to spend more time with our newest addition after her lengthy time in hospital. It was then I started attending baby classes, and soon progressed into running them as a class leader for a local franchisee. I loved every moment. It ended much sooner than I had hoped when the franchise area split; and just a few months before my career break was due to finish. I didn't want to go back to 'work, work' so I embraced the opportunity, and resigned as an inspector to set up 'The Baby and Toddler Experience'.
Founded in 2014, the business has gone from strength to strength. Classes are busy, and we have established a great customer base in our local area. Introduction of regular children's nearly new sales, messy play sessions and our investment in soft play equipment to hire out for parties, have all helped to get our name and brand out there. Our youngest started school in September 2017, so we branched out to venues further afield in Peacehaven and Saltdean. The long term goal is to franchise the business, so please do get in touch if this is of interest to you.
I want to use my wealth of experience to benefit you and your little ones to help give them the best possible start in life. It's lovely to see how they change each week - how they respond to resources, when they start clapping, waving, rolling, moving, responding to things and talking!! Each individual child is truly amazing - I'm blessed to enjoy my job so much. I look forward to meeting you and your little people soon! Fler xx
Peacehaven Children's Centre, Meridian Way, Peacehaven, BN10 8NF
St Martins Church, Longridge Avenue, Saltdean BN2 8LR
The Clinton Centre (next to Tesco Express), Seaford, BN25 1NP
To book, please see the 'book a class' page below.
The Baby and Toddler Experience has specifically designed classes for you and your baby or toddler to learn from and enjoy. The Baby Experience is designed for babies from birth up to walking, and The Toddler Experience is for babies from walking to approximately 3 years of age.
The Baby & Toddler Experience has been created to meet the demand for quality baby/toddler classes in our local area. We want classes to be somewhere parents can come with their child, and enjoy the experience as their child develops and learns through fun, stimulating activities and experiences that they will love. All classes contain a variety of structured activities as well as quality free play, creating that perfect balance between adult-led and child-initiated play. This creates an experience your child will thrive on.
Classes run in Seaford, Saltdean and Peacehaven. Our classes in Seaford run from the Clinton Centre next to Tesco Express, on Thursdays for all age groups. The 9.30am-11am class is for toddlers/pre-schoolers and any younger siblings. The baby class is 11.15am-12.45pm. The first 30 minutes in 'play time', a time for you to settle in and explore the surroundings before the activities start. Our Saltdean classes run from St Martins Church on Wednesdays. Presently we run one class for mixed ages 11am-12pm, but we will add a second class for babies once demand allows. Our Peacehaven classes run from Peacehaven Children's Centre on Monday mornings 10.45-11.45 for mixed ages. There is parking nearby at all venues.
You can book a class in the 'book a class' section of the website. Sibling discount available. Classes run during term time, with special one off classes throughout the year at Easter, Halloween and Christmas. You can join the classes at any point during the year. Each class also contains an activity idea for you to try at home - from glittery foam, to pat mats and sensory trays - we want to inspire you to utilise the items you may have at home already to stimulate further learning and development for your baby or toddler. We have created a private Facebook group to share play ideas and sensory fun; find it here. Feel free to join!
We have an information table at each class, with leaflets of other local businesses, and the opportunity to purchase some of the resources you will be experiencing in class to enable you to continue the learning at home.
We also use Makaton within our classes - and focus on three different signs per week in order to help build on your repertoire of signs. Signing has a huge benefit for you and your baby - it helps aid communication (babies that sign often talk before those that do not), reduce frustration, improve concentration levels and adds to the parent and child bond. If reinforced regularly at home, your baby will sign to you before they are able to form recognisable words. The first time they sign is such a wonderful moment for any parent, it really makes you feel proud that you have taught them something, they understand what it means and they are able to tell you what they see, feel or want just by doing an action. Its truly magical.
We have also introduced some MESSY PLAY sessions, that have proved very popular! These are held on Saturdays (to help encourage family participation) at approximately 6 weekly intervals. They are a great opportunity to let your child explore their senses, without you having to worry about the mess! Siblings are more than welcome. The next class is TBC. All of these classes run 10-11am. Its £7.50 per class, with a set fee of £2.50 for any number of additional siblings.
Please contact us if you have any questions - we are sure you will all enjoy the experience as much as your little ones
You can download the registration form using the following link;
How to book
We are in the process of updating our booking system. Eventually we hope that you will be able to book via our website, but for the time being, please click here to book a class/block of classes/messy play/table at the nearly new sale. Thank you for your patience.
