Our Latest Training Day Starring Action Amanda Featuring Juliette Davies (strongly)

The title reads like film credits because these two lovely people created the best training day we’ve had in a while. We planned it for our first day back after Christmas which turned out to be perfect! It brought all the staff from my two teams together for some learning, fun and action. 

To be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what we would be getting, but I know Amanda, and I know she has a passion for getting children moving and active so they may become confident healthy adults, so I knew we were in for a treat. Her latest venture is to help us as Early Years Practitioners develop fun music and movement programmes using her app (very reasonably priced!) and giving informative information of the impact this has on children’s all-round  development. With 10 bags of props we were all like littl’uns in a toy shop!

After a short presentation it was time for us to get lively. Using shakers, pom poms, masks, streamers and many more props we sang danced and laughed. We worked to different styles of songs, learnt how to compile a session to keep children active and interested. Amanda armed us with a few tricks of how to mix it up to make it work for us. A few staff activities involving a bit of choreography kept us all thinking, and it wasn’t the most likely staff that took the lead. Everyone had a chance to shine.

Amanda’s personal touch talking through how we could construct the sessions showed her true passion and how she genuinely had our teams needs in mind. You couldn’t help but be touched by her enthusiasm. If she could give me some of her energy, I would be most grateful!!

I’m not forgetting the wonderful Juliette Davies and her amazing organisation EY Matters that she formed to support the Early Years Sector last year as an aside to her Virtual Support business, Virtual Support UK Ltd. She helps trainers and practitioners with all those behind the scenes bits that are so important. For our training day I know she was helping Amanda launch her new venture and will continue to help it take off. For me as part time consultant and PVI owner she has helped me brand my consultancy, helped me with logos, power point presentations and all sorts! A bit like a magician! 

I thank you both for a fabulous day of learning and laughter for my lovely team. I hope to see you again soon.

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A ((Short!) New Year Blog.

At the end of last term I was really tired, I mean really tired! Several reasons. I had one of those colds and coughs that just lasted weeks and weeks. There had been a few glitches in the year which always knocks me sideways. However, my faith in my own ability and my expertise from all of my experience in EY has been restored, and here’s the trick. Surround yourself with good people. People who know not only that you are a good EY practitioner/settings manager/ teacher/carer and employer, but you are helpful kind and supportive of others.

So I start 2019 with confidence and renewed energy. I hope to help more settings with my consultancy work. It went a little quiet, but is picking up again through word of mouth. I’m very content to mainly support and manage my two settings, both very special to me. Coaching and supervision helps to create the nurturing environment I value for the children and staff. I might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I can’t please everyone or be popular all of the time, something that doesn’t always sit right but I must accept. I know those who support me and make me stronger, in turn I hope not only to return the favour, but spread the love and support to others, both professionally and personally.

Happy New Year!