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National Teacher of the Term, Spring 2017

Congratulations to Sarah Bell from Puddle Ducks Chester & Wirral!

Sarah was nominated by Claire Peacock and this is what she had to say:

“She has been amazingly supportive and made the process of taking a very small baby swimming easy, even though he didn't really like water. Nothing is too much trouble and we never feel rushed as she takes her time to help if we are ever struggling with any aspect of the class. I couldn't have picked a better class to take my son to as Sarah has taught me new skills in the water too. I am much more confident with him and each week Sarah supports that, making our bond even stronger. As a new mum this has been so helpful as we can transfer these skills to home too (when bathing). She is friendly and remembers everything from past classes, my little one loves her classes and he knows when she's not there.”

The nomination was chosen by Delyth Evans, Service Manager from Adoption Matters and this is what she had to say:

“I’ve read and re-read the nominations and what an enormous task it has been to choose a winner! It’s very clear to see how immensely skilled the Puddle Ducks teaching team are. 
The one I’ve chosen is because it demonstrates how this teacher is able to create calm when fear is present and we know that once calm is achieved, children can relax, learn and build trust in the adult. The nomination demonstrates the teacher’s ability to form relationships with child and adult and recognises the vital importance of the bond. There is reference to increased confidence and I can sense the child’s increase in self-belief. I was also impressed that the skills taught within the lesson are transferred to other settings e.g. the family home, which must have ongoing benefit. Finally lovely to read that the pleasure gained from the lessons are shared by parent and son."

  • Adoption Matters are a children’s charity and independent adoption agency, offering high quality service to families since 1947. The charity has provided support to Puddle Ducks to ensure that all teachers are trained in attachment awareness, to support adoptive families.

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  • Baby swimming teachers come in all shapes and sizes and are bound together with a complete love of their job and shared experiences. It’s a fabulous job that still gives you plenty of valuable time to spend with your family.

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