Early Years TV

Early Years TV features interviews, discussions and presentations from leading theorists and practitioners all designed to help your professional development as an Early Years Practitioner and Educator.



Intermediate Practice

Penny Tassoni MBE on Self-efficacy

Posted on September 25, 2020.

Penny Tassoni MBE is a well-known education consultant, author and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play within early years. She has written over forty books, many of which are core textbooks. In 2013, she took on the role of President of the Professional Association of Early Years and Childcare (PACEY). She regularly works with nurseries and preschools in the UK and Turkey and has supported nurseries in China, Dubai and Hong Kong – to name a few!

In this interview we discuss the starting point of self-efficacy with Bandura; the importance of self-efficacy and the difference between self- efficacy and self-esteem or self-confidence; children’s independence, agency and self-advocacy; how the current pandemic may affect children’s self-efficacy; promoting self-efficacy both in the Early Years setting and at home.

Watch the livestream on Facebook on Friday 25th September here.

Penny’s books can be found on Amazon here or on Bloomsbury’s website here.


PACEY website is here:

Find out more about Bandura and self-efficacy here.

Carol Dweck writes extensively on mindsets, this is a good introductory article here.


Leadership and Management

Rachel Buckler on Identify, Help and Protect children in our care

Posted on September 18, 2020.

Rachel has over 30 years experience of working within the context of safeguarding and child protection particularly in the early years. Rachel spent 25 years working in social care and developing early intervention services for Local Authorities in the North West of England. She is co-founder of the Early Years Hub and supports numerous early years settings, schools and local authorities as a trainer and consultant.

In this interview, Rachel and I discuss how we use processes that identify need, help and protect young children in the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic; responding effectively to well-being and safeguarding concerns for all children; how Early Help can make a difference; identifying and contextualising Early Help interventions; identifying when protection is needed and levels of need; strategies to identify, help and protect children.


Rachel’s website is here:



Keeping Children Safe in Education 2020 document here

Children’s Commissioner No Way Out here



Specialist Areas of Interest

Premium Bonus: Louise Mercieca on food for thought – weight loss

Posted on September 18, 2020.

The bonus video this week is from Louise Mercieca, the award-winning nutritional therapist at the Health Kick.

In this video, Louise discusses losing weight in a healthy way, with a focus on individual circumstances, and how we need to focus on the health aspects when discussing weight loss with children.

Louise’s website is here:

and Facebook here:


Leadership and Management

Professor Julie Fisher on Moving On: Transition to Year One

Posted on September 11, 2020.

Julie Fisher is an independent Early Years Adviser and visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years, before which she was lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years of age and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.

Julie has been the national Chair of a number of early years organisations including the National Association of Early Years Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants and the national Early Childhood Forum. In her work, she draws on her own research projects which engage her in constant contact with practitioners and children in both schools and settings. She is a well-known and respected author whose books include ‘Starting from the Child’ (4th edition 2013); ‘The Foundations of Learning’ (2002); ‘Moving On to Key Stage One’ (2nd edn in press) and ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ (2016).

In this interview, we discuss why transitions are still a critical part of children’s educational lives; the importance of a play-based setting; the need for a new edition of ‘Moving on to Key Stage 1’; her research for the new edition and some of the surprising results; helping Headteachers to become more knowledgeable about the value and place of play.

Julie has achieved a doctorate for her research into the changing role of early childhood educators. She is also a recipient of the prestigious Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award for her contribution to early childhood education.

Open University Press

You can find Professor Fisher on Early Education here:


Core Practice

Kate Shelley on the Emotional Support of Storytelling

Posted on September 4, 2020.

Kate Shelley has worked in early years across Primary Schools, Nursery Schools and Children’s Centres. She is super passionate about children having the opportunity to play, and think school should be a place where creativity, curiosity and a passion for learning starts. Kate has developed Tales Toolkit for just these reasons.

In this interview, we discuss how narrative or storytelling helps to support children’s wellbeing; how this can help build children’s resilience; how Tales Toolkit can help children’s emotional wellbeing and support parents


Tales Toolkit website:

Tales Toolkit Twitter:

Tales Toolkit Facebook



Specialist Areas of Interest

Premium Bonus: Louise Mercieca on Summer and Sugar

Posted on September 4, 2020.

Louise Mercieca is an award-winning Nutritional Therapist and an award-winning author.

It all started when she studied Nutrition for Children’s Brain Development early in 2018, inspiring her to write a book – ‘How Food Shapes Your Child’.

Louise’s approach is to make the links between the foods we eat and our health.


