Kelsey is a mum who has attended our Mini Explorers group at Rock Ferry Children's Centre. Her feedback is a great example of the value of sharing ideas about children's development, but also the importance of supportive relationships - between parent and child, practitioner and other parents:
"I’ve been attending the Peep Early/Mini Explorer
sessions since my little boy Linkin was 10 weeks, now he’s 16 months!
I knew absolutely nothing about Peep beforehand! Hand on heart, I believe that
attending these groups has made me the parent I am today.
They taught me that certain behaviours weren’t ‘naughty’ but actually developmental.
That everyday things are an adventure for him, no matter how little! And that
everything can be fun, and how he can learn through fun!
Linkin has made some little friends for life, as have I.
sessions have supported me and taught me the importance of supporting him, praising
him, providing him with opportunities and how to encourage his learning and
development. They’ve shown me that Linkin doesn’t need ‘expensive’ experiences to
learn, but actually low cost or free opportunities are just as useful, like a trip
to the free fun day at the local urban farm where we can sing nursery rhymes and
practise animal noises with the animals!
I find being a parent the most amazing and rewarding experience of my life, but I
also have ‘hard’ days as does every parent. In group, it’s so nice to talk about
those hard days with other parents and Sophie, with no judgement just support. I was
so hesitant initially about going to a baby group - what if Linkin got upset, or I
needed to breastfeed and wasn’t comfortable, or I was judged - but this group was
the first I attended and it’s changed my parenting experience. Sometimes, life as a
mum can be hard or lonely, but this group really does make a difference."
Kelsey is now an Ambassador for FYT and volunteers with the charity. Linkin is now two, and Kelsey has a baby daughter called Lettie who is 8 months old, they were attending our Mini Explorers groups right up until lockdown this year, and are planning to resume in the near future.