MAD Academy Wokingham
Welcome! My name is Amanda Chivers and I run MAD Academy in Wokingham and the surrounding areas. As well as running fun, high energy classes for children and parents, I also provide sessions in nurseries and children’s centres and can bring a touch of MADness to children’s parties Classes are packed full of music, movement and dance. There will be lots of songs and activities, as well as plenty of well-loved favourites. MAD Academy classes are focused on movement and activity – essential learning for children especially in their early years. When children move and join in with play, games and activities they are:-
- developing their sense of spatial awareness
- developing their fine and gross motor skills
- developing their creativity, thinking and problem solving skills
- deepening their understanding of how things work.
All of these skills will stay with them for life. They’ll impact on how they process visual information, participate in activities and think and adapt to the world around them. These skills are also important to support language, literacy and communication development. We will be using the power of music and dance to help your child develop in eight key areas of learning using the government’s Early Years Learning Framework.
- Musicality – we will introduce children to things such as rhythm, pitch, voice control, dynamics or instruments
- Listening & communication – we will focus on good listening and speaking skills
- Motor skills –using our props and dances to develop things like spatial awareness, ball skills, finger control, gross motor co-ordination etc.
- Knowledge of the world – learning about animals, transport, food or our bodies.
- Numeracy – for the older children, we will be using music and song to learn early numeracy skills & knowledge e.g counting, colours and shapes
- Phonics – for the older children we will start making them aware of early phonic sounds in a fun and physical way
- Senses – for the babies we will focus on exploring those rapidly developing senses which are so important in helping babies learn about the world around them
- And of course we will continue to help children develop those fundamental social skills as we all enjoy coming together in our class and making friends.
|Walkers to Four||Saturday||10.00 – 10.45||Winnersh Community Centre Winnersh|
|Monday||10:30 – 11:15||Finchampstead Baptist Church, Gorse Ride, RG40 4ES|
|Thursday||13.30 – 14.15||Binfield – The Function Room Binfield Club|
Autumn/Winter Term 2018
Monday 10 September – Saturday 15 December 2018
(No Classes week of Monday 22 October to Saturday 27 October inclusive)
Full Term: 13 MAD Academy classes @ £5.50 per class = £71.50 (sibling rate & child minders rate £54.30 per child). Discounted rate applies for additional children only
First Half Term: 6 MAD Academy classes @ £6.00 per class = £36 (sibling rate & child minders rate £30.00 per child) Discounted rate applies for additional children only
Second Half Term: 7 MAD Academy classes @ £6.00 per class = £42 (sibling rate & child minders rate £35.00 per child) Discounted rate applies for additional children only.
I regularly run MAD Academy classes in nurseries, children's centres and preschools for babies and preschool children from 3 months to 4-5 years old. Classes are designed for the specific age and development stage of the childrena nd activies are aligned to many of the Early Years Learning Goals. Sessions range from 30-45 minutes and can be adapted to meet your specific need. More details are on my nursery page.
Facebook Follow us on Facebook for all the latest news, ideas of things to try at home and there will also be occasional free downloads of our music and resources. https://www.facebook.com/madacademywokingham If you haven’t been to MAD Academy before please come along and try a class – you are welcome to join us at any point during the term subject to availability. If you would like more details about any of my classes and parties, please contact me. If you would like to book a particular class, please complete the quick on-line form by clicking on the Book a Class link on the right hand side of the page. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm availability.
I have been taking my 2 and a half year to the Saturday morning class at Winnersh for over a term now. He is shy and quiet at times but doesn't stop talking about his music class all week and really looks forward to it! Amanda is warm, energetic, enthusiastic and very approachable. The classes are fun and relaxed (the tunes sick in your head!) and no competitiveness which I have experienced at other bigger classes. Well worth giving it a try, its a great way to spend time with your child and they'll learn loads Sally – Rufus mum My daughter absolutely LOVES mad academy? It's the highlight of her week and I'm constantly being asked if its on today. The activities change each week which keeps it exciting for the little ones. Amanda moves quickly from song/activity to the next so my daughters attention never waivers which is a miracle for a 2 year old! It's high energy and lots of fun – would definitely recommend it. Jenny from Binfield – Elsie mum My son and I thoroughly enjoy MAD Academy classes; not only do we have lots of fun but it's made notable developmental advancements i.e. enhancing listening skills and the ability to follow instructions, learning about rhythm, a range of musical sounds and dance as well as other educational skills through games. Amanda is a natural with the children and they love her – she is good fun and has a gentle approach – allowing children to go at their pace in an unhurried and unpressurised environment. I recommend these classes to all. Zac's mum "It was great to have a variety of ways to engage with the children such as the bean bags, parachutes, balls and musical instruments!" Sarah We had a 4th birthday party for my son in Sandhurst. Amanda kept 20 children aged 2-6 completely engaged and having fun for well over an hour. Every parent in the room was so impressed! Brilliant!!! Laura – Callun’s mum MAD academy is lovely for all kids. Amanda came.to our preschool and managed to engage 30 kids between the ages of 18m and 7 years all in one go. Such a lovely lady and such good fun for the kids! Catherine – Emmbrook preschool I am a Nanny in Wokingham and I take the little boy I look after to the Thursday session at 10.30am in Bracknell, and he just LOVES it!!! He is always so excited when I say 'it's mad academy today'!! He really enjoy the class with Amanda, she is so lovely and enthusiastic always makes everything so fun in class, she is very good at reading the children if they have particularly enjoyed something she can adapt the lesson so well. My little one learns something new every week, he listens and copies following Amanda's instructions so well which is so so lovely to see, We think Amanda is great and we always look forward to coming! I really can't rate Mad Academy high enough, I did previous classes with the elder sister of my little one now which was 6 yrs ago and I love it just as much now as i did then!! If you're looking for a fun, energetic, music, and dance class with added learning skills to be learnt then this is the class!!!! Emma My daughter Ruby has really enjoyed her MAD Academy sessions. Having started them as a young baby, it has been great watching her learn and develop each week. She loves every aspect of the class from exploring new items in the sensory bags to having a jig along to the music. Although her absolute favourite part has to be kisses with Ralph! Leanne
As well as running fun and funky music and movement classes for toddlers and preschoolers, Amanda Chivers is available as a party entertainer. Children’s birthday parties are all about music, dancing, games and lots and lots of fun! That’s what MAD Academy specialises in providing! We are experts at leading music and dance parties for toddlers and preschool children and bringing our birthday magic to even the youngest baby. We also pride ourselves in getting everyone involved in the fun, even if ages are mixed, so brothers and sisters, friends and family all enjoy the party entertainment too!
Children’s party entertainer
Amanda Chivers runs MAD Academy Wokingham. She and her team of highly experienced party entertainers can bring that extra sparkle to toddler’s birthday parties. They provide their special brand of fun and funky party entertainment throughout the Wokingham area, including Bracknell, Winnersh, Binfield, Crowthorne, Finchampstead and Sandhurst. Amanda will provide you with a trained and CRB checked party leader who will come to the venue of your choice. They will lead the children in a fun-packed hour of singing, dancing and party games and come fully equipped with:
- loads of exciting props, such as parachute and bubbles
- sound system, party songs and funky dance routines designed to get even the youngest child bopping away
- fun games with prizes
- instruments for all to play
Themed birthday parties
Does your child want a special party theme? We have lots of great party games, songs and dances for pirate parties, princess parties, superhero parties, sports parties, and fairy parties. If there is another theme that your child would love, then let Amanda know and she will try to create a birthday party plan just for you! So if you are trying to organise a kid's birthday party and want to make it special, call Amanda today on 07714202951 to find out more about how she can make your child’s party a day to remember!
Lucy had a fantastic party and all the parents thought you did a brilliant job entertaining her and all of her friends. It was great to be able to enjoy the party and leave it to you to run the entertainment which was exactly what we were looking for. We would very happily recommend you to our friends and family and thank you again for helping to make Lucy's party such a lovely afternoon.
10 December 2015 We had Amanda run a session at our son's christening party and all the children (aged 1-11) enjoyed themselves and I even think the parents including myself had fun too. My husband said it was the best money he had spent. Thanks again Amanda for helping make this a special day.
For the last 2 years now, we have asked Amanda at MAD Academy to come to our son’s birthday parties to entertain the children. This year our theme was “Pirates” and Amanda did a great job of putting together lots of pirate themed activities such as songs and a mini treasure assault course. She even dressed up as a pirate as did Ralph the MAD Academy Bear! The parachute at the end is always a favourite with the children too. We had a happy group of 13 three and four year olds who had a fantastic time and slept well that night!
What more could children want! Thanks for putting together such a great Mad Academy birthday party for Kayla – she and her friends had such a great time and you did a fantastic job of getting into the 'Princes & Princesses' theme she had chosen. You catered for all the ages at the party & it was nice and varied, with great music, instruments, activities & bubbles…
Linda – Kayla mum – aged 4
Thanks for making Ben’s 3rd birthday party so much fun for both the children and the parents. We had lots of compliments from the parents on how much they enjoyed the party. It was lovely to see Ben and his friends running around singing, dancing and playing instruments. It was great to have a variety of ways to engage with the children such as the bean bags, parachutes, balls and musical instruments. I would definitely recommend a MAD Academy party to anyone considering fun ways to entertain their child and their friends!
Amanda came to entertain 25 children for my daughters 4th birthday party. My daughter asked for princess and pirates and amanda made sure she had a fantastic time. We couldn't have asked for a better entertainer
Amanda hosted my daughters 3rd Birthday Party this weekend. She had her party with 3 of her NCT Friends which resulted in 31 children!!!! Amanda checked in with me before the party to see if we had a theme so she could prepare her party to coincide with our theme and she asked if we had fav songs etc. On the day she was amazing, she had all the kids joining in with her and had everything under control. After her hour was up, we did pass the parcel and had forgotten our stereo – without hesitation she said don't worry I'll stay and do the music so she went above and beyond what she was paid to do. We all had an amazing time and would definitely use her again. Thank you Amanda xx Suzy – Ellie's mum