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Early Years TV Episodes

This is a list of all the Early Years TV Episodes. Scroll down to see the episodes organised by category.

You can watch the latest episode free, or join Early Years TV Premium to get access to all the videos we produce now and in the future  (plus get a Professional Development certificate for each video you watch).

Latest Episodes...

Natalie Bishop on the role of the SENDI at Bright Horizons
Natalie is passionate about improving support systems for families with Autism and is working to create a new charity to support children to access therapy. She is a TEDx speaker and Parent Advocate. In this interview, we discuss the role of the Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) practitioner and the SENDI framework that has been developed at Bright Horizons.
Louise Mercieca on Post-lockdown activity
In this special video, Louise Mercieca of the Health Kick, explains some of the global consequences of the pandemic lockdown and the impact on children's lives.
June O’Sullivan MBE on Pedagogy and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss her latest book – The A to Z of Early Years – Policy, Pedagogy and Plain Speaking, which is based on her much loved blog. June explains her four elements of pedagogy, the effects these have had on the LEYF settings and how these support the development of all children.
Emily Garratt on Tele-therapy
In this interview we discuss how tele-therapy can supplement and complement traditional therapy, especially for those families who may find services hard to reach for whatever reason. Emily explains how tele-therapy has really come into its own during the pandemic, so families have still been able to access support even under difficult circumstances.
Rusty Keeler on Risky Play and Natural Playscape Design
In this interview, we discuss the concept of risky play and the benefits for the children. Rusty explains how practitioners and educators can expand their own comfort zones and the role that the environment plays in this. Of course, as a natural playscape designer, we also discuss the elements of good design, whatever the size or location of your setting, and what inspires Rusty's own designs.
Debbie Garvey on Self-Reflection
In this interview we discuss the importance of reflective practice (and why it should be more than just something you studied at college) and the different types of reflective practice. Debbie has some great ideas and strategies for including reflective practice as part of your daily work, without distracting from the children, even if you're a childminder or home-based.

Starting Friday 7th May ...


Louise Mercieca

In this special video, Louise Mercieca of the Health Kick, explains some of the global consequences of the pandemic lockdown and the impact on children's lives.

Her particular focus is on lockdown inactivity, how this has affected children and how we can counter-act that in the months to come.

Coming Soon...

Friday 14th May 2021

Natalie Bishop on the Role of the SENDI

Friday 21st May 2021

Sarah Seaman on the Muddy Puddle Teacher

Friday 28th May 2021

Ann Marie Christian on Child abuse linked to Faith

Friday 4th June 2021

Dr Valerie Daniel on unconscious bias and pedagogy

Future Episodes Include...

Lucy Lewin Showing your nursery at its best

Rebecca Hemmings Cultural diversity in the Early Years


Episodes by Category

Core Practice - Food, health, nutrition, sleep, medicines and other core areas vital to all practitioners.

