Tots group hits all the right notes with parents and toddlers

A MUSICAL group for toddlers may be making even more noise if they win a prestigious award.

Doncaster-based Talking Tots has hit all the right notes after being nominated by parents who are in awe of the progress manager Bev O’Sullivan has made since first taking over the entertaining classes in September.

With up to 60 children attending every week at different venues across the borough, it’s no wonder Bev’s first business venture has already been deemed a musical marvel by both parents and toddlers.

The group helps children from the ages of one to five to learn through music, singing and other practical ways.

It has been nominated in the What’s On 4 Little Ones 2010 Awards in the categories of best national baby and toddler development activity for newborn to two-year-olds and best national pre-schooler development activity for two to


“I’m really pleased to have a business that offers great opportunities for the development of pre-schoolers, particularly in their communication skills. I feel so proud to have made an impact,” said the 42-year-old.

The business is a far cry from the Edenthorpe mum-of-three’s previous career as a director of a travel company. However, Bev wanted to challenge herself in a new role which could also fit around her family life.

“After attending numerous mother and toddler groups I was fascinated with the idea of Talking Tots when I first came across it,” said Bev, of Hurlstone Close.

Founded in Lancashire by two mums five years ago, Talking Tots has gone from strength to strength and now boasts franchises all over the country.

Bev’s group is the first of its type in Yorkshire. She covers classes in Hatfield Woodhouse, Cantley, Tickhill, Armthorpe, Intake’s Stirling Primary School and Balby Surestart Children’s Centre.

Her hour-long sessions are split into several fun-filled five minute activities which encourage children to sing, do sign language to nursery rhymes, read out loud, use props and work in teams.

“I have had some brilliant feedback from parents. Many have said that their children sing the songs and discuss the games and can’t wait to come back. Some have said their child’s concentration and focus has improved,” said Bev.

“Our sessions are so much fun, children don’t even realise they’re learning. They’re playing and making friends, but at the same time they’re learning to listen, take turns and work as part of a group.”

Bev is working with the Success Doncaster team to make her dreams of expanding the business a reality as she works towards being able to employ staff and cover more areas in the borough.

Parents can vote for Bev’s business in the What’s On awards by logging onto

Everyone who registers a vote will have the chance of getting tickets to the winners’ ceremony, which takes place on June 27 in Brighton, where they can also meet Phil Gallagher of the CBeebies Mister Maker television show.