Using their ‘little voices’ to sing in support of mental health

May 31, 2020

Little Voices, a scheme that teaches lessons in drama and singing, has been keeping children engaged during lockdown with a series of free video workshops.

In aid of supporting young people who may be struggling with their mental health as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, the lessons guide children through skills in performing arts from trained professionals.

 
Mum-of-two Rachel Bradshaw bought the Preston Little Voices franchise in 2014, and has since welcomed the classes to nine venues across Preston, Chorley and Leyland.

“As soon as the schools closed, we wanted to begin our lessons online. It was a rush but it was important that our children were able to continue taking part in their lessons and seeing their friends” said Rachel, 41.

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“It’s so important for them and their mental wellbeing to have a sense of normality and structure. We wanted anyone to be able to join, not just our pupils, to make a positive change during this difficult situation.”

The mental health issues that young people are facing during the lockdown have been highlighted by Childline, who announced they are offering one counselling session every five minutes on average.

One in five children in Lancashire have experienced problems with their mental health by the age of 11.

The ‘Little Voices’ franchise have over 70 principles nationwide and have all introduced online workshops to support young people with the power of music and performing. Children across Preston, Leyland and Chorley can now take part in the video lessons to help develop their passion for the arts in lockdown.

Other locations include Lytham St Annes, Clitheroe, Blackburn, Wigan and Accrington.

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“The Preston groups have also launched LVTV, a Facebook Live that we stream every day during the school holidays and then on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. We incorporate singing, crafts and drama to keep them feeling positive and entertained,” said Rachel, from Buckshaw Village.

“Through our workshops, we let them talk about their emotions and channel them through character and song, which is a great way for them to be open and address if they are struggling.

“It’s amazing at building their confidence because many of our students who have struggled with low moods or self esteem completely change when they get to see their friends. Their faces just light up.”

Rachel now has plans to continue the free workshops after lockdown restrictions are lifted to continue giving children mental health support for families who may be struggling financially.

“Our tutors are passionate about teaching and are doing this on a voluntary basis,” she said.

“They make sure they get every child involved and integrated into the call.”

Families wanting to be involved in the free online workshops should email preston@littlevoices.org.uk or phone 07480 064828.

By James Holt

Source: Lancashire Post

Franchise theatre school network continues to support talented youngsters with thousands of pounds worth of training

May 21, 2020

Despite the closure of schools across the UK, a Dragons’ Den backed theatre school franchise wanted to continue offering incredible opportunities to young people with a passion for the performing arts.

 
Razzamataz Theatre Schools has been working with children for the last twenty years and has offered in excess of one million pounds in scholarships and grants to help children participate in the theatre arts.

Even during this lockdown period, Razzamataz are digging deep to give children with the drive and determination to make it in the world of performing arts, a chance to achieve their dreams by attending professional performing arts training.

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Razzamataz Theatre Schools across the UK have joined forces with The Stage newspaper to offer scholarships to children and young people to attend their local Razzamataz free of charge for one year, worth up to £855. The scholarship audition process has been taken completely online to adhere to social distancing measures. The deadline for entries is 19th June 2020, so there is still time to get involved.

“We were the first part-time theatre school to work with The Stage newspaper to offer these scholarships and we have seen the amazing results across the UK,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “Now, more than ever, we want to continue to be there for our families and young people in our communities and give them something to look forward to. The pandemic has taken away such a lot for children and teenagers so we were determined to keep this exciting partnership for them.”

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When schools closed, Razzamataz laid out a very thorough plan to keep offering performing arts training online. Not only have the schools been able to continue to support families with regular classes, there have also been a host of special guest workshops and interviews. Over the last few weeks, Razzamataz students have been able to participate in interviews with West End stars Kerry Ellis (Wicked) and Jennifer Tierney (Come From Away) as well as join in commercial classes with Lizzie Gough (Strictly Come Dancing). There have also been special interviews on social media so students can learn more about the industry with Felicity French (casting agent with Cameron Mackintosh) and actress Danielle Fiamanya (&Juliet).

To ensure as many youngsters as possible can enter The Stage scholarships, Razzamataz has created a system that is easily accessible to all.

The competition is open to current and non Razzamataz students aged 6-18. Videos do not need to be professionally filmed and can be emailed, sent via dropbox or uploaded via wetransfer.com to the child’s local Principal.

They will simply need to create a short demo of no more than two minutes long showing them performing either a musical theatre song and dance, commercial dance (hip hop or street), pop song, drama improvisation or scripted drama piece. Applicants will also complete a short application form detailing why they would like to take this opportunity.

