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Rhythm Time becomes a Founding Member of the CAA

Rhythm Time music classes for babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers are delighted to announce that they are now a Founding Member of the Children's Activities Association.

This 'not-for-profit Community Interest Company' has been set up by some of the biggest names in the industry including What's On 4 Little Ones, Dr Amanda Gummer and Sid Sloane from CBeebies. The aims include to raise standards in the Children's Activities Sector, encourage best practice, give more children the opportunity to experience a greater range of activities and importantly - to ensure parents have a simple and clear way to identify the UK's most exemplary children's activities providers.


Posted: 24th Jun 2015 | Read the full article…

Local Children’s Music Classes Win Top Local Awards

It has been announced this week that Rhythm Time music classes for babies and toddlers in Cheshire have won two local prestigious awards. The Mums In The Know Awards 2015 have awarded Rhythm Time winners of the 'Best Class for 0-2 Year Olds in Wilmslow, Alderley Edge and Knutsford' in addition to 'Best Class for 0 -2 Year Olds in Macclesfield & Congleton'.

These awards have been set up to recognise the best local businesses and voting is undertaken by the families who use them. Winning this category demonstrates that Rhythm Time offers the most engaging class for 0-2 year olds, with a wide range of activities, themes and play, as well as offering great value for money.

Posted: 28th Apr 2015 | Read the full article…

Franchisee Spotlight - Michelle O'Grady

Hi, I'm Michelle and I'm delighted to be Rhythm Time's franchisee for Sutton Coldfield, Tamworth, Lichfield and Walsall.

I'm married to my wonderful husband Declan, and have two fabulous daughters, Darcy 12 years and Sophie 9 years.  About 12 years ago (whilst on maternity leave) I attended Rhythm Time classes with Darcy.  They took place at the local Children's Centre in Chelmsley Wood and we both thoroughly enjoyed the variety of music-based activities (whilst everyone had great fun!). I was so impressed with how the activities helped the children's development that I signed up for Rhythm Time's multi-sensory baby classes with my new baby, Sophie, when she was born!

Posted: 16th Apr 2015 | Read the full article…

Local Children’s Music Classes Shortlisted for Top Local Award

Rhythm Time music classes for babies and toddlers in Sutton Coldfield have been shortlisted for the prestigious Mums In The Know Awards 2015.  These awards have been set up to recognise favourite children’s activities, places to eat and ‘Local Stars’ in the area.  Votes are from the parents themselves and Rhythm Time have been shortlisted in the category of ‘Best Class for 0-2 year olds’.

Michelle O’Grady, local Rhythm Time franchisee, is delighted with her nomination.   She has taught Rhythm Time music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers for 8 years and she is now celebrating 4 years as Franchisee for the local area. “It’s been very exciting running my classes and I’m thrilled to be nominated for this award,” quotes Michelle. “It means a lot to know that the parents and children enjoy what we do as much as we do.  It’s a great job to have!”

Posted: 1st Apr 2015 | Read the full article…

Easter treat for local children's music classes

Babies, Toddlers and Pre-schoolers were treated to a special visit this week from the Founder of their Rhythm Time music classes, Kathy Doolan.

Many of the children took the opportunity to wear their Easter outfits whilst they enjoyed their favourite class activities and songs.

Posted: 25th Mar 2015 | Read the full article…

Music Lessons were the Best Thing your Parents ever did for you

This thought-provoking article was written by Tom Barnes, Children's Music Workshop (L.A.) February 17, 2015:

If your parents ever submitted you to regular music lessons as a kid, you probably got in a fight with them once or twice about it. Maybe you didn’t want to go; maybe you didn’t like practicing. But we have some bad news: They were right. It turns out that all those endless major scale exercises and repetitions of “Chopsticks” had some incredible effects on our minds.

Posted: 6th Mar 2015 | Read the full article…

Rhythm Time Shortlisted for Top Local Awards

Rhythm Time in Shrewsbury have been shortlisted in three categories of the 'Businesses for Children Awards 2015'. These Awards in Shropshire have been set up to recognise activities for children that educate, support or provide activities for our future generations.

Julia Casperd, local Rhythm Time franchisee, is delighted with these nominations.  She has run Rhythm Time music classes for babies, toddlers and preschoolers in the Shrewsbury area for the last 14 years. Her classes have been shortlisted in three different categories: Best Baby Activity, Best Franchise and Best Under Fives Educational Activity.

Posted: 23rd Feb 2015 | Read the full article…

Giving Young Babies the Best Start in Life

Multi-sensory Young Baby Course

Young babies (from birth to 6 months) throughout the UK are enjoying a specially-created course to enhance their development.  The course, developed by Kathy Doolan (a music teacher and graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music & Drama), focuses on bespoke multi-sensory musical activities designed to stimulate a young baby's senses, and enhance their physical and neurological development at this crucial age.

Kathy, founder and MD of Rhythm Time, and her franchisees, are rolling out these tailored 4-week young baby courses throughout the UK and have received excellent feedback so far from the high number of parents attending the courses.

Posted: 11th Feb 2015 | Read the full article…

My first year as a Rhythm Time Franchisee

By Sarah Scott, Rhythm Time franchisee for Sheffield and North Derbyshire

"I can’t believe I’ve been running my own Rhythm Time session for over a year now. Sometimes it feels like I’ve only just started, other times I feel like I’ve been part of the Rhythm Time team for ever! In a good way, of course!

Talking about the team, it’s so great to know that I have Head Office behind me whenever I need them. I am a worrier, as they all know, so when I wake up at 5am thinking about whether I’ve ordered my notes for the next term yet, or I’ve missed some other deadline, I can drift off again knowing that my colleagues at head office will sort me out as soon as they get in the office (not usually at 5am, but you can’t have everything!)

Posted: 13th Jan 2015 | Read the full article…

More giggles funded by Rhythm Time Cheshire for Manchester Children's Hospital

Frances Donkin presenting a cheque for £1600 to Humphrey for Manchester Children's Hospital

It's been another highly successful fundraising campaign for Rhythm Time Cheshire as they raise a massive £1600 for Manchester Children's Hospital! During October 2014 the children's music classes held 119 pyjama parties throughout Cheshire and North Staffs. and all the children attended their regular session in their pyjamas and brought along their teddies to join in the fun.

Frances Donkin, award-winning Rhythm Time music franchise owner in Cheshire, and her teachers have supported this event for the last few years. "Our aim was to raise funds to help finance “Giggle Doctors” who visit the sick children in hospital," quotes Frances. "These 'doctors' provide quality 'play' time and entertain the children, to distract from what is often a distressing and upsetting environment.  Sadly, this is not something that the NHS can fund and we were delighted to be able to offer our support and bring some fun and relief to the children," she adds.

Posted: 17th Nov 2014 | Read the full article…