Posts Tagged ‘little ladybirds day nursery’

Claire Harrison-Jones

As a former member of the Great Britain Judo team, grappling with life as manager of Little Ladybirds is child’s play to Claire Harrison-Jones.

Given her sporting background (she took up judo aged five) Claire always envisioned a job working in sport and even did a diploma in sports science with a view to becoming a physiotherapist.

It was only after giving birth to her son Jake that she began to take a different career direction, in childcare.

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Sign language expert

Before she became a sign language expert Dawn Thorpe had her own beauty therapy businesses, which may not be as different as it may seem.

“After all both involve using your hands,” she jokes.

However, that is where the similarities begin and end and for the past 16 years, Dawn has run her successful Signing Tots business, using sign language to help children in the education sector, particularly in the Early Years Foundation Stage.

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Generosity of parents

The generosity of parents and staff at Little Laybirds will hopefully ensure that a few less people will go hungry this Christmas.

This year, we introduced a reverse advent calendar which rather than opening a door to get a chocolate or see a picture, you give something instead.

In this case, the nursery asked parents if they would donate a range of items each day so they could be given to two local charities – Thornaby food bank and Salvation Army.

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