Louise Mercieca on Post-lockdown activity
In this special video, Louise Mercieca of the Health Kick, explains some of the global consequences of the pandemic lockdown and the impact on children's lives.
Rusty Keeler on Risky Play and Natural Playscape Design
In this interview, we discuss the concept of risky play and the benefits for the children. Rusty explains how practitioners and educators can expand their own comfort zones and the role that the environment plays in this. Of course, as a natural playscape designer, we also discuss the elements of good design, whatever the size or location of your setting, and what inspires Rusty's own designs.
Dr Tina Payne Bryson on The Bottom Line for Baby
In this interview, we discuss Dr Bryson's new book - The Bottom Line for Baby – which is based on her research and extensive knowledge. We explore some of the things parents get judged for, but that science actually says are fine, as well as some of those myths most parents believe that the science says we shouldn’t believe. It was also an ideal opportunity to get some tips and strategies for those times when parents and carers may not be on the same page when it comes to some of the decisions you may have to make about babies.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on Children’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
In this interview, we discuss how children's mental health has been changing and how we should respond to that as Early Years practitioners, educators and teachers. As usual, Sonia has a lot of great ideas and advice, based on her own experience and work.
Sarah Neville on the benefits of childminders
In this interview, we discuss the unique role of the childminder or home-based childcare - the benefits and best parts that this type of childcare can have for children, parents and families. Sarah also explains some of the unique challenges that childminders face and how to overcome these, such as keeping updated with new legislation, fresh practice and socialising with others.
Claudia Holmes and Claire Hewson on SEND
In this interview, we start with both a definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the responsibilities or legal requirements placed on educational settings in England around SEND. We then go onto discuss the types of barriers and challenges that educational settings and parents or carers may face.
Katy Harris on The benefits of being outdoors
In this interview, Katy explains how she first began to appreciate the benefits of being outdoors with her own children. We go on to discuss how being outdoors can help children’s cognitive development, good mental health and wellbeing.
Gwyneth McCormack and Dr Donna Carpenter on supporting children with visual impairment using Story Time
In this interview, Gwyn explains how she creates and presents the Family Time story sessions, a TV show for children with complex needs in Deafblind programmes across 16 States (and growing!) in America. Dr Donna Carpenter describes how this helps and supports children and their families, including the use of sign language interpreters.
Karen Wilding on Subitising in Early Maths
In this interview, we start by discussing mathematical fluency and number sense. We then go onto to discuss the different sorts of subitising. Karen has some great suggestions and strategies for practitioners and educators to help them to learn to love mathematics. She also has suggestions for parents to help them to support children’s mathematics at home. Links: Karen's website is here: www.eymaths.co.uk
Kierna Corr on Getting Enthusiastic about Outdoor Play
In this interview, Kierna takes us on her journey - from being someone who would be most likely found inside with a good book to being outdoors every day. She explains how she became interested in learning – and embracing – the outdoors through travel and education.
Maureen Phillip on Multisensory Storytelling
In this interview, we discuss how 'the story is told eye to eye, mind to mind, heart to heart' and how this storytelling ethos can be used to help support adults and children. Maureen goes on to explain how and why we should make our storytelling multisensory.
Nuzhat Abbas on cultural identity through story and song
In this interview, we discuss how Nuzhat used lockdown to support families through the PEEP programme, including reaching parents who wouldn't normally come to the live sessions! We discuss the importance of home culture, home language and how songs are an excellent way to share this.
Helen Armstrong on respectful, calm mealtimes for babies and toddlers
In this interview, we discuss Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber's approaches and principles; mealtimes for the birth to three age range; ensuring we are respectful when feeding babies, toddlers and older children; top strategies be for practitioners and educators to ensure beautiful mealtimes, whatever the age of the children; advice for parents.
Dr Lakeisha Johnson on Maya’s Book Nook and diversity in books
In this interview, we discuss her website dedicated to diverse books, Maya’s Book Nook, and some of Dr Johnson's favourite books. You can also learn the best way to choose your 'MUST haves' books on your bookshelf for diversity and how to engage in dialogic reading, using the acronym CROWD.
Rae Pica on What if we taught the way children learn?
