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Early Education Trainers

Amanda King

Areas of expertise:
  • Leadership and management
  • Observation, planning and assessment

Anne Harding

Areas of expertise:
  • reading in the early years
  • reading for pleasure
  • family literacy
  • school libraries
  • picture books
  • book corners
  • boys’ reading
  • special needs and reading
  • able readers
  • looked-after children
  • object-based learning
  • rhyme times
  • museum work with children
  • library provision for children
  • inclusive books

Anne O'Connor

Areas of expertise:
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Attachment
  • Transitions
  • Physical Development

Anni McTavish

Areas of expertise:
  • Creativity
  • songs, drama, movement and stories
  • Superhero play
  • Treasure baskets
  • heuristic play
  • Early childhood communication
  • Feelings and behaviour
  • Pedagogical principles into practice

Caroline Eaton

Areas of expertise:
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Leadership and management
  • Early communication development
  • Early Years Pupil Premium

Clare Devlin

Areas of expertise:
  • Observation, planning and assessment
  • Documenting thinking and learning
  • Creativity
  • Learning through Play
  • Adult-led & child-led learning

Debi Keyte-Hartland

Areas of expertise:
  • Creativity
  • Creating and Critical Thinking
  • Enquiry Based Learning
  • Mark-Making and Children's Graphicacy
  • Expressive Arts
  • Communication and Multi-Modality
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Observing and documenting

Di Chilvers

Areas of expertise:
  • Children’s development
  • language, communication and thinking
  • The Characteristics of children’s thinking
  • Adult-led & child-led learning
  • Implementing the EYFS
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Observation, documenting and assessment
  • Recognising the potential of babies and toddlers

Elaine Bennett

Areas of expertise:
  • Maths

Fiona Kemp

Areas of expertise:
  • Leadership in the early years - across all settings
  • Quality provision for 0-5 years – across the EYFS
  • School improvement
  • Working with families

Fran Paffard

Areas of expertise:
  • Bilingual Learning
  • Working with under 3s
  • Blockplay
  • Schemas

Helen Moylett

Areas of expertise:
  • The characteristics of effective early learning
  • Communication and Language
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Leadership and management

Jan White

Areas of expertise:
  • Outdoor provision
  • Learning through Play
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Early childhood development
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Meeting the individual child's needs
  • Outdoors

Jane Cook

Areas of expertise:
  • Early childhood transitions
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Leadership, Coaching and Mentoring

Jasmine Pasch

Areas of expertise:
  • Developmental movement
  • Creative Dance
  • Physical play including Rough and Tumble play
  • Working with parents

Joan Henderson

Areas of expertise:
  • Quality provision at Foundation stage and Key Stage 1
  • Supporting co-ordinators in the development, monitoring and evaluation of their area of responsibility
  • Information, communication technology in supporting learning in the early years
  • Play/Activity based learning indoors and outdoors
  • Planning and assessment
  • Action planning and sustained self-evaluation in action
  • Special educational needs provision
  • Curriculum areas within the early years – PSE, The emotional development of children, Literacy, Numeracy, the Arts, Physical development and WAU
  • Effective features of learning and teaching
  • Leadership and management
  • The role of middle management
  • Self-evaluation leading to sustained self-improvement
  • Active learning indoors and outdoors
  • Children’s emotional development
  • Quality interaction and involvement
  • Developing aspiring leaders

Julia Manning-Morton

Areas of expertise:
  • Developing high quality provision for 0-3 year olds: Effective practice and appropriate provision
  • Developing Key Person relationships in early years settings
  • Young children’s personal, Social and Emotional development
  • Emotional well-being: Strong teams
  • Babies and toddlers: Play
  • development and learning from birth to three
  • 2 year olds: Effective practice and appropriate provision
  • Transitions
  • Well-being
  • Leading and managing early years settings
  • Leading the 0-3s team
  • Interpersonal and assertion skills
  • Diversity and anti-bias practice
  • Gender issues in the early years
  • Working with lesbian and gay families
  • Observing and understanding children’s development 0-6
  • Physical development and movement play
  • Brain development and early years practice

Julie Cigman

Areas of expertise:
  • Early communication
  • Language
  • Literacy
  • Writing
  • Bilingual Learning
  • Boys learning

Julie Fisher

Areas of expertise:
  • High quality adult-child interactions
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Creative & Critical thinking
  • The benefits of both adult-led and child-led learning
  • Leadership & Management of the EYFS
  • Transition into KS1

Julie Revels

Areas of expertise:
  • Brain development
  • Inclusion and Meeting childrens individual needs
  • Understanding Babies development
  • Special Educational Needs (SEN)

