Mini Buttons

Toddler Phonics Classes for age 1 - 3

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What's it all about?

Mini Buttons classes are fun and interactive sessions, aimed at babies/toddlers.

Our Mini Button classes have been carefully designed to develop speaking and listening skills, laying the foundations for phonics learning.

Each week is based around a different nursery rhyme and every session is full of singing, dancing, playing instruments and exploring role-play and sensory activities. ​

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When & Where?


The Little Bears Nursery Hall, Maldon Road, Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford, CM3 2HS.



This class launches week commencing 20th September.

Mondays - 1:15pm

Thursdays - 9:45am


(Classes last 45 mins and cost £8 per session, payable half a term in advance.  You are welcome to pay for your first class as a one off, before signing up to the half term)

If you'd like to book a place, please CONTACT ME.

How can a 1 year old learn Phonics?
What is Phase 1?

In our toddler classes we will not be focussing on identifying letters and their sounds.

Instead we cover the areas from Phase 1 phonics which include the following 7 aspects:

- Environmental sounds

- Instrumental sounds

- Body sounds

- Rhythm & rhyme

- Alliteration

- Voice sounds

- Oral blending & segmenting


Environmental sounds - Learning to hear specific sounds around them will help children hear specific sounds in words when learning to read and write


Instrumental sounds - Encourages children to experiment with sound, promotes speaking & listening skills.


Body sounds - Helps to develop an awareness of sounds, rhythms and beats.  Counting out a beat or rhythm, will later help a child count the number of sounds in a word.


Rhythm and rhyme - Being able to hear rhyming words will later help children identify word families and help with spelling.  Breaking words into syllables will help when learning to read and write longer words.


Alliteration - Helps children hear similar sounds in words, which will later help with spelling.


Voice sounds - Helps strengthen the mouth muscles which will help with speech and articulation.


Oral blending and segmenting - later helps with reading and spelling.