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Many former Razzamataz students have gone on to work professionally in West End shows including Hamilton, &Juliet, Matilda, School of Rock and many TV shows as well as a major film franchise. Past winners include Jess from the Seniors group at Razzamataz Medway who secured her scholarship on her seventh attempt.

“I started when I was eight because I loved to dance and I also wanted to make friends,” says Jess. “But I was so anxious and nervous that I almost quit. Throughout my time at Razzamataz, I’ve been extremely lucky playing some amazing roles. I think my biggest achievement was performing at Her Majesty’s Theatre and I remember the buzz I felt the whole day. I was amazed that I actually won the scholarship, it didn’t feel real because I had tried so hard each year but I’ve now learned that you shouldn’t give up because every year I came back stronger.”

Jess’s story echoes what many past scholarship winners say as Denise explains: “Many of our past scholarship winners have told us that winning gave them a boost of confidence and the belief that they could achieve if they set their mind to it. Offering children these life opportunities are part of the Razzamataz ethos and makes us all proud to be part of the network. Even during these very challenging times, we wanted to send out a very clear message to our students and their families that we are there for them, supporting and encouraging them to never give up on their dreams.”

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Franchise Theatre School Students Show Support For NHS And Community

May 5, 2020

We may be living in strange times but that hasn’t stopped a franchise theatre school network of students, families and staff from reaching out and doing some wonderful things to help their communities and the heroes in the NHS and keyworker roles.

 
There are almost 50 Razzamataz Theatre Schools across the UK and Ireland and each school plays an important part in their communities, with the children using their performing arts skills to bring cheer and help their neighbours through the lockdown.

“We are so proud of our whole Razzamataz community and how the children have responded to the situation they find themselves in,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “As a network, we have always worked hard to raise money for local charities and the children are used to using their talents to do this but it has been absolutely heart-warming to see how they have used their own initiative to bring smiles to people’s faces.”

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Millie, an Inters student from Razzamataz York wrote a song which was performed by York District Hospital’s Maternity Unity. Millie wrote a Fighting Covid-19 song, which was performed by midwife mum Nicky Wasawo and her amazing co-workers. Not only are they fighting hard, saving lives and delivering babies, but they also made time to create a wonderful uplifting video.

Over the Easter break, many of the students, their families and Principals and staff, did their bit to spread some cheer. Students Mia and Harry from Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield spent their time in lockdown making little Easter gifts for their local Care Home, Principal Jessica from Razzamataz Brentwood and Hornchurch arranged for Easter Eggs to be sent to the local doctor’s surgery from the whole team to say thank you and cheering up the community, Razzamataz Durham student Logan and family produced a fun Easter egg trail for the children in their village.

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Using their performing arts skills, Grace from Razzamataz Medway Seniors has been singing for the elderly outside so they can watch from their balcony, Luke from the Inters class at Maidstone has been singing for his neighbours on his driveway and Razamataz Maidstone students and team also put together a song, You Wil Be Found, to thank our NHS and keyworkers and to bring the Razz Family together.

To recognise all the lovely things that the students are doing, Razzamataz Medway has established a Razz Acts of Kindness Week, where students can win a prize for their amazing efforts. Cerys from Inters has been volunteering at Rochester Hygiene Bank and Gracie from Minis has shown tremendous empathy by baking scones and chocolate cakes to give to her 89 year old neighbour who recently lost his wife.

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Also going above and beyond are students at Razzamataz Tonbridge. Senior student, Lola Bromley, has been posting Razz Rainbows through all the front doors in her road and has taken it upon herself to deliver a weekly basket of vegetables from her family’s allotment to local vulnerable elderly residents. Junior student Callum Coleman, has also been posting Razz Rainbows through every single door in his area and has also started a dog walking rota for his elderly neighbours.

Principals are also doing their bit to help in their communities. Four Principals have taken on keyworker roles, Michael French, Principal Razzamataz Barnet, Georgia Davies Principal Razzamataz Bristol North, Caroline Kavanagh, Principal Razzamataz Horsham and Michaela Crumpton, Principal Bristol South.

Marc Kelly, Principal of Razzamataz Hackney will be taking on a challenge to raise money for the NHS and our own charity Future Fund. Marc started his Razzamataz journey as a teacher in the Carlisle school before having his own school in Hackney so he will be travelling the distance of 467km over twenty days with the help of his mum and dad. Marc will be running, dad will be cycling and mum will be walking with the aim of doing a combined 22.5km per day.

