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Our Classes

Mumbaba music is a fun, interactive  music session for babies, toddlers and pre school children. It is perfect for new mums, families, grandparents or carers to share experiences, ideas and meet new friends too.

Music and play is an important  part of every child’s development and Mumbaba sessions incoorporate Phonics Phase 1 and the Early Learning Goals. The interactive sessions will help your child gain confidence and develop memory, language and coordination skills in an exciting, enjoyable and multi-sensory way.

At Mumbaba: 

We sing a variety of traditional Nursery Rhymes and action songs, which support the children’s cognitive development and speech.

We play instruments: every week the children will experience hands-on time with at least two instruments including castanets, drums, maracas, egg shakers and hand bells!

We play and learn while mums, dads, grandparents and carers have a cup of tea!

As well as a variety of toys for babies and older children there are specific areas set up relating to Early Learning Goals or the Nursery Rhyhme of the week. 

Most of all we have fun!

We hold classes at the following times and dates- click on any class to go to each dedicated page


Tuesday’s | 11.00am-12.00pm | St Peters Church Hall, GU32 3HS | £4.50 per family | Parking at Marks and Spencers Car Park          

 | 10.00am-11.00am | Emsworth Sports & Social Club, PO10 7JF | £4.50 per family | Free Parking                                            


Thursday’s | 9.30am-10:30am | Scout Hall, Sherborne Rd,  PO19 3HP | £4.50 per family | Free Parking                                                                


Friday’s | 9.30-10.30am | Drayton United Church, PO6 1PA | £4.50 per family | Free Parking                                                                                      


Friday’s | 9.30-10.30am | Christchurch Old Reading Rd. Chineham, RG 24 8LT | £4.50 per family | Free Parking                                             

What is Mumbaba?

For over three decades, Mumbaba have been helping babies and toddlers develop through music in the Hampshire area. Mumbaba music for babies and pre schoolers was set up by Christing Strode in 1988 from her home in Emsworth. In September 2019 it was taken over by Hester Allen, a primary school teacher with 25 years experience especially working with children with Special Educactational needs through her work as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

What are the benefits?

There are countless scientifically proven benefits for young children to start engaging in music at an early age. Our classes will help get your kids ready for school by improving multi-sensory skills, introducing an element of routine and memorisation through song lyrics, and nurturing social skills as the children play together with a focus on early learning goals. 

More specifically, through learning new songs together, children will gain language skills in an easy, fun way and are even sure to learn a few new words from song lyrics! They’ll also be encouraged to improve motor skills by using instruments and props, in a way that will make them feel like they’re playing rather than learning- because they’re doing both!

Who is Mumbaba for?

While our sessions are generally targeted towards pre-school aged children and their parents, older children are welcome to come along

How long is a session?

Lasting 1 hour, about half an hour is spent singing, playing instruments and using multisensory props. The other half hour is a time to play with areas relating to the Early Learning Goals while mums, dads grandparents and carers can relax and have a coffee.

How much is a session?

Sessions cost £4.50 per family

Be a Franchisee

Are you looking to be your own boss, gain flexible control over your life and earn a living on your terms?

Mumbaba provides an exciting opportunity for you to run your own business offering interactive music classes for preschool children from three months to five years of age in your local area.

Running a Mumbaba franchise offers you an exciting way to build a business alongside your family commitments, at your own pace and with our support. But best of all, doing something you love: singing, sharing and supporting young families in your community.

In taking a Mumbaba franchise, you’re adopting a proven business model, resources and marketing. Like any other business, you get out what you put in. We do ask that you follow the Mumbaba programme guidelines and commit to a minimum of 2 groups per week, but we don’t set a maximum limit.

A Mumbaba franchise offers: 
– Your own geographical area to run, with no crossover of areas
– Continuous training and support from the Mumbaba team
– The percussion instruments, sensory equipment and all other equipment necessary to start your business
– Two days of extensive training to get you up and running
– Full set of playlists
– Free advertisement, and promotional materials
– Training manual
– Personalised local website creation and support
– Free advice and training on managing and growing your business
– One-to-one business advisory services before the official launch in your location to act as a reinforcement of the training course
For more information on Mumbaba franchise opportunities email hester@mumbaba.co.uk

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We hold classes across the South!