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We have been asked to share the information below - although this is not in any way an endorsement by Musical Minis. It has been created by Dental Elite and used in the NHS. It has been approved by the paediatric anaesthetic associates. Childrens fear of dentist Children and adults can be scared of the dentist, a fear known as odontophobia. However, if you can reassure children early on it is likely they will grow up with a sense of confidence around going to the dentist and thus live a much healthier life. A fear of the dentist can be... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at Learning made fun
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I’m Jo and I’ve been running Musical Minis in South Wales since 2003. As well as running Musical Minis classes I also teach music. (instrumental lessons). Prior to my purchase of the Musical Minis franchise I trained at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama in Cardiff and worked for a leading telecommunications company. Both my children, Jack (13) and Harrison (8) have been brought up in a house surrounded by music, including attending Musical Minis classes with me from a very young age. Jack asked to learn to play the piano at the age of 3. The recorder... Continue reading
Posted May 26, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Musical Minis named Leena Thakker, owner of Musical Minis Oxford, Buckinghamshire and South Northants as their ‘Outstanding Franchisee of the Year’ at their annual conference. The conference, held in Birmingham and attended by all Musical Minis franchisees, was centered on the theme ‘How understanding your business can increase your revenue’. Leena bought her Oxford franchise in 2009 and purchased the adjacent territory of Buckinghamshire and South Northants when it came up for resale at the end of 2015. Leena first discovered Musical Minis when she attended with her own children Anya and Alaina. Leena runs 17 classes in six venues... Continue reading
Posted May 17, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Musical Minis is delighted to announce a new franchisee in the South East Essex area. Natalie Duncan, who was until recently a Senior Business Development Manager, has become the latest to join the successful Musical Minis franchise, which was established in 1989 by Karen Sherr. Natalie has a young daughter called Daisy whose development has inspired her to take up a new career working with children. She will be continuing the Musical Minis franchise which first came to the South East Essex area in 2001. Since then over 2,000 children in the area have benefitted from the Musical Minis programme.... Continue reading
Posted May 5, 2016 at Learning made fun
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A GUEST blog by Louise Emerson, the Musical Minis Durham franchisee, about her typical day. Like most mums, my days are vey busy with 3 fairly young children to care for. Our mornings start at 6.30am when I get up and ready before the girls, as once they are awake, chaos ensues! It feels like everything is on fast-forward; rushing around preparing breakfasts, distributing the outfits I’ve hung out the night before for each of them and doing 3 lots of hair before the school run! I always try to leave the house reasonably tidy but it’s sometimes impossible with... Continue reading
Posted Apr 25, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Guest blog post by Jo Weaving our South Wales Musical Minis franchisee. As the month of March approaches each year, plans are made to celebrate both of my boy’s birthday’s, and my Dad’s birthday, and, if I’m lucky, someone will make plans for my birthday too (as well as Mothering Sunday). Before we celebrate any of our family birthday’s, living in Wales, we celebrate St David’s Day on 1st March. Each year, we have a home art project to do for school. Over the years we have made badges, sculptures on the beach, woodpeckers & love spoons and lots more.... Continue reading
Posted Mar 9, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Musical Minis Berkshire are delighted to announce their Easter Parties Looking for the perfect activity for the Easter holidays? Musical Minis is your chance to have some Easter fun with your little ones. Enjoy a fun-filled hour of action songs and nursery rhymes, stories and puppets, party with a parachute, bubbles and scarves and still have plenty of time for your children to explore our huge selection of percussion instruments and make their own music over the Easter break…and there will be some special Easter surprises as well. £6 per child. Siblings are very welcome. Tuesday 5th April 14:00-15:00, Brownlow... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Southern Home Counties Musical Minis Easter parties run for one hour and include action songs, bubbles, dancing, time to explore our range of instruments and Easter stories. There might even be a surprise visit from a certain someone with long fluffy ears and a cotton tail. Please note that these parties are not religious. The parties are £6.50 per child per session. Siblings are very welcome. Siblings under six months are FREE! The Southern Home Counties Musical Minis Easter Parties are on the following dates, times and venues: Wednesday 30th March - 11.00-12.00 - The Community Centre, Forest Row Friday... Continue reading
