WIN! Baby Signing PDT for Early Years Settings…..

Be inspired….

Little Signers Club is offering the opportunity to be part of our leading Early Years programme that can help change young children’s lives for the better.

Recommendations from the Tickell review placed communication at the heart of the new EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) in 2012 and it is now more critical than ever that people working with young children can offer a range of services, especially those concerned with communication and inclusion.

Using signing, in conjunction with speech, is a simple but effective way to build language and communication skills inclusively as well as help even very young children to develop confidence that their needs can be understood, and met, quickly -not forgetting to mention that its huge fun too!

Our courses are packed with useful information, are fun, cost effective and expertly run.

WIN! WIN! WIN!

Little Signers Club Training for Your Early Years Setting!

The Prize:

Our comprehensive Introduction to Signing for Early Years Training for a group of up to 16 people, worth £595.00

Using our extensive expertise in signing, communication development, EYFS and teaching, Little Signers Club has put together a fun and informative session that will enable you to fully understand how signing can be of benefit to young children.   You will be able to comprehensively introduce basic first signs at your workplace, setting, home or club from birth to 5 – enhancing communication experiences.

Who Can Enter:

  • Nurseries
  • Childminders
  • Pre-Schools
  • Children’s Centres
  • Nannies / Nanny Agencies
  • Charities supporting young families
  • Doula’s
  • Any other Early Years (0-5 years) organisations who feel that it might be beneficial.

Parents may also nominate any person or organisation for entry.

Enter Here!

Competition closes 15th March 2013 (midnight GMT).  Only open within the United Kingdom (sorry..)

PRAISE FOR OUR TRAINING…

“It was clear that our Little Signers Club trainer is a consummate communicator and her extensive knowledge, passion and sense of purpose regarding the proven benefits to children of baby signing were both thought-provoking and truly inspiring.  She was totally engaged with her audience throughout the session. We all (including those with decades of experience) learnt not only a profusion of signs, but also the reasons, supported by a raft of research evidence, as to their importance in augmenting young children’s communication skills.”  Alexandra Enjily, The Old School Nursery, Oxforshire

 

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Great Giveaways! WIN tickets to the BabyCalm Conference

We’re delighted to have been given 2 tickets worth £99 each for 2 very lucky people to attend the BabyCalm conference next weekend.

BabyCalmTM are proud to present their first conference, focussing on the newborn period from the point of view of the mother, the father, the baby and the child the baby will become.

Sunday May 20th 2012.  9am – 5:30pm. 

Holiday Inn Hotel – Regent’s Park, London

We will be studying how this critical period can shape the psychological and physical health of the new baby as well as have a profound effect on the lives of the mother and father and their subsequent relationship with each other. We will study the psychology of communication, bonding and breastfeeding and consider research into the impact of the beginnings of life upon the personality of the future child.

The BabyCalmTM conference will be an exciting and informative day for all those involved with new families including BabyCalmTM teachers, Antenatal Teachers, Doulas, Midwives, Health Visitors and those who run other baby classes as well as providing an opportunity to meet and network with those involved in a similar field of work.

Michel Odent

Michel Odent has been in charge of the surgical unit and the maternity unit at the Pithiviers state hospital (1962-1985) and is the founder of the Primal Health Research Centre (London). He introduced in the 1970s the concepts of home-like birthing rooms and birthing pools in maternity hospitals. He is the author of the first article in the medical literature about the use of birthing pools (Lancet 1983), of the first article about the initiation of lactation during the hour following birth, and of the first article applying the “Gate Control Theory of Pain” to obstetrics. He created the Primal Health Research database and the website www.wombecology.com. Author of 12 books published in 22 languages.

Naomi Stadlen

Naomi Stadlen is a psychotherapist and mother of three. Naomi has run the weekly discussion group “Mothers Talking” in London for more than twenty one years. Naomi’s first book “What Mothers Do” resonates with mothers everywhere and was described by the Guardian as “The best book on parenting”. Naomi has a perceptive insight into the relationships of new mothers with their babies. Her second book, “How Mothers Love”, has now been published..