You can find Louise’s website here:


Core Practice

Di Chilvers on Observations and the Development Map

Posted on August 28, 2020.

Di Chilvers is an author and advisory consultant in early education who works in partnership with setting schools and local authorities across the country to support the development of exemplary Early Years practice.

She’s been an early education associate for many years and her collaborative approach is firmly rooted in Loris Malaguzzi’s philosophy that ‘children are thrilled and grateful when adults want first to understand them and then to help them’. Having originally trained as a nursery nurse and NNEB Di’s 40 plus years’ experience in education has taken her around the world, visiting Reggio Emilia several times as well as Ghana, Oman, Denmark, New Zealand and India.

In this interview we discuss why observations are so important for practitioners, for children and understanding what you are watching; child development; assessment of children’s progress; the ‘assessment tool kit’ – the things you need to know and understand to do observations successfully; using Di’s Development Map to demonstrate and visualise children’s holistic development; the importance of our own self-development to help understand child development.

Di Chilver’s website is:
and you can find her on Facebook here:

Find out more about the Development Map on its own dedicated website here:

and if you can check out the package details here:

Learning Stories in Practice Paperback
by Margaret Carr and Wendy Lee


Leadership and Management

Matt Arnerich on Marketing your Early Years setting

Posted on August 24, 2020.

Matt Arnerich is Head of Content & Brand Voice, at Famly – who make software that helps people in the Early Years build stronger relationships with parents, and save time on their admin.

For the past three and half years, he’s been in charge of the content Famly make, sharing information and telling stories to more than 1 million readers with the aim of making outstanding early years care achievable for everyone.

He says ‘Don’t sweat the petty things and don’t pet the sweaty things.’

In this interview, we discuss websites, Facebook and social media advertising; branding; testimonials; ensuring you have the correct data to make effective decisions about how to market your setting.

The famly website is here:
and the blog is here:


Wellbeing Festival

Shana Laffy on Developing Conscious Communication within your Team

Posted on August 21, 2020.

Developing Conscious Communication within your Team

• How conscious communication in a team can improve working together
• The drama and winners triangles
• Restorative conversations


Wellbeing Festival

Ellen Dodge on Supporting Parents at Home

Posted on August 21, 2020.

In this interview, Ellen and I discuss some great ideas for supporting parents at home, especially during these strange times, including:

• Practical ways for parents to communicate well with their children
• How to stay connected to your parenting partner
• Managing our own feelings, even when it’s stressful

Ellen Dodge is passionate about kids, having 3 children of her own, and has spent her entire career working and consulting with schools to help kids learn the tools to be awesome communicators. It has been her life’s dream to bring social emotional learning to parents directly in their home and so created with The Parenting Partner.

She is also the Education Director and the author of Kimochis Social Emotional Learning Curriculum, which is helping increase the world’s kindness footprint as we intentionally help kids and teachers learn how to communicate feelings and be more connected.

Ellen knows that ‘feelings fuel behaviours’ and all children benefit from being able to truly understand what feelings are and what practices are needed to regulate them in positive ways. She says that communication is the foundational tool to well-being and a successful, happy life. Ellen wrote her first ground-breaking book for speech language pathologists, CommunicationLab, so all schools could teach these transformational tools to children.

Ellen has been awarded the Honors of the California Speech and Hearing Association as the highest honour for making an impact in the field of Communication and Speech Disorders along with receiving a National Character Education award for her contribution to the public schools.


Parenting Partner


Free resource sign up page:


Wellbeing Festival

Annie Davy on Routes to Resilience

Posted on August 21, 2020.

In this extended interview, Annie explains the Routes to Resilience for children, and adults, including:

  • What it means to be a resilient child
  • The many layers of resilience in a person’s life
  • How the Head, Heart, Hands – physical, emotional, cognitive – are all connected
  • Working with nature as a resource to support resilience

Annie is a highly experienced leadership coach, mentor, trainer and facilitator. She is a catalyst for innovative projects spanning education, community and social enterprise, with a strong track record of incubating successful community projects, social enterprise and transforming environments (see;; Key work skills: facilitation of peer to peer action learning sets,  a deep understanding of early childhood development and organisational resilience.  Annie is a passionate advocate of connecting to nature for better health and well-being.  Her most recent book for early years practitioners “A Sense of Place  – mindful practice outdoors”  was published by Bloomsbury in 2019.

