The Revd Jo Wetherall, Growing Faith and Spirituality Officer for the Diocese of Gloucester blogs about the importance of lifelong learning and a fantastic opportunity to be equipped for work with children under five and those who care for them.
Under five and flourishing (March 18) is a day conference, aimed at anyone who has contact with under fives, whether that be teachers, governors, church leaders, toddler group providers, parents, or any churches that want to learn more about ministry among this age group.
Jo explains, “During lockdown, alongside the obligatory baking of banana bread and Boris bimbles, I kept my mind healthy with online courses – remember that?!
“By far the most engaging and transformative was ‘The Oxford Brain Story‘, it was so accessible and enlightening. I looked back at my parenting, my time as an Early Years Practitioner, and my ministry with children and families, and the same thought applied to all of them – I wish I had known all of this sooner, it would have made such a difference to me and to the people around me.
“I am so grateful that I can see the positive difference it makes to being a grandparent.”
Jo is a huge advocate for lifelong learning. She said, “If we have insight and understanding, we can provide and care better for children and families. As the saying goes – ‘I will care how much you know, when I know how much you care’.
“If we want to share knowing Jesus then upskilling ourselves in caring and understanding just makes sense.
“With that in mind, I am beyond excited that Louise Dalton and Elizabeth Rapa from the Oxford Brian story agreed to be our keynote speakers at Under 5 and Flourishing in March.
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