To celebrate our community of keyworkers, every week students are asked to Nominate a Hero via the Razzamataz social media channels. There will be different gifts every week, from a champagne high tea, massage, pedicure, spa day and beer keg. It’s our small way of saying a heartfelt thank you for everything they are doing.

“Like every business, we wanted to show our gratitude to our keyworkers and NHS staff and this is just one small way in which we can do our bit,” adds Denise. “The resilience that our children and teams have shown in this difficult time has been incredible and we could not be prouder of them all.”

With more than twenty years’ experience in the theatre school industry, Razzamataz were quick to respond to school closures and have rolled out Razzamataz Online classes to offer continuity in training for students and a lifeline for families. “I don’t think any of us realised just how isolated we had become and how much we truly missed our Saturday sessions until we were able to join in today,” one of the many parent testimonials.

For people looking to open up their own theatre school or just find out more about the franchise industry in general, Razzamataz is running a series of online Discovery Dens where you can meet the team and some of the franchisees and find out about the benefits of running a flexible business, which provides so much happiness to so many people in your community.

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Razzamataz Supporting New Parents Through The Pandemic

April 25, 2020

Having a baby and toddler is a blessing but it of course comes with its challenges. Through this pandemic, the difficulties have manifested for everyone so it’s no wonder parents are stressed and anxious.

It is common to feel overwhelmed trying to care for a baby and a toddler and what gets most people through, is being part of a community of other new parents so you can discuss sleeping, feeding and any worries as well as laugh at all the shared funny experiences that you have.

 
The impact that Covid-19 will have on mental health is still to be discussed but what is known is that there is a lack of support through interaction with others. This combined with parents having to juggle work and other commitments, it truly is a difficult time for many.

The Dragons’ Den backed franchise Razzamataz Theatre Schools launched its Early Years classes as a result of the demand for more activities for younger children and their parents to do together. Classes start at just six months and are aligned to early years social and emotional development. This means that during the classes, the children get involved in sensory play, creative learning and interactive experiences, which will help to support their individual milestones. But as well as the benefits to the child, the classes have provided a sanctuary for parents to meet up to share experiences and create memories.

With the closure of schools, nurseries and play centres, Razzamataz made the decision to take their classes online, to provide the social interaction that has been missing. In order to do this, the classes have been kept to limited numbers to allow teachers to give one to one time and a respite for busy parents.

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“In much the same way in which you would go to a class with your baby and young child, these classes have been structured so the teacher can engage with each student so the parent can be confident that we will keep the child’s attention,” says Denise Hutton-Gosney, MD and Founder of Razzamataz. “The aim of the class is to give parents a respite and a chance to have quality time with their child. We won’t be asking them to buy in lots of additional toys or equipment, everything that we use in the class are just common household items because we understand that parents don’t have the time to be prepping for each class.”
As well as enjoying the activities where the children are brought into an exciting adventure in performing arts, there will be time at the end of the session for parents to interact and feel less alone. The classes have only just rolled out and already the feedback has been hugely positive as a parent at Razzamataz Sutton Coldfield explains: “Thank you and can’t express the gratitude I have for you and Razzamataz and being so ‘on it’ at this time. As a single mum in a one-bedroom flat you’ve been an absolute life saver of Isiah’s and mine’s mental health.”

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To keep families going through the week, the teacher will set little activities that they can work on and show in class, giving the children a strong focus and provide some structure, which is very much missing at the moment for many people. “We really miss our Tiny Tots classes with Tara, I am looking forward to breaking up the week, having some fun and being a part of a group again,” says mum from Razzamataz Tyrone. “Sharing our experiences with each other now being at home with young children will be a nice change during these strange times.”

For some parents, taking the classes online has given them the flexibility to be part of their child’s exciting performing arts journey as a Razzamataz Tots mum in Omagh, Northern Ireland explains: “As a teacher, I haven’t had the opportunity to attend classes with my daughter as she normally goes with her granny. I am looking forward to experiencing the class with her myself now with the new online classes, she can’t wait to see Tara and Razz Ted again.”

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As well as the regular classes, there will be some special additional opportunities including fitness classes that parents can join in with too. Many of the schools are also going live on Facebook with fun activities such as quizzes, drama games and bedtime reading.

