Helen Simmons

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Parties

Why not invite us along on your little one's special day! Caterpillar Music parties are suitable for babies and children aged 0 to 4yrs and are also enjoyed by big brothers and sisters too! A combination of simple party games, action songs, instruments and amazing puppets provide a special party where young children can join in as much as they want to... We can even tailor the classes to include their favourie songs and a particular theme!

Each party has one member of the Caterpillar Music team for one hour, music, instruments and puppets for every child to use during the session, a pass the parcel game and a present for the birthday child!

Country

United Kingdom

Location

Town / City
London

Licensed to Lead

  • Caterpillars
  • Butterflies
  • Parties
  • Nurseries

Contact Details

Phone Number
020 3745 7945 / 07758 215073

Term Date Information

Term Dates
Winter/Spring term:
Jan 3rd, 2017 - Feb 9th, 2017
Feb 20th, 2017 - March 30th, 2017

Summer term:
April 18th, 2017 - May 25th, 2017
Jun 6th, 2017 - July 20th, 2017

Special Offers

We offer sibling discounts (under 6 months go free with paying sibling, siblings over 6 months get £50 off a block of 10 classes with a paying sibling)
Children sharing a nanny/childminder get the above rates also.
We also offer a 50% discount to those on income support.

10% party discount for Caterpillar Music Wimbledon class customers!

About Me

Experts agree that music enhances learning and helps babies and adults communicate and every class at Caterpillar Music is carefully planned with nursery rhymes and songs to help develop vocabulary. Playing percussion instruments fosters dexterity and provides an early introduction to music for young babies and children. Interaction with other children develops social skills, confidence and fun.

In each weekly class, parents or carers actively join in - and for good reason. It has been shown that children benefit from activities in which their parents or carers interact with them.

Hi, I am Helen, Mum of Harry, Jake and Finlay.

It was the birth of Harry really that lead me into this profession. After he was born, I attended various toddler groups and classes and really enjoyed my new life as a Mum. I had previously enjoyed teaching English to Japanese children through games and songs and had found the teaching aspect of my job really rewarding.

As a child I played the violin and recorder and growing up, we always had a piano in the house to tinker on as my Father was a classically trained pianist.

I am now trained in both Kodaly and Dalcroze methods of music teaching. Understanding more about these methods means I can incorporate countless different ways of teaching children rhythm, beat and tempo whilst injecting even more fun into the classes. I also use lots of different fun props, which have them squealing with delight. The children absolutely love the themes that we have and never cease to amaze me with the effort they put in to bringing something appropriate or dressing up accordingly (Thanks Mums and Dads!)

Harry, Jake and Finlay have a lot of fun with the themes too (as well as the puppets and props). The boys have been with me to a few of the classes and of course know all the songs!! We sing at home and they love music! I strongly believe that this experience has helped develop not only their strong linguistic ability (all three talking from an early age) their sense of rhythm, coordination, and turn-taking. Harry now plays piano, Jake is keen to learn the drums and Finlay is always singing. This could turn into the first Caterpillar Music rock group!

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I really look forward to this class every week! Helen has a lovely way with the children; she is gentle, energetic and engaging.
I love the different themes, and that songs and activities vary each week. It's really refreshing as most other baby groups just repeat the same things every week.
It is clear that a lot of thought goes into the planning and delivery of the classes. All the props and instruments are vibrant and fun (and clean!).
I'm so happy I found this class, it's exactly what baby classes should be: engaging, stimulating and run by someone who has a wonderful affinity with the children. Thank you!
Commented by Emma V March 01, 2015

I really look forward to this class every week! Helen has a lovely way with the children; she is gentle, energetic and engaging.
I love the different themes, and that songs and activities vary each week. It's really refreshing as most other baby groups just repeat the same things every week.
It is clear that a lot of thought goes into the planning and delivery of the classes. All the props and instruments are vibrant and fun (and clean!).
I'm so happy I found this class, it's exactly what baby classes should be: engaging, stimulating and run by someone who has a wonderful affinity with the children. Thank you!

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My son & I have been attending for a few weeks, signing up for a course following a free trial, we laugh together, sing together, play together and I get a free workout at the same time - I'm not sure who enjoys the class more!
Commented by Lilian Vorster February 27, 2015

My son & I have been attending for a few weeks, signing up for a course following a free trial, we laugh together, sing together, play together and I get a free workout at the same time - I'm not sure who enjoys the class more!