In this interview, we discuss how we  “accidentally dampen creativity” in young children and how early childhood educators and practitioners can stop it happening. Rae is also well known for her passion for 'active learning', so we examine how active learning and creativity go hand in hand. Rae also explains the critical importance of divergent thinking for our young children, especially in today's world and the world they will be growing up in. 
Clare Devlin on Observation, Assessment and Planning
In this Masterclass interview, we discuss the 'What, So What and Now What' of observation, assessment and planning; what observations are important; how to record them; understanding the reasons behind making an observation; the use of assessments in understanding children's progress;
Rachel Buckler on Identify, Help and Protect children in our care
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.
Kate Shelley on the Emotional Support of Storytelling
In this interview, Kate Shelley and I 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
Di Chilvers on Observations and the Development Map
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.
Sue Hartley and Katie Brennan on Yoga and Mindfulness for children
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.
Alison Featherbe on the Positive Impact of Change
In this interview, we discuss some of the changes in the Early Years sector over recent months - the anxiety that has come with information constantly changing and the situation evolving; the significant changes to the way we educate and care, manage emotional and physical environments and support parents; the challenges many leaders and managers have faced.
Anni McTavish on Treasure Baskets and Heuristic Play
In this interview, we first discuss treasure baskets - their benefits, the adult's role and what objects to include. We then go on to discuss toddler's heuristic play and the types of resources that work well for this.
Sarah Seaman on Muddy Puddle Teaching
In this interview, Sarah explains the rationale behind the Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach; practical applications; how to meet the curriculum requirements outdoors; concerns if you have children with additional needs; and how to do all this and still keep in budget! 
Dr Sally Smith and Helen Stroudley on Play and Learn with your baby
In this interview Dr Sally Smith, Helen Stroudley and Kathy Brodie discuss the CBeebies show The Baby Club; activities with babies; the ORIM (Opportunities Recognition Interaction Model) Framework; supporting parents with their babies.
Kerry Payne on Special Educational Needs: supporting children and their families
In this interview, Kerry Payne and I discuss what is meant by Special Educational Needs, the 4 broad areas of SEND; strategies for making settings as inclusive as possible; how we can use documentation to help, not hinder and much more
Louise Mercieca on Cooking with Children
In this interview, we discuss some easy recipes to make with children; how to discuss nutrition with children; sugar, brain foods, low-fat foods and the diet industry; what to look for in ingredients lists in convenience foods; food and immunity.
Nathan Wallis on Social and Emotional Development in the first 1000 Days
In this interview, Nathan explains the critical importance of the first 1,000 days of a child's life; the benefits of a key person, or named person, approach in an early childhood setting; the neuroscience behind love and deep, meaningful connections;
Princess Aspien/Chloe Hayden on Autism Awareness
In this interview, Chloe and I discuss stimming, sensory overload, what school may feel like to a person who has autism and sleeping. I found Chole's perspective incredibly insightful as well as useful.
Sarah Parkin on Nannies and Nanny Agencies
Sarah is chair of the Association of Nanny Agencies, ANA. ANA was founded to raise standards of work practice and professionalism amongst nanny agencies, to keep nannies informed and updated on relevant legal and employment laws, providing useful resources and offering a support network.
Gabby Millgate on Chickens in Early Years settings
In this interview, Gabby explains how to set up ready for chickens, the best type of chickens to get, how to feed them and, of course, all the benefits for children - even ones who may be nervous around chickens at first.
Michael Rosen on Play Well
Michael Rosen, who needs little introduction, but you may know him as the author of stories such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt or the poet behind Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here.
Jo Frisby on Animals in the Early Years
Joanne Frisby AKA Jungle Jo, who does live exotic animal birthday parties and educational displays for residential homes, people with disabilities, Scouts, brownies, Summer fetes, libraries, after school clubs.
Dr Louise Mansell on Emotional Resilience and Emotional Regulation
Dr Louise Mansell is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist at ‘Beyond Psychology’. In this episode, she discusses emotional regulation and what this may look like in children's behaviour;
Dr Andrew King on Science and Engineering in the Early Years
Dr Andrew King is an engineer and author of the ‘Engibears’ who really enjoys his family life, his work and dreaming. Andrew’s family are avid readers and have really helped him to appreciate the magic of books.
Tina Stubbs on Teaching Healthy Habits to Young Children
Tina Stubbs is the creator of Life’s Little Bugs - a unique and fun award-winning series of books that will fast track your child to practice healthy habits without the tantrums and tears!
