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Welcome to Teddy-cation


Early Learning Goals

Learning and development expected at the end of the early years foundation stage.

Brain Exercises

Enhancing learning through exercising different parts of the brain.

Fun interactive activities

Each lesson is a new and exciting learning experience.

a bit about us

I started Teddy-cation because I wanted a class that provided fun educational, interactive learning opportunities that covered different subject areas and worked different areas of the brain firing the imagination of young minds. I wanted a class that also provided a rich combination of educational experiences and fun innovative ways of learning, which would give parents practical ideas that they could use at home with their children and help prepare them for school life. A class that didn’t already exist out there for my toddler twins.

I have 17 years of primary school teaching experience including being Deputy Head for a number of years.  This experience as well as being school ambassader for BLP, (Building Learning Power) and Assessment Lead, has helped to create the Teddy-cation curriculum for children aged 2 ½ to preschool age.

Being a mum of 6 year old twins has made it clear to me how important it is to introduce children to new educational experiences in an informal fun format creating a foundation block to build upon for future learning.  I use elements of the Early Years Curriculum to help structure my classes, with a clear learning intention and fun activities working alongside parents with time to reflect on what we have achieved.

I also offer educational consultancy services and I am currently working with the Children’s Play Village in Warwick.

Our Mission


Educational benefits

Teddy-cation is a unique pre-school group in Warwickshire that provides Budding Brains (Buddies) with an opportunity to take part in a range of practical and rewarding activities based on: Communication, Language & Literacy, Physical Development, Mathematics, Understanding of the World, Expressive Arts & Design, Personal Social & Emotional Development in line with the Early Years Foundation Stage. Using physical brain warm up technique principles helps to fire up neurons in the brain.

Many educators believe that using brain exercises helps improve childrens’ concentration, memory, physical co-ordination and self-responsibility in learning new skills and concepts.  Learning takes places through explorative and imaginative play and through listening, talking and discussing.

These are short fun movements/exercises that take place at the start of the class designed to engage the brain for example:

  • Activate The Teddy 8 – Budding Brains will draw a large figure of 8 either using their hand or writing material to help engage the brain for art and creative activities. By doing this you are crossing the midline (the ability to reach across the middle of the body with the arms crossing over to the opposite side) and stimulating both sides of the brain.

This is an important developmental skill needed for everyday tasks such as putting on your shoes or hitting a ball. Crossing the midline with the dominant hand provides practise to develop good fine motor skills. It is suggested that not practising crossing the midline may make it difficult to track moving objects from one side to another or even tracking reading from left to right.

About our Classes

Teddy- cation is a new toddler class that combines education, with fun interactive activities covering different skills in the subjects areas; Art, English, Maths, Science, D&T, P.E. Geography and Music linked with Early Years Foudation Stage. By covering different subject areas and skills, each lesson is a new and exciting learning experience pitched at an age appropriate level .

Teddy- cation  is tailored specifically to the pre school  (2 ½ – 4yrs) developmental  phase and develops language and communication skills, listening skills, social and emotional skills, confidence, co-ordination, imagination, enquiring minds, creativity and exploration of different subject area skills.

The classes follow a set structure with Teddy Neuron greeting each child, a brain warm up exercise, a mission set by Teddy Neuron, a  fun practical activity based on a subject area, a circle time sharing and communication of the learning experience and sticker in their Super Hero Card, a self assessment activity to reflect on their learning and a good bye high five from Teddy Neuron. Each class teaches parents/carers simple skills and activities in different subject areas that can be used at home with the children.

Each class runs for 45 minutes over the course of a Warwickshire school term and has a maximum of 14 children attending each session. In the last week of each term Teddy Neuron’s Budding Brains (Buddies) get a certificate, and in the last week of the summer term they graduate into becoming Super Heroes themselves.





The Buddies are given the opportunity to speak and listen in a range of situations that will help to build their confidence and skills in expressing themselves. Through the class activities the children will respond to what they hear with relevant comments, questions and actions. The children will be given simple instructions involving several ideas and actions. The Buddies will be given opportunities to express themselves talking about events that have happened in the class and what might happen next, and to make connections between ideas and events e.g. at the end of the session reflecting on their experiences throughout the session.



The Buddies will be given opportunities to practise skills in counting numbers, identifying shapes and exploring measures (talking about sizes and comparing them).


