Claire Harper

Mentoring Great Young Talent

29th Apr 2016 • CLAIRE HARPER

I have always been very passionate about developing brilliant teams and nurturing great talent. I have known Jess, 25 for over 8 years now. Jess used to look after my own daughters, Coco and India in her former role as a Senior Nursery Nurse at a local nursery. After working for me at IndiaCoco for a year, it gave Jess the inspiration and confidence to finally make her own business idea happen and be in charge of her own destiny. Jess has recently launched a new exciting craft venue ‘Crafty Kids’ in Springfield Mills, Denby Dale, Huddersfield.

Crafty Kids is an innovative new craft venue for children aged 0-8 years. A world of craft materials and resources for your little ones to get crafty with. Children can take home whatever they make. It is a fun and dynamic new environment for families and friends to meet and spend quality time with children.

Designed to take the hard work out of messy play at home, customers and children will experience an interactive and bright play environment where children can learn and make crafty delights. Along with craft activities there are some free play areas such as sand and water play. Children can access these areas independently while parents or grandparents take a seat and enjoy a hot drink.

Jess put together a robust business plan and has worked very hard to bring it to life and I have been very proud to support her in a mentoring role along the way.

Jess is a busy working mum and she struggled to find an environment offering a great alternative to soft play and allowing children to make fun crafty projects taking the hard work out of messy play at home. With her extensive nursery nurse experience and child care qualifications she is very passionate about allowing children to try new things and learning in an environment such as Crafty Kids where anything is possible! Jess will also be offering Crafty Kids parties making it easy for parents and for kids to enjoy. Together with fantastic customer service, and product knowledge, I am very confident Crafty Kids will become a destination for customers to come back to time and time again.

Jess certainly does exemplify the best attributes of young people today and has proved resilience, determination and the ambition to launch her own, successful business. Jess has worked very hard to gain her professional childcare qualifications whilst juggling the demands of becoming a young mum at the age of 20. Jess has demonstrated maturity, confidence and she should be very proud of her professional achievements and I know she is very proud of her beautiful daughter, Poppy.

At different times in my career, I've been lucky enough to have some hugely inspirational mentors who helped me with my self-belief and resilience, and shared their extensive knowledge and experience in areas like effective communication and leadership. Not everyone is lucky enough to have that person in the workplace, which is why I offer my advice and experience to others.

I feel very proud to be part of this journey. Jess has made significant progress in her achievements over the past year and launching Crafty Kids has shown huge potential for Jess to believe in herself and become a strong leader in her profession.

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For more information, please contact: Jessica Wood


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