Patrick Houser

Patrick M Houser is a grandfather and father of 2 sons. It was the birth of his first son which revealed to him the need to understand birth more fully. Patrick’s second son’s arrival, in 1980, was the first documented waterbirth in the USA. This has informed his life’s work and led him to nearly 25 years of passionate advocacy for birth choices. He has a degree in marketing, has owned a natural health centre and for 10 years ran his construction firm in Austin, Texas. He is the director of The Source Foundation International a UK reg. charity,  promoting health and choice from  preconception to birth and throughout life. Patrick is also a speaker, writes articles and is the author of the Fathers-To-Be Handbook, published in the UK and now available in a USA edition as well. Patrick is the founder of http://www.fatherstobe.org.

Oliver James

Oliver James trained and practised as a clinical child psychologist and, since 1988, has worked as a writer, journalist, broadcaster and television documentary producer and presenter. His books include the best-selling “They F*** You Up”  and the controversial  parenting book “How not to F*** Them Up”. Oliver is a columnist for the Guardian Newspaper and is latterly more famous for his exchanges with Gina Ford concerning the dangers of baby training. Oliver lives in Oxfordshire with his wife and two small children

Shelley Ensor

Shelley Ensor, founder of Little Signers Club, talks about the growing popularity of baby signing as an aid for communication development. A mum of three, she has seen thousands of parents and their babies through her classes. Having witnessed the detrimental effects of poor attachment and bonding, Shelley has a particular interest in how using signing can aid parental and child interactions and especially how the use of signing reduces distress in young babies, toddlers and pre-schoolers. A proponent of attachment parenting, Shelley also takes a keen interest in other related pedagogy’s such as Steiner and Pikler (RIE) concerning the unhurried and natural development of the young child.

http://www.babycalm.co.uk/conference/info_22.html

for tickets please see:

http://babycalmconference-estw.eventbrite.com/

HOW TO ENTER

Simply comment on the blog or on our Facebook link and we’ll enter everyone into a random draw.  (Full competition Ts & C’s on our website) – Competition closes Tuesday 15th May 2012 at Midnight BST and tickets will be issued directly by BabyCalm – GOOD LUCK and I hope to meet you there!

Great Giveaways! Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell

We’ve been having a chat about our favourite story books on our Facebook site this week and without doubt, Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell has got to be one of everyone’s favorites!

A wonderful picture book with flaps to lift and lots of colourful zoo animals to find!  Meet the grumpy camel and the very jumpy monkey…. the elephant that is too heavy and the giraffe that is too too tall!  Will a perfect pet ever be found??

We simply love to sign along to this book and its a great favourite with little ones as well who will choose it time and again – well into the pre-school years.

We’ve love it so much that we decided to have a giveaway!  

We’ve got a 21 x 21 cm copy of Dear Zoo to win.

 Simply comment on the blog or on our Facebook link and we’ll enter everyone into a random draw.  (Full competition Ts & C’s on our website) – Competition closes Monday 30th April 2012 at Midnight BST – GOOD LUCK!

Great Giveaways!

We’re thrilled to have been given not 1 but 2 copies of the brand new children’s meditation CD “Drift Away” from Kate Beddow at Growing Spirit to give away!

Drift Away is a CD of seven relaxing stories/simple guided meditations, suitable for children of all ages. There are stories for relaxation, to calm and to release worries. The first CD of its kind by Kate and Ian Beddow, it is a wonderful introductions to meditation and mindfulness for children and the combination of Kate’s calming words and Ian’s magical musical stories make it an enchanting addition to any home.

One of the tracks, Sea Dreams, was originally created for Little Signers Club as a perfect way for parents and babies to enjoy some bonding time together.  We think that Kate’s new CD is wonderful for parents and little ones of all ages!

