Meet Danni and find out her reason for training as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant

Hey everyone My name is Danni and I’ve recently decided to become a Higher Level Teaching Assistant. I’ve been invited by RagHeroes to guest blog for them whilst completing my training. I’m really happy to do this. My aim is to share with other parents what I am learning, with the view to that it might help a few people along the way 🙂 About me Being a stay at home mummy for 6 years has been amazing. I love looking after my little family consisting of B 6years), who is a little princess and M (3 years), who is a little charmer, and of course my newlywed husband Richard. I love my family more than anything and would do anything for them. My hubby works full time and long hours, so I do the school runs, cleaning and cooking, etc. You know – everything what a stay at home mummy does right! I’m also fully qualified hair and beauty therapist, however, working in a salon would not be possible with small children as my partner leaves for work before school and arrives home after school finishes. Plus there’s all the school holidays to think about. So that’s why I’ve made the decision to train as a Higher Level Teaching Assistant including working with disabilities and learning difficulties in children from 0 to 18 yrs. I’m currently doing my training now and I’m so happy. I’ve got a placement at my children’s school. M will be starting the nursery there soon so this works out perfect for me as I’ll be going to work and leaving the same times...

Hope for children being bullied

This is an anonymous post kindly submitted by one of the parents in our RagHeroes Parent’s Group. All identifying details have been changed. I would like to let all parents know that when your child is bullied at school there is hope and light at the end of the tunnel, in most cases. My daughter moved to a new estate when we bought our house and she started secondary school knowing no one. She was picked on because she was tall and clever, she loved school and was top of the class all through primary school, but she got verbally abused and mentally tortured by a few pupils and unfortunately some of the teachers egged them on….. Not knowing, I think, how badly it was affecting my daughter, we used to take her to school in the car to make sure she got there as she used to run away from school and hide in a local wood, this was a very frightening time and it got worse. She soon refused then to even go to school and so the local authority made us go to counselling, we asked if the bullies also went and they said no, there was no need. This was an awful time and my daughter was then referred to hospital schooling which was for sick and bullied children, she worked hard and got a few gcse’s and then had to leave because she was sixteen. She then went to college and worked hard and got the equivalent of A levels and then went to university. At University she got a 2-1 degree and now...

Saying goodbye to RagHeroes as we know it!

Hey everyone 🙂 It’s taken me a little while to write this blog post as it makes me feel a little sad! The reason I feel sad is that I have made the decision that RagHeroes won’t be continuing to make any of our wonderful RagHeroes rag dolls anymore!     In all honestly, whilst this makes me feel a little sad, I also feel a sense of relief and excitement. Whilst our rag dolls have been central to the RagHeroes business, and are the product that originally launched the business, we have learned so much and so much has changed over the past year. So I’ve had to re-assess where the business is at and the direction we should be heading in. I have had offers from people to buy the business, but I’ve turned these down as I think there is lots of potential for the future of RagHeroes and we can still do lots of positive things for children and their parents for a long time to come. So why do I feel sad?  Well, I guess I feel sad because I’m saying goodbye to what has been such a big part of my life for the last couple of years. I feel like I owe a lot to the rag dolls. Having the idea for RagHeroes was what lead me to meeting and pitching the business to Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Media Pioneers (VMP), and later becoming the North East (England) Ambassador for VMP too. I’ve met so many wonderful people and parents from around the country who have loved and bought the dolls...

Win a RagHero – ends Thursday 5th June 2014

Hello everyone, It’s competition time again and this time we are giving one lucky winner the option to choose any rag doll they like! It’s very simple to enter, all you need to do is: 1. Visit our Facebook page here. 2. Find the pinned post at the top of the page and simply ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on the picture! That’s it, very straight forward and simple to enter this one!   Boring stuff (rules)! * Open to UK residents only. * Must be 18 years or over to enter. * You must complete the above steps. * The competition will open on Thursday 8th May 2014 at 9am and close on Thursday 5th June 2014 at 12 noon. * The winner will be chosen randomly on Friday 6th June 2014. * We will notify the winners on our Facebook page and via this blog. * Prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification. * Choice of rag doll subject to availability. Good luck everyone...

and the WINNER is…

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to….   Susan Myers   the winner of our ‘win a RagHero’ competition, drawn on 3rd May 2014.   Susan please can you email us at enquiries@ragheroes.co.uk to claim your prize.   Well done 🙂 Watch out for our next competition on May 8th 2014 !!   *Prize must be claimed within two...

WIN a RagHero – Ends May 2nd 2014

Hello everyone, It’s competition time again and this time we are giving one lucky winner the option to choose any rag doll they like! It’s very simple to enter, all you need to do is: 1. Visit our Facebook page here. 2. Find the pinned post at the top of the page and simply ‘like’ and ‘comment’ on the picture! That’s it, very straight forward and simple to enter this one!       Boring stuff (rules)! * Open to UK residents only. * Must be 18 years or over to enter. * You must complete the above steps. * The competition will close on Friday 2nd May 2014at 12 noon. * We will notify the winners by email. * Prizes must be claimed within 14 days of notification. Good luck everyone...

5 of the best children’s party tips!

This is a guest post submitted by Sara West from Tall Tales Puzzle Parties. At Tall Tales Puzzle Parties children can turn detective, become a princess or rescue fairies, escape pirates or hunt dinosaurs. Their puzzle parties in a box give you everything you need to lead your child and their party guests through a riveting adventure – easy-to-follow instructions, puzzles, quests and crafts.  The last few years of entertaining children with my adventure puzzle parties, not to mention the years of having parties for my own two boys, I’ve got a wealth of party tips. Now I want to share my favourites with you. So if you’re party planning for your child’s next birthday or you know you’re going to have to start in the next few months, see if my top five tips that I swear by can help you too. 1. Booking a party entertainer? Then make sure you book the entertainer before you book your party hall. There are lots of halls available for you to choose from but if there is a particular party entertainer that your child REALLY wants you may need to be flexible as they may already have a booking for that morning or afternoon. 2. Go with the party theme your child wants. Just because your daughter is seven doesn’t mean she can’t be a princess! This may very well be the last year that she can have a princess themed party so go with the flow. And if your son has already been to five pirate themed parties this year but still wants a pirate party for his birthday then...

My child is NOT a Robot!

This is a guest post submitted by Diane Wilkinson from The Creation Station, Northumberland. Diane provides arts and crafts classes, parties and events for children. She is a qualified early years teacher and has worked with children and families for over 25 years in homes, early years settings and schools. She is also a mum to Kimberley who just turned 8 🙂 I’ve been reading a lot of articles lately about how the Government is trying to improve the education of our youngest children and it stirs up a lot of emotions for me. As a former nursery manager and early years teacher it angers me that those in power often have no direct experience of working within the Early Years sector, let alone any relevant qualifications. As a parent it makes me sad that our children are being cared for and educated by a workforce pressurised by constant change, demands to meet arbitrary targets, mountains of paperwork and very little financial reward for what is arguably one of the most important roles in our society. In the latest reports from Ofsted (the Office for Standards in Education who inspect and regulate childcare as well as schools) it seems that early years workers are again at fault for failing to prepare children properly for school. But I would argue that it is not our early years settings who are at fault, rather our whole education system which is built on the premise of “the earlier the better” for the teaching of formal skills such as reading and writing.   There are innumerable studies and reports on the education systems...

And the winner is…

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to….   Claire Griffiths   the winner of our Super Soldier competition, drawn on Nov 24 th 2013.   Claire please can you email us at enquiries@ragheroes.co.uk to claim your prize.   Well done 🙂   Watch out for another competition before Christmas COMING SOON!!      ...