"I speak French and want my daughter to learn too, so Baby Bright Eyes is ideal for us."

Nicky King, Entrepreneur and Mum.

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How does Baby Bright Eyes work?

Baby Bright Eyes is a brand new, specially designed programme which helps babies and toddlers from the ages of 0 to 4 years learn a second language in a friendly, informal setting. The Baby Bright Eyes method of learning puts the emphasis on fun.

Language is communicated through playing, singing and activities – it’s stimulating, varied and perfect for energetic little people.

Developed by parents in conjunction with language experts, Baby Bright Eyes was inspired by recent research showing that learning a second language gives children (and adults) a cognitive advantage.

The entertaining and welcoming group classes are supported by useful tools to help you reinforce your child’s learning at home. It’s the perfect start to a lifelong love of languages.

How will it benefit my child?

Studies have shown that if you expose a child to a second language at an early age, they will find it easier to learn that language later on.

There are lots of other developmental benefits too. For example, children who speak two or more languages are better at multi-tasking and problem-solving.

For more information about the science behind early language learning, take a look at this article.

How will it benefit me?

If you didn’t learn a language at school, or like many of us, got so far with it and then gave up, it’s likely that you want more for your child. But a great by-product of attending Baby Bright Eyes is that your language skills will improve too! You’ll learn to sing a whole host of new songs in another language, in an informal and non-threatening environment. You’ll also practice them at home with your child – and you’ll be amazed at how much of it sinks in.

If you get a taste for it and decide you want to take your learning further, we can signpost you to what we think are the most effective language courses for adults.

Attending Baby Bright Eyes is also a great opportunity to get out with your child and meet other like-minded parents and carers. It offers a bit more than your average parent and toddler group!

How can I help my child learn?

As a parent, you are a vital part of the learning process. Attending Baby Bright Eyes for an hour per week (more if you’re really committed!) is a great place to start, but as with most things, the majority of the learning happens in daily life.

Our top tips for supporting the learning process include:

  • Reading bilingual books together
  • Counting in your target language, for example when climbing the stairs
  • Pointing out the names of everyday items

Singing is a great tool for helping children to learn languages, and the Baby Bright Eyes CDs are the perfect complement to our classes. They are available to buy via our online shop. Each CD features a selection of the songs you’ll be singing in class, sung in English first and then in your chosen language. Play it at home or in the car regularly. It will really help to reinforce their learning and you’ll soon find yourself singing along too.

What if I can’t find the time /location/language I want?

If you can’t find a class on the right day or at the right time, please let us know. We’ll make a note of it, and if 5 or more people want to attend a class on that date, and we’ve got an available tutor, we’ll be happy to start one up.

If you can’t see your location on our website, get in touch. We plan to expand Baby Bright Eyes across the UK and beyond so there may well be plans afoot to start it up in your area.

And if you want to help your child learn a language that we don’t yet cover, drop us a line. We plan to introduce more languages as we grow, so your feedback is invaluable.

Isn’t it too young to start learning a language?

No. Young children are uniquely suited to learning a second language, and the younger the better, although any time during early childhood is great too.

As we grow older, our ability to distinguish different sounds in a foreign language diminishes. The capacity to learn a second language actually starts to decrease as early as age 12, so once your child starts secondary education, they will already find it harder. What a wasted opportunity! Children who learn languages at an early age will generally have better pronunciation and fluency than those who start later.

My child is older than 4. Can they attend Baby Bright Eyes?

We are very keen to work with local schools to deliver Baby Bright Eyes classes for older children. If your child’s school doesn’t offer this, please tell them about Baby Bright Eyes!

Later this year we also plan to start after-school classes for older children. If you’d like to be kept informed about this, please register on our mailing list.

When will my child be able to speak another language?

Every child is different, but you’ll more than likely notice a definite increase in the rate of overall language development some time in your child’s second year. If you attend Baby Bright Eyes and consistently use the language at home too, your child will probably start to throw in the odd word in your chosen language. The first time they do that is exceptionally rewarding, and best of all, they will notice your excitement and want to do more of it!

Will my child become bilingual?

It depends on your circumstances. On its own, Baby Bright Eyes will not lead to your child becoming bilingual. In most cases, in order to raise a child to speak two languages fluently, you need to have people in the home speaking those languages regularly.

For example, a French father and an English mother using both languages in the home on a daily basis, will probably lead to their child speaking French and English fluently from an early age.

What Baby Bright Eyes does is expose your child to a second language at the very age when they are starting to take the sounds and patterns of language on board. We do this in a way that babies and toddlers enjoy – through play and song in a relaxed atmosphere, so that they associate languages with having a great time. The result? A child who grows up with a love of languages and a passion for learning.

Won’t this just confuse my child?

No. Very young children have an innate capacity to listen to and distinguish the tones and melodies of different languages. We’ve all heard and even used the phrase ‘young children are like sponges’. Well, with languages it’s true. They can take an awful lot on board even before they can speak.

Rather than hindering them, learning a second language has been proven to have many additional advantages as your child grows up. Read the answers above for more details on the developmental benefits of early language learning.

I speak another language. Can I become a tutor?

We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals with a flair for languages and a love of working with young children, so please get in touch. If we think you’re right for us, you may be able to join us as a tutor, or even start up Baby Bright Eyes in your area.

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