Nursery World - Trainer of the Year Award 2012
Anita Epple short-listed
Touch-Learn International Ltd is proud to announce that Anita Epple, director and Trainer, has been short-listed for the prestigious Trainer of the Year Award 2012 in the Nursery World Awards!
Anita was nominated for the accolade by both her colleagues and students, past and present, back in May and is now set to travel to London in September for the black tie awards evening, where Early Years Professionals will gather for a night of celebrating outstanding achievements and professional excellence. Please join us in congratulating Anita on this wonderful achievement and wish her all the best for the night.
Touch-Learn International Ltd
Just One of The Testimonials For The Award
Anita Epple Trainer of the Year
When I decided to undertake a course of training in Infant Massage, I did a lot of research to find a reputable and rigorous training course. A combination of information available on the internet and personal recommendation brought me to Touch Learn International. I completed my training in March 2012 and Anita Epple was the course tutor.
Anita embodies the organisation’s philosophy of respectful communication in all her interactions with the students. She is clearly very knowledgeable and experienced, but is open to new learning and always looking for ways to improve the training she offers. As a student I felt listened to, supported and challenged to move on in my learning and practice. Anita models the inclusive and respectful approach to learning and teaching that she advocates for work with parents and children. She comes over as genuine and open and her warmth and sense of humour help everyone relax and enjoy their learning.
She is absolutely committed to infant massage as a powerful form of early intervention which helps children develop and supports their parents in getting to know and respond to their babies, thus strengthening early attachment and communication. She is clearly also interested in researching the effects of massage and contributing to the evidence base for its effectiveness through her own research and through working with university based researchers. She engages her students in dialogue about these interests and is interested in their perspectives as colleagues with a variety of different backgrounds and experience.
I could go on and on about other aspects of Anita’s excellent practice but the bottom line is she made me and the rest of my group feel nurtured and empowered to be good massage teachers ourselves. She is simply a great and inspiring teacher and deserves to be more widely recognised as such.
Director, Early Learning Consultancy
President of Early Education
Visiting Fellow at Oxford Brookes University