Wales Children’s Activities and Service Awards  –  Baby & Toddler Class of the Year

Winner 2022

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Welcome to The Mini Movement

Dance and sensory baby and toddler classes in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport and Dinas Powys

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About Us

Meet the team behind The Mini Movement: award-winning sensory baby and toddler classes

Hello, we are Beth and Francesca, the founders and creators of The Mini Movement, dance and sensory baby and toddler classes in Cardiff, Caerphilly, Newport and Dinas Powys!

We aim to help your baby achieve key developmental milestones in a fun and exciting class centred around sensory play, dance and music. Our educational and unique curriculum is designed by our paediatric physiotherapist and dance teacher and centres around our ethos:

‘Creating magic through movement’

One of the most critical time periods in child development and learning is from birth to five years old. The first five years of child development is crucial to their health, wellbeing, and the overall trajectory of their lives in a variety of ways.

Our baby and toddler groups use a range of techniques to help facilitate your child’s gross and fine motor skills and sensory development. Teach your baby how to roll, sit up, stand, crawl and walk (and lots more!).

Best Baby and Toddler Class Winner 2022

Best baby and toddler class in Wales!

We are so delighted to announce that we won the ‘Best baby and toddler class’ at the prestigious Wales Children’s Activities and Services Awards 2022.

Thank you to everyone who supported us, we are truly grateful!

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Help your baby or toddler learn about the world around them through sensory stimulation, light shows, music, dance, baby massage, props and more. Our Intermediate and Graduate classes also help toddlers build friendships, develop social skills and confidence through imaginative play, music and dance.

Our class themes change regularly to stimulate your baby and let your child explore new skills whilst learning about the world around them. Fun and popular themes include Under the Sea, When I Grow Up, Jungle, Around the World and more!

For new mums, join our postpartum dance fitness classes designed by a physiotherapist and dance teacher: Mama Fitness, focusing on safely easing you back into fitness in a fun, enjoyable and no-pressure environment.

We are so excited to welcome you to our Mini Movement groups for babies, toddlers and parents!

Beth Darlington

Co-founder & Director of The Mini Movement

Beth has over 10 years of experience working as a paediatric physiotherapist in the NHS and private sector.

She has a particular interest in infant development and ‘early years’. Starting from birth, children develop brain neural connections through their everyday experiences and her experience has taught her that these are escalated through positive interactions with their parents and caregivers and by using their senses to interact with the world.

The relationship between gross motor development, sensory integration and learning through play continues to fascinate and amaze her and she has a real passion for bringing these elements to The Mini Movement curriculum.

Francesca Jandrell

Co-founder & Director of The Mini Movement

Francesca is the Dance Principal of the successful FJ Dance Company, running a variety of dance classes for children aged 3-18yrs in Dinas Powys.

She also runs dance fitness classes for adults and performs professionally in a variety of shows and events around South Wales. Francesca enjoys all styles of dance with a passion for the performance aspect, which she hopes to pass on to all her students in a fun, safe and nurturing environment.

Francesca uses her dance expertise, along with support from Beth’s physiotherapy background, to create a fun and safe syllabus for our popular Mama Fitness sessions.

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Baby and Toddler Classes Cardiff!

The Mini Movement is a specialised baby and toddler class for children aged from newborn to 4 years. Come and join the fun at our baby classes based around Newport, Caerphilly and Dinas Powys, South Wales!

Each exercise and activity in our Mini Movement classes have been meticulously designed to work on gross motor skills for toddlers and babies, as well as fine motor skills, sensory integration, body awareness, rhythm, musicality, attention and core stability.

At the same time, promoting confidence, social skills and bonding between parent and child in a fun, sensory baby group that parents and children alike will enjoy!

Learn how to facilitate your child’s development in all areas safely and gradually with expert advice whilst also dancing, having fun with your baby and other parents and creating special memories together.

Our baby development and sensory classes are currently located in Dinas Powys, Newport and Caerphilly and our classes are suitable for newborns, babies, toddlers and children aged up to 4 years.

We think it is essential for our classes to be developmentally appropriate for your little one as we focus on specific skills and milestones. Therefore, our baby and toddler classes are based around developmental ability rather than age to suit your child’s needs.

Mini Movers


Come and join our beautiful MINI MOVERS class for babies 8 WEEKS to CRAWLING.

This gentle and playful interactive class focuses on nurturing those precious early months and bonding between parent and baby. It leads to developing physical skills, body awareness, confidence and language acquisition

We safely introduce you to sensory play and facilitation of your baby’s development in all areas with expert advice and support.

Mega Movers


Come and join our bouncy MEGA MOVERS class for walking toddlers up to age THREE!

This adventure-filled, highly interactive class focuses on refining physical skills, agility and confidence through imaginative story-telling, assault courses, music, dance and much more!


Our Mini Movement and Mama Fitness classes have themes that change every six weeks; past themes for The Mini Movement include Jungle, Superheroes, Summer, Around the World, When I Grow Up, Magic of Christmas and Under the Sea.

Past themes for Mummy Fitness include Back to the 90s, Hollywood, Musicals, Around the world, Divas and Dance through the Ages!

We also have fancy dress themes and class ‘specials’ each block which includes special princess visits and celebrating holidays such as Christmas, Easter or Halloween!

Mama Fitness

Our fun and effective dance fitness Mum and Baby class!

Unsure of what you can and cannot do after giving birth or your c-section? You are in safe hands with our physiotherapist and dance teacher-designed post-natal ‘Mummy-and-me’ fitness classes.

In our Mama Fitness classes, you get to learn fun, simple dance routines and exercises with other Mummies whilst holding and bonding with your baby. The class has been designed by a physiotherapist specifically for postpartum bodies with the focus of safely easing new Mums back into fitness.

Mama Fitness is a friendly fitness class for all abilities and is suitable from six weeks postpartum (or 8-10 weeks post-c-section with confirmation from your GP).


£42 for a six-week block of The Mini Movement or Mama Fitness classes.

10% discount if you book The Mini Movement and Mama Fitness classes together.

15% sibling discount.


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Do you have any questions about our classes, features, locations, or pricing, or do you just want a chat?

We’d love to hear from you.