"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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What to expect when you come to Baby Bright Eyes

If you’re thinking about booking a Baby Bright Eyes class, here is a short guide to what you and your little one can expect.

1. A warm welcome

Our groups are small and friendly, and although the age range of the children is fairly big (0-4) we find almost without exception that they feel confident and relaxed in our classes. We recruit our tutors on the basis of their people skills as well as their language ability – they are energetic, friendly, engaging, and, where possible, will respond to the needs of each individual child.

2. A mix of English and the second language

We understand that many of you won’t have any prior knowledge of the language you and your child will be learning – and that’s absolutely fine! We don’t have a fully immersive environment. That is to say, our tutors speak a mix of English and their language, so you’ll always know what’s going on!

Most of our songs are sung first in English and then in the target language. In many cases we will alternate, singing one verse of a song in English and then in the second language. By singing it in English first, it’s easier to identify which words correspond in the other language.

3. Lots of singing!

Speaking of songs, you can expect lots of them when you come to Baby Bright Eyes. Singing is a brilliantly effective way to learn a new language – at any age! Depending on your child’s age, you’ll find that it won’t be too long before they start singing along. And if they haven’t yet reached speaking age, you can be confident that it’s all still going in.

6. Games, music, books and activities

Singing isn’t all we do! We like to play simple games and activities, and read short bilingual story books too, to capture the children’s attention* and ensure the classes are varied and engaging. The Bright Eyed band is a popular element of every class, when we get out our musical instruments and make lots of noise together!

* but don’t worry if their attention wanders. It’s inevitable that they will want to get up and explore from time to time. They’ll still be listening, and taking it all on board.

5. Toys, puppets and props

In order to help all those new words sink in, the children can play with a variety of toys and props while we sing and talk about the objects in question. It could be anything from a train to a ball or even a picnic set!

Our puppets are the highlight of every session. The children adore our little puppet family – almost as much as they love Georgie! But more about him in class!

6. Ideas and tips

Language learning doesn’t stop at the end of the class – what you do at home will really make a difference, and we will help you reinforce what you’ve learnt by equipping you with song sheets, vocab builders and activities to try at home.