Child Development

Through Play


Why First Playtime

First Playtime is for you if you are caring for little ones and want to make the most of those precious first three years.

Help your child build their self-confidence with this natural approach to child development.

In allowing and observing self-initiated play, we focus on the wellbeing of both you and your child, supporting respectful care, positive relationships and healthy motor development.

Baby Classes & Toddler Classes

First Playtime Classes sow the seeds for essential life skills, including socialisation, self-motivation and resilience, in children of varying abilities, aged between birth and three years…

New Authentic Parenthood Course

This new course is designed just for busy, possibly-a-little-overwhelmed parents like you, who are trying to give your little ones the best start in life whilst juggling work, family and looking after yourself.

Respectful Care Workshops

Developed over several years, these workshops bring deeper insight into the development of the child as a whole human being, enabling deeper, more respectful relationship and understanding…

Playthings for Self-Initiated Play

Toys and Playthings are not a necessity. Our homes provide every opportunity for self-discovery and adventure, but if you want to choose gifts for the little one in your life, here are some suggestions…

Thank you, Rachel. I enjoyed our Thursday session very much. There are always so many things I notice and think about but most of the time I feel like I might be overthinking this whole parenting thing so I usually keep it to myself.

It is great having this environment where it feels safe to share my thoughts. I want to do a great job of being Mum as that’s the project which I have dedicated myself to for the rest of my life. So I do care about the way I execute it. Thank you for being a great listener.

I look forward to learning more!
— Petra - about Authentic Parenthood

Free Taster Session

To come and experience a First Playtime Class, use the button below to go to our bookings mini-site. Select the class you're interested in and look for the Free Taster Session option.


The Willow Room, Bridge House, Mill Lane, Padworth, RG7 4JU