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Waterbabies - Swimming for babies from birth

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We take babies from birth – and you’ll be astonished by what they can achieve! They’ll have great fun while all the time building their confidence and independence in the water

There are classes in Maidenhead at Manor Green School, Newlands School, St Pirans School and LVS in Ascot. Please visit the website for details.

Teaching people with special & additional needs

Over the years, we’ve taught lots of children — and parents and carers, too — with all sorts of special and additional needs. Swimming offers significant benefits for babies and toddlers with disabilities and learning difficulties:

increased resistance in the water helps to build muscle tone

swimming helps to develop motor skills and physical fitness

water buoyancy helps to reduce body weight, easing pressure on different parts of the body — especially bones and joints

the water offers a greatly enhanced sense of freedom and independence

being with other children and adults in the pool encourages social interaction

water is a great leveller, and can help children have fun within a non-competitive environment

each lesson offers a range of activities which encourage children to develop their concentration, control and co-ordination

swimming stimulates all of the senses. Sensory activity introduces new experiences, helps little ones to make sense of their environment, develops their memory, and speeds learning. Plus, doing it together helps with bonding!

Each Water Babies office has easy access to central resources covering a wide range of disabilities and difficulties, but we’ll also want to talk to you about how we can best help you or your little one. We’ll teach our standard course and adapt it by taking into account your particular needs. Our swim programmes use building blocks which start with simple skills and then expand on them as the weeks progress. And although our classes are full of energy, we take great care to teach at the pace that works best for you

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For a provision to be funded by the Local Authority, a child or young person will need to meet eligibility criteria and an assessment of need will be carried out to identify if provision is required.