This involves providing opportunities for the Buddies to be active and interactive and develop their co-ordination, control and movement. The Buddies will be given the experience to explore large and small movements to work towards becoming more confident in a range of ways, for example: safely negotiating space and controlling equipment to include throwing and catching balls; handling different tools to develop fine motor skills including using a pen, pencil and paint brushes.



The Buddies will be guided to make sense of the physical world through opportunities to explore and observe what is around them, looking at objects, materials and living things.



The Buddies will be supported to explore and play with a wide range of media and materials. We will provide opportunities for sharing their thoughts, ideas and feelings for a variety of activities in art, music, dance, design and technology.




Buddies will be helped to:

  • Develop a positive sense of themselves and others
  • Form positive relationships and develop respect for others
  • Develop social skills
  • Have confidence in their own abilities
  • Play co-operatively

We aim to encourage Buddies to become confident in trying new activities, to be able to speak in a familiar group about their ideas and work as part of a group following the rules of the class.






Photos taken by Lynne Gougeon and David Fawbert




  • £6.50
  • classes follow term times
  • 45 mins per class
  • different focus each week
  • Teddy Neuron leads the sessions for his Buddies

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Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Hatton Park Village Hall, CV35 7TR

Barcheston Drive, Hatton Park, Warwick, CV35 7TR
Warwick Gates Community Centre, CV34 6DZ

Cressida Close, Heathcote, CV34 6DZ
Cubbington Village Hall, CV32 7JR

Broadway, Cubbington, Leamington Spa, CV32 7JR



  • Hatton Park Village Hall, CV35 7TR
    10.00 – 10.45


  • Warwick Gates Community Centre, CV34 6DZ
    10.00 – 10.45


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Teddy-Cation locations

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Hatton Park Village Hall: 52.302000, -1.635603
Warwick Gates Community Centre: 52.268711, -1.538675
Radford Road Church, Leamington Spa: 52.284246, -1.527006
Cubbington Village Hall: 52.313706, -1.500611
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Hatton Park Village Hall

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Warwick Gates Community Centre

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Radford Road Church, Leamington Spa

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Cubbington Village Hall




1 hour ago


Next week we will be using a pipette as part of our under water theme! 💦🐠🐟🐬🐳🦀🦞
Using pipettes in water play can encourage and develop the children’s fine motor skills. The children need to squeeze the top of the pipette to collect water then let go to keep the water in. This enables the children to practise their pincer grip, a vital skill needed when learning to write.

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15 hours ago


What a first week back 🐻 we have loved ❤️every minute of it! I think the calendars were a hit judging by the children’s self assessment results – reflecting on which activity they liked the best!! 🐻 I think the results below speak for themselves, we are a very proud of you all 🥰

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2 days ago


One of our Buddies holding up her calendar masterpiece from yesterday’s class! We are very proud of her she did an amazing job!! #earlyyears #earlychildhoodeducation #preschoolactivities #preschoolclass #learning #creativity #imagination #learningisfun #finemotorskills #warwickshire #leamingtonspa #hatton #warwick #mumsofinstagram #preparingforschool

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3 days ago


🐻Optional Home Learning🐻

💦Water Activities💦

Washing up bowl with floating objects (lids, plastic animals, letters etc)and large serving spoon. This activity has many learning benefits for the child just through playing with the objects and water but you could encourage your child to scoop out the objects and sort by colour, type or size. How many objects can they scoop on one spoon full? Set a target of a certain amount to scoop out. Stir with the spoon what happens to the floating objects? Can they add new objects that sink to the bottom? Can they scoop letters out found in their name?

🧚‍♀️Fairy Soup (a popular activity)🧚‍♂️

Grab ingredients from the kitchen (flour, sugar, salt, lemon juice, herbs etc) or from plants and flowers outside in the garden (practise scissors skills, cutting some leaves) and add them to a water filled bowl. Stir in ingredients one at a time (food colouring could be added) and mix together, encourage imagination and language skills (model examples) talking about the magic ingredients than could be added. What do they notice happening – colour change, smell or texture? If it is a Magic potion what could it be used for?

Car 🚗 Wash 🧼

Bucket or washing up bowl, soap, sponges, brushes and cars. Give them a good clean and dry them. Drive the cars in the garden first to make them muddy for added fun!

(Images taken from Teaching 2 and 3 Year Olds and Lovepeaceandbeauty.com)

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3 days ago


💦The importance of Water Play💦

This week we are using water in class in a very simple way to draw our numbers but playing with water has so many benefits for the development of young minds.