The online classes will replicate a real class as much as possible, with dedicated time throughout so children and their parents can ask questions to teachers, connect with their classmates and become confident performers on screen. For parents, there is a pay as you go option, with no monthly commitment or direct debit so families can dip in and out depending on their circumstances. The classes are open to existing and new students.

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Cornwall drama school for kids offers free online lessons during coronavirus lockdown

April 9, 2020

A drama school in Cornwall, Cinta Stage, is offering free classes online to entertain children and stimulate their creativity during the coronavirus lockdown.

Cinta Stage, based in Par and Fowey, currently does live lessons on Facebook and Instagram.

 
Jessiny Mitchell is behind the project. She created Cinta Stage in October 2018.

The 28-year-old, from Fowey, said: “After teaching for a drama school out in Dubai I came back to Cornwall in April 2018 and thought I’d be able to pick up some freelance teaching work but was shocked to realise that in my local community and the surrounding areas there were no performing arts provisions for children and young people.

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“I wasn’t prepared to get a job that I wasn’t passionate about thus I spent the summer of 2018 figuring out how to set up a business (which was a challenge in itself).”

Jessiny started with just six students and has more than 50 now.

“Over the last 15 years I’ve worked with children and young people around the world in a creative capacity,” she said.

“I truly believe in breaking boundaries, enabling the younger generation to create original work while eliciting creative self-expression, critical thinking and artistry.

“My aim is to make the performing arts accessible to everyone, regardless of their means, background or ability.”

To give equal opportunities to youngers in Cornish communities, Jessiny keeps the costs of classes lower than childcare and offers scholarships.

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She does not hold auditions either, to ensure everyone is welcome.

She added: “The ultimate dream is to purchase a derelict building steeped in Cornish history to house Cinta Stage HQ; a creative space with a fully functioning theatre, studios, relevant costume and prop storage as well as the means to support other creatives to host their own classes at an affordable and welcoming price.”

Due to the coronavirus outbreak, Jessiny now runs her school from home.

“I have had to close our doors for the foreseeable future – which as a solo self-employed teacher I’m sure you can understand how difficult a decision that was,” she explained.

“In light of school closures and the panic from parents surrounding home-schooling I have set up Cinta Stage from home. I have created a free resource folder full of inspiration, activities, go to drama games, mazes, puzzles, word searches, crafting activities and much more for tiny tots up to teens.

“Alongside this I am doing free weekly classes via Facebook and Instagram live. These sessions are happening three times a week with more in the pipeline.”

Jessiny said her classes develop children’s emotional intelligence.

By Charlotte Becquart

Source: Cornwall Live

Pre-school ballet classes for Bexley, Dartford and Bromley go online

March 28, 2020

Babyballet UK – It may all be about social distancing, but that doesn’t mean you can’t pull on your ballet togs and dance along from home.

Jessie Lilley, the owner of babyballet in Dartford, Bexley, and Bromley, said: “I have had to pause my physical classes for pre-school children for now, due to coronavirus.

 
“But along with my fellow babyballet teachers, I have taken my classes online so my babyballet stars can still participate at home.”

She added: “It’s a worrying time as the UK deals with the outbreak of the coronavirus but we are remaining very positive. As more and more families self-isolate and limit the amount of social contact that they have, our primary focus is to ensure children and families in and around can still enjoy babyballet, even if they can’t physically come to classes.

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“Our babyballet pupils are aged from six months to five years old and most have no idea about the coronavirus and the effect it’s having in the world around them. It’s our responsibility to keep the babyballet world as normal as possible for them.

“We will be delivering our online classes with as much passion and energy as ever, it’s just that instead of being in a dance studio, we’ll be on a screen in children’s living rooms.”

Founder and CEO of the franchise company, Claire O’Connor, explained: “There are going to be a lot of families trying to keep their children entertained over the coming weeks. We hope that by providing babyballet online children can still enjoy the fun and laughter of classes and continue to keep active.

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“As a company, we have had to adapt quickly to ensure business continuity and have worked closely with our entire network who have all been fantastically supportive to help take babyballet online.

“The response we’ve had from parents and carers has also been really positive; they’re pleased that the children can keep attending classes and they can continue to support our small businesses.”

Client parents can get log-in information for the online platform from the school, and new pupils can also join in.

By Chris Murphy

Source: Bexley Times

Community driven franchise motivates local kids to get active!

March 11, 2020

After everything they have done to improve sports participation for children in their local community, it’s no surprise to us that this growing Blackburn based franchise is in the Elite top 100 franchises of 2020!

