Here are the pre-school activities, clubs and classes running in the Harlow area especially aimed at babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers.   These groups are a great place to meet mums with children your child’s age, and your child can make new friends too.

Toddle Along Club

Meet:  Wednesday 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Venue:  Church Langley Community Centre, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9TG
Contact:  Jean Hide 01279 437714

Baby Sensory Classes

Meet:  Wednesday Morning and Afternoon
Venue:  Our Lady of Fatima Church Hall, The Stow, Harlow
Contact:  Natalie 07850 679712
Information on more classes in the area here


Messy Mayhem

Meet:  Thursday’s 9.30 am – 11.30 am
Venue:  GPCA, Abercrombie Way, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6YJ
Tel:  01279 414081
Details:  Ages up to 5 years.  Messy Mayhem is our all-new stay and play event to let the children play while you socialize with friends and family.  The kitchen will be open so if you have had a hectic morning we can even provide breakfasts or sandwiches for adults and children at a very affordable cost.
Cost:  £3 per child.  Siblings £1.50 (includes free juice).

Melody Bear

New – Pre-school ballet classes for ages 18 months – 2 ½ yrs at Makin’Steps Performing Arts
Venue:  Pottersteet Community Centre, 96 Potter Street, Harlow, Essex, CM17 9AQ
Tel: 01279 422746 Little Bear Feet with Melody Bear classes are the perfect introduction to dance and movement for little girls and boys age 18 months upwards.  The joys of dancing and singing are shared by teacher, parent and toddler as together they join Melody Bear in her journey to Nursery Rhyme Land. Book Here

Hartbeeps (Baby & Toddler Classes)

Meet:  Wednesdays 10 am. (term time only)
Contact:  Sharon on 07779 100053 for session details
Venue:  St John’s Arts & Recreation Centre, St John’s Walk, Market Street, Old Harlow, CM17 0AJ  01279 442447
Information on more classes in the area here


Tots2Teens Yoga

Meet:  Wednesdays 10 am – 10.45 am
Venue:  The Lounge, Tye Green Community & Leisure Association, Tilegate Road, Harlow, Essex, CM18 6LU.
Tel:   Sadie 07564651749
Cost:  £4 per week.
Details:  Yoga classes for children.  With time, a consistent yoga practice can develop their emotional and social skills.

Head Over Heels Pre-school Gymnastics

Harlow Gymnastics Club,
Broadley Road,
Essex CM19 5RD
Tel:  01279 432180

Our Head Over Heels Gymnastics will help your child with all the fundamental development skills such as Co-ordination, Space Awareness, Balance, Core Stability, Flexibility and many more.  All of our classes are accompanied by qualified gymnastics instructors which are there to make sure each session is Fun, Constructive and most of all safe for your little ones to take a full and active part in the session.

We offer two types of classes…

Parent & Toddler Classes This class is a brilliant opportunity for some quality one to one time with your child.  They will have their very first introduction into the world of gymnastics; we have lots of different obstacles and apparatus set up around the gym.  Parent/Adults will accompany their child on anything they wish to go on whilst we have qualified coaches to help on more specific apparatus and to assist where needed.  All of our parent and toddler classes start with a 10/15 minute warm-up which consists of various children’s songs but all done with movement and learning different body shapes and co-ordination skills.

Our Structured Classes Our structured classes are the next step up to learning harder and more specific skills in gymnastics.  This class is also done without the company of their adult and the class is solely constructed by qualified coaches.  Adults must stay on the premises for this class but only from a spectators view.  Although this is still aimed for children under 5 the classes come with much more structure and focus on not only learning the skills but perfecting them which is what gymnastics is so famous for.  This class is most suitable for children that have been attending the parent and toddler classes for some time, however, this is not always the case.  These classes are under the control of the coaches and they will advise you if this type of class is suitable for your child. More information on Class times and pricing