Welcome to Baby Sensory at West Perth and Mount Claremont. We truly appreciate that your baby’s first year of life plays a crucial part in their future development.
Our multi award-winning programme is designed specifically for babies from birth to 13 months and based on over 40 years of evidence-based research into babies’ learning and development. Our classes are a complete and holistic approach to supporting your baby’s development and are filled with beautiful and magical experiences whilst providing you with hundreds of ideas for play, supporting the development of your relationship with your baby and an opportunity to meet other caregivers.
The programme was founded by Dr Lin Day in 2003 who recognised the importance of sensory input during the first year of life as a baby’s brain doubles in volume as a direct result of exposure to a variety of activities and experiences. Therefore, Dr Day wanted to offer parents the opportunity to spend quality time with their little one, whilst empowering them with information about development and ideas for play.
Essentially, early sensory input in a safe and secure relationship supports a range of developmental systems and provides the foundations for all future learning. Our classes are warm and inviting so parents who come to class not only benefit from seeing their babies learn and develop they also enjoy making precious memories and have the opportunity to meet other caregivers.
Our multi-sensory activities will stimulate your baby in a variety of ways, crucial for their global development in these precious early stages. Each and every activity, as well as the format and running order of our activities has been designed with extensive research into baby development in mind.
During each activity, we will explain what we are doing and why, along with any essential safety information. This information is designed to empower you with developmental knowledge and ideas for play and engagement and to keep your baby safe.
Every week at Baby Sensory is different, with many different themes throughout the year. From Baby Pirates and Jungle Jitters to Light Shows and Creative Play, there is always something new to explore!
Our class routine however always remains the same. Every class is 1 hour in duration and the structure is designed to mimic baby's natural play-rest-play cycle, ensuring they get the most out of the session.
We start in the Sensory Area for 20-25 minutes and then, because research shows that babies can only concentrate for 25 minutes during the first year, we have a 15-20 minute free play period in our designated Exploratory Play Area. This is a great opportunity to meet other parents and to find out what your baby enjoys, as well as giving them a chance for some free or restful play, before we head back to the Sensory Area for more activities.
This is something we are asked frequently!
Brain development is the foundation of all future learning, and there is no better time to encourage this than during the first year, when the brain doubles in size (by age 3, it is at 80% of adult volume).
Most of this change takes place in the first 3 months, so starting early gives your baby access to a wide range of stimulating experiences, which we know form an important role in this brain development. Encouraging your baby in this way directly influences what information enters the brain, how the brain processes it and strengthens the pathways between brain cells, which forms the majority of change of growth in the brain.
In addition, much of what we do in class is designed for you to do at home with your little one- giving you plenty of ideas for play whilst aiding development.
Classes operate on a term basis that roughly align with school terms. As a result, bookings for the term are normally made in 10 week blocks with 10 x 1hr sessions being $225.
We also offer a 2 class trial for $40 which allows you to try before you buy. Trial places occur within our normal class setting and are therefore subject to availability.
In addition, we run special weekend classes from time to time which are worth keeping an eye out for, especially if you are a working parent!
Ask us about our generous twin and group discounts for term bookings!
Everything you need for activities during class will be provided for you! All you need to remember is your everyday changing bag and a pair of socks as we operate a no shoe policy and, ask all adults to wear socks to maintain hygiene.
Some parents choose to bring a blanket for their baby, particularly those with reflux. However, we do provide fleeces for your baby to lay on.
We appreciate that you may need to feed your baby during classes and therefore welcome you to do so at any time. Our venues are pro-choice and inclusive and we respect your individual needs.
Breast or bottle feeding can be undertaken anywhere in our venues but we ask that feeding of solid food be done in non-matted areas to maintain cleanliness and avoid risk to babies with known or unknown allergies. Please ensure all mess is cleared away.
The health and safety of you and your baby is of utmost importance to us at Baby Sensory.
We have developed a bespoke Baby Sensory and Toddler Sense COVID-19 Management and Safety Plan which contains our policies, processes and approaches to operating Baby Sensory classes in the COVID-19 environment, with a particular focus on how we can keep our Class Leaders and Customers safe.
All props and toys used for activities or in our play area are cleaned between classes which means your baby is free to mouth. In fact, mouthing is an essential part of development and should not be discouraged unless it is unsafe for them to do so!
As an extra measure, we also have our red bucket in the play area which is great for when your baby has excessively mouthed anything during the play break. Simply pop it in here to prevent other babies playing with it and we can give it a wipe before popping it back out. Rest assured that, even if it isn't in the red bucket at the end of class, everything still gets cleaned. You may see us doing a quick tidy at the end of the break but we're simply popping things into position, ready to be wiped down before the next class starts.
In addition, we have hand sanitizer which can be used on your arrival and we request socks are worn by adults during classes. Any additional safety information will be given out as required during activities, as required
To find out more about the adaptations we are making and the changes you may experience in your classes during the COVID-19 period please click here.
We understand that from time to time, you may miss a class or your situation changes. As per the Baby Sensory Terms and Conditions, we are under no obligation to refund a booking once your block has commenced.
However, we encourage you to make-up any missed sessions during the term. Please (where possible) notify your class leader, or myself of any absences so we can accommodate make-up sessions. As an alternative, you can gift classes to a friend but this must be discussed with your class leader first.
Booking is via our online booking system.
Just click on the "Book Now" button below which will take you through to the booking system.
As an existing customer, you can login using your email address and password (reset your password if you have forgotten!). For new customers, register your email address to create an account, and you are all ready to book yourself in.
Classes often book out quickly so please book your space early to avoid disappointment. When you have booked, please pay close attention to your booking confirmation email which outlines any specifics about your class and venue (including footwear and parking arrangements specific to each venue).
As a programme, Baby Sensory has become a national and international award winner and since it’s introduction to Australia, has won the award for “BEST ACTIVITY FOR 0-2 YEAR OLDS” in the What’s on 4 little ones awards FOUR TIMES! (2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019).
The success of Baby Sensory is built on the commitment to provide high quality learning experiences and excellent service
We wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land that we meet on, the Whadjuk (Perth region) people. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this city and this region.