Here at Jolly Bookworms we love books and we want your child to love them just as much as we do. Subscribing to Jolly Bookworms provides your children with wonderful stories and fun activities that encourage their enthusiasm for the world of books while at the same time you, as a parent, are given clear, concise information which enables you to understand exactly what stage your child is at and how phonics, reading and English are taught in school.

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Toddler Classes

Please note that owing to Covid-19, all our classes are currently postponed until further notice.

St Paul's Church, St. Albans

Mondays 9.15 and 10.15
Tuesdays 10.15 and 11.15

Wilcox Scout Hut, St. Albans

Fridays 1:15 and 2.15


I could not recommend this class more, it is certainly the best priced class around and will be sad to not go back in September when my little girl starts school! Well done Gill for a well thought out, fun, entertaining and engaging class.

Violaine and Ameline

I am sad to say goodbye. You and Jolly Bookworms have been an invaluable part of our lives for the past two years. I really admire and thank you for everything you do to bring fun and educational groups to our children. It is something different to any other group and you made me feel so relaxed and welcome, even with my terrible 2!

Caroline, Toby and Jamie

You were the first person/class that welcomed us when we moved to St Albans and we will always remember you for that!!! We love Jolly Bookworms and will be very sad to leave it behind.

Ruth and Gracie

Jolly Bookworms is most definitely the most enjoyable class to attend. You put so much into making the session work – especially the baking! – and it is very different from other classes; believe me, I’ve looked!

James and Freya

Thank you again for being such a fantastic and fun teacher. I always felt like you understood us and never felt uncomfortable even if either of my boys were playing up – haven’t found any other class like that.

Amee and Rishaan

…just wanted to say another massive thank you for everything you’ve done for Eleanor over the last six or so months. As you can tell she’s very confident in her language and I feel that by attending every Friday, she now has a very good understanding of early phonics and even uses the fridge alphabet magnets to spell out words using her phonic train arms.

Lee and Eleanor

A huge thank you from George, Emily and me for your wonderful class, we have enjoyed the last four years and are really sad that we are at the end of our phonics journey!

Caroline, George and Emily

Thank you for all the lovely Jolly Bookworm sessions. Your classes have undoubtedly been a positive influence in supporting both Ishara and Roshi to become early readers and develop a love of books.

Sirinie, Ishara and Roshan

I have taken both of my children to Jolly bookworms. My eldest found most toddler groups overwhelming but instantly loved the calm rhythm of Gill’s classes. My youngest, who is far less shy (!!), loves them just as much. They are great as an early introduction to phonics. They are a fantastic way to help little ones feel confident at sharing something from home in a group. There are lovely craft activities and good cake. It’s a really lovely gentle group which is perfectly pitched for preschoolers. I would recommend it wholeheartedly.

Kiri, Henry and Ru

Took the kids to a brilliant class this afternoon…  Jolly Bookworms based in St Albans. Rare for me to really enthuse over a baby/toddler class, but this was great. All phonics based and both Liberty and Jasper really engaged with the session. They offer free trial sessions so worth a try.

Georgina, Liberty and Jasper

We’ve really enjoyed your classes over the last four plus years and the kids have had a great grounding in phonics, as have I! Thank you so much and we really will miss our Jolly Bookworms classes

Rachel and Theo

We’ve both really enjoyed our year at Jolly Bookworms and learnt a lot about phonics along the way. It was a lovely surprise to find your unique and gentle class which is a welcome contrast to the noisy, branded franchises and of course, has such wonderful cake!

Clare and Lily