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Baby and toddler swims

Baby and Toddler Swim School Sessions. Images with mothers with their babies in the swimming pool

Learning through exploration and games

We provide high quality Parent and Baby, Parent and Toddler, and Pre-Swim School sessions at Arnold, Calverton and Carlton Forum Leisure Centre.

We also offer a free 30 minute taster session for anybody wanting their baby or toddler to start enjoying the water. Find out more about this below.  

All our baby and toddler sessions follow the Discovery Duckling Awards and Duckling Awards as part of the Swim England Pre-School Framework. Our qualified swimming instructors will guide you and your child through the basics of water safety and teach the water skills needed while using fun activities and games.

For swimming lessons for children over 4 years old, take a look at our Swim Stars webpage.

"Alfie’s confidence has improved so much. He wouldn't get in the pool when we first started lessons but now he jumps in without hesitation. The swimming instructor has helped with his confidence and made swimming fun!"

Parent and Baby sessions

Parent and baby swimming sessions provide quality time for you to bond with your baby while introducing them to the water. Your baby will gain confidence and learn to feel comfortable being in the water while you support them along with using floatation equipment and a number of holds and support positions.

These sessions help your baby to develop social skills as well as giving you the chance to meet other like-minded parents and guardians in the class.

Suitable for ages 0-18 months.

Please note that it is advised that people who have given birth do not accompany their baby in the water until they have had their 6 week postnatal check.

Price £28 per month.

Parent and Toddler sessions

Your child will improve their confidence in the water, develop stroke techniques and learn essential water skills to help keep them safe in and around water.

Our qualified swimming instructors use fun activities and games during the sessions to help keep the children engaged.

Suitable for ages 18 months-3 years

Price £28 per month.

Pre-Swim School sessions

In the pre-swim school sessions your child will learn to move more independently in the water, jump into the water, submerge underwater, float, and travel 10 metres with floatation equipment.

These sessions are ideal for preparing your child for Stage 1 of our Junior Swim Stars programme where they can continue improving their swimming techniques and develop further life-saving water skills.

Suitable for ages 3-4 years

Price £28 per month.

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Pre-Swim School combined session

At Calverton Leisure Centre we offer Pre-Swim School Combined Sessions. These sessions are ideal for developing your child’s water confidence. These sessions are aimed at learning through exploration and games in a social setting. As well as for those that are looking for sessions to build up confidence and knowledge for starting Junior Swim Stars.

Suitable for ages 0-4

Price £28 per month.

To check availability and to book your child onto any of our swimming lessons, please contact Arnold, Calverton or Carlton Forum Leisure Centre.

Try a free baby and toddler session

Try a Parent and Baby, Parent and Toddler and Pre-Swim School swimming session for free. Our taster sessions are a great way for your baby or toddler to start becoming more confident in the water and begin learning vital swimming skills.

For more information or to book a place, please call or visit Arnold, Calverton or Carlton Forum Leisure Centre.

Terms and conditions for the free taster session

  • Entitles the customer to one free 30 minute swimming session on our Parent and Baby, Parent and Toddler or Pre-Swim School sessions.
  • Can only be used once per child in a 12 month period.
  • Customer required to pre-book. Please inform us of which lesson you would like to join and we will advise on availability.
  • There is no obligation for a customer to take out a swim lesson membership after the free session.

A joining fee applies to all swimming lessons. For more information, visit the swimming lessons terms and conditions webpage and the changes to memberships webpage.

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