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Connect with Hoop: The Secret of Successful Classes for Babies & Toddlers

Don’t miss our next expert panel and coffee morning on Wednesday, 13th February at Cathedral View, SW1P.

We’re hosting a free special event for kids' activity organisers! There’ll be plenty of tea, coffee and cakes, a chance to meet and network with other family activity providers and a 40 minute panel discussion about running baby and toddler activities, what parents are looking for when it comes to early years classes, and the dos and don’ts that our panellists have learned over the years. Featuring Tabita Gerber (Baby Sensory), Moya McGinn (Zip Zap), Rebecca Merry (Amelia Boo Stories) and childhood development expert and founder of EasyPeasy app, Jen Lexmond. Read more about our panellists below.

When: Wednesday 13th February, 9:45am - 11:30am (doors at 9:30am)

Where: Cathedral View, St Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place, London SW1P 1NL

Price: FREE!

What to expect:

  • Meet-up: chat to loads of other activity providers to share insights and ideas, or catch up with the Hoop team (or both!).

  • Expert panel discussion: hear what people in the industry have to say about their experiences running early years classes, what parents are looking for & how to make your activities stand out! Scroll down to hear more about our panellists.

  • Hoop Helpdesk: book in a 10-15 minute slot with one of the Hoop team to chat about how to get the most of your listings, new features that help you, and how you can get more exposure. (You’ll be send the email to book a slot once you’ve confirmed you’re coming along to the event.)

  • Lots of free tea, coffee and cakes.

As part of the morning, we’ll be hosting a panel discussion exploring how to run successful classes for babies and toddlers. Sharing insights from their own experiences, you’ll hear from experts about the approaches they’ve adopted to build businesses that stand out from the crowd, as well as how to maximise the developmental benefits of your classes for young children. Topics we’ll cover include:

  • How to make sure your class stands out from the crowd and keeps parents coming back.

  • How to promote the developmental benefits of your class to families.

  • What to look for in a venue for baby & toddler activities.

  • Smart ways to structure your classes to best support children’s early development.

  • How to keep parents engaged during your classes.

  • Common mistakes and pitfalls to avoid when running baby & toddler classes.


Meet the Panel

Tabita Baby Sensory

Tabita Gerber, Baby Sensory Regional Manager & Franchisee for Croydon & East Surrey

Baby Sensory is backed by over 35 years of research in childhood learning and development, and has won multiple awards both nationally and internationally.

Suitable from birth to 13 months, classes are designed to help babies’ development during the crucial first year through sensory activities using amazing props, signing, music, twinkly lights, puppets, bells, ribbons, water play, massage, tummy time, soothing tips and more.


Moya McGinn, Zip Zap Co-founder

Hoop Awards 2018 winners Zip Zap run weekly classes for under 5s. Each individualised class provides an exciting mixture of music and drama –written in consultation with an Educational Psychologist – which are linked by a weekly theme.

Every week at Zip Zap, children explore a thrilling new theme through performance, games traditional nursery rhymes and upbeat pop songs, ranging from Colours, to the Wild West, to the Night Sky.

Becky Amelia Boo Stories

Rebecca Merry, Amelia Boo Stories Founder

Rebecca is an early years specialist, trained drama and movement therapist and mum of two. Amelia Boo believes that you should never put limits on a child’s capability.

Amelia Boo Stories started in 2013, and is a group for little ones aged 0 - 5 to introduce and encourage a love of books and literacy from a young age. Tailored for every developmental stage, it’s a theatrical experience for children, not matter what their age.

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Jen Lexmond, EasyPeasy Founder & CEO

Jen is a social entrepreneur with a background in education and social mobility research. Jen founded EasyPeasy in 2014 as an experiment in applying user-centred design and scalable technology to help close the UK’s social mobility gap.

EasyPeasy is a digital service that helps parents discover and play learning games with their children in the early years.

EasyPeasy now has a sound and growing evidence base showing how it improves child development and parent engagement in disadvantaged communities. She has over 10 years experience leading research & design programmes aimed at improving child development and social mobility, through working with Government Digital Services, Nesta, Demos, as well as The Behavioural Insights Team.


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