MAD Academy Maidenhead

Maidenhead, Marlow, Henley and Charvil

Emma-HesterWelcome! I'm Emma Hester  and I run MAD Academy – Maidenhead. I offer fun and educational classes for pre-schoolers in a free-spirited environment. I cover phonics, numeracy, motor skills, listening and communication – all in fun games and songs! I use lots of props to make it fun; parachute, bubbles, hoops, beanbags, masks, ribbon sticks, pom poms and a whole lot more. As well as running fun, high energy classes for children and parents, I also provide sessions in nurseries and children’s centres and can bring a touch of MADness to children’s birthday's parties for children of all ages!

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Spring Term Classes start again on the week beginning 8th January 2018 – 29th March 2018 (please not there will be no classes during half term week – 12th February – 16th February). Sign up now. Please feel free to join us. You can join at ANY point during the term. You can join for a half or full term. If you're returning to work during the term fees will be pro-rated accordingly. Siblings or multiple children receive significant discounts. If you haven’t been to MAD Academy before please come along and try a class – your first one is free! Trial classes must be booked in advance and are subject to availability in your chosen class. You are welcome to join us at any point during the term subject to availability. If you would like more details about any of my classes and parties, please contact me on 07935248749 . If you would like to book a particular class, please complete the quick on-line form by clicking on the Book a Class link. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm availability.

Class Times & Locations

  Day Time Location
Babies – 2 years   Wednesday 10:30 – 11:05  Scout Hut, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford
Babies to 2 years   Thursday 10:30 – 11:05  Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Maidenhead
2 – 4 years Wednesday 09:40 – 10:25

Scout Hut, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford

2 – 4 years   Thursday 09:40 – 10:25  Boyne Hill Cricket Club, Maidenhead

Class Prices

The cost of classes for this term will be:

For 1 child: For 2 children:
Full term = £55.00 Full Term= £99
First Half Term = £27.50 First Half Term = £49.50
Second Half Term = £33.00 Second Half Term = £59.40

Please note that the price quoted above includes a 20% discount for siblings or multiple children with a  childminder. Come for a TRIAL class at any venue! You are very welcome to try a class for FREE before committing to the term at a reduced rate.


I regularly run MAD Academy classes in nurseries, children's centres and preschools. If you'd like more details about how I can come to your premises to run classes, or lead a party, or help at a special event, then please get in touch or visit my nursery page.


If you are having a celebration be that Birthday, Wedding, Christening or Anniversary of some kind we are happy to entertain your guests. Also taking bookings for Nurseries and Toddler Groups If you'd like me to come along to lead a party for you (for children from 1yr – 99yrs!) then please call me or drop a line. We're experienced at entertaining at all types of family gatherings – 30th, 40th to 90th birthdays; weddings and Christening gatherings. Parties last from 1 hour and can extend for up to 2 hours. Our prices are from £125. But please call early as I'm booked for most weekends. Visit my children's party page for more details.

Our Classes

We harness the power of music and dance to help your child develop in eight key areas of learning, which are aligned to the government’s Early Years Learning Framework. Our classes are packed full of music, movement and MADness and our songs, dances and activities have a fun learning focus each half term. What we will be focusing on will depend on the age of your child but it might include:

  • Musicality – we will be introducing children to things such as rhythm, pitch, voice control, dynamics or instruments
  • Listening & Communication – we will focus on different aspects of good listening and speaking skills (so essential to give children the best start at school!)
  • Motor skills – we will be using our props and dances to develop things like spatial awareness, ball skills, finger control, gross motor co-ordination etc.
  • Knowledge of the world – we might be learning about animals, transport, food, or even our bodies. The world’s our oyster!
  • Numeracy – we will be using music and song to learn early numeracy skills & knowledge such as counting, or colours and shapes
  • Phonics – for our older children we will start making them aware of early phonic sounds in a fun and physical way
  • Senses – for our babies we will be focusing on exploring those rapidly developing senses which are so important in helping babies learn about the world around them
  • And of course, we will continue to help children develop those fundamental social skills as we all enjoy coming together in our class and making friends.

MAD Academy classes combine physical activity with music as this helps children to learn by engaging the whole body and activating multiple parts of the brain at once

Childrens Birthday parties around Maidenhead, Marlow, Twyford and Henley

MAD-Academy-Ralph-Birthday-portrtAs well as running fun and funky music and movement classes for toddlers and preschoolers, Emma Hester is available as a party entertainer. Children’s birthday parties are all about music, dancing, games and lots and lots of fun! That’s what MAD Academy specialises in providing! We are experts at leading music and dance parties for toddlers and preschool children and bringing our birthday magic to even the youngest baby.  We also pride ourselves in getting everyone involved in the fun, even if ages are mixed, so brothers and sisters, friends and family all enjoy the party entertainment too!

Children’s party entertainer

Emma-HesterEmma Hester runs MAD Academy Maidenhead. She is a highly experienced party entertainer and can bring that extra sparkle to toddler’s birthday parties. She provides her special brand of fun and funky party entertainment throughout the Maidenhead, Twyford & Marlow areas, including Charvil, Henley, Taplow and Cookham. Emma is a trained and CRB checked party leader and will come to the venue of your choice. She, or a member of her team, will lead the children in a fun-packed hour of singing, dancing and party games and come fully equipped with:

  • loads of exciting props, such as parachute and bubbles
  • sound system, party songs and funky dance routines designed to get even the youngest child bopping away
  • fun games with prizes
  • instruments for all to play

Themed birthday parties

Ralph-party-group-smallDoes your child want a special party theme? We have lots of great party games, songs and dances for pirate parties, princess parties, superhero parties, sports parties, and fairy parties. If there is another theme that your child would love, then let Emma know and she will try to create a birthday party plan just for you! She has vast experience of creating themed plans for the most amazing themes – just ask! So if you are trying to organise a kid's birthday party and want to make it special, call Emma today on 07935248749 to find out more about how she can make your child’s party a day to remember!

Other Gatherings including Company Promotional Activities

Having another type of event? Emma also provides regular entertainment at Company gatherings. Her active sessions are so popular that she is regularly hired to attract new customers to venues.  Emma has a regular following at her Garden Centre sessions, which brings in vital revenue. Her office launch events have been legendary (for all the right reasons!) Emma also has great experience at providing entertainment for groups of children at all sorts of events such as School /Pre-school celebrations & fetes, Christenings, Weddings and large family gatherings. She's also been known to help at parties for the young at heart – 30th, 40th and 80th birthday parties. Contact Emma on 07935248749 or via e-mail:, to see how she can make your event go with a swing.