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Awesome Birthday Party Ideas For An 8 Year Old Boy

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Looking for 8-year-old boy birthday party ideas? Providing you chose the right games to get the kids into the party spirit you can’t go wrong – especially if you ask your child to help you with all the planning. At this age games can start to be a bit more competitive – so you may need to do a bit of subtle intervention to make sure everybody wins. Here are some awesome birthday party ideas for an 8-year-old boy… Read More

Mother Nature Science Franchisee Interview Jennifer Chung South East London

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Name: Jennifer Chung
Location: South East London
Franchise: Mother Nature Science (South East London – t/a FunSci Ltd)

1: Can you tell us a bit about yourself and what you were doing prior to buying a franchise business?
– I was working as a full time Management Accountant within the Legal sector but prior to buying the Mother Nature Science franchise I have been on maternity leave.

2: Can you also tell us about the franchise you have bought?
– Mother Nature Science originally started in Taiwan in 1984, however the London office opened back in 2007 and is now into its 11th reputable year at providing high quality science related activities for children between the ages of 5-12.
These are can be delivered in a variety of forms such as After School Clubs, Holiday Camps, Science Day Workshops and Birthday Parties.

3: Why did you go down the franchise route? What made you choose your industry? And why did you choose your franchise?
– I’ve always had a passion in working with children and this opportunity was introduced to me by my sister who’s two sons had attended one of the Holiday Camp sessions in North London.
As passions go, you always have dreams, ideas and endless conversations on what you would love to do daily instead of being stuck at your work desk from 9am-5pm half-heartedly enjoying it, so my real test was to take this opportunity and put things into action.

The Mother Nature Science Franchise option was a great opportunity for me to consider as it meant I was able to kick start my passion working with children, operate it as my own business (a challenge I’m extremely looking forward to take up), learn more about science myself and especially as a new Mother it gives me that flexibility to get a great balance between family and working life.
It is never easy to start your own business so based on my current circumstances the franchise route made more sense

4: How did you raise the finance?
– Mostly funded with savings but am also looking into a business loan as the business grows.
5: What training and support did you receive to help get your franchise launched?
– From the outset I have had tremendous support and help from the entire Mother Nature Science Team.
Since my initial enquiry into the franchise opportunity, Luke (Franchise & Business Development Director) has been my business support, ensuring that I am provided with thorough training and support from the team as well as providing guidance on setting myself up as a business. He reminds me how we are now a ‘family’ and that any concerns or help I require will always be addressed. In all honesty his continuous support has helped with building my confidence in running this franchise successfully.
Roseline (previously Operations Manager) helps me with the operational training side, this has been the most in-depth area so far. Her training has assisted me greatly in understanding key operational areas that I will need to self-manage soon. I am extremely grateful for her knowledge, expertise and continuous hands on training in preparing me for this franchise.
Varun (Sales director) maintains an extremely well organised procedural role for the sales element. The training helps to ensure that I capture key data, to scheduling in important dates on things to follow up, as well as knowing how to build relationships with key clients.
Aisha is the brains behind the science! With her innovative ideas she definitely brings out the fun in science – it’s not only the children that learn! But on the business side she has provided me with a better insight on how to deliver each session efficiently.

6: How would you describe your role as a franchisee?
– Ever since training I would say that my role (and aim) would be to amalgamate all the things I have learnt and look to expand and to continue Mother Nature Science’s reputation as a high-quality leader in Science Edutainment within the South East London area.

7: What have been the biggest challenges so far in getting your franchise launched? And how have you dealt with them?
– I would say one of the biggest challenge so far would be the training part – having to ensure I understand every element and knowing how each area fits into one another. To tackle this I believe it is best to throw yourself straight into a real scenario basis (where possible), it makes the learning more meaningful when being put to the test. The reality of the business kicks in and with the team’s support I can only improve my experience.
– Another challenge has been obtaining business within the South East area – I am lucky to say that with the assistance from head office there is currently sessions being delivered within the South East area but the challenge now is for me to obtain future opportunities on my own!
8: How did you hear about the Franchise?
– This was through my sister who had enrolled her two son’s on one of the Summer Camps – by chance she came across one of their Franchise flyers and put forward the idea to me.
9: How long do you expect to be running the franchise?
– As long as I can!

10: Did the training meet your expectations?
– Being new to all this I can’t really say I knew what level of expectation to hold, what I can definitely say though is that this has been interesting and exciting learning experience.

11: What was the most valuable part of your training?
– I would say the practical side – being able to apply the training with the role playing scenarios

12: What are the most positive outcomes for you personally since becoming a Franchisee?
– The opportunity to embark on my new venture whilst having the benefit of valuable support and at the same time as being able to develop upon my passion with working with children.

13: Any advice for someone considering franchising?
– Research thoroughly and choose one where you can further develop your interest/passion
– Don’t be afraid to ask any questions in getting to know about the business and knowing what their expectations are
– Try and experience from first-hand what the business is all about
– Be sure you will have the time to dedicate yourself in turning the franchise into a success
– Make sure you choose something that you will enjoy running!

