Bolton resident Julie Robinson celebrated winning a Gratitude Award at the Star Positive Awards 2022 in Liverpool.
The pediatric nurse has dedicated her life to helping youngster and is grateful for the support she has been able to offer them .
Julie decided to set up a children's nursery because she taught 14 to 19 year old's. She noticed that many children seemed to get missed in the education system, they had dyslexia or dyspraxia or ADHD and she felt saddened that if they had had early intervention they would have achieved greater having had support.
As a role of an Early years educator, her job is a specialist who looks after the mental, social, emotional, and educational development of babies and young children up to the age of five years old.
An Early Years Practitioner may be involved with Early intervention, assessment embedding the curriculum for Early years. Safeguarding, working with other professionals and writing a Early Helps and Education and Health Care Plans these are just a few of the roles involved.
Together with her friend, Mandy Worsley, a qualified Pediatric nurse, they set up Mini Minds Matter at the beginning of 2021.
Mandy has over 25 years experience as a nurse. She has worked in schools and learnt about neurology of the brain. Pediatric nursing is part of the nursing profession, specifically revolving around the care of neonates and children up to adolescence. Mandy is also a qualified Relax Kids Coach.
Julie says, “In 2003 I set up my first nursery, Eagley school house nursery in Bromley cross. I also escaped an abusive relationship and focused my energies on making a difference to children.
In 2012 I expanded and opened my second settling in Egerton Bolton.
Both nurseries are now outstanding. I strive to be the best and offer the best education and care for children, with particular focus on children with additional needs.
I decided to set up Mini Minds after seeing a huge decline in children mental health and well being. Nothing prepared me for what COVID 19 brought.
My introduction of Wellassaurus In nursery to teach children how to keep well during Covid, led to the launch of Mini Minds.
We employ our own well being coach who supports our families and staff even further.
Approaching Mandy was the right thing, bringing education and well being together. Two well qualified specialist bringing knowledge and experience together to design the very best approach.
It’s been amazing seeing Mini Minds grow as part of the Nursery. We have expanded into over 20 settings. We have connected with Hopeful handbags in Florida who use Mini Minds approach for families escaping Domestic Violence.
We are now using the approach In Fort Alice woman’s refuge in Greater Manchester. Our parents partnership has evolved, as they support well being at home as well as in nursery. It also impacts on parents too as they use the approach themselves. "