As The Creation Station grows, franchisees start taking on staff and developing their own businesses. Aby Mason who runs Creation Station Worthing has recently employed a lovely new addition to the Creation Station family with the inspiring Jeni.
Learn about Jeni's adventure and how new opportunities are opening up across the country.
"I came along to Creation Station for the first time at Easter with my boys, brought along by a friend. I LOVED it. My boys were a little (ok a LOT) more unsure but I knew that as it was very much like the messy art we did at home that it wouldn't be long before they loved it too. I mentioned to Aby very briefly that if she ever had any job opportunities come up that I'd LOVE to get involved - and who would have thought that by the end of that summer term I'd be running six Creation Station sessions per week by myself?!
It's been a brilliantly mad journey with quite a few chuckles because people think I'm Aby or Aby's sister - apparently we look quite similar! It all went so quickly from the beginning sitting in and observing a morning's sessions through to getting involved as an assistant, to only a few weeks' later suddenly having to run four sessions solo when Aby was struck down with the 'flu - even as dosed up on painkillers as she was we were both giggling with excitement as I gathered together my very own kit for that week!
Since then I've been thrown in at the deep end running all six sessions per week on my own as Aby's back has been playing up pretty badly, and to be honest the way it's worked has been perfect for me as it's not given me any chance at all to get scared or worried that I might not be able to do this on my own. The classes have been wonderful though. The parents, grandparents and carers have all been so lovely to me, friendly and welcoming, and always asking after Aby of course! It's been lovely getting to know the adults a bit more too, watching barriers come down, and seeing them grow along their own journey through parenting.
I've recently started bringing my own boys along with me to the Thursday classes. Now we've survived two weeks, and I think for us it's working pretty well. My husband gets a brief break from childcare, and my kids (they're 20 months and 4 3/4 years) get a chance to enjoy the fun too: since working for the Creation Station our home art sessions have noticeably diminished, and when I took on leading the Thursday group the boys weren't able to come at all to begin with so it's great that they're now able to come along with me! We just about squeeze everything into the car along with the boys, and they're enjoying the freedom of being able to join in as and when they want to.
It's been amazing watching these kids grow, even over just the past term - language and vocabulary leaps, and babies starting to toddle by themselves! Watching confidence growing in the shy ones, and engaging and channelling the energy of some of the boisterous ones - and seeing my own children grow as well. Bean, who I don't often see in "preschool" mode, chatting away to anybody at all, and Bear slowly engaging more and more in group activities, making friends and running riot! I love that my boys are such a great advert for what Creation Station is about, engaging imagination and creativity, exploring and discovering.
Almost a year and a half ago I set up my own online profile as "the messy mama" with the aim of eventually running messy art workshops for children and parents; so to become a part of The Creation Station and to be able to deliver sessions like this has been amazing. Thank you!!
With each season comes change though and so we are about to head off on another new adventure, with my husband taking a new job up in Yorkshire we're setting off this autumn from Worthing and leaving the Creation Station family - albeit temporarily I hope: once we're settled down in a new place to live, I'm sure you'll be seeing more from me!"
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