How old does my child have to be to start swimming?
At Molly's Little Minnows we believe it is best to start your child swimming as soon as you can. We start our lessons from 9 weeks old in our baby classes, and run them up to no maximum age (including adult and aqua natal classes).
Do I need to be in the water with my child?
For our Minnie Minnows (baby classes), yes you will be in the water with your Little Minnow and a qualified teacher. (1 parent per child in the water).
For our Toddler classes 2yrs + and our group and private lesson, no, we recommend that you do not get in the water, but a teacher will be in the water with them.
We recommend children go into lessons around age 2yrs/3yrs independently. This is the best way to build water confidence and progress.
What happens if we miss a session or I change my mind?
Unfortunately, if you miss a session, as you commit to a block, all classes missed will still be charged for as it is a set course. The course is a Non-Refundable payment (clarified when booking).
Will my child do badges?
Yes, at Molly's Little Minnows we absolutely love badge week! Badges are done after every term on the last lesson (their normal class time). We generally do distance badges the week before and skills badge at the end. As we now have some Minnows doing long distances now we hire out the pool for an extra free session so they have time and space to complete their distance
Have a look on our Facebook Page for all the amazing Little Minnows that have achieved their STA badges!
What experience and qualifications do the teachers have?
They are all either ASA or STA qualified in swimming teaching and are CRB checked. All of our instructors are fully trained and are always being continually assessed as we believe it is important to have the best of the best!
How long will it take for my child to learn to swim?
We cannot put a time scale on this as every child is different. However, we aim to cater for your child’s individual needs by adapting to support them as best as we can in their swimming journey. We have a 100% success rate and a 99.4% return rate.
How will I know how well my child is doing?
We understand how important it is to track your child’s progress. Therefore, at Molly’s Little Minnows we have an Online Portal, this allows you to message me for feedback. We also send you a feedback email written by your teacher on week 5 and always feel free to come and speak to your little one’s teacher every few weeks!
The 'Water Wobbles'
We understand that not everyone feels entirely confident and comfortable in the water — including both adults and little ones.
This may help you to understand what’s going on with the ‘water wobbles’ and how we can help.
If your little one goes through this natural development phase, the important thing is not to worry—you’ll only pass your stress on to your baby or toddler. Don’t be embarrassed if they won’t get in the pool or if they’re upset in the lesson: follow the advice of our teachers — who’ve seen it all before! Indeed, many will have gone through it with their own children, and will know exactly how you’re feeling.
Just keep smiling, keep calm, and remind yourself it’s just a temporary phase.
Quite a few of our Minnie Minnows or Little Minnows come to us specifically because mum or dad can’t swim or are frightened of water. They may want to ensure that their child never develops the same fear, or to give them opportunities they never had.
We respect and admire this attitude, and work closely with these parents to help promote confidence in water for them and their baby. We'll make absolutely sure we don't ask you to do anything you're not comfortable with. Many of our mums and dads gain so much confidence bringing their little ones that they then learn to swim themselves!
It’s very unusual for small children to dislike water from the start. After all, there’s very little about the water for them to be afraid of. We introduce swimming very gently and slowly; and we incorporate lots of fun, smiling and activities into our classes. It’s far more common for them to develop the ‘water wobbles’ once they’ve already been having lessons for a while.
All in all, the younger your child starts to swim, the more at home they’ll feel in the water.
Parents are often surprised and upset when their baby or toddler suddenly stops enjoying the water. It can be terribly frustrating to see your Minnows seemingly unsure or upset when he or she used to adore swimming! But don’t worry, it’s a common developmental phase that kicks in between around 8-24 months. It’s so common that, to help you. So don’t worry: they will come out of it, and everything they learned and loved before will come back. Often, our most confident little swimmers are the ones who’ve been through the worst of the wobbles and come out again the other side.
There is a lot of little ones with 'water wobbles' you're not alone!