Hello I asked my colleague to write about her journey with TinyTalk, I love to read other teachers stories, this one made me say wow.
Hope you enjoy it, Heather Avul
TinyTalk and Me by Felicity Haslewood.
Qustion: What do you do when you’ve had a baby and you know if you go back to work you will be working just to pay the nursery fees?
Answer: look for another job.
Another question though, doing what? My answer was TinyTalk. Become your own boss by having your own business and be able to take your baby to work with you, PERFECT! Fit it around your family, spot on! Go back to working with children and their families, what more could I ask for.
But what I wasn’t expecting was that, in the time between having telephone conversations with various people from TinyTalk, a telephone interview and being invited to an information day, my husband would leave me and our beautiful 6 month old baby boy. My whole world came crashing down and all could think about was that it was my sole responsibility to
provide for us both. So with this bomb shell having been dropped less than 3 weeks ago, I set off to Guildford. I met the fantastic TinyTalk team at Head Office and some other ladies all wanting to do the same as me (I didn’t let on what had happened and the hardest thing was leaving my baby boy at home with my parents for the day). I had a great day and knew even more now that I NEEDED to do this for not just my son but for me. I needed something to focus on, I just hoped they thought I was worthy of joining TinyTalk as a franchisee.
Good news, yes! I was going to be going to the training day to get set for my voyage into the world of small business and TinyTalk. So back to Guildford for training day, lots of information but lots of fun too.
So there I am, a TinyTalk Teacher all ready to go. Busily I got planning, finding venues, advertising and taking bookings and enquiries. All scary but great at the same time, and still coming to terms with the change in my life, moving house and becoming a single Mum.
January 2013 = New Year, new start, new business, new life for me and my baby boy.
Why TinyTalk then? Well........................ “I've see how worthwhile and brilliant TinyTalk baby signing is as a means of communication first hand, both as a childcare professional and as a mum. In my job as a Nursery Nurse I used baby signing to aid in the development of communication with children under the age of 18 months and saw how this helped their all round development by giving them the confidence to express their needs. As a mum I have enjoyed seeing the pleasure Thomas gets from the classes and felt the jubilation at seeing him sign for the first time to ask for his milk.
Thomas and I had been going to our local class in Ashby and now at 15 months Tom is showing an understanding of a range of simple yet effective signs that we use fluidly as part of our daily routine (17 signs and counting). I decided to become a TinyTalk teacher so that I could pass on and share the joy and achievement felt when aiding children to communicate with confidence.”
But TinyTalk has been more than that, it has been my saviour. If I hadn’t had TinyTalk I wouldn’t have had something else to keep me going each day. It has meant I can be a provider for my little boy, I have learned lots along the way about myself and others, new skills and something I can pass on to not just my little boy but to other families. I have met like minded people and have now got some great friends and colleagues.
So what’s next? Well it will be TinyTalk Tamworth & Atherstone’s third term in September and I can’t wait!
Our first birthday is coming up soon and................who knows. But what I do know is that TinyTalk is special to me and my little boy for reasons not many knew, until now.
I am a mother of 4, teach baby signing and also BSL level 2 qualified, love TKD and much more.