From this week we will be changing our Thursday morning Highgate venue from Queen’s Wood Cafe to The Woodman Pub. Although we’ve had many happy years at Queen’s Wood Cafe we wanted to find a venue that would be cosier in the winter months.
We were delighted when The Woodman Pub offered to set aside a special area for a weekly Movers and Shakers class (and even more delighted to hear that they are open for breakfast from 10am!)
Please come and find us there. You can book your place by clicking here.
When I first set up Movers and Shakers 7 years ago, all our classes were provided free of charge to parents and carers, and funded by local Sure Start Children’s Centres! The subsequent recession put an end to that and now it is very rare for us to run any ‘funded’ sessions at all.
We do have an ‘inclusivity’ policy that means we do our best to make sure our sessions are affordable for everyone – we manage this without skimping on quality by choosing venues that charge low or no rent so we can pass on the saving to parents, and also by not making parents pay for a full term of classes. This means that parents on a budget can opt to go to one Movers and Shakers class a month, for example, rather than miss out.
I was really delighted when I received a call from Highgate Newtown Community Centre during the summer hols asking if we would run a weekly session at their lovely venue, which would be funded by the centre and offered completely free to parents and carers! Isn’t that fantastic?
The classes are going really well and there is room for more – so please come along and find us there – and let anyone you know who lives near that venue. We are there every Thursday 1 – 1.30 for babies up to 18 months old. Families are then welcome to stay for their relaxed drop in with advice from 1.30 – 3pm.
We hope to see you there soon!
We will be running all of our classes during August! We may have to cancel the occasional class if we don’t get enough bookings, but we will inform anyone affected by email…
We have two brilliant new facilitators trained up and raring to go: welcome to the team, Amy and Rose! They will be covering while Rebekah, Holly and Abi run holiday drama clubs.
Remember there is a bank holiday on Monday 31st August so there won’t be any classes running on this day.
Lots of other groups stop running during the summer, so our classes sometimes get busier than ever – remember to book in to be sure of getting a place 🙂
I’m afraid we won’t be running our Wood Green Library class this term. Numbers at this LOVELY venue were too low to keep it going I’m afraid. However we’d love to return there in the Spring so if you’d like to come to this class (Tuesdays 2pm) then please email me to register your interest. If I get enough people on the list then I’ll restart the class! Yippee!
In the meantime I really hope you’ll come along to one of our other venues – Karamel Restaurant (Thursday mornings) is close by so maybe give that one a try?
During the upcoming Half Term (27-31st October 2014) all our classes will be running as usual EXCEPT:
Wood Green Library
The Children’s Hub
Stroud Green Library
I hope our regulars at these venues will come and find us somewhere else next week!
Parents sometimes bring older children to these classes, which is wonderful – often children as old as 5 or 6 enjoy revisiting their old nursery songs for a one off treat. Please make sure your older children understand that the younger ones need to enjoy the class just as much as usual.
Our policy on older siblings is:
If they want to join in then please book them a place and pay a sibling fee of £3 (so the class doesn’t feel overcrowded)
If they don’t want to join in then of course there’s no need to pay. They can sit with you and watch, or read a book during the class.
Any questions please get in touch!
Those of you who have been coming to Movers and Shakers for a while will know that this is the first time we have put up prices for nearly 4 years. Unfortunately with all our costs increasing we can’t delay it any more. We pride ourselves on being cheaper than our competitors and maintaining the high quality of our classes. I hope you will agree that this is still the case!
New prices as follows:
Single session: £4.50
Pre-pay card: £22.50 (6 sessions, don’t need to be consecutive)
No change to sibling prices:
Sibling: £3 for a single session; £15 for a pre-pay card
Still free for siblings under 6 months!
Some of our classes are fully booked weeks ahead. It can be frustrating when you really want to come to a group and you can’t get a place for another month. So we wanted to let you all know that it is possible to join a WAITING LIST for any group that is fully booked – we often get cancellations on the morning of the class, if babies have a bad night or wake up poorly. And then we send messages round to anyone who has expressed an interest in coming to that class.
Please don’t join a waiting list unless there is a really good chance you’ll be able to attend, and keep us up to date if you make other plans. Also – keep your phone handy on the morning of the class as usually we’ll send a text message to let you know you have a space. So, if you’d like to join a waiting list for any of our fully booked sessions here is how to get in touch with us.