Baby sign language classes launch down at the farm

27th March 2017

Ouseburn Farm’s vision of creating it as a place for growing people and communities will be strengthened this week with the launch of baby signing classes for babies and toddler groups.

Tiny talk baby signing logoThe farm will be holding free taster sessions this weekend, Sunday April 2, to encourage babies, toddlers and their families to the farm. 

Free 20-minute taster sessions will be held between 10.00am and 2.30pm and delivered by sign language experts from Tiny Talk, an award-winning company who deliver baby signing classes. 

The informal session will include music, singing, rhymes and farm signs of animals that can be seen at the farm such as cows, pigs, sheep and goats. 

Andrea Haynes, Head of Ouseburn Farm, said:

“This is the first stage of planning various baby and toddler classes here at the farm.  It’s something different for families to do with their young ones and means they can come down to visit the farm, see the animals, participate in the classes and enjoy a nice cuppa and a slice of cake in the café afterwards. 

“We hope the taster session will prove popular this weekend and then we’ll look at launching regular classes which aims to improve communication between adults and their young ones.” 

Gayle Cryer of Tiny Talk, said:

“We are pleased to be able to deliver baby signing taster sessions from the farm this weekend and hope that many families can come along and join in with the fun.  The free 20-minute sessions can be booked on a first-come first-served basis by choosing a time slot on the Eventbrite website.” 

To book a 20-minute slot, please visit www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/tinytalk-on-the-farm-tickets-32979316022 

There will be a raffle and a donation bucket during the sessions to raise money towards the farm’s Crowdfunder appeal.  The farm launched a Crowdfunding campaign at the beginning of the month called ‘Support Ouseburn Farm, Support Your Community’ to raise £20,000 to bridge the deficit in its funding and prevent it from closing.  

The charity, which is run by staff and volunteers for the community, reached that target midway through the month, which means its future has been secured for one more year.  The farm has now stretched that target to secure its longer-term future and the campaign finishes this Friday, March 31.  There is still time to donate by visiting www.crowdfunder.co.uk/ouseburn-farm-charity-ltd 

All money raised will help the farm continue to support vulnerable and disadvantaged adults and children who rely on the farm as a place of refuge and a place to gain the vital skills they so desperately need.