Highly Commended: Best Baby & Toddler Group in Gloucestershire!
We did it! Babel Babies was Highly Commended in the Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017 in the Best Baby & Toddler Group category.
What a fantastic night at the Gloucestershire Family Awards 2017 at Stonehouse Court Hotel. It was an honour to be in the room with so many incredible family-run and family-friendly Gloucestershire businesses, and as Kate Starkey (the wonderful community champion that is CheltenhamMaman) said in her introduction, everyone in attendance was already a winner. Corny isn't she? Perhaps, but it's true.

We are delighted to have been Highly Commended as Best Baby & Toddler Group in Gloucestershire, but much more than that, we are delighted to be part of such a wonderful community of like-minded businesses. We chatted to Jessica Earl from Earl's & Co. and Bonnie from Simpsons Fish and Chips at our table, and caught up with our gorgeous friends Hannah and Jules from The Baby Journey, Libby from Cheltenham preloved clothing shop Carousel, Vicki from Baby Prints Cheltenham, Emma from Mini Moments where Cate did antenatal and postnatal yoga and met so many friends, Laura from Cheltenham Rocks (the invaluable resource for working out what the heck to do with the kids every day), Nicole from the Cheltenham and Gloucester Sling Library who saved Cate's back when lugging heavy babies around with her sling advice and lending service, Lucy who was representing Gloucestershire Breastfeeding Supporters' Network, Andrea from Tatty Bumpkin Cheltenham, the very much deserving winner of our category, the girls from Boogie Beats and last, but not least, Megan and our super accountancy team from Alanbrookes.

What does this award commendation mean for us? Well, Babel Babies is really just getting started, and to have been recognised at this stage of our development is incredibly exciting for our little language revolution. We are working hard on our Early Years and Key Stage 1 and 2 programmes, in partnership with some amazing local schools, pre-schools and nurseries, and we will be rolling out our languages programmes more widely to the education world in 2018. Our parent-and-child sessions are at the core of what we do, and everything we are developing is inspired by our weekly multilingual music sessions in Cheltenham, Bristol, and Manchester with families who are just starting out their language-learning journeys together. It's such a precious time of life, when new parents are perhaps feeling vulnerable and working out their way in the new world that exists once your first child is born, and parents with two or three little ones are learning to juggle everyone's needs on a diet of poor sleep and strong coffee. We've been there too: we still are there! Last night we got chance to really appreciate how our little team is supported by our amazing husbands and parents, without whom the weekly classes would often be postponed due to children having simultaneous chicken pox and tonsillitis and tummy aches. Babel Babies is not a huge company, we are a micro team really, but we have a huge supporting network both personally and professionally with teaching, language and business mentors all contributing to our success last night. Thank you to our wonderful teachers, and their families, for being so dedicated and passionate about what we do.

It's you guys though that really get the final big cheer. THANK YOU, shukran, grazie, merci to our wonderful, amazing clients. We love each and every little one who attends our sessions from newborn up to school age, and all the grown-ups too. It's an honour to be singing, learning and loving languages with you all and we really can't wait for each week to begin. Aren't we just the luckiest people alive?!

We look forward to celebrating with you at our sessions (it's not too late to book for the rest of term) and our Christmas Specials in December.

Vive la révolution! Sing, learn and love languages together.

Babel Babies Best Baby and Toddler Group Gloucestershire Family Awards