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Summer Term!

We're running a select number of venues this Summer... Bookings now open.

Love to have you join us.


Venues:


PlayLab Gallery:


Classes:

  • 55 minute classes
  • Babies – from 6 weeks
  • Wobblers – from crawling
  • Toddlers – 18 mths to 3 yrs

Pricing:

  • €100 (or less) per term
  • No Membership fee
  • Make-up missed classes
  • 7 week terms
  • Partial terms available

Info

ClapHandies PlayLabs offer babies, wobblers and toddlers (birth to 31/2 years) a chance to play, meet other children and develop new skills along the way. Our weekly engaging social play classes offer a wide variety of experiences tailored to the needs of each age group. As well as a chance for children socialize with children of their own age, it also offers parents/caregivers the opportunity to get to know others in their area too.

The PlayLabs are created to bring out and develop the key skills your baby or toddler needs to grow and thrive. Every week during the term we have a different theme where we practice different skills. Attending the PlayLabs regularly can really help develop the social skills which will help with the transition to creche, montessori or play school.

Babies and toddlers learn more in their first three years than in any other time of their lives, and the skills they develop spacial awareness, cognitive knowledge, socialisation, fine and gross motor skills, visual understanding, cause and effect, and listening and language form the building blocks for the rest of their lives.

We really try to make it feel like home, and go out of our way to make sure our activities are as interesting to the big people as the little ones, each child receives their own set of play tools and our venues are clean, comfortable, safe and accessible. We're a little obsessed about cleanliness... well with that many little ones sharing our space we need to be, small equipment is washed daily with the larger items such as the flooring and yoga mats weekly.


What are the PlayLabs?

The PlayLabs are all about learning through play, with activities such as rhyme time, music, movement and age appropriate challenging and fun activities.

Each class is a structured hour (55 mins) that follows a familiar pattern with new and engaging core play activities weekly. This offers your little ones a consistent routine in which to explore the developmental yet fun activities, and gives the adult plenty of ideas to get you playing more at home.


Age Groups

The PlayLabs provide age-appropriate stimulation and are divided into three age groups - Babies, Wobblers and Toddlers with each class providing age appropriate activities for the children within a tried and tested ClapHandies programme framework.

Each class is a structured hour (55 mins) that follows a familiar pattern with new and engaging core play activities weekly. This offers your little ones a consistent routine in which to explore the developmental yet fun activities, and gives the adult plenty of ideas to get you playing more at home.

  • Babies - 6 weeks to crawling
  • Wobblers - crawling to walking
  • Toddlers - walking to 3 1/2 years


Baby PlayLabs

Babies PlayLabs begin with rhyme time, music and movement, each week we practice a new baby skill such as hand eye coordination, language and listening or gross motor skills, each activity will give you lots of ideas for playing at home, for the grownups we host a weekly discussion on topics such as teething, nutrition, childcare or safety during the discussion always have a treasure basket full of 'distraction' to keep the little ones busy, and bubbles to keep awe them! It's a great opportunity to get some up to date advice from other parents at the same stage as you.

In the early days with your baby, it might look like most of their day is spent chewing and drooling over any object within reach, but from day one your baby is learning, and before they go to school, the majority of this learning comes from play. Through play, little ones learn how to do things and complete tasks independent of you. Your baby will thrive on this special time with mum or dad and will be in awe of the other babies "other little people just like them".


Wobbler PlayLabs

Wobblers PlayLabs begin with rhyme time, music and movement. Then it's time for the weekly activity/theme, such as, 'Play Ball Day', 'Play Shapes and Sorting Day', 'Play Tea Party Day', 'Box Play Day' or 'Music Day' then we settle in for story time the PlayLab ends with bubbles, music and song. Each child receives their own set of play tools, there a book for each child giving them a better chance to concentrate and engage in the activities.

Wobblers are generally on the move in one or more ways, sitting up, pulling them selves up, crawling, shuffling, coasting or walking, in the main they are generally very busy little people who don't want to sit still, so we don't expect them to!! But it's amazing how after a few weeks they start to follow the routines, thriving on their own sense of achievement. Learning is fun!


Toddler PlayLabs

Toddler PlayLabs begin with rhyme time, music and movement. Then it's time for the weekly activity/theme, such as 'Play Shopping Day', 'Play Ball Day', 'Play baking Day' or 'Craft Day' then we settle in for story time the PlayLab ends with bubbles, music and song. Each child receives their own set of play tools, there a book for each child giving them a better chance to concentrate and engage in the activities.

ClapHandies Toddler PlayLabs provide an age-appropriate educational programme for this, hungry to learn group paving their way to pre-school (Play school / Montessori). Our children are not expected to sit still, we actually love the fact that they are able to learn at their own pace and do what they like. But without fail eventually nearly all will settle down and thrive on the familiar journey the PlayLab will take them on.

Terms & Pricing

Terms

We listened to our customers and have simplified our term structure. More importantly we've dropped our prices by over 30% and no longer charge an annual membership fee. Missed classes can be made up in any of our venues (less chance you'll waste classes). Participating siblings get a 50% discount.


Pricing

  • 1 Term (7 weeks) = €100 or save and buy two terms together
  • 2 Terms (14 weeks) = €180
  • 3 Terms (21 weeks) = €255
  • 4 Terms (28 weeks) = €320
  • 5 Terms (Full year 35 weeks) = €375

Second Child

Younger siblings not participating in the class attend for free (ie babies on laps), siblings participating pay a reduced price of 50% (ie 7 week term of €50).


What if I miss a class?

Missed weeks can be made-up by coming to one of our other venues at any time during your term (space permitting), or you can bring a friend to your class at any time during your term, or donate your missed classes to a friend.


Payment

Online we accept Laser & all major credit cards. Full payment is due on booking. You can also arrange a bank transfer, please contact office@claphandies.com

Please note – we do not take any payments in class, thanks for your understanding.


Trial Classes

If you would like to come along to a trial, you can book a trial at a venue near you by clicking here. Trials are charged at €15.


Why the PlayLab?

  • Great maternity leave activity
  • Helps transitioning to creche or playschool
  • Toddlers enjoy being challenged
  • 100's of play ideas to inspire you to play more at home
  • Happy child, happy parent
  • Make new friends

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