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Back To The Garden

Back To The Garden

By Sadie Pickering
The podcast discussing all things child development. We’ll be meeting with experienced professionals and specialists along with the leading entrepreneurs in the childcare sector. Children are the future, how do we give them the best start?
We’ll be diving into ways to nurture them in their early years from physical, cognitive and emotional support. How can we forge a natural approach in this modern world? Join us to find out.
We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves: Back To The Garden.
Find our nursery at
www.backtothegardenchildcare.com
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Children's Mindfulness with Louise Barkas founder of The Calm Folk
‘Children are brilliant at picking up on other peoples energies. They do pick up on stress. It does impact them. Also children have these incredible imaginations, and these can work negatively too and they worry about things. They’ll put things into their little minds. It’s so important for children and parents to have these moments of calm.’ Intro: Louise is a Children’s Mindfulness and Wellbeing Coach at The Calm Folk. She has a beautiful instagram page @thecalmfolk. It has the magical effect of instantly making you feel calm when scrolling (something quite rare on social media). She’s had an incredible journey with so much experience in various fields relating to children’s wellbeing and education. She’s a gentle, beautiful soul and this episode is just wonderful! “I always knew I wanted to be around children and to be creative around children.” In this episode we cover: Louise’s journey and why her years in education led her to follow this path What mindfulness is and how it’s helped her personally as well as with clients Her little creation to support people in creating mindful rituals at home Minimalism and what led her to become a ‘Minimalist’ Her top tips for having a minimalist Christmas Daily rituals Louise practices The anxiety she has experienced in her life and why mindfulness has helped Why the breath is so important And so much more. Following this conversation I felt calm and peaceful, I expect it will have a similar effect for the listener. Happy Listening! ‘Children are actually naturally more mindful. When a child has chosen an activity that they love they are engrossed in that activity, they don’t worry about ‘to-do’ lists. Obviously in this present moment they are worrying a lot more. But generally they are mindful, it’s us adults that are definitely a lot less mindful.’ For the full show notes with timings and resource links head to https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/ The Calm Folk Website: https://www.thecalmfolk.co.uk/ The Calm Folk IG: https://www.instagram.com/thecalmfolk/ Back To The Garden Childcare IG: https://www.instagram.com/backtothegardenchildcare/ Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Simon Galloway  Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. 
1:00:49
December 6, 2020
Life In The Early Years with Cath Larkin and Anne Statham
“I’ve always loved the hilarity of being around young children and I know that’s not the academic thing to be saying but they’re hilarious. They teach you all the time, they teach you something every day and it’s wonderful to be around them.” - Cath Larkin Intro: Cath Larkin has worked in the Early Years sector since the 90s. She has received huge praise for her ‘Inspirational’ leadership. She is an advocate for outdoor learning, forest-school based activities and ‘being in the moment’ with children rather than over-planning. She’s incredibly passionate about what she does, which is why even though she is now retired, she continues to train others in the UK and Internationally (including our very own team at Back To The Garden.) Today alongside Cath, we are welcoming back Anne Statham (who we interviewed in Episode 2). Anne is an Early Years specialist at Back To The Garden and a good friend of Cath’s. This is a jam-packed, informative and inspiring episode. “I went into Early Years and never came out of it. Sometimes life has a way of tipping you into something or nudging you and off you go. You find where your supposed to be.” - Cath Larkin We cover: Cath’s personal journey and how she got to where she is today. Her training and education Where Anne met Cath and their work together What’s inspired her in her work. The pressures on parents to ‘see’ results of learning. Outdoor play and it’s benefits Creativity and it’s benefits Healthy risk taking Allowing children to resolve their own conflicts and the benefits of this in later years. The importance of community Why early years sector needs to be valued more in society Mental Health and 2020 for parents, children and educators. And so so so much more! We’re thrilled to have these 2 wonderful guests on the show and we hope you enjoy hearing about their journey in early years education. Links and Resources: (for all links head to backtothegardenchildcare.com) Follow @backtothegardenchildcare Follow Cath on Twitter: https://twitter.com/catherinelarki2?s=20 Follow Anne on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/anniecrock1/?hl=en Thank you for listening!  We’d be grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription. Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden Website: https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/ (Full show notes, links and resources available here)
1:36:36
November 29, 2020
Creativity, Play & Outdoor Learning Spaces with Sian Kellaway