Annie’s career spans teaching, inspection, writing,  lecturing and management. She has held  successful leadership roles including  12 years heading up an award winning service of 300 staff, head of community education centre, interim headteacher of a nursery school and children’s centre and founder of three thriving charitable social enterprises in her home town of Oxford.  She works as consultant internationally.   She believes that supporting leaders’ resilience is essential for a team, setting or organisation to flourish. She is passionate about her family, human development, Nature and creating great spaces for work and life.



Referenced projects/initiatives


Wellbeing Festival

Ann Marie Christian on Safeguarding

Posted on August 21, 2020.

In this interview, Ann Marie Christian discusses some of the safeguarding issues that all types of settings may be having to think about, including:

• Safeguarding advice if you are recently reopened
• Safeguarding priorities for all practitioners in all types of settings
• The role of the Designated Safeguarding Lead

Ann Marie has been delivering keynote speeches and workshops at national conferences since 2001 and since 2010 Ann Marie has independently supported hundreds of organisations in strengthening their safeguarding agenda.

She participated in a pilot project in 1999 as a social worker based in a school in an Inclusion Team. It was a successful project and the exclusion rate reduced by a third in the first term. The project received Beacon Status and was invited to various conferences to talk.

She’s an associate for various organisations including the NSPCC and many more.

Ann Marie is the safeguarding officer for her local parish and delivers annual training to the volunteers. She sits on the church Safeguarding Committee who meet quarterly.

She is a big child at heart and loves reading children’s books and writes monthly reviews for Letter Box Library.



Wellbeing Festival

Puja Balachander on Supporting Parents

Posted on August 21, 2020.

In this interview, Puja explains how the app Devie is supporting parents in a non-judgemental and instantly accessible way, including:

• Parents supporting children’s social and emotional development
• Importance of simple activities, routines and independence for children
• Having even a short time for your own wellbeing

Puja Balachander is a former product designer at the White House and World Bank who spent five years building digital tools to support vulnerable families. She is now the CEO and social entrepreneur at Devie, an app that uses AI to guide parents through their toughest challenges in a way that’s evidence-based, actionable, and reassuring.



Wellbeing Festival

Tanya Valentin on Re-connecting as a Team

Posted on August 21, 2020.

In this interview, Tanya Valentin explains how we can reconnect as a team, even if your setting has been open over lockdown. The unusual (and possibly challenging) working conditions could affect team cohesion during these strange times. We discuss:

  • How professionalism and relationships are intertwined
  • Importance of boundaries for everyone
  • A sense of belonging for the whole team

My experience has taught me to value and respect children and their right to be, right to choose and right to become. I firmly believe that we teach who we are and I learnt the hard way through my life apprenticeship the impact disempowering childhood messages can have.  How this can be the war that you constantly wage in yourself.

The person you are and the teacher cannot be separated.  If we want our children to thrive then we need to first look after the person at the heart of the teacher.

When you work with me I work with the person as well as the early childhood professional.  I will support you to reconnect with yourself, to challenge the disempowering “stories” that you have that are holding you back.  I will support you to be the confident, resilient, empowered leader and teacher that I know you are.



Facebook groups: Making Yourself a Priority:

Inspirational ECE Leadership with Tanya Valentin

My books, courses, blogs and coaching can be accessed on the website:



Sandi and Chris Phoenix on using the Safety Cup for Wellbeing

Posted on August 17, 2020.

You can watch the first video of the free Wellbeing Festival now! 

Just sign up on the Early Years Summit site here and you’ll be sent an email with your unique link

Sandi Phoenix

Sandi is the founding company director and Principal Facilitator at Phoenix Support for Educators, and the Phoenix Cups. Her framework, The Phoenix Cups, have revolutionised how staff not only work with children’s behaviour, but how teams view each other’s behaviour. The Phoenix Cups adds a new perspective to understanding each other and learning to work and live in harmony together.

Sandi started studying Psychological Science in 1998 and has many years’ experience collaborating with staff and teams to support positive relationships and partnerships. She is highly regarded nationwide as a speaker, coach, mentor and Professional Development facilitator.

Christopher Phoenix

Christopher is the is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators, and co-author of the Phoenix Cups book – The Phoenix Cups: A Cup Filling Story. He tours Australia and beyond delivering the Phoenix Cups model through a highly entertaining Workplace Wellbeing workshop and keynote presentation.

He has appeared on Australia’s most popular national morning television show Sunrise, has featured as the Commonwealth Bank’s Australian of the Day, been interviewed on national radio station Triple M, and has been the subject of numerous national and international newspaper articles.

