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Areas of expertise
- Child development - talking and thinking
- Young children as competent communicators, talkers and thinkers
- Sustained Shared Thinking and the Characteristics of Effective Learning
- Child-led learning and adult-focused teaching
- Talk for Maths Mastery
- Leading the learning – developing outstanding practice
- Observation, Assessment and Planning – Mapping children’s progress, Observation as professional practice, Using a Documentation approach
- Observation as professional practice
- Philosophy and Practice in Reggio Emilia, New Zealand and Denmark
Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for a long time! Di has had a diverse career having initially trained as a nursery nurse (NNEB), then a teacher and worked in schools for over 20 years. She moved into training in FE and HE, including setting up and leading the BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies, QTS courses, Early Years Professional Status (EYT) and working on the NPQICL and MA programmes at Sheffield Hallam Univerity.
Di’s further adventures include several visits to Reggio Emilia; Denmark; Ghana (working with teachers in a school with 900 children); Oman (working with young students at the University of Nizwa focusing on children’s needs, rights and entitlement); New Zealand to fulfil a longstanding dream of visiting early years centres (fantastic); and India. These experiences have all influenced her work and ripple through her training and support.
Di works collaboratively with settings, schools and LAs across the country to support the development of good practice in the early years. Professional Development Initiatives include Talk for Reading; Talk for Maths Mastery; Sustained Shared Thinking; Assessment for Learning and Leading learning -An observational approach.
Her work is grounded in good observation of children, knowledge of children’s development, language development and children’s conversational talk and how this connects to their thinking. She takes a reflective approach to training, building confidence and self-belief to develop practitioners/teachers thinking and practice.
Di has written various books and chapters – with the forthcoming Talk for Maths Mastery Book due out in 2019.
Di recently contributed a chapter on quality and skilful teaching to our recent publication for headteachers and senior leaders: Achieving Excellence in the Early Years.
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