This is Karen's Typepad Profile.
Join Typepad and start following Karen's activity
Join Now!
Already a member? Sign In
Karen
Recent Activity
Image
Guest blog by Rob Sherr, co-director of Musical Minis At the beginning of February 2020 I established an incident response team to tackle my growing fears for the coronavirus. This was not however for Musical Minis but for my “full time employer” where I am Chief Operating Officer. At the time, the options for Musical Minis seemed a lot more limited and we focused entirely on ensuring that anyone who attended a class could do so safely, based upon what we knew then. Once this seemed impossible, we shut classes down. At Musical Minis we were not alone, it seems... Continue reading
Posted Oct 11, 2020 at Learning made fun
Image
There is now a new activity download on the Musical Minis website. It's our Summer themed download with songs and activities to do, both indoors and outdoors. You will also find ideas to help you have a great Teddy Bears' Picnic. At the moment, whist we are still not allowed to socialise with groups of friends and family, children still need to develop their social skills. Having a picnic with their favourite teddies and soft toys is a great way to have fun and practice these skills. Click on this link and enter your details to instantly receive the pack.... Continue reading
Posted Jun 30, 2020 at Learning made fun
Musical Minis classes are now online @home made fun! Musical Minis is delighted to be able to deliver classes to you in your own home. The Musical Minis team has been working hard to create 25 minute video classes. The classes are shorter than a usual session but still contain action songs, musical stops, a short instrument session, a story, nursery rhymes and of course the Hokey Cokey to finish off with. There is a dedicated @home Musical Minis website https://athome.musicalminis.co.uk/ which provides more information and the ability to book into a virtual class, which the entire family can enjoy.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 28, 2020 at Learning made fun
Image
At Musical Minis we take your wellbeing very seriously. Although the risk to Musical Minis attendees (both children and adults) is low, we recognise the ongoing Coronavirus (COVID -19) situation is potentially unsettling. Musical Minis has a comprehensive and robust Health and Safety Policy that is always adhered to. Class props are always regularly cleaned. Instruments are disinfected after each class and whistles are sterilised after each use. In the past we have reviewed our safety policy with Public Health England who have tested the thoroughness of our processes and procedures and been very happy with the results. Protecting Musical... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2020 at Learning made fun
Image
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 2019. It isn't necessarily children who were born in 2019. Furthermore, it doesn't include children who attend Children's Centre sessions, or nursery/school sessions or care home sessions. This is the 10th year we have issued the Musical Minis top 10 names. The numbers in brackets shows the name's position in 2018. Top 10 Boys Names:- 1 Henry (1) 2 William 3 Joshua (=6) =4 Charlie (=6) =4 Jack (2) =4 Samuel (9) =4 Toby 8... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2020 at Learning made fun
Image
We are delighted to announce that Teesside and South Durham Musical Minis will recommence in January 2020. Musical Minis Teesside and South Durham was established in 2008 and ran until 2018 when the franchisee had to leave due to family circumstances. Since then we have been constantly getting requests for classes in the area. Amy Reid, who ran some classes for the franchise, contacted us recently to see if she could start some sessions up again. Musical Minis Head Office is going to do all the administration for the area and Amy will be the local Manager and run weekly... Continue reading
Posted Dec 11, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
Come and join the Christmas fun at Musical Minis in South Lincolnshire. South Lincs Musical Minis is holding non religious Christmas sessions in Morton, Bourne and Wittering. To find out days and times and to book onto them, click here. To find out more information visit the Musical Minis South Lincs website or email hazel@musicalminis.co.uk Continue reading
Posted Nov 19, 2019 at Learning made fun
An introduction to a Musical Minis class in Oxford showing child development through music. Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
We are so excited to be able to offer some musical fun over the summer holidays for your little ones in Barry. On Monday mornings in July and August South Wales Musical Minis 'Summer Sessions' will be held at All Saints Church, Barry at 10am. Sessions are going to be on July 22nd, 29th and August 12th. You can expect 45 minutes of singing, music, instruments, bubbles, parachute, stories ... lots of fun to keep your little one/s entertained over the summer holidays! We would love to see our regular members but also welcome some new faces. Everyone welcome -... Continue reading
Posted Jul 17, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
Join in the fun with Durham Musical Minis Summer Parties. The Summer Parties are being held in Belmont, Lanchester and Newton Hall. The cost is only £5 per child and places must be booked in advance. Everyone welcome - no membership needed. Click here for all the details and to book your place. As well as the Summer Parties Musical Minis Durham is running integenerational sessions this Summer too. These are taking place in Durham in St. Aidan Lodge in July and August. The residents will join in with the children bringing the young and old together for a morning... Continue reading
Posted Jul 15, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
We are so excited to be able to offer some musical fun over the summer holidays for your little ones in Bucks! Across two weeks in August, we are running 8 Musical Minis 'Summer Sessions' in different locations and at different times. Sessions are going to be in Buckingham, Loughton Lodge, Maids Moreton, Stony Stratford, Tingewick and Winslow. You can expect 45 minutes of singing, music, instruments, bubbles, parachute, stories ... lots of fun to keep your little one/s entertained over the summer holidays! Our sessions will also be themed - the first week being all about ANIMALS and the... Continue reading
Posted Jul 10, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
Musical Minis franchisees are once again gearing up to make sure that Summer at Musical Minis is full of fun. Musical Minis Summer parties and sessions are being run in some areas. Click on the locations below to find out what is going on in your area: Berkshire - Teddy Bears' Picnic Buckinghamshire - regular themed sessions throughout the Summer Durham - Summer Parties plus sessions in Care Homes. South Lincs - regular sessions throughout the Summer. South Wales - regular sessions throughout the Summer plus sessions in Care Homes. Other locations will be added soon so please keep looking... Continue reading
