Water Babies swimming school sponsors Exeter’s Family Favourite Awards


water babies exeter swimming schoolWater Babies Devon & Somerset are excited and proud to announce their sponsorship of Exeter’s Family Favourite Awards. These prestigious prizes, created by Exeter Baby Activities, recognise those businesses, voluntary organisations and individuals who go that extra mile to make Exeter a vibrant and exciting city for families.

Water Babies Devon & Somerset has been teaching babies and toddlers to swim in the Exeter area for nearly 11 years.  Rowan Bradford and her partner Lee Perkins bought the franchise in February 2012 after attending Water Babies classes in Bristol.  Today their team teaches 960 babies and toddlers to swim each week in classes across Devon & Somerset.

Rowan said of the Awards launch, “We are thrilled to be the main sponsor of these new Awards.  Exeter is a super city for bringing up a family and we want to help recognise and celebrate the part that local businesses, volunteers and community groups play in making it such a great place.“

dads take babies to swimming lessons with Water BabiesRowan, who went to school in Exeter and returned to the city 5 years ago after a successful career as a business psychologist in Bristol, said, “We made a decision to return to Devon to run the local Water Babies business when our own children were 2 and 4 because it is such a great place for families.  When we became parents, we wanted to live and work in an area where we could have a great quality of family life.”

Commenting on sponsoring the Awards, Rowan continued, “Quality and customer service are at the heart of everything we do at Water Babies, so it means a lot to help celebrate other individuals and organisations who exemplify these characteristics. Arabella at Exeter Baby Activities has done a great job in setting-up something that will shine a spotlight on those who put energy and love into making our city a wonderful place for children.”

Exeter Family Favourite AwardsThe Family Favourite Awards has 7 categories:

  • Favourite Family Friendly Eatery in Exeter
  • Favourite Family Attraction in Exeter
  • Favourite Family Run Children’s Retailer in Exeter
  • Best Larger Children’s Retailer in Exeter
  • Favourite Pregnancy/Pre-school Class in Exeter
  • Favourite Childcare or Preschool in Exeter
  • Shining Star Family Community Builder in Exeter


Nominations open at 9am on Friday 10th March 2017, closing at 5pm on Friday 21st April 2017, after which a judging panel adjudicates all entries before announcing the 4 finalists in each category. The finalists will have an opportunity to make representations of their own before the final judging; the announcement of the winners will take place on 19th May.

Nominations can be made by members of the public or by the businesses themselves at:


If you’d like to see an individual or an organisation recognised for their hard work and dedication, then be sure to visit the website and nominate them!

For more information on Water Babies classes in your area, visit www.waterbabies.co.uk,

call 01392 790100 or email pushtheduck@waterbabies.co.uk.

 dads take babies to swimming lessons with Water Babies


To receive more information about Water Babies Devon & Somerset, contact Helen Shearer at Water Babies Devon & Somerset by emailing pushtheduck@waterbabies.co.uk or by calling 01392 790100

Notes to editors

About Water Babies

Since it was founded in 2002, Water Babies has grown into the world’s largest baby swim school, today teaching more than 48,500 babies every week through a network of around 70 family-run franchises. Water Babies employs over 850 staff across the UK, Ireland, The Netherlands, China, New Zealand, Canada and soon Germany.

Having fun and enjoying the water is the primary aim, delivered via highly structured lessons. By 30 months most toddlers will be confidently swimming distances underwater, progressing to swimming naturally on the surface, as their strength increases. The second objective is to help instruct carers to teach their babies to swim, so equipping them with a potentially life-saving skill plus access to a wide range of aquatic sports and activities in later life.

Water Babies is the world’s largest producer of underwater images of children, to date 250,000. In 2015 alone more than 100,000 individual underwater shots were taken by its skilled photographers

In June 2014 Water Babies featured on ITV’s Secret Lives of Babies.

Water Babies is committed to a long-term policy of Corporate Social Responsibility.  To date, with the generous participation of its UK franchises in ‘Splashathon’, it has helped raise £2m over 6 years. This has helped support and fund the charity Tommy’s, with its research into pregnancy problems such as miscarriages and still births as well as providing pregnancy health information to parents.

More information can be found at:  https://www.waterbabies.co.uk/notes-to-business-editors

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