Online pack: see below
Onsite training:
£150 (plus transport fee) 10 people or less
£300 (plus transport fee) 10-20 people
£500 (including transport) for seminars and conferences
Transport fees:
Free throughout East Suffolk and Stirling, Scotland
£25 30-50 miles
£50 50-100 miles

Anne's professional training materials are also available to purchase online, please see here 

Developing Procedures for Support and Supervision 

This workshop will provide a framework and guidance to both managers and practitioners in an early years or childcare setting. The materials encourage reflection and focus on the importance of developing good communication skills as well as situational and democratic leadership styles.


An Introduction to Supervision 
In this section you are encouraged to look at what we mean by supervision. How does this differ from appraisal and induction?

Managing the Supervision Session and Giving Feedback
In this section you are examining the components of the session, including how to give feedback and encourage reflection. What do you do after the session with the issues arising?

Communication and Active Listening
In this section we discuss the skills that you need to be an active listener to get the most out of your supervision session

Supporting New and Inexperienced Team Members
Understanding the support needed for new team members is important. The role of the room manager is key to this.

Records and Forms
In this section we look at the range of roles within your team  and how you can provide effective monitoring of the differing areas of responsibility 

Review and Planning for Change
Reflection and action planning are important. What are you doing well? Do you delegate and support room managers? How effective are your communication skills and supervision systems?

The Early Years Inspection Framework. Action Planning for Change

This workshop will enable managers and practitioner to understand some of the key changes to the inspection framework and to reflect on ways they can provide evidence from best practice to match the new framework.


The Early Years Inspection Framework: A summary of the evaluation process and key topics

In this session we will briefly summarise the overall framework and identify common threads that run through the evaluation process.

Defining new terminology

In this session we will look at the meaning of new terminology under the heading of quality of education.


What do we mean by Cultural Capital?

What does it mean to understand our Intention and plans, our delivery or Implementation and our assessment and review of the impact this may have on children’s leaning and development?

Scenarios, Discussion and reflection

In this session we will discuss examples of best practice using the new terminology.

Professional development and planning for change     

In this section you will summarise your learning and come up with an action plan to support the staff team to have a better understanding of the new framework


You are an experienced practitioner and have been promoted to the role of room leader. What new   skills and responsibilities will you need to embrace?


Ask yourself

How will I communicate to my staff what I require them to do?

Will I manage all the planning and resources for the room, or shall I involve my team? 

How will I manage conflict between staff members?

How will I organise a team meeting?

How will I be assertive if my team do not follow policy and procedures effectively

Can I still be friendly with my colleagues and will they respect me now that I must manage them?

What must I report to the Nursery management team?


This workshop can be split over two hour evening sessions or can be delivered over one day if preferred.

Part one

Communication Systems

Situational Leadership Styles

Management Roles and Responsibilities 


Part Two

Assertiveness and Managing Conflict

Team meetings

Planning and Resourcing your room


You have been asked to develop more In the Moment Planning. What does this mean? How will you plan for the day and meet children’s next steps in learning

Topics for this workshop include;

  • Provocations Defined

  • The Enabling Environment

  • Adult Intervention

  • Examples of Best Practice

  • Review and Planning for Change

Supporting the Unique Child through Effective Observation and Assessment


How can we ensure that we are recording observations which reflect the language and principles of the Early Years Foundation Stage?

On-going formative assessment is at the heart of effective early years practice. This workshop will help practitioners understand the meaning of the Unique Child. We will discuss how to observe and record what children can do, to help us identify where the child may be in their own developmental pathway.

Videos and scenarios will be used to practice observation and recording.

Topics include:

  • Understanding Development Matters

  • The Learning and Planning Cycle: Plan, do and review.

  • Filling the gaps by effective tracking.

  • Formative and summative assessment.

Promoting Positive Behaviour and Managing Conflict in Play 

This workshop will discuss theories of child development which in turn helps us to develop principles and strategies to promote positive behaviour and emotional well being of children.

