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 that supports every child’s development.

Mumbaba 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, boom whackers and hand bells!

We play and learn: during the sessions the children will take part in activities to support language development and phonics, number and letter recognition, fine and gross motor skills and name recognition. These will  be taught through music, singing and the use of sensory props and instruments.

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

Chidham – WATCH THIS SPACE, WE HOPE TO RE-OPEN IN SEPTEMBER but sign up to our newsletter or follow us on facebook for updates of when we plan to restart. Emsworth is open from June.

Mondays | 1.30pm- 2.15pm | Chidham Village Hall, Chidham Ln, Chidham, PO18 8TL | Free parking

Havant – WATCH THIS SPACE, WE HOPE TO RE-OPEN IN SEPTEMBER but sign up to our newsletter or follow us on facebook for updates. Emsworth is opening again in June.

Tuesdays | 1.30pm – 2.15pm| Tesco Extra (in the Community room which is at the back of the store next to the click and collect desk) | Free parking

Emsworth – CLASSES RUNNING. Click here to sign-up (places are limited).
Wednesdays | 9.30am-10.15am for under 2’s then 10.45am – 11.30 for 2-4 year olds|Emsworth Sports & Social Club, PO10 7JF | Free Parking

Chichester – WATCH THIS SPACE, WE HOPE TO RE-OPEN IN SEPTEMBER but, sign up to our newsletter or follow us on facebook for updates.

Thursdays | 9.30am-10:15am | Scout Hall, Sherborne Rd,  PO19 3HP | Free Parking

Drayton – CLASSES RE-OPENING IN FEB ’21  Click here to sign-up (places are limited).

Fridays| 9.30am-10.15am | Drayton United Church, PO6 1PA  | Free Parking

What is Mumbaba?

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.

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, spell and count.

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.They 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.

Songs with actions help children’s physical skills, their balance, co-ordination and strength.

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 45 minutes, the session is spent singing, playing instruments, using multi-sensory props and participating in learning activities.

How much is a session?

Sessions can be booked in groups of  6 


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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Bear with us as we are restarting after covid. Here are the two classes we have opened so far.