Baby College looking ahead to reopening after overcoming challenges of online classes

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Baby College is planning to begin in-person classes in April. - Credit: Baby College

Baby College is looking forward to welcoming back Herts-based families next month after a year of online learn and play during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The childcare group is hoping to have children back at their classes in Welwyn Garden City, Harpenden and St Albans on April 19 – in line with Government coronavirus restrictions. 

The return to in-person classes comes after a challenging year in which the pandemic forced Baby College to go online, but Heather Birt – who runs classes at all three Herts sites – is grateful for the support that parents have shown throughout and is looking forward to welcoming them back.

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The COVID-19 pandemic forced Baby College to take their classes online. - Credit: Baby College

“I feel so incredibly lucky to have such a loyal base of families who have stuck with us through thick and thin, and I’m thrilled we can start to look forward to offering them the in-person classes they all desperately want,” she said. 

Although children returned in September last year when restrictions eased, further lockdowns in November and January - announced on the first day of in-person classes – gave Baby College plenty of hurdles to overcome. 

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Baby College's online classes have been a hit with parents and children. - Credit: Baby College

Despite this, parents remain delighted with the classes, including Welwyn Garden City-based Kiran, who said: “Baby College has been amazing for the development of my little one, from her vestibular development to language and so on.

“We were attending in-person classes before lockdown and then online classes during lockdown, both have been an absolute life saver for us as we really look forward to the class ever week.” 

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Founded in 2000, Baby College aims to help parents by boosting their confidence in  how to stimulate and play with their children and understand the milestones of infant development.

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Baby College are looking forward to welcoming back parents in April. - Credit: Baby College

“While most of the sessions are now sold out, there are still a few spaces up for grabs,” said Heather. 

“There are plans to open even more classes in the next few weeks, so if you have missed out on a spot on a mat, you can still register your interest. You could find yourself enjoying the benefits of the Baby College programme alongside other families in a COVID-secure environment very soon.” 

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