All classes are £6 when booked in a block of 5 (£7.50 for 2 or more siblings), or £7.50 pay as you go (£9 for 2 or more siblings).
Soft play hire and party packages
There is no better way to celebrate a birthday or get-together than with The Baby and Toddler Experience! Parties can be carried out in your home, or in a hall - the venue is your choice entirely - we will just turn up and create an experience you wont forget!
SENSORY PARTIES - Cost
20 minutes of group activities accommodating up to 12 babies/toddlers ~ £70.00
30 minutes of group activities accommodating up to 15 babies/toddlers ~ £85.00
45 minutes of group activities, accommodating up to 20 babies/toddlers ~ £110
45 minutes of group activities & our biggest soft play package, accommodating up to 20 babies/toddlers ~ £150 (saving £30!)
A mileage allowance of 50p per mile will be payable on top of the quoted fee for any venue outside of a 15 mile radius of BN25 (Seaford) - the first 15 miles are included within the cost of the party. We can cater for more babies if needed at the cost of £5 per baby/toddler on top of the quoted price. We have a huge range of party activities that we can use, and we can also incorporate any of your child’s favourite activities to make it extra special for them. Please contact us to discuss anything further to help create a party you will remember forever.
SOFT PLAY HIRE- COST
A £20 deposit is required for all parties to secure the date, with the balance payable in cash on or before the party day. When booking, we will also need to know where to park, any special directions to the venue we may need to be aware of, and if booking a sensory party, whether the venue can be make “dark” in order to execute light show activities. We reserve the right to substitute any of the equipment in the photos for similar or better as our resources grow.
Please contact us for more information or to check availability.
Children's Nearly New Sale!
After the success of our last sales, we are hosting another! Its a children's nearly new sale at the Clinton Centre in Seaford (next to Tesco Express) from 10am-12pm on Saturday 10th March 2018. This sale is not just for baby items, clothes and toys for older children are also encouraged - as is the involvement of older children with taking money, working our change etc - please contact us for more information.
Its a table top sale - tables are priced at £15 and you keep all of the profit you make on the day.
All items relating to children can be sold - maternity equipment, clothes, toys, accessories etc.
If you would like a table, you can book one by clicking here.
Please help us spread the word about the sale - the more the merrier :-) Click here to find the event on Facebook.
Messy Play classes!
After the huge success of our first messy play class, we are now making them a regular occurrence! Primarily aimed for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers (although older siblings are welcome too - they'll definitely enjoy the fun!) .
I set up a variety of trays with lots of exciting things to explore inside. Please wear clothes you don't mind getting messy; and help to ignite all of their senses by visiting all of the trays and resources available.
The next session date is TBC (hopefully March/April). Each class will run 10-11am from the Clinton Centre in Seaford (our usual venue). The cost is £7.50 per class, and an additional set fee of £2.50 for any number of siblings.....so you can all 3/4 of your children for just £10.
We are now offering nursery packages so that we can bring the Baby and Toddler Experience fun to your nursery!! We can create an experience the children and staff will love. We have hundreds of activities we can tailor to suit the ages of the children, or to suit their current interests.
Sessions can include sensory play in tuff spots, activities to run alongside well-known nursery rhymes/songs, puppet shows, parachute play, lights/sounds and much, much more! Each session can be tailored to suit specific ages/needs and can also incorporate specific themes. Each of our classes has a different weekly theme, so we have literally hundreds of activities we can choose from to suit your particular setting.
20 MINUTES OF GROUP ACTIVITIES ACCOMMODATING UP TO 15 BABIES/TODDLERS. £50.00
30 MINUTES OF GROUP ACTIVITIES ACCOMMODATING UP TO 15 BABIES/TODDLERS. £70.00
40 MINUTES OF GROUP ACTIVITIES, ACCOMMODATING UP TO 20 BABIES/TODDLERS. £90.00
1 HOUR OF GROUP ACTIVITIES & full PLAY area ACCOMMODATING UP TO 20 BABIES/TODDLERS. £120.00 (large room req.)
20 MINUTES OF GROUP ACTIVITIES x 2 ( ACCOMMODATING 2 groups of UP TO 15 BABIES/TODDLERS). £80.00
20 MINUTES OF GROUP ACTIVITIES X 3 ( ACCOMMODATING 3 GROUPS OF UP TO 15 BABIES/TODDLERS). £100.00
ALL OF OUR SOFT PLAY EQUIPMENT IS ALSO AVAILABLE TO HIRE. PLEASE LOOK AT OUR 'SOFT PLAY AND PARTY PACKAGES' SECTION ON OUR WEBSITE TO SEE OUR EQUIPMENT, AND CONTACT US FOR A BESPOKE QUOTATION.