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I was looking for a music class to take my charge too and found caterpillar music and especially Helen. The best in wimbledon. 2 kids and 5 years on each class is very engaging, entertaining, interesting, lively and fresh every week.

The children love being able to choose their puppets, instruments, do a marching song, and very quickly recognise the simple structure of the class.

The class helps with the childrens confidence, co-ordination, social skills, memory.

Now aged 5.5 Katherine still remembers the songs she learned. Her little brother gets so excited at the mention of going to music.

It's a great way to learn new songs, make new friends and enjoy watching your little one learn in a fun safe environment, with a fantastic teacher.
Commented by Heather Crawford February 26, 2015

Great class

I was looking for a music class to take my charge too and found caterpillar music and especially Helen. The best in wimbledon. 2 kids and 5 years on each class is very engaging, entertaining, interesting, lively and fresh every week.

The children love being able to choose their puppets, instruments, do a marching song, and very quickly recognise the simple structure of the class.

The class helps with the childrens confidence, co-ordination, social skills, memory.

Now aged 5.5 Katherine still remembers the songs she learned. Her little brother gets so excited at the mention of going to music.

It's a great way to learn new songs, make new friends and enjoy watching your little one learn in a fun safe environment, with a fantastic teacher.

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Helen is full of energy and my kids love her ... Both have been from the age of 6months until they had to start school !
Commented by Juliette February 26, 2015

My kids have been to caterpillar music for 3 years !

Helen is full of energy and my kids love her ... Both have been from the age of 6months until they had to start school !

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Hello everyone!
What about Caterpillar Music?
I go with my 3 year old daughter.
For us it is a first English work experience because we come from France. So without knowledge of the language, English songs and customs! ...
Helen welcomed us with warmth, joy and friendship.
She knew how captivate Chloe, to tempt him to participate, learn, and it became a real joy to come for her.
There is a different theme each week and Chloe insists on choosing his disguise, her little object it will bring!
This is a group of very friendly moms.
So I have one thing to say: Thank you Helen and many come it's fantastic !!!
Sorry for my english...
Claire
Commented by Roques February 25, 2015

Hello everyone!
What about Caterpillar Music?
I go with my 3 year old daughter.
For us it is a first English work experience because we come from France. So without knowledge of the language, English songs and customs! ...
Helen welcomed us with warmth, joy and friendship.
She knew how captivate Chloe, to tempt him to participate, learn, and it became a real joy to come for her.
There is a different theme each week and Chloe insists on choosing his disguise, her little object it will bring!
This is a group of very friendly moms.
So I have one thing to say: Thank you Helen and many come it's fantastic !!!
Sorry for my english...
Claire

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I attend Caterpillar Music with my daughter (who is about to turn two). We absolutely love the class and look forward to it each week. Helen is the most enthusiastic and inspiring teaching I have ever met, and she manages to keep a class of toddlers enthralled and entertained throughout each session. Caterpillar Music is the highlight of our week and my daughter loves joining in with the class, and then singing the songs at home and re-enacting the games too. I whole-heartedly recommend this class.
Commented by Laura Angus February 22, 2015

Fantastic music class

I attend Caterpillar Music with my daughter (who is about to turn two). We absolutely love the class and look forward to it each week. Helen is the most enthusiastic and inspiring teaching I have ever met, and she manages to keep a class of toddlers enthralled and entertained throughout each session. Caterpillar Music is the highlight of our week and my daughter loves joining in with the class, and then singing the songs at home and re-enacting the games too. I whole-heartedly recommend this class.

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Helen is a wonderful teacher! She truly captures the toddlers' imaginations and you can tell they all love her, my son included. The classes follow a similar format each week but with the different themes and wonderful props Helen brings, they feel varied and fun. Thank you Helen!
Commented by Lucy ross February 22, 2015

Helen is a wonderful teacher! She truly captures the toddlers' imaginations and you can tell they all love her, my son included. The classes follow a similar format each week but with the different themes and wonderful props Helen brings, they feel varied and fun. Thank you Helen!

