4 January 2018
Being a grandparent is a wonderful chapter that Rob and I have embraced with open arms.
I have happily blogged on the hilarities of the new role as we bumble our way getting to grips with this new super honour and the responsibilities that the role brings.
However, this Christmas Holiday break and a few mulled wines later, my Super Granny Halo had started to slip. Let me explain...
31 October 2017
Preparing for Halloween is a big event in the Nursery Calendar. It symbolises the end of the Summer, new Reception big boys and girls, the countdown to Bonfire Night and then onto Christmas. We talk to children about fun, games, laughter, emotions, sharing and caring, along with spooks, witches and creepy crawlies along the way.
However Halloween is also one of those days where there is a clear divide between friends who have children and those who don’t...
12 September 2017
Past family holidays at the Jones’s aren’t quite like the Thomas Cook adverts. Each year I imagine the pool splashing, the laughter, the sandcastle, the cocktails and the sunsets. Yet... they never quite materialize how I imagined. Add into the equation my Mother who seems to become a human cocktail calorie calculator at the first sniff of Malibu, and I literally want to drive myself off the cliff of sanity.
18 July 2017
For many 3-4 year old children, this summer will mark an important milestone...
23 June 2017
Thank you to everyone that came to celebrate Evolution Childcare @ Scholars House's official open day in Wolverhampton last week.
9 May 2017
the action or state of including or of being included within a group or structure:
"they have been selected for inclusion in the scheme"
30 April 2017
Congratulations and good luck to Sarah and the Team at Shadsworth Business Park – they have been shortlisted for The Newcomer Award at the 2017 Hive Awards!
16 March 2017
Head Office has been a hive of activity this Month. We have had brighter mornings, baby showers, weddings, engagements, birthday celebrations and plenty of staff nights out. Add to this, parents evening time, AND we are celebrating womanhood this month. With the fun factor in mind I thought this month, I would give you a practical ‘Adults’ take on understanding the EYFS terminology.
21 February 2017
Now I don’t mean to be cynical here but in the Jones household, since Rob and I became Parents, we have a Valentines Code of Practice. The Code goes like this:
I hereby agree to ZERO show of public affection on Feb 14th, the lead up to the dreaded Valentine’s Day and for 7 days thereafter.
Why do you think we have this special binding agreement? Well it’s because before we had Children, Valentine’s Day had a whole new meaning.
10 January 2017
I confess, I am the World’s biggest Christmas romantic. Years of Christmas movies, happy ever afters and feel good chick flicks have left me with a rather unrealistic view of Christmas Day.
“Here we go again” Rob sighs as I protest how perfect this year Christmas day will be.
“How hard can it be to have a grown up Christmas without any drama?” I reply trying to convince him and myself it seems at the same time. “Surely our three Gremlins, associated boyfriends, granddaughter, Great Grandparents, in-laws etc etc can all behave for the entire 24 hour duration”.
“Sue” he eventually replies with that black is black and white is white tone of voice. “The kids are normal, the family is normal, the day is normal, what isn’t normal is your fantasy version”.
Well… as it turns out… shock, horror, Rob was indeed right and I didn’t quite get the fantasy day I was dreaming of after all. Instead however I had a wonderful, mixed up, crazy, insanely bonkers, fantastic, drunken and totally normal day after all. Perhaps Rob is right and my New Year Resolution should be to leave my fantasy day to the movies?
24 December 2016
Christmas as a working mum is that wonderful relaxing time of year where we are expected to combine working full time with relentless shopping, present buying, house decorating, food shopping, mass catering, pot washing, house cleaning, family visits, bed stripping, present wrapping, party organising, nativity watching and marital mayhem.
28 November 2016
Before I ventured into being a mum I had a lot of time to be incredibly selfish. I loved to dream, to plan, to organise and to accomplish. I used to think about being a mum with a sense of smugness, I knew it all and I was going to be an amazing mum. I read every parenting book on the planet just so I could be sure I had it organised.
I would never lose my temper with my children. I would never let my children run around with their shoes on the wrong feet. I would never wear gym clothes all day. I would never leave face painting on their faces for five days. I would never let them eat sugar. I would never let them wear a Cinderella outfit for a full week. We would never skip tooth brushing or hair brushing because of the drama. I would never be “that” mum. I would spend my days with my children reading books, visiting national trust parks, going to libraries, museums, doing crafts, and exploring the outdoors. I was going to be the very first Super Mum.
4 October 2016
There is nothing better for your mental well being than throwing your head back and belly laughing until your stomach hurts, your eyes are full of tears and your cheeks hurt. Well it may come as a surprise but babies are no different to us adults. Just as you find things from mildly funny to damn right hysterical, so will your baby.
So how do we turn those giggle muscles on and boost baby belly laughs? Babies develop their side splitting sense of humour in a clear process so essentially they find different things funny at different stages in their development.
20 September 2016
Confidence and self-esteem is something we as adults can particularly relate to and something that all of us want our children to have. We want our children to grow up happy and emotionally strong, knowing that who they are and what they stand for is enough and all that matters to them. We want them confident and comfortable in their own skin and want them to celebrate and be proud of their achievements. We want them to know their strengths and their weaknesses and to embrace the fact that they are wonderful and unique and utterly individual.
27 July 2016
As a grown up mum of 4 (including husband) and a feisty Leo mum at that to a growing and extending Family, I have always considered myself strong. I've pulled up the big girls pants, I've upped my game and I've worked my butt off to be independent and a positive role model to my children. I've worked long hours, I've taken challenges, I've taken risks and I've survived, all whilst wearing 5 inch heels, red lipstick and a smile.
16 May 2016
How quickly is this year passing by already, we are now sadly in the process of acknowledging we are very close to saying goodbye to some of our lovely pre-school children over the summer ready for them to embark on their next adventure to school. Lots of organising, transition records/report writing but more excitingly planning their graduation party to take place on 6th August. As much as it is a sad time it has been lovely to see them all develop and grow over the last few years, they have some wonderful personalities and wacky conversations are going to greatly missed. We are sure that they are all going to settle into school well.
11 April 2016
Look how quickly our chicks have grown already (some are between 5-6 days old)... still adorable and cute though!
31 January 2016
Everyone had a fantastic time at our Toddle Waddle around Pittville Park. The walk was in association with Barnardos Toddle, and all the children and parents came dressed as Pirates and Princesses to raise money for the charity.
9 June 2015
Where has the time gone? It is nearly 5 months since the journey began for launch of Evolution childcare @ The Lodge. We have enjoyed every minute and continue to work extremely hard to make everyday amazing for our children. We are still looking to make improvements daily, we and the team are making incremental changes daily to improve children's, parents and staff experiences or environment. If the feedback to date is anything to go by, the changes are resonating with our children and their parents /carers. We are delighted to be making headway with our plans, but the journey continues!
3 March 2015
Interior decorator, HR manager, consultant chef, utilities manager, facilities manager, project manager, procurement managers, interior designer, AstroTurf layers to name but a few. Setting up this nursery lark is providing the opportunity to develop the art of adaptability. What a rollercoaster but the most exciting time of our lives!
21 January 2015
2 years in the genesis, 6 months in the negotiation and we are at completion. On Monday 12th January, Vicky and I became the proud owners of our very own nursery. This was without great fanfare, albeit with some of the largest and brightest signage in the whole of Cheltenham arriving. Some of you may have seen it on your way past or when you have come to drop off or collect your wonderful children, I hope you like it.