A mileage allowance of 50p per mile will be payable on top of the quoted fee for any nursery outside of a 15 mile radius of BN25 (Seaford) - the first 15 miles are included within the cost of the session. We can cater for more babies if needed at the cost of £3 per baby/toddler on top of the quoted price. We have a huge range of activities that we can use, and we can also incorporate any of your child’s favourite activities to make it extra special for them.
A £20 deposit is required for all sessions to secure the date, with the balance payable in cash on or before the day. When booking, we will also need to know where to park, any special directions to the venue we may need to be aware of, and if the venue can be make “dark” in order to execute light show activities.
In order to fund the sessions, some nurseries pay themselves, and others inform parents of the session and ask them to either pay or contribute towards the cost of it as an optional extra for their child. We can supply you with posters and flyers to help parents make an informed decision or get them excited about our session!
Regular bookings (once a month or more) will receive a 10% discount off of any subsequent booking (falling within a month of the last booking).
If you would like to discuss any of the options further, please contact us. We will try our very best to accommodate your needs.
'Me and Abby have been coming since before she was 1 and we both love it! Fler clearly puts so much thought and effort into every class and is has such a bright and positive energy every week! Would fully recommend X'
Sam - mum to Abby aged 2 years
'Amazing classes! Would recommend to anyone with a lil one! A very warm welcoming class my lil ones have learned so much thank you!'
Anna - mum to Emma aged 1 year and Izzy aged 2 years.
'Brilliant classes never the same and really shape them into confident little people!'
Kirste - mum to Ella aged 2 years.
'Eloise and myself always have fun at your classes and we look forward to each weeks activity as they are so varied. Today was the best so far and I'd like to say you're great at what you do. Thank you, a happy mumma and baby :-))'
Carly - mum to Eloise aged 2 years.
'Henry and I love our classes - there are always new things to learn with the different themes in a friendly and welcoming environment. We also get lots of ideas for play at home. I can't recommend these classes enough to anyone with a baby or toddler - well done Fler xx'
Claire - mum to Henry aged 2 years.
'By far the best baby classes I've ever been too and Fler is amazing at keeping all the little ones engaged throughout the class. We look forward to it every week! X’
Karen - mum to Casper aged 7 months.
'These classes are always excellent, thank you Fler. Your energy is lovely and the effort that must go into planning them is amazing! Indy is usually well worn out afterwards and has a good sleep! Looking forward to the next session! Helen x’
Helen - mum to Indy aged 10 months.
'Just wanted to say how impressed I have been with your classes, the effort you go to and what you manage to fit into one hour. I have really enjoyed your classes, as has Phoenix and I only wish I’d found you earlier!’
Ruth - mum to Phoenix aged 11 months.
'Both Poppy and I have really enjoyed the Toddler Experience so far. The themed sessions are so well thought out and organised by Fler - we really loved day at the park and space week. Cannot wait until this week's class. Thank you so much Fler.’
Kerry - mum to Poppy aged 1 year.
'I was raving on to my mum about how good yesterday was u have such an amazing imagination I love jess going to sensory she learns so much ! Thank you xxx’
Jodie - mum to Jess aged 1 year.
'We love our time together in the toddler experience. Love the ideas to use at home. X’
Pollie - mum to Jacob aged 1 year.
'Loved, loved, LOVED it!! My 21 month son and I loved Toddler Experience. Fler was soooo much fun and the class was brill. Loved the new music and toys, and meeting lots of new toddler parents. We will def be going back x’
Gina - mum to Mikey aged 1 year.
'Fler always puts so much enthusiasm into each class and clearly loves what she does. If you have a baby or toddler sign up to a class. It really is great fun and my son always has a mammoth sleep after! X’
Elaine - mum to Harry aged 1 year.
'Another adventure fun filled class at the baby and toddler experience today in the Clinton centre. Local Fler Wright set up the classes recently and it blows my sons imagination every week with a different theme. If your a parent of a baby or toddler that wants a weekly adventure I highly recommend this class! Well done Fler!’
Triona - mum to Finn aged 10 months.
'I took Oliver from about four months until I returned to work when he was one, and we loved the classes. It was wonderful to see Oliver grow and develop from session to session. Fler has amazing enthusiasm and puts so much effort into each class. I highly recommend!'
Fran - mum to Oliver aged 12 months.
'We hired soft play equipment for a 3rd birthday party and everyone loved it, thank you!'
Sarah - mum to Phoebe aged 3 years.
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