Posted Jul 8, 2019 at Learning made fun
I wanted to highlight the treatment we recently received at The Grove Hotel in Chandler's Cross as it is considered as a 5 star luxury hotel which also caters for children. After the experience we had and more importantly the subsequent reaction to our complaint, surely there must be many more accommodating hotels around to spend time with your families. I know that many Musical Minis families are always looking for places to go to for a short break, I would suggest giving The Grove a miss and going elsewhere. To place this in context we were the parents of... Continue reading
Posted Jun 27, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
Due to personal reasons the South East Essex Musical Minis franchisee has decided to discontinue running the Musical Minis franchise in South East Essex. Musical Minis has been operating in the area since 2001 and is a viable, profitable and sustainable business which we would like to see continued. In the 18 years that Musical Minis has been in the South East Essex area we have brought fun to thousands of children. Are you struggling to find a job that works around your family commitments? Do your child care costs outweigh the part time salaries available? How do you manage... Continue reading
Posted Jun 12, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
We are delighted to announce that Hannah Frost has taken over the Musical Minis South Wales franchise from Jo Weaving. We would like to thank Jo for all her hard work and support over the 15 years she has had the franchise. Jo has left behind a great legacy in the area and we are thrilled that Hannah will be continuing to bring lots of fun to the children of South Wales in the future. This is what Hannah has to say…. Hi my name is Hannah Frost and I'm excited to introduce myself as the franchise owner for South... Continue reading
Posted May 15, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
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 2018. It isn't necessarily children who were born in 2018. Furthermore, it doesn't include children who attend Children's Centre sessions, or nursery/ school sessions or care home sessions. This is the 9th year we have issued the Musical Minis top 10 names. The numbers in brackets shows the name's position in 2017. Top 10 Boys Names:- 1 Henry (7) 2 Jack (2) =3 Harry (3) =3 Finley 5 George (5) =6 Charlie =6 Joshua 8... Continue reading
Posted May 7, 2019 at Learning made fun
Image
Everyone at Musical Minis and the Learning Made Fun Blog wishes you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Enjoy the festive break and we look forward to seeing some of you in 2019. Continue reading
Posted Dec 21, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
Musical Minis is a pre-school fun time music group based on developmental activities. Each structured session encourages cognitive, physical and emotional development through the use of music, instruments and stories. Often elderly relatives accompany children to Musical Minis classes and we have noted how much satisfaction the older members get out of the session. Parents have mentioned how when their grandparents, the Musical Minis child’s great grandparents, have been to a class, how interactive and ‘alive’ they become and it is quite a contrast to how they usually behave. Musical Minis uses many traditional songs and nursery rhymes which can... Continue reading
Posted Oct 1, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
Leena Thakker, our Bucks and South Northants Musical Minis franchisee, has sold her franchise as she has moved to Switzerland. Leena has left behind a great legacy in the area and we are delighted that Sophie Cadigan will be continuing to bring lots of fun to the children of Bucks and South Northants in the future. This is what Sophie has to say…. "Hi everyone - I am so excited to be able to introduce myself as the new owner of Musical Minis for Buckinghamshire and South Northamptonshire. A little bit about myself... My name is Sophie Cadigan and I... Continue reading
Posted Sep 4, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
Musical Minis is turning 15 years old in the South Lincolnshire area. That means there are many teenage Musical Minis out there! To celebrate join "Jingle the Bear" and Hazel Morgan, the South Lincs Musical Minis Franchisee, on Saturday 28th July 10-11am for our 15th Birthday Party at Bourne Children's Centre. The cost is £5 per child under 5 years old and booking is essential. To book click here. Hazel is also holding August Summer Fun classes in Morton, Sleaford, Bourne and Folkingham. To find out days and times and to book into one or more of them, click here.... Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
An immediate opportunity has arisen to re-licence the Musical Minis Swindon and North Wiltshire franchise. Musical Minis has been in the Swindon and North Wiltshire area for 9 years and over that time has brought fun to hundreds of children. 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 to learn more about being a Musical Minis franchisee or alternatively contact... Continue reading
Posted Jun 29, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
Musical Minis franchisees are once again gearing up to make sure that Summer at Musical Minis is full of fun. Musical Minis Summer parties and sessions are being run in some areas. Click on the locations below to find out what is going on in your area: Buckinghamshire - regular sessions throughout the Summer Durham - Summer Parties Oxford - themed Summer Parties South Lincs - Fantastic Party to celebrate 15 years of Musical Minis in the area South Wales - regular sessions throughout the Summer Southern Home Counties - Summer Parties Other locations will be added soon so please... Continue reading
Posted Jun 25, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
Leena Thakker, our Oxford franchisee, after 9 fantastic years has decided to sell her franchise. Leena has left behind a great legacy in Oxford and we are delighted that Hayley Clements will be continuing to bring lots of fun to the children of Oxford in the future. This is what Hayley has to say…. "Hi I'm Hayley Clements and I’m very excited to be the new owner of Musical Minis Oxford. I'm a mum of three children Poppy (8), Josie, (4) and Oscar (9 months) and I'm thrilled to be joining the Musical Minis Franchisee team. I’ve been working in... Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2018 at Learning made fun
Image
A guest blog by Louise Emerson, the Musical Minis Durham franchisee, about her typical day. Like most mums, my days are very 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! Sadie, my youngest is at nursery school and she starts at 8.30am and so... Continue reading
Posted May 2, 2018 at Learning made fun