Facilitators: Fran Thompson-Stevens & Levi Sikking
Fran and Levi have a long association and friensdhip, beginning with attending New Mother Support Group (NMSG) back in 1991 with their own babies. They consider that 'babyBEings' fills a similar need in their community now, that NMSG once gave them. Levi used to attend Fran's pre-school, Aniwaniwa, with her own children and then later worked alongside Fran until it closed. Levi and Fran compliment each other well and love the work they do and working together. Like many of the parents who attend their classes they can't wait for them to start again on Thursdays and Fridays each week!
Read more about Fran & Levi below...
Fran working with a mother and 2 babies.
Fran Thompson-Stevens is a former primary and early childhood teacher. After 10 years running her own pre-school, Aniwaniwa, Fran attended Pennie Brownlee’s course Dance With Me in the Heart Level 1 where she first heard about Dr Emmi Pikler’s philosophy of respectful infant care. In 2007 Fran completed the Level 1 Summer School at the Pikler Institute in Budapest. Since May 2008 Fran has been facilitating ‘babyBEings’ parent & infant classes in Tokoroa where she lives, inspired by the work of Dr Pikler and Magda Gerber. In 2009 Fran completed the first RIE 1 training in New Zealand, and since then has also completed Dance With Me in the Heart Level 2 and a 4 day COS (Circle of Security) Parenting Training by Glen Hoffman. Since attending Dance With Me in the Heart Level 2 with Pennie Brownlee, Fran now provides ‘littlebeings’ classes for moving babies and toddlers. These classes provide parents with valuable support as their child enters toddlerhood by helping them to cope more confidently with this crucial, but often misunderstood, stage in their child's development. In 2012 started “mummyBEings’ classes once a week where toddlers who have completed the 2 year ‘littleBEings’ programme, and who have not yet started in a mainstream ece programme, can come along for a morning without their Mum. This class is a great transition for both the child and the parent before pre-school. Once a month all classes are invited to 'natureBEings' where we take a trip to a local nature reserve and enjoy PLAY in the outdoors, in all weathers all year round. As well taking all these classes Fran also enjoys mentoring ece teachers and facilitating workshops whenever she can.
Levi (right) welcoming a parent & baby.
Levi Sikking is a 'Parents As First Teachers' (PAFT) parent-educator. As well as being a 'natural' with babies Levi brings a wealth of professional knowledge and experience to her role in facilitating classes. Her warm & welcoming personality and attention to detail ensures parents feel comfortable and our classes run smoothly. Levi has completed Pennie Brownlee's ‘Dance With Me in the Heart’ Level 1 and 2 courses and volunteers her time two days a week at babyBEings and littleBEings classes.