“Every child deserves a champion – an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection, and insists that they become the best that they can possibly be.” – Rita Pierson
Formerly Her Majesty's Inspector at Ofsted, I established my early years consultancy in May 2017. I have over 20 years experience as an inspector, and over 40 years of professional involvement in the early years field. I have acquired significant expertise, experience and knowledge. As an Early Years specialist, I inspire confidence and deliver high quality results.
I provide support to early years settings, organisations, and providers to develop and improve the quality of their early years provision. Through training, advice, and good practice guidance and support, my early years consultant service provides bespoke, targeted and focused interventions to meet specific areas of practice.
We are running a number of workshops throughout 2021 / 2022 at various locations across the West Midlands and further a field. Now available online via Zoom video conferencing.
All these workshops can be adapted to suit your needs and delivered in your setting. Please contact me to discuss your requirements.
This workshop is designed to help leaders and practitioners to be ever ready for inspection. You can do a great deal to plan for a successful inspection; the first thing is – don’t panic.
Develop ideas leading to a vibrant and exciting curriculum ...
inspire Awe & Wonder and promote the image of the child as a capable learner
Strong leadership is key to high-quality early years provision
3 hour PowerPoint presentation with notes on the new Education Inspection Framework
The well-being of staff is a number one priority for a leaders.
This workshop provides an opportunity to explore well-respected theories, practical solutions, discussions and well-being resources
Read some of the feedback received from our recent 0nline workshops
I have produced a 3 hour PowerPoint presentation with notes on the new Education Inspection Framework. The presentation can be delivered as a whole in team meetings or workshop, or alternatively can be used in bite-sized chunks for shorter sessions.
Alternatively, I am able to deliver these sessions on your behalf.
The session with activities runs at approximately 2.5 hours.
The aims of this session are:
To familiarise yourself with the New EYFS 2021 & changes to ELGs
To hear key messages from Ofsted
To consider what Ofsted means by a safeguarding culture
To understand the merits of the Learning Walk
And … to clarify key changes that were implemented through the Education Inspection Framework in 2019
This recorded session and the accompanying notebook provides all the essential information you need to prepare yourself and your team for the new EYFS.
If you wish to take advantage of this special offer, you will be free to use the resources (presentation and notebook) in any way you see fit with your teams, e.g. in team meetings, training events, and supervision. These are essential professional development tools to help you and your teams get to grips with the changes that have taken place since 2019 - as well as the the forthcoming changes coming into effect on 1 September 2021
Focus on your Continuous Provision
Continuous provision is the activities and resources that you provide for children each day / week. Your Continuous Provision must cover the 7 areas of learning – with a significant focus on the prime areas – Communication & Language, Personal, Social & Emotional, and Physical Development. It is what you provide for children every day within your teaching and learning indoor/outdoor environment:
24 aspects of learning available to download
Conducting an Early Years Audit helps to identify your strengths and prioritise key areas for improvement.
Effectively analysing the findings of the audit is an essential part of your self-evaluation. Share your findings with your team and use the information to work together to produce and maintain a SMART Action Plan demonstrating your focus on continuous improvement.
All early years settings should have safeguarding policies and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, disability, gender reassignment, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation, has a right to equal protection from harm.
Setting up and following good safeguarding policies and procedures means children are safe from adults and other children who might pose a risk
This handbook sets out Ofsted’s policy and approach to its compliance and
enforcement work for providers who are registered on the Early Years and/or the Childcare Register.
The education inspection framework sets out how Ofsted inspects maintained schools, academies, non-association independent schools, further education and skills provision and registered early years settings in England.
Preparing for the new EYFS
The new statutory framework applies from 1 September 2021
The government says the changes will improve outcomes for all children, but particularly the language and literacy outcomes for disadvantaged children and reduce teacher workload.
County Lines is a term used when drug gangs from big cities expand their operations to smaller towns, often using violence to drive out local dealers and exploiting children and vulnerable people to sell
Female genital mutilation (sometimes referred to as female circumcision) refers to procedures that intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non- medical reasons.
is the process during which young pubescent girls’ breasts are ironed, massaged, flattened and/or pounded down over a period of time (sometimes years) in order for the breasts to disappear or delay the development of the breasts entirely.
It is an Ofsted requirement that all employees who are in contact with children receive safeguarding training. It is advised that they refresh this training at least every three years. All Designated Child Protection/ Safeguarding Leads are expected to attend training every two years.
What you need to know about The new Education Inspection Framework
The new Education Inspection Framework comes into effect from September 2019.
Inspectors will report on:
Overall effectiveness – Quality of Education – Behaviour and attitudes- Personal development & Leadership and management.
I have produced a in-depth newsletter explaining all you need to know which can be downloaded
I have put together a series of key documents which are free to download.
"Child poverty - Slipping through the net"
In 2018, the UN published a statement on its visit to the UK, by Professor Philip Alston, UN Special Rapporteur on extreme poverty and human rights.
He was highly critical of the UK Government’s economic and welfare policies and pointed to ‘the immense growth in food banks and the queues waiting outside them, the people sleeping rough in the streets, the growth of homelessness, the sense of deep despair that leads even the Government to appoint a Minister for Suicide Prevention and Civil Society, to report in-depth on unheard of levels of loneliness and isolation.’ ...
... The number of families being referred to food banks is at an all-time high and continues to rise. For children, the impact on their chances of a decent education and life success is profound.
When children grow up poor, they miss out on the things most children take for granted: warm clothes, school trips, having friends over for tea. Poor children achieve less at school and this affects their future economic success, as well as their health and mental well-being.
You can read the full, thought provoking, article here
As an early years consultant I fully endorse the Reggio Emilia Approach to the learning, values and development of our young children.
I have attended the 'International Loris Malaguzzi Centre' in Italy on a number of occasions to keep up to date with techniques, innovations and core values of their approach.
I always come away feeling inspired.
This morning I delivered my Education Inspection Framework seminar / workshop to these fantastic early years practitioners. Thank you Penny Virdee for inviting me to work with your wonderful team. Together you inspire me with your dedication, enthusiasm and passion for delivering high quality teaching, learning and care to the children who attend your settings. It was such a pleasure working with you all. Please invite me again.
"Hi thank you so much I’m sat at home looking more into it I want to make sure I’m fully prepared"
"was a brilliant training session best i've ever been to; very informative, thank you for visiting us"
(early years practitioner)
On our training evaluation feed back forms we ask for feedback on the following criteria and received either good and excellent rating on all of them
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