 
SportsCool is one of the most prominent providers of sports and physical education to primary schools in the UK and was born right here in the heart of Lancashire. They inspire and motivate children in the community to live healthily and become more confident by maximising participation in sports. They are passionate about enriching the lives of young people through physical education and it really shines through.

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Their drive to revolutionise the way that curriculum and non-curriculum sessions are delivered in schools has created a positive attitude towards mental and physical health for children in their local communities. The coaches continue to train in new areas of sports education and take part in continual professional development so that they can offer the best experience to the children and teaching staff that they work with.

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SportsCool has been established for 12 years and the people involved in the business really care about inspiring children to get active. They believe that every child should have the chance to participate, progress and achieve in sporting activities.

Matt Parker, one of three directors at SportsCool Ltd said: “People like myself who were fortunate enough to take part in our school’s sports team will remember what it feels like to be recognised for winning those trophies, for your achievements and feeling on top of the world! Our positive reward systems gives every child that chance to enjoy and achieve as we did.”

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With six successful franchisees and a seventh who has just recently joined, they are proud to be growing their brand and are now looking to increase their coverage across the UK and give children in the wider community the opportunity to feel confident and live healthier lifestyles, whilst having fun doing it.

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The Reading Doctor – a business lifeline for disengaged teachers

March 6, 2020

Deborah Salsbury, a former primary school teacher turned businesswoman, has recruited her fourth franchisee for The Reading Doctor after beginning her franchising journey just under a year ago.

With two decades of teaching experience unlocking the potential of struggling readers at home and in school, her business success has seen her nominated for several awards as more schools join her reading programme.

 
Her story

Deborah believes the success of The Reading Doctor in such a short time frame is all down to drive, passion and an innate understanding of a struggling industry with little funding, plus a rapidly expanding pool of disengaged teaching professionals looking for a lifeline to leave the classroom.

Salsbury said: “I made a decision to leave my teaching career behind in 2012. School had become an overflowing stream of initiatives, targets, inspections and unrealistic demands, which found me questioning their purpose and value. So I decided to do something about it. I developed a range of tools, resources and strategies to ensure every child I taught actually learned to read.”

After leaving the classroom, The Reading Doctor was born as a home tuition business coupled with school consultancy work to raise attainment for the lowest achieving students in her area.

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‘Business in a box’

In the space of just a few months, Deborah and her family worked tirelessly to build a ‘business in a box’ that would set her on a path to franchising. The business was trademarked and lawyers set to work on a franchise agreement.

Salsbury added: “No stone or page has been left unturned in the process, ensuring that a primary school teacher with little-to-no business experience has every tool they need to build a classroom in their home and deliver the programme with ease as a self-employed tutor.

“The team now includes The Reading Doctors of Herne Bay, Whitstable, Worthing, Bromley and Cardiff.

“In a digital age, with education being no exception, countless learning interventions have resorted to online learning platforms or a ‘synthetic phonics’ approach to learning to read.

“My teaching methods and resources embrace difference and diversity. Children need the opportunity for social mobility and literacy is cited as a key factor in someone’s chances of success in life. My programme puts children back in touch with something magical and human; their own intrinsic desire to learn.

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“As far as I’m aware there are no other tutoring/consultancy businesses that focus purely on reading. Being dyslexic myself and having a dyslexic daughter has enabled me to fully empathise with children and parents.

“I’ve witnessed first hand that reading for meaning and enjoying the experience in the process is paramount. When I then became a Reading Recovery teacher, my sessions were fun, multi-sensory and related to the children’s own experiences. If I didn’t enjoy the session, the children I taught certainly wouldn’t.

“Today, I’m constantly motivated by the comments from pupils who have benefitted from The Reading Doctor programme. It’s not uncommon to take a 9-14 year old, who has spent most of their life ‘in care’, from a non-reader to a competent reader and rather rewardingly, franchisees also tell me that being a Reading Doctor has rekindled their love of teaching and given them a focus, too.

“Conveniently for franchisees is that Ofsted, the government inspection organisation, has put reading at the heart of its framework. Ofsted has also recognised the success of The Reading Doctors in schools, citing the methods as “an effective, extremely positive intervention that results in improving reading skills quickly.”

“The vision of The Reading Doctor is to improve the reading ability of as many children as possible in order to improve their life chances. We will be the ‘go to’ intervention for every school and every child who has difficulty in learning to read.