Posted Mar 2, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Teesside Musical Minis are really excited to announce their EASTER SESSIONS! Are you looking for a fun activity in the Easter holiday when your usual weekly activities have stopped? Look no further! Teesside Musical Minis are running some Easter sessions in the second week of the holiday! These are £5.75 per child per session. Suitable for babies and pre-school age children. Siblings welcome, please ask for details. These are one hour non-religious sessions including action songs, nursery rhymes, Easter stories with puppets and props. Parachute fun and bubbles, time with our wide variety of percussion instruments and lot and lots... Continue reading
Posted Feb 24, 2016 at Learning made fun
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An immediate opportunity has arisen to re-licence the West Yorkshire Musical Minis franchise. Musical Minis has been in the West Yorkshire and Harrogate area for 5 years and over that time has brought fun to hundreds of children. In addition to weekly classes, Musical Minis has worked with Nurseries and Children’s Centres. We are looking for outgoing, lively people with good organisational skills, preferably, but not essentially, with experience of working with young children, to continue Musical Minis presence in the area. You will be strongly supported by Head Office and the rest of the franchise network. Please click here... Continue reading
Posted Feb 22, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Following our tradition of tallying the names of children attending Musical Minis classes, the list below shows the most popular names for children attending in 2015. It isn't necessarily children who were born in 2015. Furthermore, it doesn't include children who attend Children's Centre sessions or nursery sessions. The numbers in brackets shows the name's position in 2014. Top 10 Boys Names:- 1 Henry (2) 2 Charlie (3) 3 Thomas (=4) =4 Jack (1) =4 Oliver (=6) 6 George (8) 7 Harry (=4) =8 Alexander =8 Jacob (9) =8 James The names that have dropped out of the top 10... Continue reading
Posted Feb 19, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Our Franchisee Network Musical Minis are delighted to have won the Best Family Business and also be the overall winner in the Best Home Based Business in the Ihubbub Awards. Our award winning entry can be seen below: As family businesses go, you can’t get much better credentials than children’s music classes, Musical Minis! Musical Minis was started by the family, because of the family, has benefitted thousands of families and is still run by the family today! 25 years ago, child psychologist and Play Specialist at Great Ormond Street Hospital, Karen Sherr couldn’t find a fun music group to... Continue reading
Posted Jan 27, 2016 at Learning made fun
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Teesside Musical Minis are really excited to announce their CHRISTMAS SESSIONS! Are you looking for a fun activity in the Christmas holiday when your usual weekly activities have stopped? Look no further! Teesside Musical Minis are running some Christmas sessions at the beginning of the holiday! These are £5 per child per session. Suitable for babies and pre-school age children. Siblings welcome, please ask for details. The parties are one hour non-religious sessions including action songs, nursery rhymes, Christmas stories with puppets and props. Parachute fun and bubbles, time with our wide variety of percussion instruments and lot and lots... Continue reading
Posted Nov 21, 2015 at Learning made fun
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At Musical Minis we recently launched a new online booking facility. The service, has started to be rolled out to all the franchise territories and will allow parents to book and pay for classes online for the first time, benefitting parents and resulting in a significant decrease in administration for franchisees. Previously class bookings and fees were taken by franchisees before or after classes, backed up with individually produced emails and letters reminding parents of new term dates, birthday party options and reminders. Now the entire system will be online and automated, saving franchisees time both during and after classes... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Musical Minis is proud to announce a new franchisee in the Southern Home Counties area. Amy Ryan, who previously worked in the theatre as a performer and as a teacher to children of all ages, has become the latest to join the successful Musical Minis franchise, which was established in 1989. Amy originally trained and received a BA Hons degree from The Guildford School of Acting. Whilst continuing to perform in her spare time, Amy has more recently been an Events Manager and an Executive Liaison Officer for a charity. Karen Sherr, founder of Musical Minis commented “The interactive programme,... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2015 at Learning made fun
