Blog :: Archive for September 2011
Luisa Mackey from Puddle Ducks Mid Cheshire was delighted to learn that she has been awarded the Puddle Ducks ‘Teacher of the Term’ for Summer 2011.
The competition, which was run through the Puddle Ducks customer newsletter and Facebook page, was judged by Yzzy Howell, Director of WAHM Ltd. & Mama Pack Ltd. Mama Packs are the UK’s only ethical natal pack and are distributed by a number of our Franchisees. Yzzy is very proud of the fabulous packs but also the very supportive parenting forum on the website at www.mamapacks.eu/forum. Thank you to Yzzy for helping us to choose our Teacher of the Term.
This is what Yzzy had to say:
“I found it really hard to chose as the all parents clearly have a lot of praise for the teachers. I chose Sarah Clarkes nomination as some points she made stood out to me. It is apparent that Luisa has not only had an impact on Amelia's confidence but also the parents'. It is a testament to Luisa's teaching skills when I read that Amelia mimics her lessons in the bath with her dollies, what a compliment to Luisa! Luisa is just the kind of teacher a parent hopes to have for their child”
Luisa was nominated by customer Sarah Clarke, who wins a voucher towards future courses. She wrote:
“Luisa has given us the most wonderful gift of knowing that our daughter is safe in the water. Luisa is dedicated and passionate about what she does, instilling confidence in all her pupils’ ability to swim, proven by Amelia’s progress in under a year from kickers to dippers. Amelia talks constantly about Luisa and her swimming lessons and teaches her dollies in the bath everything she has learnt.” Sarah Clarke - Mum to Amelia Clarke.
When Luisa heard she had won, she said: "I am over the moon at this wonderful nomination & win. In true oscar style can I please say that all of you have made me such a good teacher by all your wonderful support and faith in me. Thanks! Luisa xx"
Posted by Tracy on Wednesday, 14th September 2011
Ooh - exciting times - the start of the New School Year. We hope you have all come back feeling totally refreshed and raring to start the new term.
September is traditionally "Back to School" time - so of course we are especially keen to promote back to school swimming. It is incredibly sad that there are still hundreds of children who leave primary school unable to swim, despite swimming lessons now forming part of the National curriculum. Unbelievably, a report in the Times Educational Supplement quoted in the Daily Main identified that only one 11 year old in six is able to swim 25m!
In Puddle Ducks classes the skills, fun and confidence of our babies and preschoolers are developed so that our primary school children are able to swim several hundred metres - beautifully. These classes are currently run in Mid Cheshire and launching in Bristol and Bath this term. We are planning to roll out these classes to more franchises during the year.
After her training, Sarah, franchisee from Bristol said "I was very impressed with the programme and the way the classes are structured to ensure every child is well prepared. I will be practising my own strokes after the training as the style is indeed beautiful!"
We're really proud of our swimming lessons for school children - will you be joining us and putting swimming lessons on your Back To School list?
Posted by Tracy on Tuesday, 6th September 2011