“We will identify and remove barriers to learning to ensure children read for pleasure and read to learn. It sounds emotive but I have also rediscovered my reasons for becoming a teacher and I see this through the success of The Reading Doctor pupils every day,” concluded Salsbury.

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Bloom Baby Classes launches in Australia

February 28, 2020

The latest in kids activity classes has hit Australia’s shores. Bloom Baby Classes, part of a multi award-winning franchise in the UK, is taking its first steps here. The business has already made its mark in the US and Dubai.

 
Bloom classes provide a welcoming environment for parents and caregivers to engage with their infants. The activities are designed to encourage children’s development in a fun way. Each week classes follow a different theme, with infants stimulated by sensory experiences.

Founder and director Victoria Jennings told Inside Franchise Business “It’s a very simple model delivering baby classes in local areas. It’s a very rewarding career meeting new mums and helping them with their wellbeing.”

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Jennings is a former corporate who retrained in childcare before establishing the Bloom Baby Classes concept after the birth of her second child. Sharing her personal story on the brand website Jennings says the business helped her deal with post-natal depression.

“I also hope that the opportunity to join our franchise family will be just what someone needs as they look to take back control in their life. I don’t know where I’d have been without such an opportunity, so now I want to give it to somebody else.”

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It’s an ideal opportunity for a hardworking, ambitious individual who loves to sing, and wants to make a difference to others’ lives while working flexible hours.

A typical franchisee will operate 16 classes over a four-day week but franchisees can run as many classes as they like. And the classes are only held during term time.

Full training in Australia and ongoing support is available, with marketing support and head office PR included in the $12.500 capital investment.

Franchisees operate in an exclusive territory, and work with bespoke equipment to make the classes stand out.

By Sarah Stowe

Source: Franchise Business

Fast growing Code Ninjas to open eleventh UK centre

February 26, 2020

Code Ninjas, the fast growing U.S.-based children’s after-school programme and camp has announced that franchisee Adnan Hussain will be opening the eleventh UK Code Ninjas centre in West London.

David Graham, co-founder and chief executive of Code Ninjas said it was an exciting time for the company as it advances with its UK expansion plan.

 

“We were particularly pleased to welcome the first British franchisees to our training facility in the states in January. It’s been wonderful to share in their franchise journey since we met them last year and I can’t wait to see where they take their franchises in 2020,” said Graham.

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Code Ninjas’ new UK franchisees have undertaken training at the company’s U.S. headquarters in Houston, Texas, in preparation of opening their centres, the first of which will open in Pinner, Greater London.

Hussain, an experienced data and analytics professional who has spent over 20 years working on company flagship data programmes in the UK and U.S. said that the franchise appealed to him for all manner of reasons.

He explains: “The brand’s success in the U.S. and Canada stood out for me, as did the obvious demand for the programme in the UK. Above all else, I really believe in the concept of helping children learn through creativity.

“I think that what Code Ninjas is doing for the landscape of children’s coding education is integral to helping our kids thrive in such a digital world. Plus, my own children love puzzles and games. They’re five and seven, so the perfect ages to become my first students.

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“Skills such as analytical thinking, applying logic, understanding data and problem solving are core foundation blocks for children. For me, this opportunity will give me the work-life balance I’ve been craving for so long and an opportunity to do something I feel passionately about. I’m looking forward to my Code Ninjas journey and where my franchise will take me in the future.”

Education expert appointment

In line with its commitment to providing an exceptional standard of coding curriculum, Code Ninjas reports that it has appointed a computer science education expert, Grant Smith, as vice president of education. In this role, Smith will draw on his years in teaching and curriculum writing to enhance and expand the learning opportunities offered at each Code Ninjas centre.

Welcoming Smith to the company, Graham said: “Our programme continues to appeal to families around the world and we are investing significant resources back in to the quality coding education we offer.

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“Grant’s background in the education system makes him a valuable addition to our central support team. He specialises in enhancing computer science education opportunities for kids and has an extensive career doing just that. We are thrilled to welcome him into the Code Ninjas family as we continue to drive the brand to new heights across the globe.”

Code Ninjas added that Smith’s insight will benefit franchisees around the UK, as they implement the self-paced curriculum to their students.

Smith commented: “I’m excited to be part of a rapidly growing, global company that shares my passion for teaching computer science to the younger generation and beyond.

“Code Ninjas is revolutionising the way that kids learn to code, giving them a chance to gain valuable life skills in a way that’s fun, using video games. I am so excited to be part of the movement and to make an impact on young learners around the world.”

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