Clart About Ltd was born in August 2014 and founded by Lynn Hammel.
I suffered Postnatal depression after the birth of my 2nd child in 2006, I lost all of my confidence and gave up plans to have a career in midwifery. I went on to have another two children, and suffered again from antenatal and postnatal depression as well as anxiety after the birth of my 4th child. After suffering from Postnatal illness myself it has always left me very disappointed at the lack of support offered to mothers and their families who are affected by this illness in County Durham.
I developed a programme of children’s play sessions and began to run Messy Play sessions in 2011 and ran these sessions after the birth of my 4th child whilst living in Wiltshire it was a way of getting out of the house and meeting new people in a similar position to myself. Being a new Mam in a new area was extremely isolating! I started to run the messy play sessions again after we moved back to the Northeast in 2012 and continued to do so commercially until the birth of my fifth baby was born….Clart About Ltd
As a parent of four young children myself I appreciate how expensive educational play sessions for children can be and I also understand how hugely important play is for aiding children’s learning and development in the early years. I reflected on how positive having a safe and stimulating environment had not only helped my own child’s development it had also aided my own well-being as it meant I got to talk to other adults and make friends within the sessions….a life saver for new mams/mums!
It was then I decided to look at ways to combine both the play sessions we offer and also ways in which to support new parents that Clart About Ltd was born…..We started by running one Messy play class a week, to developing a range of classes to help both new parents and their little ones through the transition of early parenthood and right through until school with various sessions tailored to suit…..Keeping it cheaper for parents whatever we do!