A selection of testimonials from previous Jolly Bookworm customers:

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

We have really enjoyed coming along to Jolly Bookworms!

Vanessa and Sienna and Hugo

Thank you for a great group, Blake has thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and has learnt so much.

Imogen and Blake

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

Thank you very much for all of your hard work and patience over the last year, we have thoroughly enjoyed the classes and will miss them a lot.

Becky and Isabelle

Took the kids to a brilliant class this afternoon… Jolly Bookworms based in St Albans. Rare for me to really enthuse over a baby/todler 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 and Liberty and Jasper

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 and Henry and Ru

In setting up Jolly Bookworms you did something brilliant and we are all grateful to you – you created a class which we could all enjoy.

Gemma and Eva and Chloe

Thank you for helping me learn my phonics. I’m going to miss your yummy cakes.


Jolly Bookworms has been the best club I have done with my girls. You are so good with the children and made me feel very welcome when Ellie was a handful of a baby! I really will miss it and you (and the cake!).

Katherine and Rosie and Ellie

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 and Ishara and Roshan

I’m disappointed we’ve only discovered Jolly Bookworms this term as Emily really enjoys it, thank you.

Nikki and Emily

I’m sad we will no longer be able to come to the class as she/ we all absolutely loved it. It has really helped nurture her love of learning and helped her grasp letters and sounds. I will most definitely be back once Toby is old enough.

Sarah and Isabelle

We love your Jolly Bookworms classes so much. Thank you.

Sajida and Nadia and Norah

Thank you for running Jolly Bookworms, we have really enjoyed it.

Liz and Daisy

All good things must come to an end! Thank you for teaching Emily and Alice their first steps in reading. We’ve really enjoyed your classes.

Rachael and Alice and Emily

Just wanted to say thank you so much for having William and Sebby for the last two and a half years. William and I are so sad it’s the last JBs today!

Becca and William

Thanks for lots of happy memories of times at Jolly Bookworms. We will miss the class and you!

Anna and Roo and Charles

Thank you for all you’ve done for us over the years. We’ll miss you.

Victoria and Barnaby

Thank you so much for all the lovely stories and the cake! We have loved JBs.

Jo and George and Freddy

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

Dan loved your class and we will most def. be coming back when Amy is ready. I apreciate your personal touch and lovely atmosphere at every session.

Kasia and Daniel

…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

Sam is mourning the loss of Jolly Bookworms but has been telling me to take Rachel as soon as she is old enough!

Emma and Sam

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

Thank you for a very enjoyable class, Noah will miss coming.

Vicky and Noah

I think she’s really enjoyed bookworms- almost as much as me! It has given her a great base of phonic knowledge. I wish I’d come with my son too. I’ll be sure to continue to recommend to others.

Susy and Esther

He has really loved your classes and I think they have been brilliant for preparing him for school. I’ll recommend you to any Mums that I know!

Rachelle and Ben

Eloisa has absolutely loved coming to phonics and her understanding has developed so much giving her a great start to school in September.

Becca and Eloisa

Thanks again, such a wonderful class and honestly Laila just loved it.

Lena and Laila

We really had a great time and we both loved these Friday afternoons. Thank you very much.

Lucy and Nora

We will really miss your lovely class.

Nicola and Harry

Feels like JB has been an integral part of our week for a very long time. Love your class.

Gemma and Eva

Even the few classes we’ve done have been really useful and helpful – I just wish I’d brought him along sooner. I’ve recommended to friends who have children starting preschool in September.

Lara and Harry

Thanks for such a lovely group, we’ve really enjoyed it and I’ll continue to recommend jolly bookworms to friends.

Abi and Amelie

We are so pleased with how much Ed has progressed both in his confidence and also his listening skills! We love your classes.

Natalie and Edward

We’ve really enjoyed jolly bookworms, thank you for running such a lovely class that both Tom and Eleanor have really enjoyed.

Rachel and Tom and Eleanor

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

It’s been fantastic coming every week and we wanted to thank you so much for everything you do to make each week so great.

Vicky and Zach

we love the session and will miss it over summer. . Being new to St Albans it has been lovely to find such a fun group as well as meet local Mums and kids.

Natalie and Jessica

We have loved it, thank you so much for such a great class.

Nicola and Eleanor

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

Thank you so much for the fantastic sessions we have been to, and of course all of the delicious cake.

Diane and Lucas

Thank you the lovely classes – Chloe is enjoying them & remembers the sounds.

Emily and Chloe

Thank you for such an interesting class, helping us both understand phonics.

Emily and Addison

Thank you so much for such a wonderful class, Anabel has really enjoyed coming and has learned lots!

Ellie and Anabel

Ethan will really miss Jolly Bookworms he has made good memories and friends from there.

Emma and Ethan

We’ll miss your classes

Jane and Frank

Thank you so much for the lessons, the girls have got a lot from them, as have I. I will definitely be recommending your class to other parents.

Emma and Chloe and Evie

Alexander is so upset that he won’t be coming anymore!

Shanthi and Alexander

Jolly Bookworms has been a very special part of our lives

Helen and Elliott

Your class is absolutely brilliant

Rena and Shaylan

Jolly Bookworms has been a major part of Asha’s – and thus my and Mia’s – life for the past 18 months. She has loved the structure, the stories, the sounds of the week and the activities. In fact it has engaged all members of our family every Friday morning! I believe it has supported Asha’s phonic learning and also her social and learning skills and built her enthusiasm for books and reading. We will all miss it. Thank you for providing such a special part of our week – and providing the delicious cake to make it even more fun!

Steph and Asha

Thank you so much for a fantastic year of phonics!

Lindsey and Harrison

We will never be short of praise for your excellent classes.

James and Ethan

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

Arthur got so much out of the sessions and it’s thanks to you that he is super ready to tackle school!

Chantal and Arthur

We’ve all loved coming along to Jolly Bookworms and really will miss it. The end of an era…..thanks.

Nichola, Isla and Sam

Thank you Gill, we have both loved Jolly Bookworms and the group is the best pre-school reading group we have come across so thank you for that!”

Nicola and Harriet

Thank You for such lovely classes-they are so relaxed and fun and varied – I don’t know how you come up with all the ideas!

Nikki and Lani

We have loved it!! Thanks a million x

Ruth and Ariana

Thank you so much for the sessions, we have all thoroughly enjoyed them!

Gail and Louis

We really enjoy your sessions and Theo can’t wait to see you again.

Vera and Theo

The “sound of the week” is a great way to introduce children to phonics and Emma loved choosing which objects to take for the sound table each week.

Kate and Emma

Patrick and I have loved the jolly book worms experience and I’m so pleased we will get to squeeze in a couple of extra sessions before school starts properly.

Helen and Patrick

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

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