Happiness is life set to music

Claire Rees (Warne)

Introduction

I am proud to announce that I have now been FRANCHISEE on the ISLE OF WIGHT for almost 8 YEARS and have been awarded two progress awards in the last to years :-)

I had attended RHYTHM TIME sessions with my youngest daughter in 2006/7 and so loved it I jumped at the chance to be a Session Leader in 2008. I then took over the Franchisee in November 2009 and thoroughly enjoy it. I especially enjoy working with all the children, parents, grandparents and carers I have met, and continue to meet.

I am lucky to have amazing staff and recently trained Nicola and Laura who joined me a few years ago. We are all always learning new activities and songs and they have both taken to it brilliantly.

Laura currently runs our COWES, TAPNELL and NEWPORT Sessions and NICOLA runs our BINSTEAD sessions and helps out with extra Toddler Group sessions and also Reception Class sessions in Primary Schools.

I am at JRZone, delivering sessions to Reception Classes in a number of schools and preschools alongside Laura and Nicola, and behind the scenes ensuring we run like clockwork!

All of us love what we do each day and can see massive benefits for the children we meet.

Liz and Mary are on hand too to help with the admin side at both Newport, Tapnell, Cowes and Binstead.

Liz and myself used to singing together in a choir and still do in separate ones. We were also in a close harmony singing group in our teens so have known one another for quite some time! (you can find a rather attractive photo of us on our facebook page). Mary has recently joined us after bring several of her children along to our sessions over many years, all now at school so was keen to join the team so she didn't miss out!

Nicola and myself are members of Medina Community Choir (who have recently had the chance to sing with Fatboy Slim, Russell Watson and also Blake, so all great experiences).

Laura (who has brought her twin boys to us since they were 12 weeks old) plays in an IOW Brass Band and also teaches brass instruments on the Island. We all LOVE music and what it has to offer.

- NEWPORT sessions are now on a Monday held in the Island's Mothercare Store. We are running a Preschool session at 9.45am, Toddler session 10.30am, Baby session 11.15am and have also introduced Young Baby sessions at 12noon which are specifically designed for 0-4months.

- We run two sessions at TAPNELL on a Tuesday morning 9.45am Preschool and 10.30pm Toddler/Family session.

- We also deliver a combined age session at JRZONE on a Wednesday morning @ 10.30am. (entrance fee is payable to JrZone direct. We are an added bonus!) This has proven very popular and has become a very busy and lively session.

- COWES is on a Thursday morning Preschool 9.45am, Toddler 10.30am, Baby 11.15am

- BINSTEAD on a Friday morning Preschool 9.45am, Toddler 10.30am, Baby 11.15am.

We now deliver sessions in Primary schools with Reception Classes which has been really successful. This also led to a few performances for myself and the Reception Classes for two years from Hunnyhill Primary in Medina Theatre which was great fun and very well received. We have also been funded to work with children at Queensgate Primary, Lanesend Primary, HolyCross Primary, Springhill Preschool and Freshwater Early Years. This has given us a fantastic opportunity to reach children who may have missed out on musical activities and it's benefits before attending preschools and/or preschools.

Rhythm Time Isle of Wight staff also have the resources to offer BIRTHDAY PARTIES which are great fun for both the children and us! Over the past few years we have also been involved in EVENTS such as HOLIDAY CLUBS, FUN DAYS and been part of the team in the KIDZONE at the ISLE OF WIGHT FESTIVAL for the past 8 years. We also love to go COMPLETELY YELLOW for our local Hospice on a regular basis helping them to raise very valuable funds.

We are also available to provide sessions in TODDLER GROUPS (already involved with Little Rascals Toddler Group in Newport, Niton Tots, Home Education group, Early Days Toddlers and West Wight Nursery Toddlers), PRESCHOOLS (we've attend Ventnor Community Early Years on a weekly basis, Greenmount Preschool, and Freshwater Early Years, please contact us for further information on how we deliver any of these types of sessions.

Personally I love the job and love to watch the children develop their confidence and skills over time, it is so very rewarding. I value the importance of music in speech, movement and general development. Rhythm Time is a fantastic programme specifically aimed at the differing stages of development, from baby through to the preschool child. Myself and my staff work hard to deliver the programme to the best of our ability. We hope you come along and enjoy them with us.

Find us on FACEBOOK - www.facebook.com/RhythmTimeIsleOfWight - and keep up-to-date with our sessions and activities. Here you will find LOADS of photos and videos to give you an idea of what we get up to. However the best way to find out is to come along and JOIN IN!

If we don't provide sessions where and when you want them then do let us know, if we find enough like minded parents and carers we will do our best to serve that demand. We are offering a wide range of groups in different areas so do keep an eye out for ones near you!

Come and join in the fun...