Essex Mum Awards – Voting

Vote now for the people, places and things that make your life as a parent in Essex that
bit easier! Take a look at Essex Mums Love… for last year’s winners.

Voting ends on Tuesday 5th September

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80 comments

  1. Cannot recommend Helen & Braintree baby sensory highly enough!! I never thought I would be a ‘baby group’ person but I love her classes as much as my baby girl does.

    1. Baby Sensory with Helen is a must! I am on baby no2 & it is just as much fun the second time around. Baby Sensory itself is amazing & Helen takes it To another level with all her efforts she puts into every class. She is truly inspiring!!
      Xx

  2. great incentive for local businesses, only answered the ones where i know someone or something or who has been there

  3. A brilliant organisation which provides excellent outdoor activities. It takes place in lovely, safe natural surroundings. It covers a wide area & there is a large amount of carefully chosen equipment which has been adapted to provide stimulus for the children.

  4. Jo Cope is a friendly, outgoing lady who has a natural rapport with even the shyest child.
    She is well trained & produces a selection of unique photographs. Her underwater shots are
    visually stunning.

  5. I vote for stay and splash canvey island. Always safe. Clean friendly staff and relaxed atmosphere. Would highly recommend always updating on facebook of spaces available

  6. I vote for stay and splash canvey island. Always safe clean and relaxed atmosphere. Friendly staff always updating on facebook of availability. Would highly recommend to anyone with young children.

  7. So many great choices!!! Feel lucky as a first time mummy to have such a choice of classes and support available to me. Has really helped me meet other mums

  8. Im a 1st time mum and nice to see the groups i attend has made the lists! Me and my son enjoy all the classes we do, the support from the leaders and advice and compnay from other mums is fantastic! Made some great friends along the way to!

  9. Boogie woogies is an excellent baby group. My daughter loves it… especially the bubbles. Can’t keep her still! It is a Wednesday must do!

  10. Helen whiting makes every class tab baby Sensory Stisted fun. Not just for the babies but also for the Mums. Every week is brilliant! I’m truly sad for returning to work and missing classes. My Fridays won’t be the same. Thanks Helen ❤️

  11. Helen Whiting to win! She is amazing. Her baby sensory classes are such a fantastic way to bond with your child. It has definitely brought me and my son closer.. all thanks to Helen ❤

  12. Baby Sensory is awesome. Esp Helen at Baby Sensory Braintree. Wish I had known about this group with my first child

  13. Jesters all the way! My daughter and my grandson both love Jesters. Being a part of the Youth Theatre has given them so much self-confidence and a real desire to perform, plus they’ve made new friends along the way – and they have a huge amount of fun while they’re there too. It’s something to look forward to each week away from the stress of school and all that goes with being there. Hooray for Jesters!!!!

  14. All children are equal here they all absolutely adore it and the teachers well done jEsters keep it up

  15. What an inspiration Kristy Kerry from Colchester Sing and Sign is I I have never seen anyone so happy,and visibly moved by what they do. A joy to watch and listen to I hope she goes from strength to strength.

  16. What an inspiration Kristy Kerry from Colchester Sing and Sign is I I have never seen anyone so happy,and visibly moved by what they do. A joy to watch and listen to I hope she goes a long way.

  17. Sport star holiday camp (leigh on sea)
    I have been so impressed with this club . It Is a fantastic and unique opportunity for children, where they get dedicated and supportive coaches whilst being given a wide and diverse variety of sports to enjoy during the day!
    It is an affordable club for parents and Jen that the children thoroughly enjoy!

    1. There is a category for group for children with a disability – would it work to change the wording for that as I think it covers special needs groups too. Unless you were thinking of something else?

  18. Essex fit mums is fantastic o was able to get back in shape while having my baby with me Lucy is great she gets everyone moving and provides options to suit everyones ability

  19. Carmen of baby sensory Colchester and tendering she puts 100% into all her classes, my son loved every class and he went from age of 4.5months upto age of 1years- he learnt so much and cried when he had to leave! Been to other classes and always went back to baby sensory. Offers other services such as parties which she did and all the kids loved it and parents!!

  20. Amazing club we are not from south wooden ferres but travel here most weeks to train with these amazing people it’s a true honour to know Sam and Steve Powell and absolutely love their clubs both Are amazing role models for the kids and help them to become the best at what they want to achieve

  21. The only way is entertainment Christmas ball. Fantastic. Children get to meet all their favourite characters in one go. Meet Father Christmas. Part games and dancing etc etc…just brilliant. Deserves to win!!

  22. Go Bananas has great friendly & helpful staff both in the centre & After School Club. The children have a great time & the recent upgrade has just made the place even better

  23. Cannot recommend Carryn Palmer of PALMERSWIM enough!!
    From little ones to big ones – so attentive, and they know their job!!
    Wouldn’t go anywhere else.