Topics will include:

  • A brief introduction to theory, principles and links to the EYFS

  • How to manage stages of development and ways in which the normal milestones affect children’s emotional development and resilience

  • How to develop behaviour strategies and support children, who have experienced delays in their development, or who have experienced social difficulties which have affected their emotional development and ability to develop self control

  • Developing a toolkit for managing behaviour

  • Developing comprehensive policy and procedures

  • Working in partnership with parents 

Supporting Children with Autism and Aspergers Syndrome in a Play Setting

All children have unique needs and preferences, however autism is complex and this workshop will give childcare workers a useful insight into common behaviours and strategies we can use to support children.

Topics will include:

  • Supporting children who are feeling anxious through an understanding of fears and behaviour 

  • Promoting positive relationships and play opportunities in an inclusive environment  

  • Intervention during play 

  • Creating inspiring and safe play environments, materials and resources.

Creating Nature Play Environments in an Indoor Setting 

In this workshop you will use natural play materials such as bark stones fire fruit and sand. There will be opportunities to explore a range of new inspiring play environments which lend themselves to play affordances such as natural painting and pebble patterns

Topics will include:

  • Natural play materials, loose parts and resources,  which reflect the seasons outdoors.

  • Developing an inspiring play environment which will enable you to use your imagine and create your own natures playground.

Developing Ideas for Play Opportunities in the Outdoor

How can we ensure that we are developing an Enabling Environment to meet all the areas of learning in our outdoor spaces? This workshop will enable us to discuss practical ways to develop realistic and varied play spaces and play opportunities to stimulate play outdoors and in all seasons

Topics will include:

  • A brief introduction to research, policy and risk benefit

  • Loose parts and nature play

  • Developing curriculum sheds storage and mud kitchens

  • Playing with the elements: Earth, fire, wind and water

  • Play for all seasons

  • Developing a comprehensive policy and risk benefit assessment

  • The Reggio Emilia Approach

Working with Babies 

How can we plan for babies and our youngest children in the childcare setting? This workshop will examine current theory and best practice based on up to date research and theories including the work of Suzanne Zeedeck and Colin Trevarthen.

Topics will include:

  • Neuroscience   and the work of Suzanne Zeedeck  

  • Bonding and attachment

  • Sensory play and exploratory play opportunities 

  • The prime areas of the EYF

  • The role of the key worker and partnerships with parents

  • Policies

The Early Years Foundation: Developing Positive Relationships

In this workshop you will examine what it means to develop free play in a child centred environment and discuss how you can support self-directed play using a range of different interventions styles? 

Topics will include:

  •  Understanding Intervention Styles and Positive Relationships

  •  Assessing the situation and responding to children’s needs and play cues

  •  Choosing the right interventions style

  •  Developing an inspiring play environment 

The Early Years Foundation: Developing and Planning an Enabling Environment to support the Characteristics of Effective Learning

How can we ensure that we are developing an Enabling Environment to meet all the areas of learning in our play spaces? This workshop will enable us to discuss practical ways to develop realistic and varied play spaces and play opportunities to stimulate play and learning.

Topics will include:

  • Planning methods and areas of learning

  • Plan, do and review

  • In the moment planning

  • Resourcing and designing the play space

  • Reviewing the effectiveness of play spaces 

The Early Years Foundation: Developing Assessment, Observation and Planning to support the Unique Child

How can we plan for the individual needs of the children and balance the needs of the whole group?

Topics will include:

  • Observation criteria and techniques

  • Plan do and review: Cycles of planning

  • Tracking and meeting the gaps

  • The Role of the Key worker.

  • Working with children who need additional support.  

Leadership in a Play and Childcare Service

Your human Resources are the most valuable resource in a childcare setting .New managers often find the challenge and new experience of managing staff can  be quite daunting and stressful. Get it right and you and your team will flourish with everybody working together feeling motivated and working towards common values and goals.

  • Managing stress and conflict by using effective tools and good communication systems 

  • Developing  democratic and situational leadership styles 

  • Motivating your staff team and managing change