Tracks:

Sea Dreams; Playroom Stars; Space Adventure; In the Fairy Wood; Drift Away; Release your Worries; Woodland Walk

You can find out more about Kate’s work at www.katebeddow.co.uk or find her on Facebook at Growing Spirit Kids.

If you’d like to be included in the DRIFT AWAY GIVEAWAY, simply comment on this post or on our link on Facebook.  Please share!

We’ll draw two winner’s at random on Sunday 15th April 2012.  Full terms and conditions

From Me, to You, with Love.

I’ll start by saying that this isn’t the normal sort of post you will come across from Little Signers Club, but today I want to share something a bit more personal.

There comes a time every two months where time simply stops.  The kettle is popped on and the busyness of the day / week / my life receeds.  An interlude of peace, a tiny bit of anticipation.  For the next hour, nothing but nothing will disturb my world as I devour, from cover to cover, the latest issue of The Mother magazine.

 

In a world of glossy parenting mags, full of advertising the next “must have” for your pregnancy, baby, child, teenager, The Mother magazine stands alone.  Printed on recyled paper, with barely an advertisement in sight, this magazine is exactly what it appears to be; simple, direct, authentic and created with love.

The Mother magazine is not designed to assure you that Crying It Out techniques are for the best; or that you should discipline your child by using Time Out; or that childhood is about a set of standards that need to be met.  No, indeed.  The Mother magazine encourages you by every single possible means to get in touch with your instincts, to reconnect with parenting in a manner which has almost disappeared in this day and age – not by turning to the next expert but by simply listening to that little voice inside.  It’s also a great source of ideas, recipes, letters and the “ramblings of a semi concious mother” who most mumma’s will certainly connect with but probably never admit to….

Veronika who runs The Mother magazine, has mentioned that the majority of her readership is from mother to mother recommendation.  I am not sure how I personally stumbled across The Mother but like so many parents, I was looking for something that resonated with how I wanted to live.

So, from one mother, me, to you – be you a mother, a grandmother, a father, grandfather, parents in waiting, aspiring parents, or people who provide support for parents – give yourself, or someone you love the gift of The Mother magazine.  It will lift you and nurture you, it will put heart connections back into your life and it will challenge and educate you too. 

Until the end of September, when you take out an annual subscribtion to The Mother magazine (£24 ) you will also receive a copy of The Nurtured Family (RRP £6) totally free.  This beautiful booklet contains ten threads of wisdom to weave into your every day lives – easily and simply – to enrich your health, well being and happiness.  Simply mention Little Signers Club when checking out.  There is also an option to pay monthly.

You can find out more about The Mother magazine at http://www.themothermagazine.co.uk/ and see Veronika’s blog at http://themothermagazine.blogspot.com/.

Little Signers Club has got three copies of the September / October issue to give away!  All you have to do is pop along to our website at http://www.littlesignersclub.co.uk/contact-us.htm and pop THE MOTHER in the message box.

Competition Time! Win with Little Signers Club and Gumigem

This month Little Signers Club  has got together with GUMIGEM to bring you a fabulous opportunity to win one of their stunning teething necklaces!

Designed to be an attractive accessory for the mums and a teething relief for babies, Gumi Gem is the latest must-have for all mums.  The attractive heart design is made from baby safe non toxic silicone and is free from BPA, PVC, lead, latex and phthalate. It also has high tear strength and is even tough enough to withstand the dishwasher and sterilizer. In a variety of stylish, fashionable colours and a hit with celebs such as Denise van Outen.

The necklaces look like hard stone or Murano glass, but are actually soft and flexible like teething rings so ideal for sore gums.  GUMIGEM is a family run business and all necklaces are made right here in the UK with love and care.

We’ve got one beautiful necklace to giveaway!  CLICK HERE and complete the contact form to be in with a chance of winning.  Competition closes 30th June 2011.