Every month we plan to choose an Essex based business or organisation from the Essex Baby Directory to celebrate the success of the business and tell people what it has to offer. This month we are celebrating Mini Moosic. Read more here to find out about Mini Moosic…
We met up with the owner of Mini Moosic, Georgina Davenport, and asked her the following questions:
What is Mini Moosic?
Mini Moosic is a fun, friendly and interactive music class for babies, toddlers and pre-school children. It consists of two classes – Mini Moos, for Newborns to walkers and Little Moos, for walkers to four year olds. Mini Moosic classes provide babies and toddlers with an early introduction to music through songs, rhymes, percussion instruments and movement.
Mini Moosic also offers fantastically fun and engaging birthday parties for children aged 1-5 and also parties for different celebratory occasions such as Easter, Halloween and Christmas.
A typical party includes party games, favourite songs and fantastic props – all tailored to the age of the party guests.
Inviting Mini Moosic along to your little one’s special day means we can do all the hard work and you can actually enjoy playing at the party with your child!
We have already put on a few awesome birthday parties and look forward to many more celebrations this year.
This year I have also been given the opportunity to introduce Mini Moosic once a week into a local nursery, which I am so thrilled about.
Why did you set up Mini Moosic?
For the past 10 years I have worked with children in a variety of roles – in nurseries, schools and family settings. I have gained a professional NVQ Level 3 qualification in Early Years Childhood Development and am constantly adding to my knowledge of this critical learning period of childhood. After the birth of my son I wanted to continue working in this field but wanted to also be able to be a very hands-on mum. I set up Mini Moosic because I find that continuing my career in this way allows me the flexibility I need. I feel very lucky that I am able to do something that I am so passionate about as my job. I get such enjoyment and personal-fulfilment from all the classes that I take and I am always striving to create the very best class content and environment for all the wonderful families and children I have in attendance.
I’m proud of the warm, friendly and welcoming atmosphere I have created at Mini Moosic – as a local Mum myself, I know how important having a local network is. It is an absolute joy to watch the little ones at my classes flourish each week, gaining confidence, mastering new skills, learning new songs, developing all manner of physical and social-emotional skills and, most of all, having lots and lots of fun!
How long has Mini Moosic been running?
I first created the concept of Mini Moosic in Summer 2013 with the very first classes opening in September 2013. Over the last four months, the classes have exceeded all my expectations. We have several little ones who have been in attendance since our very first classes and their carers really feel they are learning and growing as a result of the weekly classes.
How is Mini Moosic good for a child’s development?
Mini Moosic supports your little ones development in a huge number of ways, and babies can respond to music from their earliest moments.
Music is so meaningful for babies because they have been listening to the rhythm of a heartbeat since they could first hear sounds in the womb. Babies from birth can follow a beat, and notice when a beat changes.
By learning music in a group, our classes help increase confidence, improve problem solving, help develop relationships between parents/carers and children and lets even the youngest children tap into their creative side.
The interaction with other children while at Mini Moosic develops social skills and helps children make new friends. Our nursery rhymes and songs help develop vocabulary. Playing percussion instruments in the classes fosters dexterity and provides an early introduction to all things moosical!
How many people work for the company, where is it based, and where can people find the classes?
I run all the Mini Moosic classes myself with some much-appreciated voluntary help from my Mum with babysitting and admin.
My baby boy Zach also plays a vital role in the business – regularly “test-driving” new songs and music!
Originally Mini Moosic started as two classes – one for babies and another for toddlers and pre-schoolers. Within a few weeks of opening, the class numbers had grown and I opened another class. Recently, due to popular demand, I have opened a further two classes.
Mini Moosic classes currently run in Billericay in St Mary Magdalen Church on Billericay High St. We run classes on Tuesdays and Fridays.
The weekly class timetable is as follows:
Little Moos (Walkers – 4 years) 9.30am
Mini Moos (Newborn – Walkers) 10.45am and 11.45am
Mini Moos 10.45am
Little Moos 11.45am
Do you have children? How old are they?
I have a son, Zach, who has just turned one. He has been a huge inspiration for me while creating Mini Moosic and has been there by my side every step of the way, which is the real beauty of running your own business. He has come to be known as the Mini Moosic mascot and I know I’ve hit on a good song choice when I’m singing and dancing at home and he is giggling away at me!
What are your long term plans for Mini Moosic?
At the moment I am working on getting the local Billericay community to be aware of Mini Moosic as a new baby and toddler music class, as we offer a really intimate and personal touch to all who come through our doors.
My long term goal is to open more Mini Moosic classes in South Essex – allowing many more little ones to experience these engaging classes. While I would like to see the classes expand, I want to be very careful that I retain the unique dynamic of Mini Moosic though and keep the personal feel that I worked hard to achieve. My priority is to keep Mini Moosic classes personal, imaginative and fun.
Tell us something personal about yourself
I am not a born or bred Essex girl! Up until I met my husband I lived in London and Berkshire and was quite unsure about moving to the unknown fields of Essex! However, I am so happy I made that move as I have made so many precious friends since moving to Billericay and feel so at home here. The local community feel is so special here and it is a truly wonderful place to live as a new Mum.
Something people may not know is that I love baking – even before the “Bake-Off” craze – I dabbled in cupcake making for a while, before my husband put a stop to that as the piles of baking pans and dusting of icing sugar over our kitchen all got too much!
Other hobbies have been put on hold since the birth of my son Zach – who is completely time-consuming… in the best possible way. He is very tolerant of me bouncing my new ideas for Mini Moosic off him!
Last year was an absolute whirlwind for me – having my scrumptious baby boy, setting up Mini Moosic and receiving such a wonderful response for the classes, getting engaged and organising a wedding in under three months and finishing off the year with a very special Christmas wedding! I can only hope that 2014 is as jam-packed with wonderful surprises, tonnes of hard work, plenty more giggles with my boy and fun, laughter, wriggles and giggles at Mini Moosic.