How will Charlie's Chimps help my child to communicate?
Activities in workshops enable children to develop the ability to relate well to their peers by working together, sharing, performing together and considering others. As each child enjoys and achieves, confidence is able to flourish and a sense of teamwork is developed.
Will being part of Charlie's Chimps help my child's education?
Undoubtedly – yes. Research from neuroscientists suggests that young children who are regularly involved with music education have higher levels of cognitive ability. Charlie’s Chimps supports learning by enabling children to follow age appropriate instructions and anticipate key events. Holding and playing instruments even helps to develop the fine motor skills required for writing. Charlie’s Chimps even encourages children to grow in their understanding of colours, numbers, sequences, textures, senses, seasons, rhythm and pitch.
How will my child be encouraged and nurtured at Charlie's Chimps?
Charlie’s Chimps is rooted in the ethos that every single child is unique and special. Each child is encouraged to ‘have a go’. Achievements are celebrated enthusiastically with meaningful praise and personalised certificates.
Will my child enjoy Charlie's Chimps?
Most certainly – yes! Charlie’s Chimps promotes the importance of joy and laughter and encourages brain boosting enjoyment in line with key areas of EYFS development.
How will Charlie's Chimps help to introduce my child to dance?
Charlie’s Chimps sparks creativity through dance – promoting healthy living and the freedom of physical expression.
Will Charlie's Chimps help my child with life skills?
Most certainly. In teaching actions, facial expressions and dynamics – children learn essential movement and communication skills. Charlie’s Chimps helps children to be imaginative and creative, as well as the enormously important life skill of getting on with other people!
What is the cost of booking a workshop?
This is by arrangement – please contact Megan Morris to discuss your requirements.
What are the terms and conditions?
Although Charlie’s Chimps strives to keep the same times and venues for sessions as advertised on the website, changes may sometimes be necessary. On occasion, Charlie’s Chimps may need to cancel sessions at short notice (e.g. due to staff sickness) in which case Charlie’s Chimps will make reasonable effort to inform the accompanying adult beforehand and an alternative class date/refund will be offered. Charlie’s Chimps is unfortunately unable to offer a refund for any sessions paid for that take place – regardless of changes of personal circumstances/holidays/children being unwell. Refunds will not normally be made by Charlie’s Chimps when sessions are cancelled for reasons outside its control (eg snow). Charlie’s Chimps reserves the right to change prices for new bookings or renewals without notice. Charlie’s Chimps accepts no liability or responsibility for any losses, costs, damages or accidents occurring. It is the responsibility of the accompanying adult to ensure the safety of the child/ren in their care at all times. Accompanying adults need to ensure props/instruments don’t go in their baby’s mouths and beaters are only used when stationary. Babies not yet sitting confidently on their own will need lots of input from their adult in helping to hold instruments/props safely. If Charlie’s Chimps props/instruments are damaged by mis-use, the accompanying adult will be liable to pay for replacement. Photos/videos must not be taken by participants during classes. Appropriate behaviour from all participants is essential in order to ensure the well-being of all: Charlie’s Chimps reserves the right to refuse a booking. It is requested that children do not participate in sessions when they have communicable illnesses, or medical conditions that might be transmitted, or pose a risk to themselves, or others.
Has Charlie’s Chimps got public liability insurance?
Yes – public liability insurance is via GPTD membership. Megan Morris has an enhanced disclosure check from DBS (copies of certificate available on request) and subscribes to the update service.
Is it okay to wear outdoor shoes in classes?
Yes – clean outdoor shoes are fine to be worn during classes, though we respectfully request that the jungle mats avoid contact with any shoes with a heel – so our jungle mats stay in good condition for everyone to enjoy.
How many accompanying adults per child are able to come to open workshops?
Generally, one accompanying adult per child is welcomed at open sessions – in order to avoid over crowding/shyness. If you would like someone special to join you in addition as a one off please don’t hesitate to ask Megan.
How early can we arrive for an open workshop?
Please arrive no earlier than 5 minutes before your session starts as we cannot guarantee access to the premises.
What can accompanying adults do to help classes run as smoothly as possible?
Each adult needs to ensure that their child doesn’t ‘mouth’ instruments, beaters (for those 10 months+) are used only when stationary, and any babies not yet sitting confidently on their own will need lots of input from their adult in helping to hold the instruments/props safely.
For the babies there’s lots of ‘swooshing/whooshing’ input needed from their key adult to enable them to ‘fly high into the sky’ or ‘jump over the stinky squelchy swamp’ etc – imagination is key and the babies love seeing their adult get as involved as possible!
Your enthusiasm in encouraging your child to participate in each activity is tremendously important – so please get as involved as you can with each song, dance and activity. Even if your little one is too old for you to need to ‘fly them high up into the sky’ (as adults of babes in arms will do), if your child sees YOU getting into the groove they are far more likely to want to join in, and this will maximize everyone’s enjoyment! Enthusiasm is infectious! In a similar way – the children can engage with the class much more easily when the studio is quiet so please refrain from chatting to other adults during the session. Likewise, if your child becomes uncontrollably upset or disruptive please consider taking your child out of the room until they have calmed down. For health and safety reasons, potty training is not allowed in a Charlie’s Chimps session – so if your child is potty training/trained please take them to the toilet before the session starts. For health and safety reasons, food and hot drinks are not allowed during classes. Charlie’s Chimps is thirsty work so please feel free to bring a (cold) drink for your little one! Thank you in anticipation for your generous engagement!
What do I do if I have feedback to contribute re Charlie's Chimps?
Feedback is warmly welcomed – please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Are there any extra events?
Do let Charlie’s Chimps know if you would like to receive a ‘Charlie’s Chimps Challenge’ by email during the year!