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I have been going to Helen's classes with my 2 year old daughter for about 5 months now and she absolutely LOVES it!!
Being a classical musician myself I really admire the brilliant job Helen does with the children. She has a very nice variety of songs and rhymes and keeps the children actively involved (singing, dancing, playing on little instruments) and interested all the time. She is very bubbly and has incredible energy and a lovely way with the children. She never forgets a name and I love the 'say hello/ goodbye' (name of each child) song at the beginning and end of each class. Helen clearly plans each lesson carefully and she has an impressive range of fun props that the children love. This class is the highlight of my daughter's week and I am always happy when I don't have to go to work on a Caterpillars morning so I get to go with her and see her be so happy!

Commented by Nynke Hijlkema February 18, 2015

I have been going to Helen's classes with my 2 year old daughter for about 5 months now and she absolutely LOVES it!!
Being a classical musician myself I really admire the brilliant job Helen does with the children. She has a very nice variety of songs and rhymes and keeps the children actively involved (singing, dancing, playing on little instruments) and interested all the time. She is very bubbly and has incredible energy and a lovely way with the children. She never forgets a name and I love the 'say hello/ goodbye' (name of each child) song at the beginning and end of each class. Helen clearly plans each lesson carefully and she has an impressive range of fun props that the children love. This class is the highlight of my daughter's week and I am always happy when I don't have to go to work on a Caterpillars morning so I get to go with her and see her be so happy!

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We have been attending Helen’s Butterflies music class for the past six months and we absolutely love it! Our daughter of 2.5 years is all about ''Helen’s music class!! Helen’s music class!!'' at the start of the week until we do actually attend the class on Wednesdays!
The songs are great, the toys & accessories are unique and entertaining and, above all, Helen is truly passionate about what she does which makes it so enjoyable for us!
Commented by Claire February 16, 2015

''Helen’s music class!!''

We have been attending Helen’s Butterflies music class for the past six months and we absolutely love it! Our daughter of 2.5 years is all about ''Helen’s music class!! Helen’s music class!!'' at the start of the week until we do actually attend the class on Wednesdays!
The songs are great, the toys & accessories are unique and entertaining and, above all, Helen is truly passionate about what she does which makes it so enjoyable for us!

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My son really enjoy this class. I also enjoy exciting music and rhymes. Especially, my teacher, Hellen is so devoted and passionate at the class. Always thanks.
Commented by Soyeon Ahn February 16, 2015

So exciting!

My son really enjoy this class. I also enjoy exciting music and rhymes. Especially, my teacher, Hellen is so devoted and passionate at the class. Always thanks.

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My daughter has been going to this class for about a year now and of all the classes she attends I think this is the most fun - great songs and props, but most importantly, Helen is a fabulous class leader. You can see she really enjoys what she's doing and the kids all love her. The passion she puts into the class means that it's not only fun for the kids, but really enjoyable for the mums too!
Commented by Leyla January 07, 2014

Really fun for both mum and child!

My daughter has been going to this class for about a year now and of all the classes she attends I think this is the most fun - great songs and props, but most importantly, Helen is a fabulous class leader. You can see she really enjoys what she's doing and the kids all love her. The passion she puts into the class means that it's not only fun for the kids, but really enjoyable for the mums too!

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My little boy and I attend this class and we absolutely love it. He is thrilled each week when I tell him we are a going singing with Helen and he enjoys every minute while we are there. If you are thinking of bringing your child to this class I would definitely recommend it. They will love all the puppets, instruments and singing. Helen is a great teacher and she has an excellent way with all the little ones.
Commented by Hanna Kerrigan January 05, 2014
Last updated: March 18, 2014

My little boy and I attend this class and we absolutely love it. He is thrilled each week when I tell him we are a going singing with Helen and he enjoys every minute while we are there. If you are thinking of bringing your child to this class I would definitely recommend it. They will love all the puppets, instruments and singing. Helen is a great teacher and she has an excellent way with all the little ones.

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It's a great class for learning through music and play and has been an excellent environment for early socialising. Evie has learnt to share and communicate with the other children

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We really enjoyed every week and the different topics, each class was full of laughter and fun and relaxed

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It's easy to tell she loves the class by the big grin and twinkle in her eyes as soon as the music starts

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