Polly Ives on Concert Music for Young Children
Polly is a freelance concert presenter, workshop leader, trainer, cellist and teacher, based in Sheffield and working across the UK, with a particular specialism in music for children under eight years old.
Ruth Simmons on Versatile Play and Kitcamp
Ruth Simmons has been teaching for 17 years, and has been teaching in the Early Years for the last 6 years, in international schools and in the UK, and she is currently in Devon.
Louise Mercieca on Fun Ideas for Healthy Food
Louise Mercieca, host of EYTV’s Food Channel, is a personal trainer, which naturally led her to an interest in food and nutrition.
Marie McKittrick on Medicines in Early Years Settings
Marie McKittrick is currently a trainer for the Early Years Hub.
Ivana Beckett on Holistic Physical Development
Ivana Beckett is the manager at St Vincent’s Nursery, Altrincham.
Dean Horridge on Healthy and Active for Life
Dean Horridge and his team at Fit for Sport have been providing school, family and community programmes for over twenty-seven years
Carmen Powell on Books to support diversity in a setting
Carmen was born in Australia and brought up in Malta, moving to the UK in 1985 and is an award-winning teacher and Early Years Specialist.
Kathryn Albany-Ward on Colour-Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency
Kathryn Albany-Ward established the CIC company Colour Blind Awareness after she discovered that her son was colour blind.
Ali McClure on Pedagogy, The Curriculum and Continuous Provision, Getting to Grips with Great Early Years Practice
Ali McClure is well known for her work on boys but more recently her focus is on how to bring out the best in every child, through what she describes as the craft of teaching.
Sue Newman and Harriet Thomas on the role of music in community learning and cohesion with BoogieMites
Sue Newman and Harriet Thomas of Boogie Mites. Boogie Mites offers Early Years families, practitioners and the wider community the knowledge, resources and confidence to harness the power of active music-making each and every day.
Cindy Davenport on Toddlers and Sleep
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia. She is a registered midwife, IBCLC and maternal and child health nurse.
Pete Moorhouse on Setting Up Your Woodworking Area
Pete Moorhouse is the author of ‘Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing creative woodwork into the early years’ and is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years education.
Greg Bottrill on Can I Go and Play Now?
Greg Bottrill is the author of ‘Can I go and play now? Rethinking the Early Years’.
Glenn Denny on Storytelling
Glenn Denny has been in childcare for over 20 years, mainly working in Scotland. He says that, despite the ever-changing landscape, he still loves it!
Vanessa Gilliam on Experiencing Natural Environments
Vanessa Gilliam is an experienced and inspirational early years practitioner who specializes in providing babies and toddlers with unique natural outdoor experiences.
Rebecca Maddix on Potty Training
Rebecca Maddix. With over 14 years experience within the childcare industry and a BA Hons degree in early years, Rebecca designs workshops to teach parents, practitioners and educators the skills to support their children, through her consultancy ‘Helping Hand Early Years Consultancy’
Rae Pica on Avoiding Behaviour Challenges in the Early Childhood Classroom
Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child, since 1980. She is the author of 20 books, a blogger, a columnist and was co-creator and host of  “Move for a Minute,” produced by New Hampshire Public Television and broadcast nationwide. She’s a popular and lively keynote presenter.
Louise Mercieca’s Summer Menu
Louise Mercieca is the host of the brand new resource for practitioners, educators, parents and grandparents - Early Years TV Food Channel.
Ann Thompson on being Naturally Creative
Ann Thompson is an early years consultant who inspires settings to develop outstanding outdoor learning environments and practice. She has developed a plethora of ideas for the creative use of natural materials to encourage children to explore at their own pace, grow in confidence and develop a love of learning.
Cindy Davenport on Young Children’s Sleep and Settling
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia.
Thor Stibor on Timbernook, San Diego
Thor Stibor runs a Timbernook in San Diego, California. A husband and father of one, Thor is an outdoors adventurist and long time educator in the fields of Adapted Physical Education and Health & Wellness.
Nicki Farrell on Wildlings Forest School
Nicki Farrell was raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's passions and expertise lie in outdoor recreation, educating educators, creating community connections, ecological literacy, environmental protection and stewardship,
Rachel Macbeth-Webb on Beatle Woods
Rachel Macbeth-Webb is founder of the Award Winning nursery that is totally outdoors – in the UK – Beatle Woods.
Ursula Krystek-Walton on neuroscience in the Early Years
Ursula Krystek-Walton . Ursula has been in the Early Years industry for over 20 years. She is the Head of Early Years at Bertram nursery group where she's been for the last five years, she has a first class BA Honours in Childhood studies and is a neuroscience champion!
Bridgit Brown on Award Winning Childminding
