Reflections from an Early Years Specialist
- Hannah Platt, Early Years Specialist at the London Children’s Museum
A few weeks ago, I was given the privilege of joining the Children’s Museum team as our Early Years Program Facilitator; however, my experience with the Children’s Museum didn’t start there. Like many people, my experience with the Children’s Museum spans decades!
I remember my Aunt bringing me to the Children’s Museum when I was a small child. I had a blast digging for dinosaurs and pretending to work in the restaurant in Street Where You Live. I have a particularly vivid memory of creating a wind sock with a friendly staff member.
As a teenager, I was ecstatic when I was hired as a Summer Day Camp Counsellor. I spent three summers having a total blast with campers. I loved every minute of playing with campers in galleries, adventuring to local parks, and exploring the Children’s Museum, inside and out. After I completed my undergraduate education, I had to move on from this role. It was hard to say goodbye to friends, campers, and the memories we made together.
Years later, as I start my career in Early Childhood Education, I find myself back at the Children’s Museum in a new role. I am honoured to provide hands-on activities to our youngest visitors. I love seeing many of the same faces week after week at our Early Years Play Dates, and I am thrilled to watch these young children learn and grow. I often think about how I am now part of people’s memories. Like the staff member who helped me make a wind sock as a child, I have the opportunity to make a lasting impact on our young visitors.
During each phase in my life, the Children’s Museum has offered me something new to learn. As I converse with our visitors, I hear just how many people have a similar experience. I love listening to stories from people who are visiting with their children or grandchildren, and who themselves have early memories of the Children’s Museum.
Regardless of where I am in life, this place has a way of always drawing me back in. I can’t wait to see what adventures are awaiting me in my new role as the Early Years Program Facilitator and I look forward to continue growing alongside our friends and visitors!