“Coming to Peek a Boo Moves has made me a better parent.” Parent attending Peek a Boo Moves as her son moved onto school.
“Jo sees people, she has a way of reaching out and using her art to improve the lives of others.” Parent.
Doodle Dance realises that becoming a parent or carer is a life changing event and can have a big impact on the physical and mental health of the adult. Creativity, play and an understanding of child development can be really supportive to a parent/carer but can also support them in seeing the beauty, wonder and uniqueness that each child has. Creating opportunity for each child to be noticed and each individual response to be valid supports a parent to not worry about whether a child is or isn’t meeting ‘milestones’ but instead recognise their ability in that moment!
All of Doodle Dance’s approaches are about celebration and individual response and how this together can bond and create connection, whilst supporting the parent and carers well being.
Doodle Dance is in the planning stages of a Mums’ Well Being Project that will support mums to ‘Offload’ the increased mother’s load as a result of COVID 19, with the hope of extending and developing this as we move out of lockdown.
Peek a Boo Moves is Doodle Dance’s original family class taking place on Fridays at Emsworth Community Centre. Although delivery is currently on pause, Jo hopes to have Peek a Boo Moves reimagined, up and running when safe. We are currently exploring outdoor locations to offer Peek a Boo Moves through the seasons… watch this space for updates. In the meantime stay connected via our DOTS and social media pages.
As parents ourselves we understand the frustration of spending time, effort and money on ‘exciting activities’ for them to be ignored and then the empty box they came in, played with for hours!
Therefore we have created Dots which are easy, low cost, low resource, low set up time ‘invitations to play’ which invite your child to be curious and discover their own response, either independently or with you alongside them….
These ‘invitations to play’ are easy to set up objects, materials or spaces that allow parents to have a cuppa, or join their child in their natural curiosity, explored through play, movement or art. Each month Doodle Dance is sharing creative activities, LIVES and pre-recorded videos around a theme or focus to support your child to develop their expressive voice and understanding of the world. (Please note the content is aimed at children from 1-6 years, however older children may also find enjoyment with younger siblings or through their own creativity. Please read disclaimer information found in our policies page).
To access Dots follow us on social media, liking and following us on Facebook.
Over the years Doodle Dance has worked with local businesses to support one of Doodle Dance’s key values: a Kind World!
Hosting Emsworth based Easter Egg and Story Hunts, we have supported footfall to small businesses as well as providing a healthy walking activity for all the family.
It has welcomed Eco Make South (Eco Living Products), Tuppenny Barn (Organic Small Holding and Education Centre) and The Final Straw (Plastic Reduction Campaign Org) to be involved through invitation to events and sessions or sharing of information though the Doodle Dance Festival 2019 which focused on Plastic Reduction. Doodle Dance also offers PLASTIC REDUCTION WORKSHOPS and promotes Eco Make South and The Final Straw within these.
In response to COVID19 Doodle Dance is repurposing some of it’s Arts Council England funding to devise local projects to support local need, offering fun and healthy activities for local families. Information will be released as plans unfold…stay in touch by following us on our social media.
Whether you are a parent/carer, teacher, Nursery Manager or dance artist we would love to hear from you. We are always interested to discuss bespoke delivery, CPD, blog contributions, arts/children well being campaign support or project collaborations and commissions. Together lets support more children to ‘Make Their Mark!’Get in touch