Sian Hancock

MA, BA (Hons) QTS
CYM Tutor and Course Leader, Children and Families

Sian HancockSian joined the CYM team at Bristol Baptist College to develop training for children and family workers. It was a natural move bringing together her previous experience as a Primary teacher, pre-school manager, and years of youth and children’s work within her local Baptist Church.

Whilst teaching in South Gloucestershire, where she had responsibility for Religious Education and ICT, Sian had the opportunity to teach in both Key Stages. She completed a Master’s Degree in Researching Education focussing on the impact of multiple intelligences, learning styles and classroom dialogue upon children’s thinking and the learning process. Her research interests began with multiple intelligences, multi-sensory learning and developing children’s thinking through philosophical questions. More recently that has developed into exploring the nurture of children’s spirituality through play and imagination as primary ways God relates to children. She is currently halfway through a professional Doctorate in Practical Theology at Birmingham University where she is developing a training programme for Ministers and Children and Family Workers on Theology, Spirituality and Play.

Siân is a Godly Play storyteller and trainer for the South West.  She has a deep sense of calling to see children develop in their own spirituality and faith journey and is passionate to see churches embrace children and their families in new and creative ways as well as being more inclusive communities for children.

As well as speaking at various Conferences and church weekends, Sian has been part of the national Baptist safeguarding group, as well as wider interdenominational groups like the Children’s Ministry Network. She is currently undertaking some research on their behalf to identify training opportunities for those in ministry amongst children and their families and to collate current research that is being done on children, church and spirituality in the UK.

She has two daughters and one granddaughter, and Pippin, her dog. She enjoys walking, photography and reading and is part of a book group with her neighbours along her street.