Yes, that is right and wow, it was an honor to win this award. Firstly, TinyTalk Leicester, which is a baby signing class in Leicester which uses BSL to teach some simple signs and gestures to pre verbal children before they can talk, was nominated for the best pre-school class in Leicester.
So this was an honor, I am Heather Avul and I teach these classes but also another three teachers in the UK won the award. Bernadette Dooley won for Leicester Northwest and also Crystal Martin and Julia Maugham won for their parts of the country. Many teachers got Silver.
My task this week is to send the editorial of it to as many newspapers and radio stations as possible. I am so very excited.
The weeks while the voting was live were very interesting. We could see where we were in the standings and it was quite fun as different classes were leading until the last week where I took a lovely lead.
So, I am hoping this will help me to help others to teach baby signing to as many families as possible in order to have both that stepping stone for a baby to learn to communicate before he or she can talk but also a stepping stone for the parent with some knowledge of BSL.
I am hoping this will also help me move my classes forward, to be known that they exist and to also go on to train some nurseries and child care professionals as they can then use the signing skills with the children in their care.
It will be good to train nursery staff as many of my class mums ask of nurseries that use the signing and so if there are some that have the training then they will be very appealing to those members. Also the child care workers will be able to communicate with the children a lot more and so everyone is happy.
So now my classes will be mentioned in the next Netmums newsletter which is the biggest parenting website in the UK and all those that belong to the Leicester site will learn that TinyTalk Leicester won the award. I will also have a Gold Listing in my advertising for one month.
I really hope I am able to continue to be thought of as the best pre-school class as not only do we teach fantastic communication and also language development skills we have social time as well which is vital for a lot of the families that come along and I see so many friendships being formed.
Thank you for reading.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.