Where can I park and where do I go?
What do I need to bring with me to the swimming pool?
What are the changing room and poolside arrangements?
What should I do if my child is ill?
When can I start bringing my baby swimming?
What are the benefits of swimming lessons with your baby/child?

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Where can I park and where do I go?

  • There is parking available in the school car park and there is usually plenty of parking on the road outside the school entrance on Colehill Lane.
  • Follow the signs for the swimming pool. There is a separate entrance to the pool - You don’t need to go to the main school reception.
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What do I need to bring with me to the swimming pool?

  • If your child is not yet fully toilet trained, they must wear a swim nappy. A neoprene swim nappy needs to be snug around the legs and waist to do its job properly (but not too tight!).
  • If your child is fully toilet trained, cropped lycra shorts for boys (as Bermuda style shorts cause drag) and one-piece swim suits for girls, are recommended.
  • A neoprene baby wrap, baby wetsuit or thermal top is recommended if your child is likely to get cold in the water.
  • At least one towel or hooded towel for your child. These can be taken to the poolside.
  • Some milk for your baby or a healthy snack for your toddler/child (for health and safety reasons we cannot allow food on the poolside).
  • If needed, a wipeable changing mat, that can be placed in the changing room for you to change your baby on.
  • Your own swimwear and towel, as you will be going in the pool with your child.
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What are the changing room and poolside arrangements?

  • You may bring pushchairs/baby car seats into the changing room area.
  • No photography or filming allowed on poolside or in the changing rooms please.
  • Aim to arrive no more than 15 minutes before your lesson and try to leave by 15 minutes after your class to help avoid changing room congestion.
  • Please either remove outdoor shoes or wear the plastic over-shoes, provided by St. Michael’s Middle School, before entering the changing rooms and poolside.
  • Please take your used nappies home.
  • No snacks on the poolside please.
  • Please wring out your costumes at a drainage point rather than onto the changing room floor.
  • Guests may watch the lesson from the viewing gallery.
  • No unaccompanied children are allowed on the poolside or in the viewing gallery.
  • If your baby is tired or hungry then they are unlikely to enjoy their swimming lesson. For breast or bottle-fed babies there is no problem feeding them immediately before or after the class (or even withdrawing for a few minutes during the class).
  • For older babies on solids, it’s best to leave a little time before the class starts to prevent regurgitation in the water.
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What should I do if my child is ill?

  • If your child has a chest, ear or eye infection they shouldn’t swim until it has completely cleared.
  • Please don’t bring your child to the pool until they have been well for 2 weeks, after suffering from diarrhoea or a sickness bug.
  • Going swimming is unlikely to worsen a mild cold and will not increase the likelihood of an ear infection unless your baby has a perforated eardrum.
  • Please do not bring your child to a swimming class with anything that could be infectious, such as chickenpox, which is considered infectious until all the blisters have dried up.
  • It’s worth remembering that children are often exhausted after an illness and need some time to recuperate before returning to their swimming lessons.
  • Unfortunately, we can't offer a refund.
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When can I start bringing my baby swimming?

  • You can bring your newborn baby as soon as you feel ready.
  • According to the NHS, you can take your newborn baby swimming regardless of whether they have been vaccinated.
  • If your child has had a vaccination that day, however, they probably won’t feel up to swimming on the same day.
  • It is advised to allow the umbilical cord to have healed over to avoid infection.
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What are the benefits of swimming lessons with your baby/child?

Physical Benefits

Benefits for You: Classes are great for strengthening your core stability and they help the increase in muscle tone and the loss of calories and body fat. Benefits for Your Baby/child: Swimming can help develop strength and coordination. It aids in baby’s early development, such as early walking. Associated motor skills are also improved through regular exercise.

Emotional Benefits

Benefits for You: The classes give you precious bonding time with your baby. Exercise releases endorphins, which leads to better moods and increased self-esteem. Swimming can also relieve stress through developing your heartbeat and fitness levels. Benefits for Your Baby: Starting to swim at an early age familiarises children with water and gives them confidence. It is a natural environment for babies, in which they feel safe and secure.

Social Benefits

Benefits for You: Classes provide an opportunity to meet new parents in a friendly and relaxed environment. Benefits for Your Baby/child: During the class, babies/children interact with others in a fun and happy social environment.

Intelligence Benefits

Weekly classes maintain your baby’s development and the water provides a great sensory environment for your baby/child. Swimming classes are structured to ensure babies are constantly and continuously stimulated. The songs and games are really effective ways to communicate with your baby, promoting learning through repetition, rhyme and movement.

Language Benefits

Language development can be improved through swimming. Babies are constantly interacting with you and other babies and children throughout the classes. The teacher also provides a verbal stimulus.

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