Toddle Talk Baby Signing Teacher
Child/Baby Development Classes
Posted: 10th Sep 2018 Closing: 10th Dec 2018
Would you like to run your own baby signing classes? Why not train to be a Baby Signing Teacher. Perhaps you are a parent who has loved baby signing with your own child? Maybe you are a nursery teacher or childminder, keen to expand your skills and offering? Do you want to teach signing in your community? Are you looking for a baby signing training course, backed with inclusive British Sign Language 1 training and certification?
We are not a costly franchise rather we are a membership programme, meaning as a Toddle Talk associate teacher you'll automatically benefit from use of our tried & tested baby signing class plans, have use of a highly comprehensive learning manual, hold your own listing on our website and have the benefit of being able to use Toddle Talk logo and media.
Training price just £650. (Includes BSL101 qualification) Stage payment option available before and during your training to make it even easier to get started! PLUS - we have 4 BURSARIES AVAILABLE in set geographical areas - yes that's 4 lots of generous FUNDING AVAILABLE with absolutely no catch! And no need to repay at a later date!
The hours you work is up to you, you could do 1 class, therefore 1 hour or work full time and run 10 classes a week. It is really up to you and how much you want to do. This is a job that can genuinely be fitted around your family and commitments, or you can take your baby/toddler with you!
Depends on the number of sessions you run, the more you run the more you earn.
Best suited to:
Someone who is a parent or works with young children, you must also be able to build rapport with other parents. No experience is necessary as all training is given but you must have a passion for the benefits of baby signing and a warm friendly personality.
Name: Sarah Freeman
Location: Stamford, Lincolnshire
Family: Husband Graham, Sons Alfie, 4 and Jesse, 2.
How often do you work?
4 mornings a week including one class on a Saturday morning. 7 classes a week in total now!
How does the job fit around your family life?
Working as a Toddle Talk Instructor is a job that for me fits around my family life perfectly. Being able to choose the times and days I run my classes on means I can work around the school and nursery run as well as (in theory!) leaving time to do the admin and marketing etc required. I do have to do much of the admin/prep work in the evenings though at the moment.
How much time do you commit?
Since starting my classes I have built up from 2 classes a week to 7 so the time commitment has increased. Preparation has got quicker as I am now more confident with the signs and how to deliver the classes and I have taught most topics a number of times. I like to keep things fresh though so spend some time thinking of new ideas, songs or books. Marketing, admin and Facebook does require a little time each day to keep on top of it.
Where do you carry out your work?
I started my first classes in a local church hall but I currently run my classes in two Children’s Centres, two nurseries and a local soft play centre.
Do you need a car?
Ideally yes but it is possible to work without one if your venue/s are local to you and can offer storage space for mats etc. I walk to 1 or 2 of my classes using a wheeled suitcase for equipment and drive to the rest.
Do you get support/training?
Yes. The initial training is done at home with video tutorials etc with regular skypes to check progress. The 3-day course was fantastic and very thorough. Ann is continually supportive and is always there to answer any questions or worries that I have. We also have a Facebook group for all the instructors so we support and help each other. I am soon to go on a refresher training day which will be great to check I’m up to date with the latest developments.
Would you recommend this opportunity to other mums?
100%! I have a job that I love, a good work life balance and teaching my classes has helped me become more confident when meeting other parents. I was pretty new to Stamford when I started my classes and I have met many lovely people some of which are now good friends. It’s amazing seeing the babies and toddlers enjoying my classes and using the signs we’ve learnt and I’ve had some lovely messages from parents telling me their baby has mastered their first or a new sign. Importantly I have learn
Do you advertise?
Yes! People must know your classes are out there. I try to avoid paying too often for advertising though. I mainly use Facebook and share on various mummy and parent groups. I have paid to advertise for the coming year on a new website The Stamford Mummy. I use the Hoop App, run some free taster sessions and attend local Baby and Parent shows. The best advertising is through word of mouth though - it’s great when people can recommend your classes to their friends/ NCT group etc.
Are there any downsides to the role?
Not really! I love my job! The only thing personally is that since doing more classes my voice quality has suffered and I have to continually take care and monitor it - I use a microphone now to help not damage it. However, my voice problems more likely stem from previous years of primary teaching and having 2 energetic boys to keep in check more than the Toddle Talk teaching!!