I wrote the Mrs Pottytree stories with the hope of creating a simple text that could be used to encourage role play scenarios between children and their carers. 2005:
I moved on to develop a range of puppets (including Mrs Pottytree, of course) to assist me in my research in relation to using the books in primary schools. The puppets became very popular, and so I experimented with making and using them with different ages of children. During this time I was lucky to work with children from both mainstream and special schools. Through creative exploration, I devised the workshops described in these pages alongside the Pottytree stories. At the tail end of this year, I approached the Parenting Matters charity (www.parentingmatterstrust.org) with an idea of using puppets to assist in family communication. 2006:
Parenting Matters secured a sum of money to fund a year of collaboration. This was extremely successful led to further work together. Throughout this year, various people heard about what I was doing and started to book my services. New material was then created in order to keep up with the demand for the puppet workshops - Wokingham Council cultural services team were very helpful and supportive in this. By September, I had started a business course run by The Creative Sector (http://www.businessinberkshire.co.uk/creativebusiness/index.html) which aimed to transform small businesses like my own into ongoing concerns. It remains a fantastic course. 2007:
The Pottytree Puppets website went live. The puppet theatre gained a beautiful background scene painted by a local artist and was now ready for children to use. New puppets and workshop material for year 5/6 children were also in the process of being designed.