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Naomi makes education child’s play

A child care worker who gave up her job to make a real difference to the education of children has just received her fourth “good” Ofsted report for four of her child care centres this academic year.    Naomi Harling formed her first out of school club in 2001 at English Martyrs School in  Fenham, Newcastle after previously working for a childcare company. As a mum of five children, she also gained a degree in early years’ education and play work as well as a  PGSE teaching qualification and having her sixth child. It was at this stage  however that she decided to improve her work life balance and also use her  new-found skills to enhance the educational experiences of preschool, early years’  students, and school-aged children.    Now, Naomi, from North Tyneside, has six Chill Out Time Child Care centres in the  region; English Martyrs, Chillingham Road, Sacred Heart, Grange First, Stocksfield  Avenue and Seaton Valley, and again, four have recently achieved “Good” ratings  from Ofsted. (Chillingham Road, Sacred Heart, Seaton Valley and Stocksfield  Avenue) this academic year. She also runs a mobile crèche which is operated in conjunctionwith Community Family Hubs, SureStart, and children’s charities including Barnardo’s, and Action for Children as an example.  All are the result of her hard work, an acute business acumen and a desire to enrich the education of infants,  children and young people.    Each centre uses the philosophy of giving parents the opportunity to do something  when their child is in care with the centre. At the same time, it is also an opportunity     for the child to develop their confidence, self-esteem and their independent thinking,  through child-centred play. Chill Out Time Childcare start off the child’s first learning experiences relevant to them and fill their day with creative and positive experiences. They want to create inquisitive young minds that follow through their ideas and interests, so as to encourage strong young people in the future who will want to succeed  and fulfil their dreams.      Her successful approach to play and education stemmed from a working visit to  Denmark where she was impressed by the Forest School System where children are encouragedto learn through play by using nature and natural objects rather than building blocks or plastic toys. Naomi and the staff team also look at the individual child ’s needs and are currently planning on making a more natural play environment.  More predominantly, people in Denmark view their children as strong and resilient,  with a focus on how important it is for children to enjoy childhood while learning to activelyparticipate in society and develop the social and cognitive skills and competencies  necessary to do well in society.    “Children are strong, resilient and can be trusted to manage their own risks.  Obviously, we carry out stringent risk assessments but it’s not uncommon to see our children enjoying and learning through digging with spades or climbing in a  […]

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Blyth hosts successful food festival 

Blyth is known for its heritage and also many other events like Northumberland Live and the Blyth regatta event last year. This year for the first time Blyth hosts a food festival. The event took part this weekend and was a great success, many acts took to the stage and performed. The event showcased a […]

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Ryhope Gas Explosion, what happend through the day?

Emergency services were called to an address in Rosslyn Avenue in Ryhope at about 08:50am, Shepherd, whose daughter was not in the house at the time, suffered burns and is in a serious but stable condition in hospital. One house has been completely destroyed by the blast while a neighbouring property has been heavily damaged, […]

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Gofundme Launched For Ryhope Families

Tini Owens at the request of Jade Simone has started a GoFundMe for the families involved in the Ryhope Incident this morning. With a goal of £500 this was soon surpassed reaching £1090 in just 11 Hours of being set up. The description reads: The funds will go directly to the main victims of the […]

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Vera return to film scenes in Blyth

Yet again the film crew of Vera have been spotted in Blyth. Today they are shooting scenes with fake police officers and what looks like a raid. Although nothing has been confirmed by the Vera team a crowd gathered round to watch TV magic being created. Keep an eye out and you might see your […]

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Live: Explosion at Sunderland home, what we know, what has happend?

  What we know: At around 8.50am today, emergency services were called to an address Rosslyn Avenue, Sunderland following a report of an explosion. Two houses have been affected by the incident. Emergency services have confirmed there have been no fatalities. One woman was rescued and is in a “serious but stable” condition. This photo […]

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LOCAL PAIR START A RADIO SHOW

Brandon Ferson and Daniel Wilkinson have recently joined forces with Beach Hut Radio to produce their new show that is a re incarnation of their podcast “BranDan Talks”. The show started last Sunday and will continue for the following Sunday’s from 5pm – 7pm featuring the local duo and some special guests. Brandon and Daniel have […]

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ARTISTS OWEN AND ABIGAIL ARE ON THE RIGHT TRACK WITH RAILWAY ART LAUNCHED IN HARTLEPOOL STATION

Twelve bold new pieces of artwork have gone on display at Hartlepool railway station designed by Cleveland College of Art and Design (CCAD) graduates Abigail Taylor and Owen Smith. The designs show popular Hartlepool landmarks, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Greatham Beck, the Heugh Battery Museum and Hartlepool Marina. Abigail and Owen’s […]

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GREAT NORTH SONG FOR THE GREAT NORTH RUN

As the ‘Sun Sets on the Tyne’ it rises on a new goal for local songstress Anna Reay.   Anna will be releasing an original song dedicated to those running the Great North Run this year and all proceeds will go to ‘Prostate Cancer UK’.   Ms Reay, who will be running herself said “ […]

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