What We Do
The start of school can be an anxious time for parents and children alike. Our school readiness sessions offer an interactive practical session for you and your child. Our sessions include specific activities which, as practitioners, we feel best prepare your child for school. There will be the opportunity to explore a variety of role play areas and you and your child will have time for investigative play, exploring skills which exercise both fine and gross motor skills. There will be early writing and number tasks, structured music time to focus on social and group working skills and also an opportunity for you, as parents, to ask questions and take away some tips to make the transition to school in September as smooth as possible.
Who We Are
Christina Lydon is a Music Therapist and has worked in mainstream & special education for the past 10 years. She has worked in various Early Years settings, including as a senior Paediatric Music Therapist in the Child Development Service at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London. Christina is also currently working in schools & nurseries in Hampshire & Surrey.
Previously, Christina worked for six years in London for an NHS Child and Adolescent Mental Health team, with her post embedded within a school. It was here that she developed her passion for supporting and engaging children along with their parents, with the aim of enhancing positive mental wellbeing and emotional intelligence in daily life.
Christina will be running a Music Therapy group as part of the school readiness session, focussing on the core emotional and developmental skills needed by children as they enter the learning environment. She will then run a parent-based session to offer advice around emotional support for your child during the transition to school, providing useful articles and ideas to try at home.
Lucia Felgate (née Hasslacher)
Lucia has been teaching in both state and private education for the past 15 years. She formerly taught at the highly regarded Honeywell School in Battersea, London for a number of years, before heading up the Early Years department at the Dolphin School, Battersea.
Lucia is passionate about Early Years education and has twice been awarded “Outstanding” by Ofsted during her career.
Inspired by the value of play in childhood, Lucia is now studying and practising Play Therapy in Hampshire schools, which both complements and enhances her teaching experience.
Lucia will be on hand to answer any questions you might have during the interactive play sessions. She will also be able to explore with you what reception teachers are looking for in your child, in those early days and months ahead
I'm a Parent...
Check out our News & Events page to find an interactive parent/child session near you. We run our core school readiness sessions in London, Surrey, West Sussex and Hampshire.
We also offer bespoke parent workshops in various venues or you own home. Skype consultations also available. Have all your questions answered to ensure your child haves smooth transition to school.
I'm an Early Years Provider...
Would you like to support your 3-4 year olds to be more Reception ready? Why not host an innovative and bespoke session for your cohort of school starters and their parents, giving them the opportunity to explore and discover the skills they’ll need for the classroom?
Sessions are run by experienced Early Years clinicians who work in the NHS and Education. We are in our fourth year of running these sessions – check out our testimonials page to see what other Early Years providers and professionals say about us.
Make your organisation stand out by offering your children and their parents crucial support around this significant period of transition.