Toddler - Pre-school age

3-4 years


You have chosen our lessons for 3 and 4 year olds not yet at school.

These classes are for toddlers in small groups (6 max per class). The teacher is always in the water with them.

The shallow pool allows the children to develop confidence at their own pace, floating and gliding, evolving a leg kick and simple arm movements. 

They will develop water skills that lead to their first swim awards.

The Small Pool is 33 degrees. That means even babies as young as 6 weeks stay warm during their lesson.

Have a look through the classes available and see which one would suit you best. You can then complete the form below and we'll call you back to sign you up.

Meet some of the Toddler Teachers

AJ Harnett

ASA Level 2, Parent and Child Teacher

Babs Wood

ASA Level 2, Parent and Child Teacher

Philomena Williams

ASA Level 2, Parent and Child Teacher

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What should my child bring to their swim lessons?

Well fitted costume and goggles. We have a full range of child's goggles available.

Do I need to go in with them?

No, you don’t. Taking your shoes off, or wearing covers provided, deliver your toddler to the teacher in water. The teacher will stay with your child and introduce them to the joy of swimming. The small pool is only 0.5 metres deep so most three year olds can easily stand. 

How much would it cost?

Our membership fee is £41.60 a month and is paid by rolling card payments at the start of every month. You'll just need to pay an initial £5 admin fee to set up and for any lessons prior to the first payment. Your first lesson is free!

Is there a viewing gallery?

You can view the small pool lessons from our reception area, where we have a large TV screen in to watch. The small teaching pool is not overlooked but is close enough to hear. The teacher has a response bell if a child is distressed or needs the toilet. Once settled, you can even get a nice cup of coffee.

Where are you located?

Our address is Shirley Swimming Pool, Kentish Road, Southampton SO15 3GR. Just off Shirley High Street near McDonalds

Is there parking there?

Yes, we have our own free car park with 19 spaces and 1 disabled bay. There is also on-street parking.

What changing facilities do you have?

We have traditional ladies and gents changing rooms, both have shower facilities, toilets and lockers, which take 20p coins.