Skills for Life
Happy Tiddlers is a purpose built Swim Centre located in Barton Le Clay.
A Covid Safe environment with small classes, ample changing space and a strict cleaning regime to keep YOU and our team safe during these unprecedented times.
Team Tiddler are dedicated to creating confidence, teaching water safety and building essential swimming skills for all.
We teach babies from 8 weeks and take children up to STA's Goldfish 3. Adult lessons are also available for beginners or improvers.
Our entire team have completed the STA Covid 19 Safety Training Course so that we can do our part to keep everyone safe.
We insist on everyone in the centre wearing masks unless they have a valid exemption or are under the age of 11.
We are currently operating a 1 child per adult policy for all classes, no additional spectators, to keep footfall to a minimum.
We will continue to work together with our community; playing our part to keep our swim centre a safe place to have fun, make memories and learn a vital life skill.
Please see our full Covid Safety walkthrough below.
Following the Swim Teachers Association (STA) 'Learn to Swim Program', Happy Tiddlers classes are tailored to age and experience.
Class sizes are deliberately small, allowing teachers to work at the pace of each individual.
Happy Tiddlers provides a stimulating environment for learning through exploration and play. This builds confidence and aids skill development. Classes combine hands-on experience with knowledge-based teaching. Scroll down and take a look at the different classes to identify the right one for your tiddler or contact Happy Tiddlers to learn more.
8 - 12 weeks
It’s never too early to start swimming with your baby. Water is a natural environment for a newborn having been immersed in the embryonic fluid for the past nine months. By introducing a variety of holds and using gentle floating techniques, our Urchin class promotes a safe and nurturing environment where both you and baby can enjoy the bonding experience of water.
What our Tiddlers really think..
Absolutely flawless workmanship & the lengths (haha) they go too to keep us safe during this difficult time is second to none! ⭐️ My daughter is thriving and achieving so much with her lessons in such a short space of time!! Great service for the money charged! Would recommend to anyone!
The Story Behind Happy Tiddlers
Founded June 2014
The Tiddlers story began when Helen and Nicky struggled to find a local swim school for their own little tiddler. The pair both see swimming as a vital skill for everyone and this passion, combined with an obvious gap in the market, resulted in the founding of Happy Tiddlers in 2014.
Helen started out on a Saturday afternoon with three tiddlers and began to build the Happy Tiddlers brand. Nicky supported Helen in the background until finally joining full time in summer 2018.
Team Tiddler have taught hundreds of tiddlers to swim and helped parents and carers gain their own confidence with their little ones in the water.
The opening of the Swim Centre in Barton Le Clay has been a pivitol stage in the Tiddlers journey. Their mission still stands; developing happy confident swimmers with skills for life.
"when life gets you down, you know what you gotta do....just keep swimming"
Dory (Finding Nemo)
WHERE THE PASSION BEGINS
Our incredible team is truly at the heart of Happy Tiddlers. It’s their dedication, passion and talent that results in happy confident tiddlers who are eager to learn new skills.
Take a look below to learn more about the team.
Helen started the business in a school swimming pool with 3 tiddlers, her passion and knowledge have made the brand what it is today.
Her qualifications include:
Covid 19 Officer Awareness Course
STA Level 3 Diploma in Aquatic Teaching - Baby PreSchool
STA Level 2 Certificate in Aquatic Teaching - Baby PreSchool (QCF)
STA Level 2 Award in Swimming Teaching (QCF)
STA Pool Emergency Procedures - Rescue Qualification
DBS enhanced checked (formerly CRB)
Helen has personally taught hundreds of children to swim across Bedfordshire. Everytime she gets in the pool she has as much energy and enthusiasm as the first time. One of the things that parents and carers love about Helen is how tuned in she is to each individual child and their individual needs.
Helen has developed an amazing team, all of which have spent time working closely with her to ensure they teach the Tiddler way!
As well as being a highly talented swim teacher, Helen loves to sing and will take every opportunity to include a song in the lessons she teaches!
Here are some of our most common questions.
What should my baby wear for their lessons?
We require babies to wear 2 layers when swimming.
This consists of an inner swim nappy (the absorbent layer) & an outer layer (the containment layer) which is either a swim nappy that has a good seal around the leg and waist or a wetsuit that incorporates the nappy design.
The inner layer consists of either a disposable swim nappy or a reusable/washable inner layer, the outer layer should fit snugly and create a seal around the waist and leg.
You can purchase these at reception from our swim centre.
Can both parents get in the pool?
Yes, lessons are a wonderful opportunity to bond with your little one and as such, where possible, the team encourage couples to share the experience.
How do adult accompanied lessons work?
Adult accompanied lessons are available for tiddlers up to 4 1/2 years. During these lessons a parent or guardian must accompany each child in the pool. These lessons provide as much learning for the adult as they do the child.
What if my child is ill?
There are several infectious conditions that prohibits your child swimming, including:
If your little one has suffered from an upset tummy or sickness, you need to wait until 48 hours have passed since the last episode of diarrhoea and/or vomiting before going swimming.
You should always check with a medical/health practitioner if you require further information for an illness or condition.
It may be possible to re-arrange a missed class, dependent on your flexability and availability of spaces in other classes.
We are not able to carry classes over to another term.
My child has a medical condition, who should I inform?
You will be required to complete a booking and medical form on which you can disclose any known medical condition for your child or their adult swim companion.
If there is a change in status of this medical condition while enrolled on any course, please inform us immediately.
If your child has a medical condition, please consult with a doctor before commencing a swim session/course.
I cannot swim, is this a problem?
No, our pool is 1.2m deep which makes it possible for parents and carers feet to reach the ground. We aim to build the confidence of both parent and child. Our classes are relaxed and informative to help with this.
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Terms & Conditions
Happy Tiddlers T&C's cover the following items:
1. NAPPY REQUIREMENTS
3. ADDITIONAL PEOPLE IN THE POOL
5. CANCELLED, POSTPONED & RESCHEDULED LESSONS
This list is not exclusive
Last updated July 31st 2020
Last updated 23rd August 2018