ABOUT HOW I CAN HELP

First of all, lets just check you are in the right place, ok?

If you are looking for a children’s entertainer to facilitate structured sensory play sessions, then I’m sorry, you are in the wrong place.

If you are looking for interactive, evidence based training on ALL THINGS SENSORY with high value outcomes for your staff and families, then you are in the right place.

Have you ever asked yourself any of these questions?

Do the children in your care struggle to… 

  • Engage in play in their environment?
  • Interact with children and adults?
  • Regulate their emotions and behaviour?
  • Demonstrate Resilience?
 

Are your staff team…

  • Bored and stuck in a rut with their play provision and resources?
  • Frustrated by the constant balance between meeting the child’s interests and needs whilst meeting statutory registration and inspection requirements?
  • Fed up with death by PowerPoint training that are too boring or not clear how to put into practice?
 
Are the parents you support…
 
  • Overwhelmed?
  • In need of simple strategies to support their child?
  • Families with infants, toddlers, pre-schoolers or children with additional needs?
 

Through my training and workshops - staff, parents and children will all have increased knowledge and awareness of how to ramp up sensory experiences through play to support regulation and build resilience.

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PROBLEMS I CAN SOLVE FOR YOU

Any setting that works with young children and families including;

  • preschools/ playgroups
  • daycare
  • out of school care
  • holiday clubs
  • creches
  • family/ community centres
  • health and social care settings

We experience the world though out senses – which we can ‘switch on’ through the environment, resources and interactions. My staff training workshops are tailored to YOUR SETTING and YOUR STAFF NEEDS – together we explore innovative ways to maximise the play and learning opportunities for the children and bring back the buzz for staff!

  • I come to your setting, at a TIME THAT SUITS YOU (including evenings or weekends)
  • I bring ALL OF THE LOVELY RESOURCES, we all have a PLAY and share lots of new ideas about how best to reinvigorate your staff and setting. 
  • Staff have a fun CREATE AND LEARN session where they can make resources using the materials
  • I provide a helpful WORKBOOK staff can using during or after the session to capture current provision and create an easy actionable plan moving forward
  • Tea and biscuits very much appreciated!

I work within recommended guidelines. 

Together we will agree a risk assessment, if safe to do so, I will come to your setting. 

If not – we will meet via Zoom and I will post a sensory kit and workbook to participants ahead of the session.  Simple.

Prices include up to 10 attendees

Sessions include;

  • hands on experience with a range of sensory materials
  • handouts/ workbooks
  • materials for make and take session 
  • CPD certificate of attendance

£250 for a 90 minute introductory session

£5o0 for a half day/ evening

£80o for full day

plus travel expenses

Parent Sensory Workshops

If you your organisation, community group or charity works with and supports families and children then these workshops are for them!

I get it.

Parenting is amazing, fun and usually loud and messy too!

But parenting can also be hard!  It can be challenging, isolating and scary! When family, friends, our community even social media all have an opinion!

It is very easy to feel overwhelmed, that we don’t know what to do or how to do it.

My parenting workshops have the perfect balance of information about child development and simple ways to support little one to thrive at home.  We look at how you can use the layout and things in your home, plus your awesome self to stimulate and engage your child – all while sticking the dinner on or walking the dog

To help parents understand how they are ROCKING this parenting stuff – they just don’t know it yet!

Because knowledge is power.

  • I come to your venue, at a TIME THAT SUITS YOU (including evenings or weekends)
  • I bring ALL OF THE LOVELY RESOURCES, we have a PLAY and share lots of new ideas about how you might use these at home 
  • Parents can MAKE and TAKE RESOURCES using the materials
  • I provide a helpful WORKBOOK parents can using during or after the session to take notes or make plans about their home environment, resources, things they can do to support sensory development
  • Share experiences with other parents

Peer support is a massive part of parenting – the workshop is a perfect opportunity for parents with shared experiences such as supporting a premature infant, parental mental health illness, infancy, toddlers, children with additional needs, school aged children – to meet with other parents who ‘get it’.

A charity, organisation or community group is perfectly situated to bring together service users or families within their community with shared experiences and offer this additional support in the parenting journey.

I work within recommended guidelines. 

Together we will agree a risk assessment, and if safe to do so, I will come to your venue. 

If not – we will meet via Zoom and I will post a sensory kit and workbook to participants ahead of the session.  Simple.

£250 for a 90 minute introductory session

Each bespoke session include;

  • hands on experience with a range of sensory materials – specific to group needs ( e.g. parents of infants, or older children)
  • handouts/ workbooks
  • materials for make and take session 
  • Certificate of attendance

 

4 week programme options available (click find out more)

Plus travel expenses

Adult Sensory Workshops

Any organisation may host a Sensory Regulation workshop.

It may be for the staff or parents/ carers, or it may be for adults who may or may not be parents.

These introductory workshops are for adults to learn and understand how the sensory systems work and how they can incorporate simple strategies to support their own well being.

Your organisation may support families, support people with mental health issues, carers, faith groups, community organisations or corporate staff teams – all will benefit from these workshops

The staff training and parent workshops focus on finding ways for carers to support children.

Remember, the focus of these workshops is to share information about how the sensory systems affect our own well being, and simple strategies we can take to support that.  

Whether the participants have parenting, caring or leadership responsibilities or not – this workshop is about them and their well being.

The organisation can arrange a time that suits (including evenings or weekends)

We meet online via zoom and share a presentation and discussion.  Simple.

There is an option to include workbooks, handouts and reflection (see pricing options)

 

 

£100 for 60 min Presentation (no number restrictions)

£250 for 90 min Interactive Presentation including hardcopy of workbook for attendees to participate in activities and reflections, plus a gift and certificate (up to 15)

Resources

Nope, I sell educational resources that can be used to support sensory development and must be used with adult supervision

There is no right or wrong way to use sensory resources – be led by your child and how they choose to engage in the materials

However if you would like some ideas of how and when to use the resources safely and to ramp up the sensory value you can…

  • Join a workshop – I send out sensory kits to each attendee and we explore all the possibilities together
  • I have videos where I demo and explain the how to and fun ways to engage with the resource on the shop listing
  • Check out my social media for additional how to content (links at bottom of page)
  • If you are really stuck send me a message and I will do my best to help you work out which resources to use in different ways.

Prices range from £1 for individual items to £30 for sensory kits

I also curate sensory kits based on need or preference.

Get in touch if you would like some help to put together resources for your setting or organisation

TRAINING

Bespoke training for Early Years Staff

WORKSHOPS

Parent and Adult Sensory Workshops

RESOURCES

Sensory Resources and Materials

A bit about me

My Name is Carly Craig, I am an Independent Early Years Specialist based in County Down, Northern Ireland. 

I work as a consultant and trainer, and as an Early Years Lecturer.  I work with early years professionals, and organisations who support families.

My expertise is in the area of Sensory Play.  This is based on current research in Neuroscience in Early Years and Resilience to mitigate the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE’s). 

My evidence based approach combined with easy actionable strategies empower parents and carers to support their little ones to develop their brain, body and mind.

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Gail Pascoe

It has been one of the joys of my life to work with someone who loves all things sensory as much as I do! Thanks so much to Carly for all the ideas, support, resources and equipment she has shared with me and the school over the years, wouldn’t be the same without you!

Gail Pascoe - PMLD Teacher