Stressed out or busy?

I had a conversation with someone the other day and we talked about the word stress, we kind of agreed that we use the word stress on a daily basis and in fact we often use it to replace the word busy. How often do you say you’re busy or stressed? After all, we really…

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Mental Health First Aid Training.

What does that mean? Is the response I have had from most people when I explain I have completed the Mental Health First Aid Instructor Training with MHFA England. Well firstly, it means I am an improved instructor and I can deliver the two day MHFA adult course, but perhaps most importantly it means First…

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A very Happy House indeed

Tucked away in a cul-de-sac, not far from the hustle and bustle of busy roads, noisy cars and large tree lined streets, is a place named Happy House. Perhaps I passed many happy homes as I made my way here, but perhaps it’s rare, if not impossible to find a happy house quite like this…

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A very Happy House indeed.

Tucked away in a cul-de-sac, not far from the hustle and bustle of busy roads, noisy cars and large tree lined streets, is a place named Happy House. Perhaps I passed many happy homes as I made my way here, but perhaps it’s rare, if not impossible to find a happy house quite like this…

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Don’t look for the magic…

I began to write my final newsletter for this academic year and I’m so very glad I did. Its enabled me to discover and revisit a little glimpse of magic. Magic that as adults, as tried, weary and stressed out oftentimes grumpy – we know best – grown ups we need reminding of and yet…

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Don’t look for the magic…

I began to write my final newsletter for this academic year and I’m so very glad I did. Its enabled me to discover and revisit a little glimpse of magic. Magic that as adults, as tried, weary and stressed out oftentimes grumpy – we know best – grown ups, we need reminding and yet children…

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Early Years Enthusiasts

I’m reflecting on the training event we held just over a week ago, I Wish for Risky Play which was a collaborative effort organised by myself, Rachel Macbeth Webb – owner of Beatle Woods Outdoor Nursery, Anne Gladstone – Author of We’re Ok with Risky Play and the contribution of all 22 attendees, who played…

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Somedays, like today.

Somedays, like today, my anxiety is so overwhelming it is crippling. It is a constant state of negative thoughts that whirl round my head and seek to control and catastrophise my every thought, movement and action. Thanks to my OCD, I have been awake for most the night over analysing and repeating my journey to…

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Mental Health Awareness

It’s Mental Health Awareness Week – so I thought I would share something that has been on my mind over the weekend.At the West Midlands Ofsted Big Conversation on Friday, a question was put to the panel about staff mental health and where do settings stand if staff are suffering with depression – is it…

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