Hello! I'm Zoë and I'm thrilled to be running Talking Tots Edinburgh!
As a mum of two boys, Isaac aged 9 and Gabriel aged 6, who between them have experienced hearing, speech and confidence difficulties, I understand just how important it is for children to be able to communicate and interact with others effectively and confidently from an early age. With over 16 years of experience in customer service and people-centred roles where communication is key, I have more recently returned to studying and am nearing completion of a degree in Psychology with the Open University. This has further fuelled my passion for child and language development and I firmly believe every child can flourish given the right opportunities for them. Children are constantly learning from the world around them, and it is by providing a fun, interactive learning environment that we can help them on their way to achieving their full potential.
Talking Tots is a unique programme developed by experienced Paediatric Speech and Language Therapists for all children from 12 months to 5 years. Through a variety of specially devised interactive games and activities, coupled with songs, rhymes and stories, we focus on building and encouraging;
Good listening and attention
Self-esteem and social confidence
Vocabulary and language development
Turn-taking, sharing and group participation
Imagination and storytelling
Copying and expressive language
Phonological awareness and pre-literacy skills
Confident and effective communication
BabyTalk is a new 6 week course focusing on early interactions and the development of communication skills with your baby. Suitable for babies between 4 and 12/13 months, these delightful, informative and interactive classes cover topics such as eye-contact, copying and first words. Along with heuristic play and relaxed discussion, BabyTalk is a great way to meet other Mums too!
Please enquire about arranging classes in your local nursery or pre-school, playgroup or mother and toddler group. We also offer party packages tailor-made to suit your needs.
If you would like to find out more about Talking Tots or BabyTalk please get in touch on 07595 002278, firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our Facebook page - Talking Tots Edinburgh to find out the latest news!
FREE TASTER SESSIONS - Thursday 8th December, at TurtleDove Play Cafe.
1/2 year olds at 1.30pm, 3/4 year olds at 2.00pm. Booking Essential!
Book your place by clicking on the red box on the right to send me a message!
Our current term finishes w/c 12th December and in our final week we will be having our Christmas Party Sessions! Put on your best party outfit or festive jumper and come and join in the fun :)
Next term is 12 weeks long, beginning w/c 9th January and running until w/c 3rd April with no classes w/c 13th Febraury for half term. It is no problem to start part way through a term, we'd be delighted to have you join us!
Sprites are from 12 - 27 months and Sprinters are for 2 and 3 year olds. Our mixed age/family classes welcome children from 12 months up to 4 years with activities designed so everyone gets something out of them. Each 40/45 minute class is £5.50 payable half-termly in advance. Younger or older siblings are always welcome to come along for free!
In addition to the classes listed below, I will be introducing a Sparklers class (3 1/2 - 5 years) in January, so please get in touch to put your child's name on the list and find out more!
BabyTalk (4 - 13 months) is currently running at 11.30am, Tuesdays at Marchmont St. Giles' Parish Church. Further 6 week blocks to be announced soon to start in January! More details of BabyTalk classes and prices can be found here
To book a class or find out more about Talking Tots Edinburgh, please get in touch by clicking on the red message box on the right!
Mixed Age Group
Mixed Age Group
A few photos and comments from our first BabyTalk classes...
'We attended the first BabyTalk. My daughter loves it so much and Zoe is amazing!'
Tina and Daniella (11 months)
'I've enjoyed the class and found the things we have talked about very useful in communicating with the wee one! I think it has made a real difference.'
Fiona and Maisie (9 months)
'BabyTalk was brilliant - my 7 month old son and I loved this class and Zoe is wondeful!'
Ianthe and Matthew (7 months)
Comments from some of our regular Tots...
I have taken part along with my grandson in Talking Tots sessions each week for several months. The fun sessions have helped his communications skills so much- he has learned in a relaxed fun way to listen carefully and follow instructions, and these skills taught by Zoe in a kind and structured way while playing and having fun, have really brought him on in terms of his speech and understanding. Talking Tots have helped my little grandson prepare for nursery school by teaching to communicate and work with others, all through playing games and storytelling, and I would recommend Talking Tots without hesitation.
Patricia and Sandy (aged 2 years)
My 2 year old loved Zoe's Talking Tots session! She was held spellbound for 40 minutes by the games, stories, songs and exercises. It was a pleasure to watch the concentration, thoughts and expressions cross my daughter's face throughout the class. I've never seen her that focused on joining in with a group and listening intently. The venue was also excellent. We will be back.
Claire and Holly (aged 2 years)
Hallowe'en fun in Stockbridge!
Some of our Corstorphine Sprites in their fabulous Hallowe'en costumes!
Some of the fun we got up to at the Kids Glow Wild family event!
Parachute fun at Kids Glow Wild!
One of our unique card activities.
Ribbon play is always a favourite!
Are you looking for a fun party package that promises maximum entertainment with minimum fuss?
We can provide a personalised Talking Tots party package for birthdays, celebrations, or corporate events, for children aged 5 or under.
Our exclusive party programme is delivered by a fully-trained, insured and vetted Talking Tots class leader, and includes an hour packed with:
Traditional party games
Exclusive Talking Tots props and accessories
Nursery rhymes and music to get everyone in the party mood!
For further details, please contact your local Talking Tots class leader for prices and availability.