Our Story - The Littlemagictrain Journey
The Birth: 2004 - 2010
During this time Gina met Jonathan Still and Daniel Jones the original masterminds behind the music and the Littlemagictrain was officially born in the spring of 2004!
Littlemagictrain has been tried and tested over the last 15 years through different venues and ways of delivering from managing classes to licensing (dance teachers/leisure centres/pre-schools and Butlins) with over 100,000+ children per year participating in classes.
However during this time the financial crisis had a major impact and changed Littlemagictrain forever.
Gina had reports from teachers that some children were being excluded from sessions and being made to sit on the side and watch the others.
Finding this hard to understand Gina visited a few settings and discovered that it was true as some parents were just unable to pay for any extras, quite understandable at this time of uncertainty, and the children were being made to sit and watch.
This horrified Gina who immediately decided to stop sessions in pre-schools and find a way of ensuring all children in a setting would be able to join in and never be excluded in that way.
'The Break': 2010 - 2012
Gina took a break from everything and tried to find the best way of emptying all the knowledge and sessions from her head into a resource pack whilst ensuring it was cost effective for settings.
The goal was to create a resource that anyone could just pick up and use. Gina wanted to do all the work so the practitioners could just enjoy the learning experience with the children.
It took a few mistakes along the way and then in February 2012 the first pack arrived from the printers.
The Resource Pack Pilot: 2012 - 2014
Now the work truly began convincing settings that they could deliver these sessions in house with their own staff. It took some time but the response was excellent along with the feedback.
There were requests for more sessions. Gina and Jonathan got back to work and this time a new mastermind Andrew Holdsworth came on board to help with the new tracks.
2014 - Present Day
September 2014 saw the launch of the second pack at the Childcare Expo in Coventry with great success.
In 2016 Butlin’s asked Littlemagictrain to trial sessions as part of their new ‘Teeny tot’s’ concept as an extension of their ‘Just for Tot’s’ break.
This was very successful and Littlemagictrain has appeared every year since. In 2019 the sessions were developed further with Bonnie Bear appearing on stage with the Redcoats to join in the adventures.
Littlemagictrain continues to increase the number of settings offering the sessions and in the last couple of years has run training sessions specifically for Flying Start settings in Wales (Bridgend, Swansea, Neath Port Talbot, Cym Taf, Rhonnda Cynon Taf and Newport) and has been running more training sessions in 2019.