Baby and Toddler Sessions

Our baby and toddler sessions are a great way to introduce you child to swimming. In these sessions you join your child in the pool and using our guidance encourage them to develop the water confidence and swimming fundamentals. These sessions have an emphasis on fun and enjoyment. We use nursery rhymes, songs, toys and swimming aids throughout the sessions to keep our sessions engaging. Gradually as your child develops their abilities and confidence we will support your child in becoming more independent in the water. These lessons are perfect to start your child on their swimming journey in a fun relaxed environment setting them up for future swimming lessons.

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Baby and Toddler lessons are the first steps on our swimming journey where we introduce you and baby to the swimming pool. The STArfish awards are for babies from 0-2 years of age. This first step is baby led and allows them to explore and discover enjoyment of the water in a safe and relaxing environment. We build your confidence as a parent and show you how to safely support your baby in the water. Fun activities include back floating, swimming with baby and baby led submersion. In our baby and toddler sessions we show you how to move with your little one in the water and work on balance, water confidence and start building an awareness of water safety.

STA Awards


STAnley awards are where we first start developing independence in the pool and is aimed at 2-4 year olds. These lessons are accompanied by a parent who is there to offer any additional support the child may need. Baby and toddler classes are fun and energetic. We work on building water confidence, developing swimming techniques and strokes as well as water skills such as floating, jumping in, putting faces in water and breathing. These classes are a great step between the STArfish and independent swimming awards but also great for older children starting to swim who lack confidence or have a fear of the water.

Price List

Learn To Swim Sessions

North Side Farm Retreat - £10.00 per session

Active Life Leisure Club - £8.50 per session

Middleton Hall Retirement Village - TBC on Return

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is the water temperature like?

Unfortunately, we do not have a hydro pool at our disposal, but our pool is warmer then most public swimming pools at around 31 degrees. We find even the younger babies are fine in the water for a full 30 min lesson, with the aid of a baby wet suit or neoprene wrap which can be purchased on line.

What does my child need to bring to the lessons?

Just themselves in their swimming costumes. We supply all the swimming aids required. They can wear their own goggles and swim hats, or even bring a favorite toy if it helps them to feel more at ease. Babies and toddler who are not toilet trained must wear a double layer nappy system. Our preference is a disposable swimming nappy and a neoprene nappy, like a happy nappy.

What age can my child start?

We teach children of all ages, our youngest swimmer so far has been just 6 weeks old. The prime time to start baby swimming is from between 3-4 months old as they still have their natural swimming reflexes but are physically developed enough to be able to hold their head up and do more in the water.

How many swimmers will there be in a class?

We have a maximum of 8 child and parent pairs in our baby and toddler classes and 6 swimmers in our main stream classes. The group size will also depend on the confidence and ability of the group.

How do I enroll?

Contact Lillypad Swimmers by either email, phone or via our Facebook page and tell us what class you would like to enrol in. We will enrol you to start straight away if there are places available or we will put you on our waiting list.

Our Sessions

Why Choose Us?

  • Our courses for the STA Awards Scheme
  • Qualified Instructors - including baby and pre-school aquatics
  • Instructor teaching in the pool with small groups
  • Professional, experienced and energetic instructors
  • We support and develop water confidence
  • Recognised STA Swim Star School
  • We love what we do!