Hi there,

My name is Jo FitzGerald and I am a mum, a teacher, a grandma – and I am on a mission to inform, discuss and explore all things Early Years. I have worked in the Education sector all my life in various guises (more of that elsewhere for anyone interested!), but my real overwhelming interest is in all things relating to children from 0 -7 years old. I love the science of development, the wonder of development, the joy of seeing children learn, explore and create – and having the privilege of being a part of a child’s world as they grow.

I attend many workshops, seminars and masterclasses from leading thinkers and doers in the childcare field, so that I am informed … and so that I can SHARE IT with parents, grandparents, practitioners – anyone who is interested.

At the core of Tiny Sponges is LEARNING. I am a lifelong learner, I am curious about so very many things and my curiosity is ever-changing, I believe we should never stop learning – none of us. I want professionals (I am one) to carry on learning, I want parents (I’m one of these too) to never stop ‘finding out’, and grandparents (yes, one of those too!) to be empowered in sharing NEW things, DIFFERENT things, LOTS of things with our very young children.

The first years of a child’s life is where the MAGIC happens in the developing brain – quite a responsibility huh? – for us as parents, grandparents, teachers, carers? Want to know how you can help that magic happen? To give children the opportunity to be the best they can? You do? Well – walk this way.

Tiny Sponges is about the HOW – the practical ways we can help children learn through play. I give videos and tips showing loads of ideas about the HOW through social media. WHY? – because most people have access to social media these days. Whether your interest is Twitter/Facebook/Pinterest/YouTube … I’ll try to reach you and make it easy for you to help, teach, engage with the children you look after, you care for, you love …

What are you waiting for? Let’s go!