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Baby and Toddler Groups

Are you looking for baby and toddler groups in Dorset? There are a fantastic array of baby and toddler activities available for you to enjoy with your little ones. They're such a great way to bond and to stimulate their busy minds and bodies at this important age of development.

We know that parenting is busy enough without having to trawl through lots of different website and social media pages to discover Dorset's best baby and toddler groups so we've run down a list in one easy to access place for you so don't forget to bookmark it!

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Mini Monkey Gym

Mini Monkey Gym

Where: Mini Monkey Gym

About: This wonderful sensory playgym for under 5's allows your baby/toddler to have fun and listen to music whilst getting the chance to play. It will help their physical and social development in a non-pressured environment.

Your little ones will love to explore the brilliant, colourful, physical play and musical sensory activities that Mini Monkey Gym offers. The classes are structured to provide your child with an experience that will benefit all round development from birth onwards.

Where: Various locations.

When: Find a class HERE!

Contact: Call Vickie on 07876 710 427

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Individuality Swimming & Fitness

Individuality Swimming & Fitness

About: Individuality Swimming and Fitness are a swim school for all ages and abilities with facilities across Bournemouth and Poole. They offer swimming lessons at local pools for babies, kids & adults in Poole and the surrounding areas.

They offer parent and baby swim classes which involve lots of play to help the children learn. They also use submersion techniques to help the children feel confident in the water. Children can start from just 6 weeks old.

They also offer baby and toddler swimming groups which you find out more about here. Alongside the parent and baby classes they also offer Aqua Sensory from 6 months up which is a great group for your little ones.

Contact: Call 01202 031701, email info@individualityswimmingandfitness.co.uk or visit their website here.

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Itsy Bitsy Dance

Itsy Bitsy Dance

About: Itsy Bitsy Dance Poole offers classes that provide a magical start to your little ones dance journey.. 

They offer a number of different classes including toddler street dance, ballet and tap for ages between 18 months - 7 years.

  • Tots Crew - 18 months - 3 years
  • Mini Crew - 3 years - 4.5 years
  • Mixed Crew - 18 months - 4.5 years
  • Junior Crew - 4 years - 7 years
  • Bebe ballet - 18 months - 3 years
  • Petite Ballet - 3 years - 4.5 years
  • Tap - 3 years - 4.5 years

Where/When: You can view their various venues and classes here.

Contact: Email info@itsybb.co.uk or visit their website here.

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All Stars Swimming David Lloyd Poole

All Stars Baby and Toddler Swimming at David Lloyd Poole

Where: All Stars Baby and Toddler Swimming at David Lloyd Poole

About: The superb facilities provide the ideal environment for babys and toddlers to have their first experiences in the water.

Their lessons start from as young as 8 weeks right through to big kids. The baby and toddler groups run in the mornings Monday to Friday's so you're likely to find a day and time to suit. The instructors are highly qualified and really welcoming and friendly. They follow similar patterns each week as babies and toddlers love routine and the sessions including lots of singing, swimming based activities and the use of toys and swimming aids.

They make sure the pools are warm enough for children to comfortably stay in the water, and there's a baby pool which the babies and toddlers love playing in before/after lessons. The clean and spacious family changing rooms take away much of the stress of getting the little ones ready for the water, with no worries about finding room or disrupting fellow members.

When: Sessions throughtout the week - contact David Lloyd Poole for detailed info and enquiries

Contact: swimming.poole@davidlloyd.co.uk

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Hartbeeps Poole


About: Hartbeeps Poole provide highly interactive, development and multi-sensory toddler and baby sessions that are incredibly imaginative and help improve early language acquisition.

Helen hosts bouncy baby development classes which are filled with adventures through Baby Land with wacky characters, lighting effects, cool props and parachutes. The class is set to a funky soundtrack of original baby songs, remixed nursery rhymes and lullabies. 

Alongside the baby classes they also offer fun-­filled toddler classes. They put the children at the heart of their story as they help your little one gain physical and emotional development. The class helps prepare young minds for a lifetime of learning through play.

Where/when: View the Poole venues available here.

Contact: Visit their website here or email helen.easter@hartbeeps.com

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Poppins Penguins Poole

Poppins Penguins

About: Poppins Penguins run small groups that are fun and educational with outdoor sensory and woodland wonders groups.

Throught the winter months, they have Woodland Sensory Groups for babies at 9.30am on Friday's and Woodland Wonders for walkers upwards (babies / siblings also welcome) at 10.45am. There's also a Woodland Wonders session at 9.45 on Saturdays. Additional days will be added for Spring and Summer months.

It's an hours fun for the whole family! An educational adventure through the beautiful woodlands. You will be able to develop risk assessing skills and will learn how to safely extend their abilities. It's brilliant for all age groups.

Plus, you will get the chance to do a craft activity either to complete in the group or to complete at home to further learning. 

Price: Discount for siblings & siblings under 8 months are FREE

Where/When: Saturdays in Delph Woods, Gravel Hill, Poole

Contact: You can block book for a month at a time to secure your space or book remaining sessions by calling 07739515629, emailing Lauren@poppinspenguins.co.uk or visit their website here.

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wareham toddler group

Growing Together Baby Group

About: Wareham's Growing Together Baby Group is a weekly for you to meet other parents and carers and for your little one to meet other babies. These groups explore a range of activities to develop babies' sensory awareness and cognitive development, learning practical ideas and top tips to support you and your baby.

When/Where: Tuesdays from 10:00-11:00 / Wareham Childrens Centre, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 4PG

Contact: Click here to email them.

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Toddler Weymouth

Little Saints Baby and Toddler Group

About: Little Saints is a free mums, baby and Toddler group based in Weymouth.They are located within St Edmunds church hall during term times. Everyone is welcome. They focus their groups on arts and crafts, singing and play - all engaging activities for your little one. They aim to send each child home with a craft each week

When/Where: Fridays from 13.00-15.00 / Lanehouse Rocks Road, Weymouth, Dorset, DT4 9HZ

Contact: Click here to email them.

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Dorchester toddler group

Do Re Mi Time

About: Do Re Mi Time is a Baby and Toddler group based in Dorchester run by local musician, teacher and mum! The sessions are child-centred and fun, they focus on singing and musicality to encourage children's expression and confidence! 

There are six mixed groups of age 0 - 3 on Thursdays and Friday mornings.

When/Where: Thursdays & Fridays 09:05 & 10:05 / St Mary’s Church Hall, Alexandra Rd, Dorchester, DT1 2LX

Contact: Call 07725 038048

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Blandford Forum

Blandford Forum Toddler Groups

Stay and Play at Blandford Forum Gymnastics Club

About: This soft play and gymnastics club in Blandford Forum is run for under 5s! These are play sessions and not classes, so there will be no teaching and carers will need to stay with their child. This is a fun opportunity to let your child play with other kids, enjoy a new environment and for you to bond together.

When/Where: Tuesdays from 10:00 - 12:00 / Units 15/16, Uplands Way Blandford Heights Industrial Estate, Blandford Forum, DT11 7UZ

Contact: Click here, or contact via email by clicking here.

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