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If you go down to the woods today…. you could be having whole lot of fun with your little ones with a Teddy Bear’s Picnic Make the most of the Summer weather, get some friends together and plan a great day for the children, their teddies and yourselves! Musical Minis have put together a guide to organising a Teddy Bear’s Picnic at home this Summer. Taking inspiration from the parties they organise across the UK every year, attended by hundreds of children and parents, the parties include making teddy bear ears, songs to sing, food to eat and a picture... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2015 at Learning made fun
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We know a number of people who have been on Safari but had never experienced one ourselves and were not really sure what to expect. We spent a lot of time researching our options and eventually decided we wanted to go to Chobe in Botswana. We decided upon this because we didn't want to travel by light aircraft and we wanted as authentic an experience as possible. We had heard of safaris where the roads are Tarmac and you were guaranteed to see the big 5. This is not the case in Chobe where they don't even have Rhinos (one... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Join in the fun with Jingle The Bear at South Lincs Musical Minis this summer at a Teddy Bears Picnic. Booking is essential. £5 for one child, £2 per sibling. Bring your own picnic to enjoy after our fabulously fun music session! Friday 7th August at Stamford Children's Centre from 11am-12.30 Friday 21st August at Bourne Youth Centre from 11am-12.30 To book a place contact Hazel Morgan on 07752 270700 or email hazel@musicalminis.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Join Musical Minis in West Yorkshire for its Summer Events in Garforth, Colton and Seacroft. Join in a Musical Minis Session with party music, dancing and bubbles. Outdoor picnic and Summer Party (weather permitting - if not it will be indoors). Fancy dress optional. Tickets in advance – £6 per family. Teddy Bear’s Picnic – July 27th – 31st Summer Party – August 10th – 14th Summer Party – August 24th – 28th For full venue and ticket information please contact Claire on 07845 454585 or email ClaireR@musicalminis.co.uk www.facebook.com/musicalminiswestyorks Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Some of you, especially those who attend Musical Minis South Wales, we thought would like an update on Ffion who has been attending classes for 4 years and is about to leave us to enter full time education. Ffion was born with some missing genes and some duplicated genes on one of her chromosomes. Her particular gene rearrangement is extremely rare (it doesn't even have a name) and there may only be a handful of people in the world with the same gene pattern. This makes it impossible for the doctors to predict all that will happen to her. Ffion's... Continue reading
Posted Jul 7, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Chrissie Rolls, owner of Musical Minis Swindon, is celebrating six years of running classes this summer by throwing a party for children. Chrissie, who runs the classes with the help of her mum Anne, had to miss out on the traditional 5th birthday celebrations, as she was recovering from an operation but was determined to mark the occasion now she is back to full strength. The party will take place on Monday 10th August at the Haydon Centre, Haydon Wick from 10:00 to 11:00 am. It is open to all, not just those who currently attend the classes. There will... Continue reading
Posted Jul 3, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Teesside Musical Minis is really excited to announce its SUMMER SESSIONS! Are your usual weekly activities stopping for the summer? Are you wondering how to fill the days with fun for your little ones? Let us help! Teesside Musical Minis is running some themed summer sessions over the holiday! £5 per child per session. Suitable for babies and pre-school age children. Siblings welcome, please ask for details. These are one hour themed sessions including action songs, nursery rhymes, stories with puppets and props. Parachute and bubbles, time with our wide variety of percussion instruments and lot and lots of FUN!... Continue reading
Posted Jul 1, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Musical Minis is pleased to announce that Musical Minis South Wales will be running regular sessions throughout the summer! You can book onto as many sessions as you wish to. Join us in: Barry on Mondays 20th & 27th July, 3rd & 10th August with a start time of 10.30am. Bridgend on Tuesdays 21st & 28th July & 4th & 11th August with a start time of 10.30am. (Bridgend class includes free stay & play) Sessions should be booked in advance. The fee is £4.50 per child per session. £2 per additional sibling up to the age of 8. (No... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2015 at Learning made fun
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Let’s Party! Come and join Oxford Musical Minis this Summer and have lots of Musical fun! There will be plenty of singing, dancing, bubbles, parachutes, stories and instrumental time. There will be face painting and tattoo activities and the opportunity to have photos taken by Puddings and Pie Photography. And don’t forget to pack a picnic to enjoy after the entertainment! Tuesday 28th July – WOODSTOCK - 10:00am – 12:00pm Tuesday 28th July – ADDERBURY - 2:30pm – 4:30pm Wednesday 29th July – BICESTER - 10:00am – 12:00pm Wednesday 29th July – CALVERT GREEN - 2:30pm – 4:30pm Cost is... Continue reading
Posted Jun 19, 2015 at Learning made fun