When Sharon Boyd and Helen Pryse-Lloyd first took their babies to a Baby Sensory class in Salisbury they never expected to find a new career.
“My Health Visitor suggested I should take Harvey along for a session and we both loved it” says Sharon. “I found that Helen and Ella felt exactly the same way”. Helen agrees, “I had taken Ella to a number of different groups but the Baby Sensory sessions had so many different experiences that I was immediately hooked.” After a few weeks Helen and Sharon asked Lin Day, the founder of Baby Sensory, whether she had considered making the idea available to others.
Baby Sensory is far more than a baby play group as it supports parents with the learning and development of their babies from an early age. It draws on current research, the work of theorists, early years experts, and over 30 years of personal experience.
Lin Day (Dip. Ed. BSc. PGCE. M. Phil) takes up the story “Baby Sensory provides hundreds of simple activities that are fun for babies from birth to 13 months. Our classes include baby activities ranging from signing to fibre optic light shows, amazing light balls, bubbles and bells; there is always something different.” Lin has packaged this into 40 unique lesson plans that allow others to run the weekly sessions.
The Baby Sensory franchises have proved to be an instant success. Lucy Thomson who started her Baby Sensory business in Kent in October 2006 now has over 150 babies registered and Helen and Sharon are running classes in Basingstoke (Chineham, Buckskin) and Odiham. New classes are opening in Bath and Wirral in April and Lin is receiving approaches from all over the UK. In March Baby Sensory reached agreement with a British ex pat to establish Baby Sensory in Canada.
Closer to home more classes will be opening in the Southampton area this July. Helen Dicks who already runs the successful Bumps Babies & Co. baby massage business will be running Baby Sensory classes in Chandlers Ford and the Meon Valley. “I see Baby Sensory as a natural extension to my massage classes and I am really looking forward to introducing the babies to all the Baby Sensory experiences” comments Helen.
Jo Henchy, a registered mental health nurse, is opening new classes to the West of Southampton in Ringwood, New Milton and in the New Forest. “I have been looking for a career that allows me the flexibility to spend time with my baby daughter Ellie. Running my own Baby Sensory business will give me what I am looking for and I can’t wait to get started” says Jo.
Lin concludes, “It is great to see how parents and babies are enjoying our classes in new areas”.
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