About Us

About Us

Since we founded in 2017 Mini & Mind Explorers have worked directly with over
6000 children, and 2000 parents/carers across Northern Ireland.

Leanne Alawi

After gaining my degree in Early Childhood Studies, I worked in various educational settings from Nursery to secondary, before taking up a role as Family Support Worker. Understanding challenges parents are currently experiencing as well as having a passion to develop healthy minds in children and young adults helped inspire the development of Mini & Mind Explorers.

– 2019 Families First Mighty women award 
- BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies
- Former Family Support Worker
- Connected Kids Mindfulness Tutor
- Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction Diploma
- Incredible years Facilitator
- Mental Health First Aider Trained

Laura Stitt

As a former Primary school teacher, I have always had a passion for developing and learning especially through play. I have first-hand experience of the benefits of sensory play. I also dedicated my time in gaining extra qualifications and experience in working with children on the Autistic Spectrum and with specific learning difficulties. Through my teaching career, I also experienced the social and emotional difficulties children are increasingly experiencing.

- BEd Art & Design
- SEN Teacher with 8 years’ experience
- OCR Level 5 Teaching Learner’s with specific difficulties (dyslexia)
- Level 2 Beauty Therapy & Holistic Therapist
- Level 3 Education & Training
- Mindfulness for children Diploma
- Rainbow Children’s yoga instructor
- Mental Health First Aider