This year 2014 is the 25th anniversary of the launch of Musical Minis.
When Musical Minis began in Autumn 1989, I set it up as a group where my 1 year old son, Matthew, could enjoy attending along with some of his friends. He loved music and whilst I could appreciate how music could enhance language, social and cognitive development, I didn't want him at such a young age to actually be taught music. I felt music should be fun and not something imposed on children.
Since Musical Minis was established I have had 2 more children but Musical Minis has remained my 4th child. Just as with my own children it is hard to know where all those years have gone, it seems only yesterday they were babies, it is the same with Musical Minis.
It's hard to appreciate that a group started for a few friends has developed into a franchised business with groups throughout the UK. I can clearly remember the first Musical Minis class in our local Girl Guides Hall, supported by a handful of my friends.
As with my 3 children, I can't spend a day without wondering what is going on with Musical Minis. Those reading this who are parents will know that whatever age your children are, you still always look out and worry about them. In this respect Musical Minis is no different for me.
A 25th anniversary is a time to plan ahead for the future as well as looking back to the past. With my 3 children looking ahead involves them pursuing a career and perhaps settling down and having their own families but their future is in their own hands with my guidance. With Musical Minis the future is primarily dictated by me. I would like to see the Musical Minis franchise network grow, so more children can benefit from its structured programme. At the same time I want to remain the focal point for all my franchisees so the growth will never prevent me from having hands on involvement. I take a parental role with my franchisees, offering them help, advice and guidance whenever they need.
I look forward with optimism to continued success with Musical Minis. In so many ways it is a grown up business, but unlike my other children, I am still able to nurture it as if it was still my baby. With both my 3 children and Musical Minis I will always have their best interests at heart.