The Baby Hub - Jenna Davy
The Baby Hub - Jenna Davy
I launched The Baby Hub on 7th September 2014 with the aim of providing parents / carers with an opportunity to spend quality time with their babies through relaxation, movement and play. The initial offering includes:
· Baby massage - offering a wonderful opportunity to enhance communication and bonding with babies through nurturing touch and massage in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
· Mini M+Ms (Music, movement and sensory) - focuses on learning through play – with sing-a-long songs, props, activities and music.
The first set of programmes start on Monday 20th October 2014 in the Jesmond and Wallsend areas of Newcastle. Additional sessions (for different age ranges) will be developed in the future.
As a Human Resource professional with experience in project management and Learning and Development, my life changed the day my son Sebastian (Seb) was born.
Throughout my maternity leave, Seb and I attended a range of baby related activities in the Newcastle area; we made some great friends and over time I realised how powerful spending dedicated time with your little one can be. I felt the benefits for not only me as a parent in terms of ‘getting out the house’, sharing experiences with other parents/carers and increasing the bond with my child but also for Seb in supporting his sociability, development and experiencing new environments. As a mum, I know what Seb and I enjoyed from the different sessions we attended and I can relate to other parents/carers about life with a baby. In addition, with the knowledge gained through my studies, I want to provide a fun, friendly and interactive environment for families.
Based on my experiences, I was inspired to create a business where I could share my passion and provide a service to other parents/carers. I knew what my vision was but I was unsure as to how to make it happen. I contacted PNE Enterprise through Newcastle library and was allocated a business mentor. My first meeting was an inspiration and really motivating. The support I received gave me the confidence that my idea was sound, showed me the resources that were available and provided a great sounding board. I subsequently attended their Business training and within 3 months have set up the business from scratch, completed my initial training and am now in full swing with the marketing. It has been extremely hard work, especially with having a little one but my business mentor and a good friend (with a useful background in branding, website design and marketing) have guided and supported me to realise my dream.
I trained with the International Association of Infant Massage (IAIM) and I am now fully qualified to provide a Baby Massage programme. I have completed an Early Years Level 3 qualification to ensure the M+Ms sessions are relevant to the Government’s statutory Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS) standards. I am a qualified ‘First Aider for Child Carers’, insured and CRB checked. In December I am going to continue my learning through training to be a qualified Rhythm Kids instructor and will always look for ways to enhance my knowledge in this area.