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Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for over 35 years. Di has had a diverse career in early childhood education having initially trained as a nursery nurse (NNEB), then a teacher and worked in schools for over 20 years She then went into training in FE and HE, including setting up and leading the BA Hons in Early Childhood Studies, QTS courses, Early Years Professional Status training and working on the NPQICL and MA programmes.
Di’s further adventures have taken her to Reggio Emilia, Denmark, Ghana (working with teachers in a school with 900 children) and Oman (working with young students at the University of Nizwa focusing on children’s needs, rights and entitlement) and a recent visit to New Zealand to fulfil a longstanding dream of visiting early years centres (fantastic) . 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. 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 thinking and practice.
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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