In this interview we discuss:

Five Phoenix cups: mastery, freedom, connection, safety and fun. Everyone has different needs profiles and different size cups, the level of how far empty they are in any current moment is what could be changing too. So making sure that we get all our needs met making sure that we get our cups filled.

When the safety cup is emptied, it prompts the stress response – fight, flight, freeze

Supporting the team means being aware of those needs supporting each other, understanding each other’s cups and our behavioural choices are the things that fill or empty our cups.

Assign a wellbeing officer. Use shared language to have conversations with your team and really open-ended conversations around what you need.

One of the biggest things that’s going to impact on children is the adults around them and their cups. So they’ll look to us for guidance and ideas around how should I be feeling at the moment. If we’re feeling unsafe, the children are going to feel unsafe. Also, children should have accurate information and to have information that is useful.

Do more of the things that fill cups within your program and less of the things that empty cups. Challenge your unhelpful thinking, become aware of your thoughts because your thoughts can be cup emptying or cup filling.



Leadership and Management

Professor Peter Gray on Play, Parenting and Self Directed Education

Posted on August 14, 2020.

In this Masterclass interview, Professor Gray explains three different parenting styles (trustful parenting, directive-domineering and directive-protective), their history and what this means for modern childhood; the school system, alternative school systems (Sudbury Valley) and self-directed education; how the changes in children’s lives during the pandemic lockdown may have significant knock-on effects for schooling and parenting in the future.


Leadership and Management

Ali McClure on Brilliant Behaviour

Posted on August 7, 2020.

Ali McClure is an experienced and highly respected educator, author and creator, who uses a wealth of props, lively and fun activities during training. Each is backed with a key message, proven to help you not only make a difference, but really understand the reasons why Ali’s strategies work so well.

Ali has up to date and first-hand experience as a Special Needs Co-ordinator and Teacher Trainer.

In this interview, we discuss strategies to support emotional wellbeing and meet those needs of children who are communicating through behaviour; strengthening parent partnership; key person or special person role; why relationships are the key to understanding children’s behaviour; Life after Lockdown; practical strategies and perspectives – all using props and effective mental imagery.

You can find Ali McClure’s website here:

And the top tips for boys are here:

On Twitter here:

On Facebook here:

And her A to Z of Brilliant Behaviour is on YouTube here:

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Specialist Areas of Interest

Professor Robert Winston on Science in the Early Years

Posted on August 7, 2020.

Professor Robert Winston is one of the most instantly recognisable scientists in the country and is Emeritus Professor of Fertility Studies at Imperial College. He was created a life peer in 1995.

In this interview, we discuss the range of books that Professor Winston has written to support science and scientific enquiry in the Early Years.

You can find his full range of books here:


Advanced Topics

Tom Shea on Play

Posted on July 31, 2020.

Tom Shea is Fafu’s lead Imaginator. He prefers growing old to growing up really enjoys meeting new people and providing innovative ideas in helping day nurseries develop and create amazing spaces. Tom is an expert in early brain development and has been working with children for 52 years.

He has a nursery called Child First along with his incredible manufacturing space in Milton Keynes called The New Factory. You can also find Tom organising an annual educational trip called International Play Iceland which has grown over the past 6 years attracting attendees from all over the world.

In this interview, we discuss what children’s play is and what this means for children; challenge, risk and freedom in children’s play environment; the role of the adult in children’s play; having ‘Sparkle Plus’ to work well in childcare; the importance of good quality outdoor space; Play Iceland and the development of Fafunia; exploring what can be done together with children as the supportive adult.

Find out more about Fafunia here:

International Play Iceland:

Early Childhood and Neuroscience: Theory, Research and Implications for Practice
by Mine Conkbayir

Archive: Lady Allen Adventure Playground Chelsea, Circa 1970s


Specialist Areas of Interest

Sue Hartley and Katie Brennan on Yoga and Mindfulness for children

Posted on July 24, 2020.

Susan Hartley and Katie Brennan set up Yoginis Yoga Training Ltd in 2006 and have been delivering yoga sessions and training to schools and nurseries ever since.

They are lifelong advocates of yoga and are experts in teaching and training Early Years providers in yoga and mindfulness.

In this interview, we discuss KIND (Keep it simple, Individuality, Nurture and Develop; how you can do yoga at home with children; the lifelong benefits of mindfulness; the free resources and course that Yoginis Yoga are offering.

They are kindly offering viewers 20% off their level 1 online courses, using code EYTV20

Yoginis Yoga website:

Parent zone for free game:

Other free resources:

Free 30 minute introduction course

All social media id is @yoginisyoga

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