The office environment feels a lifetime ago now. The sense of achievement you get from owning your own business is huge. Ultimately though the success of Stretch-n-Grow York is what I make it and that’s what I like.
The best thing about becoming a Stretch-n-Grow franchise is how my work/life balance has improved. It’s allowed me to have more time with my children..
I find work now very fulfilling, imagine when you turn up and you’re greeted by big smiles, chanting, cheers and hugs. All because the children have missed you since the last session. Try asking about muscles in your arms for example and they will loudly reply ‘’biceps and triceps’’.
These under 5’s are learning and understanding, the parents tell you how their children talk about Stretch-n-Grow all the time! They even sometimes reenact the class making the whole family act out the routine. They inform me that I make their job easy as parents because their children know about what’s inside their body, healthy eating and taking care of themselves all through Stretch-n-Grow classes.
An integral part of Early Years Settings…
The opportunity to work with many of our early-year providers in the York area is also amazing. I love being a part of their settings working alongside them, enhancing and supporting the fabulous services in childcare that they provide. Recently, I was told by a nursery owner that me Stretch-n-Grow was an integral part of their nursery from all aspects and always will be. To hear that you can’t help but beam with pride and satisfaction that I’m getting it right! What can I say….I totally love and enjoy my job, I feel content and I no longer have that niggle!!
The power of our handouts…
A parent from one of my fabulous nurseries thanked me for teaching her child what to do if herself or someone else caught fire. ‘Daddy was cooking in the kitchen and managed to set fire to his shirt sleeve (it wasn’t quite as bad as it sounds and he had it under control). However they were so impressed that their 4 year old daughter shouted ‘’Daddy stop, drop on the floor and roll, it will put the fire out’’ and proceeded to show him what to do’. That month we had coved this topic ‘’STOP, DROP and ROLL’’, and we had practiced log rolls in class. Her parents thought it was fabulous and potentially lifesaving! Another, proud moment from one of my SnG Stars and a sense of achievement for me. It doesn’t get much better than that.