  24. Pandora images are amazing. I regularly travel from cornwall to Essex to have my kids photos taken. Absolutely amazing

  25. I thought I would leave a comment for Palmerswim. My son went to his first lesson there but unfortunately he did not want to go in the pool and had a bit of a ‘meltdown’ he was so upset that he didn’t even get changed and we went home. I contacted palmerswim to explain and maybe to swap the lessons into my baby’s name.. I spoke to a lovely lady Carryn who was so helpful and kind she reassured me that they would do their utmost to get my son into the water and learn to swim. She offered him a free slot that they had so he could have a one to one session with her. Typically he got straight in and enjoyed the lesson! I thought it was so kind of her to offer to do this for my son, Carryn has a really special way of communicating with children to make them feel at ease. Thank you for your understanding x

  26. Can we get a list sent out of all of the above? Whilst browsing through the lists to vote I realised how much goes on in Essex for little ones and parents. I would really like to see all of these lists published somewhere – perhaps they are already?

  27. Share for children with disabilities is a brilliant club for children with disabilities, after school , Saturdays , and school holidays . It’s a life line for me as I have two daughters with special . The staff are friendly and very professional. Michelle the manager is so supportive. Well deserved of the award .

  28. My nephew attends the Music Man project. It is an amazing group and the members get so much pleasure and joy from it. David, the ‘Music Man’ is an incredible leader and teacher. There’s a huge range of activities for children but few groups and facilities for disabled people. Please vote for the Music Man project in their category.

  29. I would have been voting for PalmerSwim up until a week ago when my daughter broke her wrist, meaning she is unable to swim while she is in a cast. Palmer Swim will not even carry my daughters reaming swimming lessons over to the next term. Really disappointed with this, she was doing so well dispite having 3 disruptive boys in her class. I will mostly definitely not be returning and finding an alternative swimming instructor.

  30. Highly recommend Amaze-Swim for swim school. Tracy and her team are totally dedicated to making their lessons fun but safe and the kids love it. Good luck everyone xx

  31. Jesters Kids Club is amazing. High quality childcare for working mums. So good to see them feature in 11 categories this year. So well deserved

  32. Nicola, at Fun on the Farm Toddler Group at Barleylands, is absolutely fantastic. The children adore her and so do the mum’s!

  33. We love attending baby sensory classes in Braintree, to see my daughter’s beautiful smile during classes is just wonderful. Helen makes every class special (despite having to do the same class several times a day 5 days a week for different ages and locations!) Where high energy is needed she has it, where a calming atmosphere is needed she acheives it. You can see how much effort Helen puts into every class by the range of activities and number of resources she uses. It’s nice to see her gaining recognition for the excellent service she provides. I only wish I’d started classes earlier!!!

  34. Kristy Kerry is a fantastic sing and sign teacher, highly recommend her for sing and sign. My son was very shy at the start of her classes with time and patients and her lovely smile. My son is coming out of his shell and loving the classes. He always smiles when he see Kristy.

  35. Absolutely love ruby and willow Leigh on sea.
    Such lovely friendly staff and Iv bought some stunning outfits for my daughter at such a reasonable prices.
    Love this shop always such a pleasure to visit!!!
    Xxxxxx

  36. Cannot recommend Helen & Braintree Baby sensory enough. My baby has enjoyed every session from 5 weeks old now at 11 weeks still got many more enjoyable classes to go. X

  37. Vote for Baby Sensory & Helen Whiting!!
    Absolutely fantastic sensory classes for babies up to 13 months.
    Has encouraged my daughter heaps and bounds with her development, and Helen is just simply fantastic with the children!
    I think majority of them prefer her to us the parents lol

  38. We have been to Stubbers several times this year , including May Day Bank holiday and the school holidays camping weekend. Both events were well organised , value for money and really , really good fun. My daughter Kiera , aged 11 just loves every challenge the put in front of her, pathfinder in the tunnelling was her choice , BIG SMILE.

  39. My son has really enjoyed kidbusterz summer camp. I only booked him in for 3 days. He came home and wanted to go back so booked more for him. Defentley be sending him next year.

  40. I would like to say thank you for wes and team at kidbusterz in markhams chase they are always welcoming and absolutely amazing with kids my daughter always talks about them and enjoys her time in the holiday club and there holiday clubs are amazing from bouncy castles to splash days to magic never a dull moment..best one ive been to thanks again for all you guys do.. beth

  41. Helen Whiting has made such an impact on mine and my sons life. Since graduating from baby sensory 2 weeks ago i feel lost, tuesdays arent the same anymore and i feel genuinely sad that my son is too old for the class now. We have the best memories from our sessions with her and i will not hesitate to enroll my future babies onto her baby sensory class in the future! She is so enthusiastic and bubbly which has such a positive effect on the babies, they all are mesmorised by her. Its lovely to see.

  42. Jo Cope is not only a fantastic photographer but is a inspiration to everyone. She gives up everything to help parents who have gone through their hardest time in losing a child.

  43. Caitriona from retreat petite is an amazing advisor for baby massage, I have been with my youngest daughter but wish I had found her when I had my first two girls. She is funny and approachable and my little Ruby loves it. Would recommend this group to everyone. Great location too.

  44. I have attended many of the Colchester learning clubs and so far my favourite has to be LeapAlong. I also encouraged a few of my friends to come along with their kids and they have also enrolled for this year coming! We couldn’t thank Charna enough for patience and great teaching skills

  45. Love Helen Whiting at Baby Sendory!!!! Not done it for a few years but ALWAYS ALWAYS recommend her she is fantastic, bubbly, interacts and is super helpful and approachable. Miss you Helen and so do the boys.

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