Mumbaba. Fun, interactive and sensory music sessions for babies, toddlers and pre school children

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 Rhyme 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 its dedicated event page or click to see a calendar view

Cosham (NEW for 2020, starting 24th Feb)

Mondays | 9.30 – 10.30 | Highbury Community Centre, Hawthorn Crescent, Cosham, PO6 2TL | £4.50 per family | Free parking

Chidham (NEW for 2020, starting 24th Feb)

Mondays | 1.30 – 2.30 | Chidham Village Hall, Chidham Ln, Chidham, PO18 8TL | £4.50 per family | Free parking


Sorry, cancelled until further notice. See event page for more details 🙁

Havant (NEW for 2020, starting 25th Feb)

Tuesdays | 1.30 – 2.30 | Tesco Extra (in the Community room which is at the back of the store next to the click and collect desk) | £4.00 per family (discounted from our normal price because the wonderful people at Tesco Havant don’t charge for the room!) | Free parking

 | 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

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 Christine 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 Educational needs through her work as a Special Educational Needs Coordinator.

What are the benefits?

Studies have shown that children who learn nursery rhymes and songs can reap numerous language, learning and social benefits!


Nursery rhymes pave the way for a love of books and the first steps towards early reading begin before a child starts school. They introduce the idea of listening from beginning to end and as they are short your child doesn’t have to sit still very long. They introduce babies and children to the idea of storytelling and they also lay the foundation for learning to read and spell.  Nursery rhymes are a child’s first experience with words, boosting language development and promoting social skills. Good readers have good language and speech skills.

Nursery rhymes have a great deal of repetition and more often than not are short. Listening and tuning into words a second and third time helps young children to remember. The repetition of a rhyme can help your child become aware of the individual units of sound, known as phonemes, which make up words and supports the learning of new vocabulary.

Many rhymes provide learning opportunities through movement, participation and sensory props. When actions are linked to words in the nursery rhyme, it helps boost motor skills and improves rhythm and movement and your child is likely to remember the rhyme, improving memory, concentration, spatial intelligence, and thinking skills.

Nursery rhymes help your child’s brain hear similarities between words that rhyme or start with the same sounds and segment words into syllables. Introducing children to patterns of sounds encourages the child to think about the sequencing sounds which is an important skill for reading and spellings.

There are social benefits to nursery rhymes as well. Nursery rhymes are often sung as a group activity, so your baby or child begins to feel part of a social circle that enjoys singing or reciting together. This will help your child connect to other children.

As well as all these learning benefits, singing Nursery rhymes is fun!

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!