Hi, I’m Hannah Batten, !’m married to Andy and we have two great boys who are very active! I’ve been working for Music Bus since 2006 and started off as a class assistant in the Monday morning Horsham group.
Prior to this, I had attended Music Bus classes with both boys, my youngest was only 3 weeks old when he first came along! Then in 2007 Mike and Helen were keen to start up the Music Bus Franchise and I became their first Music Bus Licensee and was given the Horsham and District Area. I currently run nine regularly weekly classes in Horsham, Billingshurst, Southwater and Rudgwick as well as regular nursery sessions in these areas.
Our parties too are very popular, whether it’s celebrating a birthday, Christmas or End of Term, there’s certainly lots to keep us busy! So much so that it wasn’t long before I had to expand the team: Sharon joined me in 2009 as Session Leader and I currently have two assistants, Paula & Danni, that work along side us and not forgetting Tania who helps out with admin and the occasional class. I have a fab team!
Before I joined Music Bus I had worked in the banking industry and had various admin roles in London, abroad and locally in Horsham – these skills have certainly proved invaluable to me especially now that I’m running my own business. After my first son was born I decided not to return to work as I wanted to enjoy this precious time with him and so I became a full-time mum, and have thoroughly enjoyed seeing both boys grow and develop. It was at this time that I discovered Music Bus and I suppose have never looked back!
Running my own Music Bus business means that I really can fit working around my family life – it’s important to me to be there for my family and Music Bus gives me the flexibility to work whilst the children are at school and to be with them when they’re not. It also gives me some very valuable “me” time – running and swimming are my “thing” (cycling too if a triathlon is looming!) …. oh and not forgetting time for an all-important “coffee” with the girls!
I love working with children, it’s a very rewarding job and great fun too … the children are always making us smile with the funny little things they say and do – no two days are ever the same! I’m lucky to be doing something I really enjoy and feel very fortunate to be surrounded by great staff and wonderful families. Mike and Helen have always been very supportive too, particularly in the early days when training, support, encouragement and reassurance are all very important.
I’m very proud of my achievements in growing my Music Bus business into the successful business it is today and I really can’t imagine anything else I’d rather be doing at this time in my life.
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