1. Develop Motor Skills

Water Play gives many opportunities to develop fine and gross motor skills.
Children will increase their fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination through actions like pouring, squirting, scrubbing, stirring and squeezing.

Introduction of textures and sensory experiences introducing them to (slippy, slimy…) and temperatures. It will also help master the pincer grip which will enable them to hold a pencil correctly at school.

2. Problem Solving

Water play allows children to explore and make discoveries.

Observing something float or sink will teach them, in a very practical way, how and why things happen. It encourages them to use their imagination, develops creative thinking which plays an important role in problem-solving.

3. Language Development

Discover new words/terms whilst having fun with water and having conversations about it! Pour, Float, Sink, Cold, Deep, Drain, Flow etc.

4. Social, Emotional Growth

Water play can be a tranquil and repetitive activity (scooping, pouring and running their hands through the water). Gentle water play allows them to unwind, order their thoughts and relax.

It also encourages role play and crucial social skills like cooperation and sharing.

They learn to work with one or several children, to take turns and share the space and equipment with their friends.

5. Science and Maths Learning

Water Play builds the foundation for understanding various scientific concepts. It will introduce children to terms such as Full, Empty, Half, Less. The children can measure, compare volumes and observe motion and begin to understand the importance it plays in animal and plant life.

Water play isn’t just for the summer months this could be done through bath playtime, hosting a tea parties, painting with water on the pavement and many other activities.

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4 days ago


Great first day back, the Buddies did so well creating their calendars. I was really impressed with their number recognition knowledge too!! 👍🏻🐻

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5 days ago


Our seasons’ calendar we will be making in our first week back! Teddy Neuron and I can not wait to be back on Monday, we are looking forward to seeing you all! 🐻

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6 days ago


Winter months can sometimes seem long, dark and miserable. Why not be inspired by some of these free activities you could do with your little ones that are absolutely free!! Teddy Neuron particularly likes the indoor picnic idea – he does love his food!! 🐻

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1 week ago


From one bear to another, Teddy Neuron wants to join in on the fun 🐻

Sky News
Not everyone’s weekend has been ruined by the US snowstorms – here’s Tian Tian the panda at a zoo in Washington DC. (Footage from Smithsonian’s National Zoo and Conservation Biology Institute): trib.al/9b0AbCL

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1 week ago


In the process of making an example calendar for next week, just waiting on the calendar tabs!! I will be spending my evening cutting out chicken 🐓 shapes – I lead a rock and roll 🎸 life style 😂 Can’t wait for next week to see the Buddies make one ☝️ #earlychildhoodeducation #preschool #calendar #seasons #newyear #finemotorskills #learningisfun #lifelonglearners #warwickshire #teddycation #lifelonglearners

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1 week ago


I found this posted on Instagram by calmclassrooms and I loved their examples of positive language – a way to create positive behaviour. Using positive language conveys belief in children. To choose positive behaviours, children need to see themselves as capable individuals and responsible for their actions. Language matters. 🐻

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1 week ago


A great part of the Teddy-cation curriculum is dedicated to focusing on fine motor skills. We plan for types of activities that work on fine motor skills in ways that strengthen fingers, works on hand eye coordination and helps with precision. These activities include using play dough, threading, using tweezers and so much more. Fine motor skills are essential for performing everyday skills as well as academic skills. Crucially they allow for independence and develop those essential life skills. #finemotorskills #lifeskills #independence #confidence #earlychildhoodeducation #preschool #lifelonglearners #fun #learningisfun #handeyecoordination #precision

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1 week ago


Fab ideas for DIY games on the go 🐻

Keep kids entertained on-the-go with these mini playsets made from mint tins! 🙌
Make your own here: bzfd.it/2eCH3V5

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1 week ago


Next week is the start of term and we cannot wait to be back! We will be making our own calendar and exploring different seasons as well as looking at the digits that make up 2019. All activities are interactive, age appropriate and above all fun!! #newterm #newyear #imaginativeplay #havingfun #springterm #preschoolclass #warwickshire #toddlerclasses #earlychildhoodeducation #earlyyears

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2 weeks ago


What’s new for 2019?

Well this term, each week we will be posting a tip or optional home learning for you to do at home if you wish to. We will focus on different skills and areas of learning each week but the point of activity is to have fun and spend time together 🐻

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Contact Us

Email: becky@teddy-cation.co.uk, Tel: 07720 446453


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