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How I Manage 3 Children And a Busy Business

Once upon a time there was a woman who decided to leave the corporate world, embrace her dream to work for herself and spend more time with her family. This dream is now my reality and I am blessed to be able to do the school run every morning and afternoon and I have also built a successful business. I also have to meet deadlines and ensure my valued customers (that's you) receive their products in a prompt manner and know they are dealing with a business they can trust! Has it been easy? ... Definitely not! Has it been worth it? ... Without a doubt! I get lots of questions from other mums asking me for advice on how...

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Best of British

The Best of British ... and what it means to Yummikeys! I was watching the news this week and the BBC were in Leeds speaking to local business owners about their concerns and questions with the looming general election (don’t worry - I am not going to talk politics). It got me thinking deeply about what it means to be a British Business and to be committed to contributing to the local  and national economy.  Firstly I wanted to answer a commonly asked questions about Yummikeys. One for wish I had a difficult answer:  Are Yummikeys made in the UK? The short answer is no and that they are made in China.  Often I am met with: “Surely with a...

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Play schemas: Is my child an enveloper?

Here's another schema for you to consider.  Even the name makes you warm to them. Children with an enveloping schema love to wrap, cover, layer and bandage. They have an urge to envelop and be enveloped. They'd empty out a basket of clean ironing and make a den. You'll find them setting up home under the table with jigsaws, books etc. They'll wrap up anything from parcels to the cat.  In the nursery I observed several patterns of behaviour that suggested an enveloping schema:  Finding peekaboo hilarious long after others have moved on Reluctance to come out from under the parachute  Blocking the play tunnel  Making dens with sheets/coats etc and staying in them all morning  Dressing up in layer...

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Play schemas: Is my child a transporter?

I'll start with my favourite play schema - transporting. In a busy nursery setting this was the one I dreaded. Transporters like to gather up objects and take them elsewhere, so when a piece of jigsaw is suddenly missing, or another child's shoe (just one!), the transporter may need to be questioned, not that they'll remember because they will have been busy transporting things all morning, quietly creating mayhem.  Sometimes they have impressive abilities to hold several unrelated objects in their hands. Their pockets bulge with their stash of bits and bobs. Often the object is of little importance although later on it can have symbolic meaning e.g. a wooden brick may be a loaf of bread (preferably in a...

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