The swimming pool at Birch Wood School, Melton Mowbray is a hydrotherapy pool heated to 34 degrees. This temperature is ideal for small babies to help them feel comfortable and relaxed in the water. We will support you in discovering you and your baby's own rhythm in the water as well as teaching various holds and learning to swim together. These classes are not only water introduction for your baby but we also create an environment with music where you learn to relax and take in some valuable relaxation time with your little one.

We hold 3 classes every Friday Lunchtime between 12pm and 1:15pm (term time only). Each class lasting 25 mins.



Our ‘Nurturing Babies in Water’ classes (8 weeks to 6 months old) are designed for a new baby in mind. Newborn babies are highly sensitive to sensory stimulation. Their introduction to a pool environment at this time requires special teaching to lower the risk of age-inappropriate stimulation that can be damaging in the short or long term. They will start to learn and explore the water through the discovery of their own body. Through the loving touch and parental tones, your baby will start to develop and become aware of their own individual senses:

  • Taste

  • Smell

  • Sight

  • Hearing

  • Touch

Our unique programme shows you how to support and hold your baby whilst your baby is given time to adjust and take in their new surroundings. An introduction to water at this early stage can also be transferable to bath times, where you can take your new found skills to make bath time a special moment for all the family to enjoy. To ensure you and your baby receive individual attention, our classes hold up to five parents and babies. Our classes are also a great opportunity for you and your little one to make new friends. When your baby is ready, around 4 - 6 months they will be able to join our bigger pool at Asfordby to develop their skills even further.

These classes are also ideal for babies with sensitive needs and premature babies with weight from 10lbs.

Upon first enrolment, we offer a free Happy Nappy for your baby.


Our price for group classes is £12 per session. We do not operate on a ‘pay per class’ basis. Payment is required in advance of joining the classes for the half-term block. Swim sessions last 25 mins. Please arrive 10 mins before your swim splash class is due to begin to allow time for changing.


“I've been taking my little one Eryn to the classes at Birch Wood for young babies and we've both really enjoyed it. A great way to bond and Eryn has developed each week, and loves the water! Carla and the team are professionals - really friendly and approachable. I'd definately recommend these classes. We're going to be graduating soon, then its off to Asfordby and the big pool!” Ellie Lovett

“I was a bit nervous about taking my baby swimming after my c section as I'm still a bit tender and not nearly as strong as I used to be but Carla and the team made me feel at ease and really supported me to enjoy swimming with my little one. She's a sensitive baby and suddenly seemed very aware of the world and everything was making her jump so I wasn't sure she'd enjoy swimming but the atmosphere at Birchwood was perfect for easing her into it. Nice and warm too. She's now so much more confident and happy in the water and I'm really looking forward to taking her in the big pool in Asfordby. It's also helping with her constipation. I would definitely recommend Carla's classes.” Alison Elsome


Friday 6th September - Friday 11th October 2019 (6 week block) Half term no class on Friday 18th October 2019 Friday 25th October 2019 - Friday 13th December 2019 (8 week block)


Friday 10th January - Friday 14th February 2020 (6 week block) Half term no class on Friday 21st February 2020 Friday 28th February - Friday 3rd April 2020 (6 week block)


Friday 24th April 2020 - Friday 22nd May (5 week block) Half term no class on Friday 29th May 2020 Friday 5th June 2020 - Friday 10th July 2020 (6 week block)