"ShishuTots brings the essence of Shishukunj to our youngest children, from the age of 2 and 1/2...
all-round development, promoting Gujarati culture, and anchored in positive family values"
Please note that for the Spring 2021 term ShishuTots wil be run through virtual online sessions only. The information below reflects the normal ShishuTots format when run on site.
ShishuTots is a parent-toddler session, embodying the core essence of Shishukunj into a short weekly 90 minute session aimed at this younger age group.
Every week the session starts with a welcome song and short prayer (prathna). Thereafter there is a Baal Geet session, an Arts & Crafts session, an Activity session and finally to end a story and some snacks. The activity is different every week.. we choose from yoga, music, cooking, dance, games, gardening, the list is endless.
You're probably thinking that's a lot to cover in 90 minutes! The children love it, with a range of familiar and less familiar activities, but all aimed at providing a holistic range of development and with the subtle promotion of Gujarati and Indian culture. As always, learning through fun is at the heart of these sessions and all Shishukunj activities.
Children are eligible for ShishuTots if they have joined the Shishukunj registration list (link) and are between the ages of 2.5 and 5 years. Enrolment is on a termly basis, on a first come first served basis . Please look out for an enrolment invitation email each term when your child is the correct age. To clarify this enrolment is separate and unrelated to Shishukunj Kendra enrolment.
ShishuTots is delivered by a small core team of volunteer parents. As ShishuTots is a parent led activity all those who enrol and sign up to ShishuTots need to ensure they are committed to being available for one week of the term to help support the core team in running of the sessions. This will mean for one week of the term both parents (or parent and guardian) will need to attend the session - one to support your child(ren) in the session and one to support the running of the sessions.
If you are successful in getting a place then we will be in touch to confirm how/when you be required to support the running of the session.
The information below relates only to the Spring 2021 virtual format.
Spring Term Dates
January - 17, 24th and 31st
February - 7th and 28th
Closed for Half Term - 14th and 21st February
March - 7th, 14th and 21st
9.30 to 10.30am
£50 for 8 sessions (upfront payment required, no refund for missed weeks)
Age of Children
ShishuTots is only open to children who are aged over 2 and 1/2 years at the start of term. Children can continue attending until the end of the Summer term after their 5th birthday.
Children must be registered with Shishukunj in order to be eligible to join ShishuTots. Click here to register.
Before the start of each term all those eligible to join will be emailed and informed with the date and time that enrolment opens.
Due to the age of the children, at least one parent must attend and be with their child throughout the sessions.
For families with two children attending, we recommend both parents attend.
When we restart face to face sessions, all parents have to play a role in supporting the running of the sessions and therefore one parent per child will need to be available for one week in the term to actively help in delivering the sessions/setting up/tidying away etc.
Participation in ShishuTots does not fast-track or guarantee a place at any Shishukunj Kendra (centre). Each Kendra has a waiting list and membership is offered in strict order of when the registration form was received.
If you have any questions regarding the above, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.