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, email@example.com or visit our Facebook page - Talking Tots Edinburgh to find out the latest news!
NEW TERM DATES - w/c 22nd August until w/c 10th October (8 weeks), 1 week off for half term, then w/c 24th October until w/c 12th December (8 weeks). It is no problem to join part way through a term!
Ask about our 2 weeks for the price of 1 trial - this allows you to come along to try our classes before you decide!
Sprites are from 12 months to approx 2 1/2 years and Sprinters are for 2 and 3 year olds. Our Mixed age family class welcomes children from 12 months up to 4 years with activities designed so everyone gets something out of them!
A new Sprites class will begin on 5th October at 11am, St. Thomas' Corstorphine. A new mixed-age group is due to begin in the Stockbridge area on Monday afternoons in the coming weeks. Do get in touch now if you are interested in either of these new classes!
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!
Our next 6 week BabyTalk (4 - 12/13 months) course will run in Corstorphine at 11am beginning August 24th. More details of BabyTalk classes and prices can be found here
In addition to the classes listed below, I would like to introduce a Sparklers class (3 1/2 - 5 years) in Edinburgh so please get in touch to register your interest and hopefully we can get these started soon! If you'd like to see classes in a different location or day/time please let me know :)
To book a class, arrange a trial or just find out more about Talking Tots Edinburgh, please get in touch by clicking on the red message box on the right!
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)
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)
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.