Kathryn Solly

Areas of expertise:
  • Outdoor play and Learning
  • Adventurous play
  • Risk and Challenge in the Early Years
  • Raising boys achievement
  • Diversity, Gender, Inclusion and Uniqueness in the Early Years
  • Leading learning outside
  • Enabling environments outdoors
  • Working with Dads
  • Extending learning in the specific areas
  • Creative Science in the Early Years
  • Becoming Outstanding in the Early Years
  • Can children be able, gifted and talented in the Early Years?
  • Observation, planning and assessment
  • Leadership and management
  • Coaching and mentoring staff
  • Adult and child led learning
  • The Sustainability of Maintained Nursery Schools
  • Creating a nursery garden for play and learning
  • Physical Development
  • Health and Well Being outdoors and in
  • Loose Parts

Kathy Ring

Areas of expertise:
  • Multi-modal communication in Early Childhood
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Creativity
  • Mark making

Kay Mathieson

Areas of expertise:
  • Behaviour, relationships and interaction
  • Leadership and management
  • Early childhood development
  • Two year olds

Kay Rooks

Areas of expertise:
  • Developing children’s early language and literacy
  • Personal, social and emotional development
  • Working in partnership with parents
  • Sustained shared thinking and the role of the practitioner
  • Two year olds

Kim Porter

Areas of expertise:
  • Leadership and management
  • Quality improvement
  • Pedagogical principles into practice

Kym Scott

Areas of expertise:
  • Child led learning and quality interactions
  • Early reading and early writing
  • Leading improvement in the early years
  • Developing quality learning environments

Linda Pound

Areas of expertise:
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Creativity
  • Health and wellbeing
  • Quality improvement
  • Mathematics

Marion Dowling

Areas of expertise:
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Meeting the individual child's needs
  • Creativity
  • Early childhood development

Monica Wiltshire

Areas of expertise:
  • Positive Relationships
  • A Problem Solving Approach to Conflict
  • Praise versus Encouragement
  • Healthy eating at an early age
  • The HighScope Approach
  • Boys' Development

Nancy Stewart

Areas of expertise:
  • Early childhood development
  • Quality improvement
  • Leadership and management
  • Early childhood communication

Nicola Burke

Areas of expertise:
  • Music

Paddy Beels

Areas of expertise:
  • Behaviour, relationships and interaction
  • Parents and community
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Forest schools

Pauline Goldrick

Areas of expertise:
  • EYFS Profile
  • Preparing for Ofsted inspections
  • Nursery, Reception and PVI observation, Assessment and tracking systems
  • EYFS Audits of effective teaching and learning in schools / settings

Penny Cartwright

Areas of expertise:
  • Quality improvement
  • Stimulating learning environments – indoors/outdoors
  • Observation, assessment and planning
  • Mathematical development
  • Outdoor learning environments
  • Tracking children’s progress
  • Supporting child initiated learning
  • Leadership and management
  • Two year olds (including the Progress Check at age two)
  • Childminders
  • Communication and Language

Pete Moorhouse

Areas of expertise:
  • Woodworking
  • Photography
  • Creativity
  • Enabling Environments

Rose Drury

Areas of expertise:
  • Bilingual Learning
  • Early childhood communication
  • Meeting the individual child's needs
  • Early childhood learning environments

Rose White

Areas of expertise:
  • Early Reading
  • Early writing
  • Phonics
  • Bilingual Learning
  • Language and Literacy

Ruth Moore

Areas of expertise:
  • Establishing effective Reception and Nursery practice
  • Working with babies
  • 2 and 3 year olds
  • The adult role - quality interactions and teaching
  • Early mark making into writing

Sally Cave

Areas of expertise:
  • Effective reception class practice
  • The assessment cycle
  • Tracking progress
  • Levels of well-being and involvement
  • Data analysis and action planning
  • Strategic leadership of children’s centres
  • Quality improvement
  • Literacy
  • Phonics
  • Developing the role of an EYFS leader

Stella Louis

Areas of expertise:
  • Schemas
  • Behaviour, relationships and interaction
  • Observation, planning and assessment

Sue Fisher

Areas of expertise:
  • Makaton
  • Positive Behaviour
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Working with Under 3’s
  • Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND)
  • Supporting speech, language and communication needs
  • Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) Awareness
  • Learning Journeys

Tamsin Grimmer

Areas of expertise:
  • Childminders and childminding
  • Using signs and gestures to aid communication
  • Using a coaching approach to manage conflict and problem solve
  • early brain development
  • promoting positive behaviour
  • Early communication and language
  • Supporting 2 year olds
  • Early childhood development
  • Learning through Play

Veronica Lawrence

Areas of expertise:
  • Early childhood development
  • Early childhood learning environments
  • Quality improvement
  • Behaviour, relationships and interaction

Vicky Hutchin

Areas of expertise:
  • Pedagogical principles into practice
  • Early childhood development
  • Observation, planning and assessment