HOOP HOOP HOORAY

Frequently asked questions

Are you licenced to work with children?

Yes! I hold a valid working with children licence certificate, basic first aid and currently work as an Education Assistant with the Department of Education (WA).

Can parents, guardians or carers stay during the class?

No offence, but you child will be so busy during the workshop that they might not even notice you are there! Parents are asked to ‘drop and go’ but if you have a very timid or nervous child you are welcome to stay for as long as you both feel the need while they settle in. Please also inform me of any behavioural/learning needs when you enrol and ask me for any café recommendations if you are out of area!

When should we drop off and pick up children for the workshop?

I will open the doors 10 minutes before the start of the workshop and I appreciate the prompt drop off of your children. We generally finish workshops on time and I allow the final 10 minutes for children to complete feedback forms and collect thread colours (if their project is incomplete).

Can I drop my child earlier/pick them up later than the workshop times specified?

No thank you, as I need to have time to pack away after a workshop and set up for the next one.

What ages do you cater for?

Children aged 6+ can participate in Hoop Hoop Hooray’s workshops providing they have the attention span to sit for its duration. Please make sure you enrol your child in an age appropriate class.

 My child is under 6 years of age but can I still enrol them?

 Short answer – no. Developmentally children under 5 may not be ready to participate in workshops like mine as they don’t yet have the fine motor skills but more so the patience to use the equipment as well as the concentration span for the duration of the workshop.

 From time to time, I will offer age appropriate workshops that will cater for different age groups. These have been requested and I am working on it!

How many children are in each workshop?

I have a maximum of 6 – 8 children in each workshop dependant on age and ability level. This ensures your child receives adequate attention in order to have a positive and successful experience.

How large are the projects?

The standard children’s stitching project is framed in a 10 cm bamboo hoop so not huge but big enough to hang on a wall.

What will my child learn?

 The workshops I offer will cover different outcomes but mostly our focus will be on fine motor skills involving threading needles, using scissors and stitching. During the workshop they will exercise their listening skills as well as their ability to follow instruction. I will be facilitating each of the steps to ensure they experience success.

During the workshop, your child will work on a small project to bring home. If they are unable to complete it during the allotted workshop time then they should leave equipped with the knowledge and skills to complete it.
Details of my various workshops can be found on the workshops page.

Is my child going to make something good?

All children learn new skills at different rates. I will guide your child through the project, but please don’t expect that your child will have mastered all techniques (and completed the project) in such a short amount of time. The important thing is your child is having a go and developing many varied skills along the way!

Are there any risks associated with stitching as an activity?

As with any craft, there are some risks. Needles are sharp and can poke fingers. I give children the option of wearing a thimble and use child safe scissors and snippers. I carry a medical kit with band aids to treat any minor injuries.

It is a requirement for all children attending to wear shoes as needles can be dropped on the floor. Ouch!!

Do the children choose the colours by themselves?

Yes! I have well over 100 colours of embroidery thread for them to choose from. Children are free to interpret their project as they choose.

Are all their projects suitable for younger children?

I have designed the projects so that they can be completed by children of all ages. However, children who are just over the minimum age are gently encouraged to choose an easier project for their first stitching workshop. I recommend the following:

  • Cute Kawaii Cactus
  • Dapper Dachshund
  • Japanese doll
  • Lego man
  • Cyril the Squirrel

For all projects click here.  

Is this class suitable for children with additional needs?

Children attending should be able to work unaided (without a carer) as stitching and crafts require manual dexterity with the hands and fingers. I encourage you to contact me first to discuss your child’s needs.

My child has a food allergy. Is food offered in the workshop?

I provide some lollies, light snacks (including store bought cakes, Tim Tams, vegetable sticks, crackers, dip) and juice for morning/afternoon tea.

Please let me know on enrolment if your child has any allergies – food or otherwise.

Whilst I do take care not to serve food containing peanuts or other nut products, please be aware that I cannot guaruantee a complete nut free environment. If your child has a food allergen, you can send them with their own snack and drink which I can store in the refrigerator.

Can my child sit with their friends?

I make every effort to sit groups together and with such a small number of children attending my workshops they will certainly have time to socialise. During your booking make a note to let me know if any friends will be attending with your child.

How do I enrol?

All available workshops are listed under the ‘Childrens’ Workshops’ menu. You can enrol by clicking on a workshop and following the instructions via the Eventbrite website. on this website. No place is secure until full payment has been received.

 My child is sick or is no longer able to attend the workshop I’ve booked them in to, can I get my money back?

 No hard feelings but I don’t offer refunds as I’ve already catered for your child’s place but…. tickets are transferrable to someone else to attend that same workshop instead.

Please contact Elise if you have any questions or concerns about your child attending a workshop. I’m a very approachable person!