 


Feel free to ask Jennifer a Question or leave a Comment below 👇

Find out more about the Mother Nature Science Franchise Opportunity Here 

British Franchise Association Accreditation | Mother Nature Science Franchise

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Dear All,

Mother Nature Science Franchise is delighted to confirm we are now an official
accredited member of the British Franchise Association. 

This is part of our continual commitment to ensuring our business is being professionally developed in line with franchise best practice industry standards.

BFA Provisional Membership

Provisionally Listed Companies are at the beginning of their development in franchising. There is a real business up and running where end products and services are being sold successfully to consumers. The franchise agreement is sound, and the company has committed itself to develop the business in accordance with bfa industry standards.

BFA Accreditation Criteria
Mother Nature Science provided the following industry level standard of supporting evidence:
> Franchise Prospectus – preview here
> Franchise Agreement – from a Franchise Solicitor firm
> Sponsoring Professional Advisor – from a bfa‐affiliated advisor
> Audited Head Office Accounts
> Franchise Manual and Training & Support Provided
> Financial Projections  
> Pilot Office First Year Profit and Loss – i.e. proof that financial projections are achievable
> Business Planning Tool for Franchisee

5 Star Rating! – School Science Day Workshops Feedback

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—– Feedback Form for Mother Nature Science, Science Workshop —

“A fantastic day providing lots of learning opportunities for the children from Reception to Year 6. Many thanks.”

Peter Luck

School Name: Dewhurst St Mary CofE Primary School

Workshop Date: 09/11/15

Workshop Topic: Invention and discovery

Please mark your number rating next to each question (with optional comment if required):

5-Excellent (please comment)

4-Very Good

3-Good

2-Ok

1-Needs Improvement (please comment)

  1. How would you rate the educational contentof our Science Workshop Day for your children?

Rating: 5

Comment (optional): “Children came away enthused having learnt something entirely new.”

  1. How would you rate the entertainment valueof our Science Workshop Day for your children?

Rating:  5

Comment (optional): “Children loved it.”

  1. How would you rate the general safetyof our Science Workshop Day programme for your children?

Rating: 5

  1. Overall, how would you rate the Instructor(s)who ran the Science Workshop Day?

Rating: 5

Comment (optional): “Very knowledgeable and shared their love of science well with the children.”

  1. How would you rate the way we communicate with you to organise the Science Workshop Day?

Rating: 5

Comment (optional): “Easy to book and organise an excellent day.”

  1. Would you recommenda Mother Nature Science Workshop Day to other organisations / companies.

             Yes

Note / company recommendation (optional):

The Headteacher’s Interview – Autumn Term 2015

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The Headteacher’s Interview:

After School Science Club Partnership Case Study

Interview between Lynne Summer, Headteacher Breakspear School
(Ret. 2004-2015)

Q: Hi Lynne, can you believe the club has been running now for eight years, after such a long period of time why did you (the school) not take a break and why you think parents have continually kept enrolling their children term after term.

A: The school was extremely happy to continue working with Mother Nature Science  as we always found them to be both personable and professional – always taking the needs of the children into account as well as respecting the ethos and expectations of the parents and school.

The children really enjoyed the interactive and highly practical and informative sessions; these, in turn, reinforced and added to the learning both at school and home.  The sessions were extremely well planned, delivered and the instructors took time to really get to know the children and cater to their individual needs and interests.

The club was so well received that we were able to increase the provision from 1 session a week to 3 sessions a week!

Q: As you have discovered, our science club caters for children ages 5-12 of all abilities, can you think of a specific example where a child became more inspired and confident in their regular classes due to our club?

A: I can think of 2 children, in particular with very different needs.  One child who was wary of changes in routine and experienced anxiety with establishing new relationships found the lessons very interesting and highly enjoyable.This child was, through the successful working partnership of the School and the Mother Nature Science instructor, able to access a great learning experience which supported his intellectual as well as social and emotional needs.The other child responded well to the sessions as they promoted his self-esteem as well as providing him with mentally stimulating activities.

For both children the sessions stimulated their natural curiosity, promoted their self-confidence and provided an opportunity, outside the school classroom, to both learn and establish effective relationships with other children and adults.

Science Club Quick Rate Questionnaire:

And finally Lynne, please could you quickly ‘rate’ the following key club elements:

Q: Educational content?

A: Children were always excited by the topics and enjoyed both the investigative and practical aspects.

Q: Classroom management?

A: Instructors had very good behaviour and class management skills/strategies.

Q: Tidiness? (i.e. state we leave your classroom)

A: High respect given to the space provided.

Q: Entertainment value?

A: Children enjoyed the novelty as well as the fun aspect of the teaching – making learning visible and purposeful.

Q: General safety?

A: Instructors well trained in this respect.

Q: Communication with your school?

A: The club has always communicated with school in a professional and understanding manner.  An excellent partnership has been established.

Q: Would you recommend a Mother Nature Science Academy to other schools?

A: Yes.

Thank you again for taking the time to speak with us.

Call today on 020 8863 8832

to find out how we can help make science learning fun at your School!

Yours Sincerely,

Team Mother Nature Science