From Monday to Wednesday Diane Etheridge works as a Year 3 teaching assistant at St Francis Primary School in Taw Hill, the rest of her week is spent running www.goldenttimetoys.co.uk, specialising in entertaining educational games for all ages and abilities.
“I set up the business because I found it very hard to source educational games for children,” said Diane. “I’ve now collated all the information to provide a one stop shop for fun games that help children learn without realising it.”
GoldenTime Toys offers a broad range of games that support National Curriculum targets, and which help children with specific needs such as those with dyslexia, dyspraxia, discalcula, autism, Aspergers and ADHD.
She added, “I run an after-school club and games nights where children and adults can test out the games and give feedback. Each game must be entertaining, as this is the best way to learn.”
GoldenTime’s brainteaser range helps build critical, lateral and strategic thinking skills, and is also appropriate for the elderly and stroke victims to rebuild their mental capacities.
Diane is adamant that there is still an important place for board games in providing education and leisure to children. “Computer games can be both entertaining and educational, but they are very insular and don’t offer the same level of interaction and communication that board games do.
“We learn a lot from each other; playing games with family and our peers helps increase bonds.”
Diane will be demonstrating and selling games at two spring fairs:
19 March – Even Swindon Primary School;
27 March – Haydonleigh Primary School.
See www.goldentimetoys.co.uk for a catalogue and details on how to raise money for a school or charity.