‘Being inspired and amazed by every day little details. Looking at the world in wonder. Children see those things, which you can lose as you get older.’ Intro: Sian Kellaway is a gifted artist and teacher. Her natural creativity flows through her in various forms, one of which is screen-printing, where she has a successful etsy shop for prints. She’s a mother of two, a teacher and project developer at our very own, Back To The Garden Childcare. You could say Sian is part of our nursery ‘extended family’. Her current project at nursery centres around the outdoors spaces - the tipi, shed and garden, which we discuss in todays episode. This is a fascinating episode that covers: Sian’s journey and inspiration The current projects she’s working on at the nursery Why boredom is key to creativity The tools she uses to support her creative flow Why creativity is so important to society, children’s wellbeing and so much more. Happy Listening! ‘It always used to fascinate me as a child, in a way these worthless objects, not worth anything to anyone else, but they’re so interesting and take on such a significance for a child.’ ----- Links: Sian’s Etsy Shop - https://www.etsy.com/uk/people/sianuska Sian’s Blog - http://sianuska.blogspot.com/ Sian’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/sianuska/ ----- For full show notes including all the resource links mentioned, timings and quotes head to https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/episode-07 ----- Thank you for listening! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription. Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden
1:04:05
October 31, 2020
Children’s Nutrition with Nicola Charnock
“They don’t eat anything that doesn’t look like it comes out of the ground.” Nicola Charnock is the resident nutritionist at Back To The Garden Childcare and mother of 2. She qualified at the renowned CNM London (College of Natural Medicine). Her business CF Wellness Organics combines all her holistic skills and training under one roof. With 15 years of sports rehab experience, her clients include high profile athletes and musicians. Her understanding of the rate at which the body heals and athletic performance led her to train as a yoga teacher in India and introduce nutrition into her work. Through becoming a mother herself she is educating and supporting families through workshops in fertility, pregnancy, and post birth for both mother and baby. She runs food workshops including ‘Nutrition for the Whole Family Made simple’. Her love and passion for what she does makes her an incredible guest. We are joined today by Nicola (and her son Bodhi?). “I’m always in the kitchen, that’s where to find me. Except from that I’m on a yoga mat. We look at food, where it comes from. I get the kids to smell everything before we eat. They’re always around when I’m making it.” In this episode we discuss:  Nicola's personal experiences with her children and eating well at home The optimum foods to feed children Her view on supplements The importance of sleep How brain health and gut health are connected. We touch on mental health and young children Why post-natal mothers need lots of support and so much more. “The less chemicals that are put into their tiny bodies the better.” https://www.cforganicwellness.com/ nicola@cforganicwellness.com IG: @cf_organicwellness IG: @naturallyrawcakes For the full list of resource links and detailed show notes visit https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/ -------- Thank you for listening! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription.   Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry | Host: Sadie Pickering Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden Website: https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/
56:53
September 30, 2020
Child-led Artistic Exploration with Lucy Turner
‘Once you’re through the doors of The Whitworth, it’s such an amazing space that you can’t help but want to come back.’ Lucy Turner, is the Early Years Coordinator at The Whitworth Gallery Manchester. Her renowned work includes the creation of the Early Years Atelier (or children’s art studio), where children are provided with a rich, sensory, hands-on experience of artistic exploration inspired by the Art in the gallery. Artists and musicians are brought in to collaborate. Children and parents have free access to a wonderful space to grow and explore through a child-led approach to learning. During lockdown, Lucy has provided weekly activities online for children and parents to take part in at home. This is an epic episode that covers so much! Topics included: Lucy’s personal journey and how she got to where she is today. Museums and cultural organisations are not traditionally seen as sites for play. We dive into how Lucy has challenged this and has actively sought to encourage babies, toddlers, children and parents to play and be inspired at The Whitworth and how this has benefited them. Why the “Still Parents” project is so important to her and how the project supports the lesser seen aspects of parenthood. How The Whitworth has partnered with other cultural organisations to take this a step further. The huge physical transformation The Whitworth went through and how this has made the gallery more inviting. The vision for the Atelier and the role of the Atelierista (studio assistant). How COVID-19 has affected the gallery and the plans to reopen in September. and so much more! We’re thrilled to have Lucy as a guest on the show and I can’t wait for you to hear about her journey in art and early years education. ‘Particularly with young children and contemporary art, there’s something really exciting because they don’t have these preconceptions of what art should be, they just embrace what is.’ --------- Thank you for listening! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription. Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden Website and Show Notes: https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/ Instagram: @backtothegardenchildcare 
