My name is Toni and I run Bloom Baby Classes across Gateshead and Washington. I love running Bloom Baby Classes! It’s very rewarding and so much fun and I love welcoming new families.
I am a mam of two amazing boys. Charlie is 4 Nicholas is 2 – they are such different characters and my absolute world!
I have worked in education for over 12 years in various settings and roles, including Early Years, SEN, mainstream and some other specialist provisions. I have a degree in Care and Education, Early Years and Childhood Studies and after graduating I moved to London and worked as a learning support assistant and teaching assistant. It was here where my love for children and education really took hold. I decided to complete my training as a primary school teacher and moved back to the North East where I taught for over 7 years.
After having my own children my outlook changed, like so many of us, my priorities were different and it was important for me to be a more hands on mam. As much as I loved being a teacher, the work-life balance was becoming too much to manage with two young boys and the ‘mam guilt’ was overwhelming. I decided it was time to re-evaluate what I wanted for my family and for myself. I then found Bloom! Being a mother of two, I had been to many different baby and toddler classes over the years and knew how beneficial and enjoyable they were for myself and my boys and after speaking to our founder, Victoria, and hearing from friends about how impressed they were with Bloom baby classes, I knew it was the next step for me.
As a mam and teacher I know how beneficial baby classes are to a baby’s development but I also know how beneficial they are for us mams, they were my safe space when I was a new parent, which is why Bloom is perfect for me because we love supporting new parents in their baby journey.
Early childhood development is my passion and will give me the work-life balance I have been looking for! I am really excited to be a part of the journey with you and your little ones, and support you all in making that special bond with your baby! It is the most precious time and it’s so true what people say… ‘Time Flies’ so make as many special memories as you can.
I can’t wait to get started and meet you and your little ones!
Our classes are currently running throughout Gateshead and Washington
fully trained and DBS Checked
multi award winning
back to back activities
different theme each week
multi sensory baby classes
small welcoming classes
supporting post natal wellbeing
As part of our continued effort to support parents and post natal wellbeing we have created the Rainbow Parachute Project.
When booking onto a Bloom Baby Class class you will be asked if you are able to round up your total basket to the nearest pound or add a little more if you are able to.
All money raised will go to post natal mental health charities across the UK, providing life saving telephone support and in person support groups where parents can share their experiences and get professional support from trained mental health specialists.