Spring is in the air and the sun is making an appearance finally! We love this time of year as it makes us smile and puts a spring back in our step. Getting out and about without getting drenched is also a bonus! Have you been enjoying the outdoors with your little one over the last few weeks? In case you missed it, our recent blog post gives some great reasons why you should!
It has been a little while since we last updated you with what have we been up to in the land of Tots Play, so here's a little round up of what's been going on, as well as what we have coming up for you soon.
Tots Play 10 Year Celebrations
March saw Tots Play turning 10. 10 years since the launch of the very first class! The time has flown by and we couldn’t be prouder of how far we have come and how many wonderful families we have welcomed over the years.
Tots Play was born out of a desire to bring a class to you that would incorporate all of the elements of classes that we had attended and topics that inspired us, in one easily accessible and affordable package, but not only that, but to bring parents in the community together and form lasting friendships and support systems. To find all these years later that a small idea has turned in to something this magical is very heart warming. To read more about Tots Play and its anniversary celebrations, here is a blog all about it.
Our Tot of the Decade contest that we ran through March was also hugely popular, and many thanks if you entered or voted. We ended up with two winners, the gorgeous Rosemary from our Scottish Borders classes, and cheeky chappy George from Chesterfield.
Tot of the Decade, Rosemary.
Tot of the Decade, George.
During the 10 year celebrations, we also took the opportunity to raise funds for a national charity, Clic Sargent, and many areas also chose a local charity to support. We are pleased to announce that the total raised for Clic Sargent was £2686! We would like to thank you for your support in raising this fantastic amount. To find out how much you raised for your local charities, please visit the Facebook page for your area.
Spring has definitely also been awards season. Tots Play has been nominated and shortlisted for a whole range of awards this year. Some we are still waiting to hear about, but in the Hoop Awards, which have already been announced, we were delighted to win in Cardiff, and were runners up in Birmingham, Essex and Northamptonshire. Congratulations to our franchisees in those areas, and many thanks to everyone who voted.
The Club Hub awards, where we have three finalists, will be announced this weekend, so fingers crossed for those. We will let you know how we get on via our Facebook Page.
More Voting Please!
We are thrilled to have been nominated for yet another award too, this time in the What's On 4 Kids Awards.
We were delighted to win our category at these awards last year and would love to do so again, but for that we need your help. Would you please be so kind as to pop over to the voting page here: https://whatson4kids.co.uk/awards/vote and show us your support?
It just takes a few seconds, but would mean the world to us.
We are nominated in the Most Loved Baby Activity Taught by 30+ Leaders (see second pic). All you need to do is find the category, (see pic below) click on Tots Play and confirm your vote.
You can’t have spring at Tots Play without celebrating Easter! There was so much fun to be had enjoying the sensory treats that Easter can bring along with Easter songs and photo opportunities for families to share the cute pictures with their families. We had such a variety in our classes from Easter sensory bottles and pat mats, carrots on coco pop fields, Easter chick nests, you name it, it was featured in one of our Tots Play sessions. Below are a few pictures from our Easter classes. We hope you and your Tot had lots of fun if you joined us for these too.
If you feel like you have missed out on those fabulous Easter sessions, then don’t worry, we have you covered! If you are not already taking part in one of our classes, keep an eye out on your local Tots Play Facebook page for Summer session announcements. Many of our franchisees run sessions throughout the Summer which, as well as ensuring lots of seasonal fun, allow you to come along and try out the classes before committing in September (we are very confident that once you come along once, you won’t want to miss out!). To find your nearest class, take a look at our website.
Here's a picture from one of our previous summer sessions, where everyone had a splashing time!
What you tell us
We love hearing all about your experiences at Tots Play and how you and your little one have enjoyed and benefited from the classes. This month, it is the turn of Cathryn in Wolverhampton, and thank you Sharlene for your review.
“We are approaching our third term with Tots Play and my son (1 years old) loves this class. There is so much variety, yet it’s not overwhelming, for him. Also, Cathryn was amazing at my son’s 1st birthday party over the weekend, the children loved the activities, the soft play and the range for the little and slightly older children. Thank you so much!”
Our Favourite Spring Pictures
We struggled to pick just one this time, so here are our two favourites!
This is a picture of some of the gorgeous tots that attended Kelly in North Tyneside’s 10 Year celebration session. I think you will agree that they fully embraced the jungle theme and look absolutely amazing!
The second picture is from one of our Baby Development classes run by Hanna in Northampton. Have you heard about our 6 week course especially for babies from birth to 6 months? It's a fantastic place to learn lots of activities that will not only support your baby's development, but ensure lots of fun playtimes together. It's also a great way to meet other parents with babies of a similar age. How gorgeous are this lot? I have no doubt that they, and their mummies, will be great friends for a long time to come!
So that's you just about caught up, but don't forget to check with your local class leader for full details of what is going on in your area.
Whatever you are up to, and whoever you are with this week, happy playing!
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