1:30:17
July 27, 2020
Balancing entrepreneurship and being a mum of twins with Kate Mosley
“Children are so non-judgmental, they show so much love to you, you can be silly with them and they’ll laugh along with you. That’s the beauty of children.” The Garden Eatery created the menu for Back To The Garden Childcare and todays guest is Kate Mosely is the co-founder of The Garden Eatery, Hale. She started the business with her best friend, Amy Sheperdson in 2014 and it’s grown from strength to strength with a loyal local community of customers, it’s also become a destination hot spot for health and wellness and has a strong following online. Her husband Chris joined the team in 2017, focusing on the commercial kitchen premises for the cold pressed juices, smoothies and raw cakes & bakes. Kate is also a yoga teacher working in Hale and Altrincham as well as online. She gave birth to twins, Winnie and Rupert in December 2017. Kate now balances being a mum to both her children and also her business baby. Her passion for healthy living, nourishing foods, sustainability and love of life comes through all that she does. She’s a wonderful soul and pleasure to have as a guest on the show. “Had i slowed down, honoured the transformation my body was going through I really do think I wouldn’t have experienced the anxiety i did when i was in the post-natal period.” In this episode we discuss: Kates career paths (marketing/primary school teacher) and what led her to creating The Garden with her best friend.  The hurdles the business faced and what lessons they've learnt along the way. Her journey as a mother and the lessons she's learnt and why she's so passionate about teaching pregnancy yoga.  What led her to becoming a yoga teacher. Why sustainability is so important to her within her business and how she took this a step further with the 'Love Your Mother' campaign.  How she balances running a business with her husband, Chris and at the same time raising twins.  How lockdown has affected The Garden and the support they've received from their local community. How the Black Lives Matter movement has inspired her to take action within herself and also her thoughts on ways to integrate more awareness into the home to help her twins on this subject.  Her inspiration, current books, what she's grateful for and so much more.  Kates honesty is so refreshing and I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did. ------ Thank you for listening! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription. Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill 
1:06:40
June 30, 2020
The Founders Series: Chris McGoff
“Family values are things that are very important to us, and that’s helped drive the business.” In this episode we welcome Chris McGoff, Director at The McGoff Group. With over 45 years of construction excellence, The McGoff Group is a well established, highly experienced multi-faceted collection of like minded business which work together to develop and create community. New Care was founded in 2010 and is unparalleled within the care sector, with 7 operational care homes including Bramhall Manor which has a contract with the NHS and council in Stockport. In 2017 The McGoff group joined forces with Jeannie and Stewart Pickering to found Back To The Garden Childcare where the first nursery opened in Broadheath in 2018. During this conversation, we discuss: The mission of The McGoff Group and why they decided to add a nursery to the portfolio.  Why running care homes was such a strong foundation for creating a nursery.  The philosophy of the design for both the space in Broadheath and the new intergenerational concept in Lymm.  How the group have been supporting the NHS through a partnership to free up hospital beds for those who can be cared for in their New Care facilities and at the nursery taking care of the children of key workers and those who are vulnerable.  The obstacles they have faced during this pandemic and how they have overcome these, making them even stronger.  We also discussed what it’s like to run a family business and how the strong family values within the business has contributed to their success. This is such an interesting discussion hearing all about the businesses in The McGoff Group. I really felt his genuine passion and care for everything he does and how much he values the people that work with him. The McGoff Group ‘do things a little bit different’ and you’ll hear why. Chris shared a very moving story about one of the care home residents. Twitter @ChrisMcGoffManc Twitter @BackTTGardenCC Facebook / Instagram: @backtothegardenchildcare This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning nappies - head to https://kitandkin.com/ and enter the code BABY20 specially created for our listeners to use on the first subscription. Podcast host: Sadie Pickering Recorded via Zoom and edited at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Adders Jeffry Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden Website: https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/
43:51
May 31, 2020
Child Development in the Early Years with Anne Statham
