How often do classes run?
Classes will be weekly in term time, and there will sometimes be holiday classes but they are discretionary. All classes will be published on the website here
How much are classes?
Classes are £7.50, discounted to £6 if you book for the entire term. August 2018 is the start-up term so classes will be running at up to half price (£4 per session or £12 for the entire term).
From September additional siblings attending the classes are entitled to £2 discount (so £5.50 for the extra sibling PAYG or £4 per class if booked termly (Please note, the first child is full price).
How can I pay?
We take Apple Pay, Android pay, Visa, Amex, Mastercard, Maestro, Visa Pay and Contactless Pay for transactions in person. We accept bank transfers for term fees online. We do not currently accept cash.
You can pay in person at the class for PAYG or the whole term.
Alternatively you can pay using the booking page. If there are spaces available you will be given the company’s bank details for a bank transfer. If all spaces are taken up please contact us to ask to be placed on the waiting list.
If I cannot turn up can I be refunded?
We do not offer refunds, but in exceptional circumstances we may use our discretion.
If the class leader cancels will I be refunded?
Yes. You will receive £6 if you paid termly or £7.50 if you paid for the individual session. If you prefer you can claim this back on future classes, but full refunds will apply.
Where are the venues?
The Redbridge Drama Centre in South Woodford – Thursday Afternoons.
To look at the venue’s facilities and parking options in more detail please go to getting here.
What happens in the classes?
The structure is not set in stone and every week it may change. Essentially every week a story/theme will be explored and all the games and activities will relate to the theme. Children will mostly be teacher led (meaning the teacher will guide the students to a directed outcome), but occasionally the activities will be led completely by the imaginations of the children (meaning the teacher structures the start of the class but the outcome will be different for each cohort depending on their choices). The class will be very physical and involve lots of movement and talking. Children will be directed to listen by musical or physical motifs (a bell chime / hands on head / repetition of a clapping rhythm, etc). Children will work alone, in small or large groups, and even as an entire class.
Do parents/carers need to stay in the classes?
Yes. Health and safetly guidelines dictate that the ratio of adults to children is high in Early Years. Also, the class leader will lead the activities and communicate effectively with the children but should any disciplinary procedures (beyond polite requests) be required, the parents/carers will need to step in. It may also be helpful for parents/carers to help guide/suggest ideas to their children at some points, the class leader may suggest this vocally.
Can I bring my much younger/older child to sit in but not get involved in the class?
Yes – but please ensure they do not disrupt the activities. If they do get involved you will be asked to pay for them at the sibling rate.
Is it strictly 3-5 year olds?
No – this is the age recommended but you may have a very enthusiastic and confident 2.5year old who you feel would do well in the classes, or you may have a 6year old who is home schooled / out of school for a day and you think they would do well. It is your choice as a parent, but be aware the majority of the class will be of this age.
What happens if my child or I get hurt?
Due to our health and safety and safeguarding policies all accidents must be documented as soon as possible. Each venue will have an accident book and the session leader and carer will both sign and date the written statement. Carers will be asked to administer first aid. Our policies and risk assessments are here should you wish to read them in full.