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Testimonial from the President of the British Association of Early Childhood Education

Helen's training for practitioners is based on her understanding of children's need to move and express themselves physically and on what she knows is appropriate and engaging for young children. Her enthusiasm and obvious delight in movement and dance take children and other adults with her and her friendly 'can-do' attitude inspires everyone to try out new ideas in movement play.

Helen Moylett President of British Association of Early Childhood Education (Early Education)

Reference from a Sure Start Centre

Nicola from Music and Movement runs two sessions for Aylsham/Reepham Children’s Centres. Both parents and children enjoy the sessions that follow a structured, planned themed but allow children the freedom to move around the room as they wish. It encourages children (and their parents!) to be active and creative as well as improving communication skills.

We have had twenty plus children attend sessions and Nicola has fully kept their attention for an hour, which with toddlers is no mean feat!

Feedback from Nicola’s sessions has always been extremely positive and she adapts her classes to suit age ranges from very young babies to pre-school children.

We are looking to increase our use of Music and Movement as we are so pleased with the service provided and have no hesitation in recommending them.

Lisa Adams - Children’s Centre Coordinator
Aylsham and Reepham Children’s Centres

Reference from Heacham Infant and Nursery School

"Music and Movement have been delivering high quality creative arts sessions for our children since September 11. The children engage in expressive dance, music and drama lessons which are adapted to meet the requirements of our themed curriculum. Our children and staff love these sessions and have developed their confidence and creativity as a result."

Louise Jackson - Headteacher
Heacham Infant and Nursery School

Comments as featured in Lynn News from Glebe House School Hunstanton

Girls from the nursery were enjoying a flamenco dancing class led by teacher Helen Battelley, who trained while she was living in Madrid. They clearly loved swishing their flounced skirts, stamping their feet and clapping out the flamenco rhythm while reciting "I like sausages and baked beans."


Clemmie Abell-Plant (4) said: "I like flamenco because you hit your feet on the ground."
Scarlett Zoll (3), said: "I like it because it's fun."

Report as featured in Primary Times

Music + movement is run by Helen Battelley and Nicola Calvert and was established in 1999. 

The classes range from babies up to 4½ years (pre-school), each session has a theme/topic to work with ie. Fairy folk, Dirty Diggers and Dumper Trucks, and much more and incorporates the use of different equipment including the parachute, boing boing balls and body balls to percussion instruments. All teachers are fully trained dance and drama professionals.


As a mother of three boys, I know how important it is to make learning fun and exciting. These classes are fantastic fun for both parent/carer and each child learns so much from each class. We currently teach over 1200 children each week and are continuing to grow from strength to strength. We have also gained Educational recognition from the Pre-school Learning Alliance, Surestart and Change4Life™ Helen Battelley.


Music + movement birthday parties cater for children aged 1-9 years, we have a wide range of themes to choose from, the Runaway Train, Fairytale Dream, Pirates, Treasure Hunt, Teddy Bears Picnic and much more. The party entertainment lasts for one hour and is at a very reasonable price. In the hour we play dance/drama games use a wide range of equipment (parachute, ribbons body balls). Choose something different this Birthday and make their dreams come true.

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Testimonial from netmums

"Emma B(2930) says: My daughter has been attending music and movement classes for many years. She started off with the baby and pre-school sessions at Blakeney with Helen, we both throughly enjoyed these sessions and my daughter grew in confidence. Now at school my daughter participates in the Ballet sessions at Wells and is loving these also. I highly recommended any music and movement class as Helen and her team are very experieinced, friendly and enthusiastic. My daughter also had her birthday party delivered by Helen this year, a truly brilliant party!!!"

Emma B - netmums user

Testimonial from netmums

"My son Joel and I have been attending Music & Movement at Scarning and now at Yaxham, Norfolk for 3 months now, Joel and myself love it. Its great to see him smile giggle and interact, Nicky is great she really knows how to make the babies happy and have fun, Music & Movement is so educating for them today the 1 year old baby girl sitting next to me and Joel was even joining in singing it was so cute."

Julie - netmums user

Testimonial from netmums

"We have been attending Helens classes for almost a year and today had HUGE amounts of fun with a Spanish theme. Helen is a super teacher and it is an excellent well thougth out and co-ordinated class. My little people love it (I take 3, two year olds)."

Emma - netmums user

Testimonial from netmums

We chose Helen to entertain 15 girls at our daughter's 5th birthday party. The chosen theme was High School Musical which involved some cheerleading moves with pom poms and we also chose the parachute as it has always been one of our daughters favourite activities...she was especially pleased when she was allowed to sit in the middle whilst everyone pulled her around singing happy birthday. As always Helen was totally professional but lots of fun and engaged all the girls - even the shy ones were joining in after 5 minutes! The singing and instruments at the end of the party was the perfect wind down activity meaning the girls were nice and calm for their lunch!

Thank you Helen for a fab party x

Sarah - netmums user

Testimonial from netmums

I found out about Helen's party entertainment having taken my boys to her brilliant music and movement sessions aimed at babies and toddlers. We hired Helen for Nathaniel's 3rd birthday party to which we invited children aged between 14 months and 8 years (mostly2-3) Helen offers a variety of imaginative themes designed to appeal to children but we had already decided on a Gruffalo theme for my son's birthday and Helen very kindly offered to do a Gruffalo theme to go with this. Helen was wonderful with the children, all of whom were completely engaged with the session- my 18 month old adored it!! We had parachutes and quoites for equipment which the children all enjoyed. This was a superb party for this age group and I would highly recommend Helen's party's to other Mummies!

On behalf of Nathaniel and all his guests, thank you very much for such a memorable party.

Abigail netmums user