“Children are very alert to the emotional atmosphere of a space so our job is to make them feel safe and to be constant for them.” In this episode we welcome childcare professional Anne Statham onto the show. She is a qualified teacher and consultant who has worked with children in their early years since 1995. Anne has an MA in early years studies and practices and a Forest School Leader Level 3. She has a creative ‘child-led’ approach to early childhood education and currently works at Back To The Garden Childcare in Broadheath. Anne has a 7 year old son. We discuss her experiences working in childcare and what led her to pursue this enriching career and the inspirational people and places that were key to her own development. How the seeds of the values she feels are important today were planted in the early 1900s, that the ideas of ‘Back To The Garden’ have deep roots. Her warmth and true passion for her job shines through. It’s a fascinating episode which covers so many topics. Not to be missed! “Children in this generation need to be creative in the widest sense. Creative not just in an artistic sense but creative in making links in all areas of learning.” *Please note: This recording was made before the lockdown. The nursery is currently open for key workers and vulnerable children whilst offering online support to parents with children who are home learning. Thank you for listening to this episode!! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This episode is sponsored by Kit + Kin, award winning sustainable nappies https://kitandkin.com/  Recorded at LBS, Stockport. https://lbs.co.uk/ Producer: Simon Galloway https://uk.linkedin.com/in/simongalloway Original Music written by Sadie Pickering, performed by Sadie Pickering, Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill Podcast hosting service - https://anchor.fm/backtothegarden Website: https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/​
54:15
April 22, 2020
The Founders Series: Jeannie and Stewart Pickering #1
“If you believe you’re doing something right, you weave your way through with honesty and integrity” - Jeannie Pickering This pair of hippies (really they lived in a commune in the 60s) who became entrepreneurs are sharing their incredible journey in our first Back To The Garden podcast. Everything they did came from a place of integrity and passion to create something that didn’t exist in the UK. Starting with their first Kidsunlimited nursery in the 80s in Wilmslow, they then were the first company to create workplace nurseries, including collaborating with Anita Roddick, the powerhouse who founded The Body Shop. Training was also vital and we’ll discover how they created a training that then became NVQ’s, allowing women returners to become empowered, this programme won the Secretary Of State award and is now part of the NVQ model still used today. Design was key as Jeannie believes the environment is ‘the third teacher’. Working with renowned architect Roger Stephenson their innovative spaces won awards. They were part of the Hulme Regeneration project creating the St Mary’s nursery making childcare accessible to the community there. They have strong roots and built something from humble beginnings and changed the face of childcare, ending up with 64 nurseries across the country. Their drive came from pure passion to create the best possible spaces for children to grow and be nurtured. Drawing inspiration from the Reggio Emilia approach their philosophy was always to have the child at the centre with a focus on creativity, outdoor play and treating each child as an individual. This story is interesting to not only those in the childcare sector and parents but to anyone who has a dream. Yes, there were ups and downs but they came back fighting because it was all born from a belief. Every step of the way each achievement came from a lack of something in the sector and this is why they were considered trail blazers who changed the future of childcare forever. We discuss their incredible journey from Kidsunlimited to the present day where they now founded a new nursery, Back To The Garden Childcare with the McGoff Group. Now, here they are as the ‘forever young’ elders. All elders have stories and this one is a real gem. “The nursery is a family of parents, children and staff.” Stewart Thank you for listening to our very first episode!! We’d be so grateful if you could take 2 minutes to leave us a review on your preferred podcast app. Please share with anyone who you think would love to listen. This podcast is sponsored by Kit + Kin https://kitandkin.com/ Recorded at LBS, Stockport and produced by Simon Galloway. https://lbs.co.uk/ Hosted by Sadie Pickering. Original Music by Sadie Pickering featuring musicians Dan J Logan and Jay Ansill. Follow our nursery on @backtothegardenchildcare on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. For more more in depth show notes with timings and resources head to https://www.backtothegardenchildcare.com/podcast/
1:02:15
March 21, 2020
Back To The Garden Podcast Trailer
The podcast discussing all things child development. We’ll be meeting with experienced professionals and specialists along with the leading entrepreneurs in the childcare sector. Children are the future, how do we give them the best start? We’ll be diving into ways to nurture them in their early years from physical, cognitive and emotional support. How can we forge a natural approach in this modern world?  Subscribe to find out. Our first episode launches on the 21st of March 2020! We are stardust, we are golden and we’ve got to get ourselves: Back To The Garden
00:41
March 7, 2020