This week we get to learn about the fab Parent Collaborative, an ‘Early Years’ consultancy helping parents and schools to promote good mental health and resilience in children.

Website: www.theparentcollaborative.co.uk

Where are you based and what do you do?

We are based in Bath and our goal is to support parents and families as they navigate the sometimes choppy waters of parenthood. We deliver workshops and training in conjunction with parents, teachers and local organisations.

What inspired you to start your business?

We are both parents and former Early Years (Montessori) teachers of 30 years. We set up and ran our own school in London (over 20 years ago) and since then we’ve seen huge changes in children’s levels of good mental health & resilience.

We both have ‘lived experience’ of supporting children or friends in crisis. So, we feel strongly, that if we start the journey early, we can give parents the tools to support and promote good mental health and resilience in their children. But first of all, as parents, we need to put the ‘oxygen mask on ourselves’ hence our love of the creative workshops we deliver alongside our parenting sessions.

What do you love about running a business in Bath?

Bath is a city full of families, entrepreneurs and creative people so there are lots of like-minded folk to collaborate with and to share our journey. What’s not to love, really!

You’ve got five minutes to grab a sandwich, where do you go?

Landrace Bakery because it’s just below the office, and their cinnamon buns!!!

Where’s your favourite place to book for a business lunch?

Ooh that would be the Hare and Hounds because it’s big, easy for clients to get to and we can walk there and back (we love a walk and talk session!)

Which bar do you head to after a tough day?

Corkage, because it’s also on our doorstep and they have such a great selection of wines.

Tell us about another Bath business you love and why?

Can we choose 2!!

The Bath Flower School – because they share a similar philosophy when it comes to creativity and well-being; They way they teach their skills is completely aligned to the way we would teach children and we all four believe that creativity and well-being go hand in hand.

Soul Spa – because again, we love Madeline’s approach to supporting wellbeing and because it’s such a unique concept. We all go to the gym/have manicures etc or take care of our physical selves, but no one has yet come up with a ‘soul’ or ‘Mind’ spa until now. Who wouldn’t want to head there for a 15 min meditation in their lunch break especially if you’re having a really stressful day!

What advice would you give to someone starting a business in the city?

100 per cent go and see Chloe Wiltshire at Santander for business banking advice!

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