“It is so important for parents not to feel alone out there,” say Megan and Louise Clatworthy, the dynamic sister team behind the South Essex-based Discover with Baby activity classes.
We talk to Megan and Louise about the inspiration behind their business and their passion for working with children and their families.
Tell us about your business
Discover with Baby is a fun and interactive mother and baby class, it allows babies and toddlers the opportunity to discover and explore all their senses. We run classes for 0-6 months, 7-12 months and 13 months – 2.5 year olds.
Discover with Baby one hour classes incorporate instructor-led activities and child led free play in areas designed to stimulate all senses. The areas we focus on are: Discover light shape and colour; Discover me; Discover texture; Discover music, songs, rhyme and stories; Discover messy; and finally discover relaxation. All areas focus on the importance of learning through active and imaginative play.
After lots of fun and stimulation we end the session with a calming baby massage or stretch and relax section which is set to peaceful music to create a restful environment. We offer a social interaction for both children and parents/careers in a fun safe environment. A class allows you to have quality interaction with your child and the opportunity to meet and communicate with fellow mums and careers.
What inspired you to start your own business?
Quite simply the joy of working with children. We wanted to work for ourselves allowing us to be responsible for our own success. We have always loved working with children and it’s difficult not to be inspired when you are working with the most rewarding little individuals. We know the potential in each other and this makes us a dynamic team. We have created something together that meant we could work alongside each other bringing out our best qualities.
How did you come up with the business idea?
We both have a background in childcare with an interest in child develop and a passion for creating a happy and fun environment allowing children to explore and discover the world around them
We decided to set up Discover with Baby to allow our creativity and knowledge to reach a wider audience. We wish to provide parents with the opportunity to have uninterrupted interactive time with their child. We recognise the importance of parents socialising with each other to enhance and embrace the experience of caring for your child. We are both creative people who are continually coming up with new ideas to stimulate and fascinate children and discover with baby gives us the opportunity to do just that, creating a discovery journey for children.
What is the best part of running your own business?
Being your own boss; what you put in you get out. Feedback is one of the most important parts for running and continually improving your business and the most rewarding part is when you see a child smiling and giggling or engrossed in an activity you have created. We are constantly brainstorming new ideas, we can be as creative as we want to be and what better platform to be creative with than the world of children.
What’s it like to work with your sister?
We know a lot of people couldn’t work this closely with their sister every day, however it works for us. We are a great team and there is an unconditional trust that you don’t necessarily get with other business partners. We love bouncing ideas off each other and the saying is true, two heads are better than one. We’ve been brought up with a very creative mum which has definitely filtered down to us. As children we had a very active childhood, and this has definitely influenced our passion for creating a fascinating class allowing babies to really discover. Our dad runs his own business and this has meant we have a very strong work ethic and are not afraid to work hard to achieve our goals and maximise our potential to create the vision we have for mothers and babies.
What do you love most about working with young children and or families?
We love the unpredictability of children, you never know what they are going to come out with or do each day. You have to think on your feet and constantly be creative, a day is never boring when children are around. There is nothing better than hearing children giggling and playing away. What other job allows you to enter a world full of imagination, wearing a tiara to become a fairy princess whilst singing and dancing your way through the day.
We never underestimate the love a parent has for their children and how privileged we feel to be part of their day. We have developed a class that allows parents not only to create some wonderful fun memories with their children, but to interact with other parents swapping funny stories or advice. It is so important for parents not to feel alone out there and what better way to interact with each other than when you are watching your children have lots of fun.
What makes your sessions different from other baby classes?
We have used our knowledge as childcare providers to create Discover with Baby. We have therefore created a model which allows children to get the most they can out of an hour session. We have thoroughly researched and sourced high-end equipment to engage children in many different elements. We have chosen locations which create a welcoming and inviting ambience not just for children but parents also. Along with our creativity and ability to continually adapt to the world of children Discover with Baby classes are not only a learning and discovery experience, but lots and lots of fun. Being a sister team allows our classes to be more interactive as there are two of us on hand to deliver the experience. Our classes incorporate many different areas and elements so you and your child are really going on a discovery journey in just one session.