In January, we’re celebrating the launch of KindyROO Prague by our new Franchisee and Brand Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Jana Uher. Jana is a well traveled entrepreneur who has previously lived in Australia and the Netherlands before returning to the Czech Republic to raise her two daughters. Along with running KindyROO Prague, Jana is also a post birth doula with her own company, Moms and Babies.

Learn all about Jana, what drives her and what she loves about Prague!

Jana, can tell us a bit about yourself?

I am a postpartum doula and KindyROO teacher and ambassador!

Before I found my “calling”, I travelled a lot and worked in the corporate and not-for-profit sectors. I chose to settle down and grow a business that I thought was meaningful and purposeful – working with new parents and their children.

You’re starting KindyROO classes in Barrandov early this year, what are you most excited about?

I am looking forward to a new journey in my life and what it will bring to me and the parents and children I’ll teach. I’m excited to share my passion with people and help them to be the best parents they can possibly be.

I’m also very excited to meet new people and hear their stories and their journeys.

KindyROO Prague classes start in Barrandov on 21th January

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So, how did you become passionate in the field of early childhood development?

It really all began when my kids were born. I got to experience babies trying to communicate, even if they couldn’t talk or really move – how amazing is that?!

I started to learn more about this and I really become passionate about trying to support parents. I wanted to help them understand this time and how their children were developing. I know it can be a really challenging time for them, so helping them in this way is really important.

From this, it was clear the direction I wanted to take with my career: I wanted to work with new mothers and their newborn babies, so I do!

I am so grateful I can be involved in many women’s and babies lives during this beautiful time. It’s such a transitional period in which women especially need all the support they can get.

So you also have another business, Moms & Babies – what compelled you to start M&B?

It was the time of life, when I already felt ready to start my own business. When my first daughter was born in the Netherlands (where we lived at that time), I had great help and support from my kraamverzorgers (maternity carer in Dutch). They helped me to navigate this important, beautiful, yet very challenging period of postpartum. So when I returned to the Czech Republic, I decided to open a similar business, which would support newborn mothers as there wasn’t anything available to Czech mothers at the time. And now, here I am 🙂

So two businesses! What’s it like being an entrepreneur?

It is great. It teaches you to manage your time well and actually value your time. You are your own boss and employee. You cannot blame anybody else, when something goes wrong.

You can also properly divide your time between business and family and that is what I like the most about it. On top of that, my kids see that I am passionate and dedicated to what I do. They see that I love doing it and I am grateful I can give them this example.

You seem so busy! Do you have time for any hobbies?

I am, but I try to make time for hobbies. I majored in Political Science in University, and I’m still very interested in it! I am always amazed by how history has a tendency to repeat itself. I also love art, especially photography, and of course travelling which has been a passion of mine since childhood. I used to enjoy looking through old maps and travel books.

So let’s talk Prague! Have you always lived in Prague?

No, I was born and lived in the south-west part of Czech Republic, South Bohemia. I am from a small village, close to the borders with Austria.

Thanks to the fall of The Iron Curtain, I attended an Austrian school for a couple of years! It was quite a cultural shock for me back then, as you can imagine, but it really encouraged me to learn about other cultures and countries. Funnily enough, many years later, I’ve realised that no matter what culture or background you’re from, we all want the same thing – we just want to live peacefully and make sure we and our kids live a healthy, happy life.

What’s Prague like?

Prague is a beautiful town with a magical, medieval character. Going down the tiny streets, it can feel like a fairytale! We’re so lucky Prague was spared from bombing during WWII. At the same time, Prague is a very modern international city. We’ve got an excellently efficient public transport system! There is also plenty of art in the streets and small boutiques and cafes where you can rest and enjoy Prague’s picturesque atmosphere.

One thing that I’ve noticed in the last few years though, is that Prague can feel very busy as there are lots of tourists all year round. Sometimes Prague can feel quite crowded.

If you’ve got kids in Prague, what is there to do?

I think that with small kids it’s better to live outside of a city as it can be quite a “concrete jungle” so if you do want more nature, it’s very easy to go for a short trip just outside of Prague. But actually, Prague does has a lot to offer. There are so many green spaces- parks, gardens and playgrounds, all free to use! There are also plenty of events for kids like sports, events, museum and gallery tours, movies and theatres, and many child friendly cafes and restaurants.

KindyROO is also an excellent activity to do with young kids. Not only are you both learning and having fun, you’re bonding and meeting other mums in classes. It’s a great opportunity to make new friends!

What does KindyROO have to offer Prague and the Czech Republic?

The program is unlike anything that currently exists in the Czech Republic. The program combines knowledge from pedagogy, psychology and neuroscience, and brings it to parents in an understandable and practical way. It helps to teach parents how to support their kids so that they can grow to their full potential.

I appreciate that KindyROO is not just another exercise program like some gyms have on offer. There are legitimate and elaborate teachings and philosophy behind KindyROO.

I also really admire the KindyROO founder, Margaret Sasse. I wish I had the chance to meet and work with her before her passing. I hope that I’m able to tell the story of her life and share her teachings with as many parents in Czechia as possible as she and her teachings deserved it.

So to finish up, what’s the best piece of parenting advice you’ve received?

The best piece of advice I’ve received is advice I got from the person that inspires me the most, my business mentor, Julia Jones. She said, “You are enough.” Meaning that as long as I try my best and I love my kids that’s alright and that’s enough. It’s funny, but since hearing this, I have started to feel like a much better mother and person.

And what’s the best piece of business advice you’ve received?

I’d say, it would be this: “Better sorry than safe.” I know that in English, the actual saying is the other way around, but I got this advice and I really like it! 🙂

There’s also another saying in Czech which I follow, which can be translated as: “If you don’t do anything, you won’t spoil anything, but you won’t do any good either!”

Keep up to date with Jana!

Following her on facebook @kindyroopraha

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