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Tatty Bumpkin is the inspiration behind the bendy, giggly world for clever minds and strong bodies. Her adventures are centered around Wobble Farm and The Giggle Tree, where she takes children on active, creative story adventures that inspire and motivate children (and adults) alike.

The concept has been developed by yoga teachers, physiotherapists and educationalists.

Our classes help children age 0-7 to be bendy, giggly, clever and strong:

bendy - develops flexibility through yoga

giggly - enhances creativity with multi-sensory stories and original music

clever - aids development with early years curriculum links

strong - promotes wellbeing and relaxation

The Team

Our team of teachers are all qualified to teach our programme and we are proud that our training courses are accredited by CACHE [Council for Awards in Children’s Care, Health & Education].  We also all hold DBS checks, are fully insured and have up to date Paediatric First Aid training.

Alty Smith

Alty Smith

We are super delighted to have Altynay Smith (Alty) join our growing team of Tatty Bumpkin teachers. Alty received a BA (Hons) in Education at York University, gaining a knowledge of children’s early development, language acquisition and child psychology.  Alty was responsible for voluntarily organising some children’s sessions locally through one of York’s Children’s Centres and was involved in the sessions provided for the children.  Having practiced yoga herself , and being a mum, Alty thought it would be great to encourage and practice with both of her children  (both are under the age of 5)!   After completing our Tatty Bumpkin training last year Alty is now delivering Tatty Bumpkin sessions running some of our After School Clubs in schools and delivering sessions in nurseries.

Lena Henderson

Lena Henderson

Lena (right of picture!) joined us in November 2014 and is a fully qualified Baby Bumpkin and Tatty Bumpkin Teacher.  She has been delivering our sessions into schools, nurseries and running our classes for mums and babies since that time.  Having practiced yoga prior to and then during her pregnancy,  Lena then attended our classes when her own daughter was small (as did her husband).  Lena has a Specialist Degree (equivalent to our Bachelors Degree) in teaching English as a Foreign Language and taught primary and junior aged children . During this time, Lena enjoyed creating an exciting learning/play environment where imagination, role play and theatrical activities were part of her teaching methods. She says ‘I loved seeing childrens’ enthusiaism, imaginative inputs and never ending excitement about something different, something new and creative in their lessons.’   She is now able to recreate this as she delivers and brings to life our Tatty Bumpkin sessions.  Lena has also completed our Special Needs training for Tatty Bumpkin and is able to work with children that may have additional needs, or in a Nurture Group setting.

Katherine Eborall

Katherine Eborall

Katherine (left of picture !)  joined us in 2017, having over 6 years of experience working with children promoting healthy eating and a healthy lifestyle delivering sessions to Early Years settings in nurseries, pre schools and children centres and to Key Stage 1 children in primary schools . We are really delighted to have Katherine Tatty Bumpkin trained.  Katherine regularly attended her local Hatha Yoga classes for many years, then Pregnancy Yoga before the birth of her daughter, after which, she then joined our Baby Bumpkin classes that she herself found so beneficial. She says ‘I have always found yoga to have a positive effect on my wellbeing and I think that it is a fantastic practice to teach young children who can hopefully carry it on throughout their own lives’.  Update – we are delighted to report that Katherine is due her second baby almost any time now and we very much look forward to Baby Eboralls’ arrival.

Clare Gough

Clare Gough

Hi, my name is Clare and I own and run Tatty Bumpkin York.

I am your first port of call for enquiries and bookings. I have practiced yoga for many years and know the immense benefits it has brought to me. My passion is to contribute to developing physical confidence and creativity, combining physical activity with breathing, mindfulness and relaxation for the babies and children attending our classes. All this in a supportive, non-competitive, and most importantly, fun environment.

I am very pleased to have working alongside me, three fantastic teachers -Lena, Katherine and Alty –  Lena and Katherine both loved our classes so much when they attended with their own little ones, that they trained to become teachers themselves and Alty joined us last year having heard all about the wonderful work we do . Between us we work across York and the surrounding areas, running Tatty and Baby Bumpkin classes in primary schools, nurseries, pre-school settings and private classes, as well as offering Tatty and Baby Bumpkin parties.

Our Tatty Bumpkin training is CACHE accredited (Council for Awards in children’s Care, Health and Education)  and we hold a current Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) certificate and are all fully insured.

Tatty Bumpkin appears at a range of schools, nurseries and private settings in and around York. If you would like to see the developmental, story based sessions in your child’s school or nursery please get in touch.

We look forward to meeting you soon!

Clare, Tatty Bumpkin & the Children Inspired By Yoga Team of Tatty Bumpkin York! xx