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10 Benefits of Attending a Weekly Children's Class

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Last week, a lady got in contact with us and said, ‘Oh, I don’t like booking programmes of classes.  Little Freddie and I prefer to choose our activities as we go each week.  It’s okay to just drop in, I assume….?

As leading experts in child development, imagination and growth we know just how important it is to help your little one in any way you know how, and creativity is one of those areas where sometimes you just don't know how, or maybe just don't want the mess of an arts and crafts session. And sometimes you just don't have the time, we get it. But there are some benefits to joining a weekly class, for you and your little one, and here they are;

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  • Repetition – there is a reason why children’s classes often include rhymes, songs, dances and other mechanics that feature weekly in the sessions.  Learning by rote or repetition is an important step in your child’s development, whether it be ‘Row, row, the boat’ or the 8 times table!  The sense of achievement that can be seen on a child’s face when they master the ‘magic words’ is a special moment!  This happens surprisingly quickly when your child attends the classes on a weekly basis
  • Development of skills and learning – our classes, like many others, have a central theme each term.  Whether it’s exploring the colours of the rainbow or learning new shapes.  The term is designed to build upon the knowledge acquired as your child moves through each week, meaning that skipping weeks can leave a gap in their exploration.  Similarly, using the special tools used in class can aid your child in the acquisition of new skills, like cutting or mark making, which can be difficult to replicate at home.
  • Socialisation and forging friendships – nothing makes a class leader happier than hearing that class member, who met through their sessions, are meeting up for a playdate or a birthday party!  Meeting new people and being in a social environment can be a tough ask for some children, yet is such an important part of growing up.  Being in class on a weekly basis allows your child to interact with, work together with and form friendships with other children and their carers.  We encourage them to learn to share!!

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  • Peer support and advice – it’s not just the little ones that benefit from building friendships over the weeks, the adults are also able to find ‘like minds’ to share experiences, advice and maybe even the odd cuppa or glass of wine!
  • Creating hobbies and interests -  introducing your child to different weekly classes and allowing them time to ‘taste’ different activities can create the interest in hobbies and pastimes that will stay with them to adulthood.  Whether it is art, music, rugby or gymnastics, pursuing a hobby is great for mental wellbeing, for avoiding boredom and for creating future opportunities in life.
  • Routine – in a world that is fast-paced and can sometimes feel chaotic, having a sense of routine is a security blanket for many children and just as many adults!  In those early years of parenthood, committing to a weekly class, it gives you a reason to be out of the house at a certain time and a way to plan your day or week around that.  Indeed, it is said that 1 in 10 women suffer from Post Natal Depression after the birth of their child, a symptom of which is anxiety regarding leaving the home and avoidance of social situations.  Whilst it is a tough step, joining a supportive weekly class can help greatly in coping with these fears. Hannah, who has been bringing her daughter to classes since she was 5 months old, recently explained “I recommend you to any new mum I see, getting out of the house and doing Creation Station has helped me with PND and building the bond with Emma. Thank you so much…. Forcing myself to get out of the house and do stuff with my little girl was a big step but made 100% easier by you.”

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  • A set time for you both – as Hannah touched on above with her comment, bonding with your child is another benefit of doing activities together.  Whether they are your only child, or the younger/older sibling, having a special time set aside for doing things together is a powerful boost to your relationship.  And if it is set in the schedule, or marked on the calendar, there is always less chance of it being ‘postponed’!
  • Let someone else do the hard work! – let’s face it, no matter what our intentions or how busy our Pinterest boards look, it is always going to be easier to let someone else devise, prep and run an activity than to try and do it around your kitchen table!
  • Create journeys of exploration, discovery and development.  Unleash the wonder within your child.  As your child develops their skills, they are able to practice and further develop in a wide range of ares. The Creation Station classes are underpinned with the early years government education guidelines. These give your child a solid foundation for their further learning goals. Creative experiences develop a wide range of essential life skills that equip your child with a  solid platform for their next journey into school. The best way to develop these skills is by booking for the whole programme. 

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Lovely guy called Mark who ran the…

Lovely guy called Mark who ran the class. We enjoyed it very much.

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Our son loves Nicky's sessions

Our son loves Nicky's sessions, and he is always so excited to show the creations at home when he gets back

Jess
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Great session

Great session, Nicole was fantastic

Lizlie
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Great little arts and crafts session

Great little arts and crafts session. Will definitely attend some more in the future.

Catherine
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24th Mar

It was fab

It was fab. We got loads of help to make our art extra special. It was a warm welcoming homly feel to the group. :) x

Sarah
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Creation station is a really enjoyable…

Creation station is a really enjoyable class and Helen is brilliant!

Anna
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24th Mar

Happy Mother’s Day

A lovely idea to make a keepsake using babies footprints. Unfortunately my creative ability even with the ideas sheets leaves a bit to be desired but it’s more about the sentiment than the artwork. Sure it will be an appreciated mother’s day gift. Thanks to Claire for helping. Looking forward to giving messy play a go too

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Slime workshop

Professor Slime and Sue were well organised and added interest to the session with relevant scientific bits. They managed our large group very well, would highly recommend them.

Lucianna
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24th Mar

A wonderful creative class

Absolutely loved this class and will definitely be going again. Sarah was fab!

Ruby
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24th Mar

I absolutely love taking Sahib to…

I absolutely love taking Sahib to Creation Station. Helen is extremely enthusiastic and professional and is great at keeping children engaged. I would definitely recommend Creation Station myself and Sahib have so much fun and at the end we get to take their creative work home!!