Bridgit Brown has built up her childminding business, based in Worthing, West Sussex, over the last 3 years, drawing on her 20 years of childcare experience in a huge range of settings.
Jo Fitzgerald on Resilience
Jo Fitzgerald is an experienced teacher, mum, blogger, author, and parent advisor, with many articles published in the media. She has a strong focus on helping parents foster resilience skills and emotional wellbeing in their young children.
Wendy Duncan on Kamishibai and storytelling
Wendy Duncan and storytelling. Wendy was working as an English instructor on the beautiful island of Okinawa that Wendy first encountered Kamishibai. The literal translation is paper theatre.
Deb Blakley on Food, Body Peace and Children
Deb Blakley is an accredited, practising Dietitian and mum, who is passionate about kids learning to love food from birth and beyond. Deb delights in supporting grown-ups (parents, carers and educators) to positively and joyfully connect or reconnect with food and eating.
Nicola Lathey on Speech and Language
Nicola Lathey is one of the top Speech and Language Therapists in the UK. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Small Talk, and has also written a series of children’s books, underpinned by Speech and Language Therapy principles.
Kate Moxley on Practitioner’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
Kate Moxley has worked within the Early Years sector for over two decades and has both an Early Childhood Studies degree and hands-on experience. As an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Kate specialises in mental health and wellbeing – working with staff teams to create mentally healthy workplace environments.
Beth Thomas on Transitions
Beth Thomas is a 30-something Mum of two boys who has spent most of her life dreaming about the things she would like to do, whilst working with young children and studying Early Years to degree level and beyond.
Louise Mercieca on Healthy Eating ideas for children
In this interview, we discuss her book 'How Food Shapes Your Child'; healthy, nutritious and fun meal ideas; engaging parents with healthy eating for their children; supporting children who may have challenges with their food or diet.
Nikky Smedley and Puppet Sam on puppeteering
Nikky Smedley has been creating and performing work for children for four decades. She works as an education consultant offering workshops on storytelling, performance and creativity and is the author of a book called ‘Create, Perform, Teach’.
Elizabeth Jarman on Communication Friendly Spaces
Elizabeth Jarman is an international, leading expert on learning environments, the creator of Communication Friendly Spaces and an award-winning author.
Deborah Stewart on play based activities and environments
Deborah Stewart is passionate about children learning through play and has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. She owns her own small private preschool called The Children’s Studio for children ages three to five years old and writes the highly successful ‘Teach Preschool’ Blog.
Dr Eric Rasmussen on music for babies and young children
Dr. Eric Rasmussen chairs the Peabody Preparatory’s Early Childhood Music Department and is a music specialist at two Hopkins-affiliated early childhood learning centers
Lisa Brett on listening to young children and RAMPS
Lisa is the creator of the SeeMe.HearMe.KnowMe. tools, which are aimed at supporting practitioners in their listening practice and is also the author of some workforce development resources that support practitioners and mangers in creating a culture of listening,
Gwyn McCormack on strategies for supporting children with vision impairment
Gwyn McCormack is a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments, has spent many years as a teacher, first in mainstream secondary school and then as a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments in a peripatetic support service.
Kate Shelley on Tales Toolkit
Kate 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
Penny Tassoni MBE on Understanding Children’s Behaviour
Penny Tassoni MBE is an education consultant, author, keynote speaker and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play. She written over 40 books, and has also been the President of the Professional Association of Early Years and Childcare (PACEY) since 2013.She regularly visits and supports nurseries and pre-schools both in the UK and places such as China, Dubai and Hong Kong, which allows her to maintain regular contact with babies and young children.
Helen Battelley on Music and Movement and Diwali
Helen is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer and speaker in Physical Development/movement in Early Education who has been working as a dance and movement specialist for over 19 years. In this interview, we discuss how movement underpins all learning; the types of physical activities children should be engaged in; cultural awareness benefits of different types of music; linking music and movement throughout the curriculum; videos of music and movement sessions in practice.
Stacey Kelly – Belief systems and Gratitude Movement
Stacey is a former teacher, a parent to 2 beautiful children & the Founder of Early Years Story Box.
Debbie Garvey on Children’s Wellbeing
In this video, Debbie Garvey talks specifically about the importance of listening to young children. Debbie has a background as a practitioner in both maintained and private sectors, and in January 2007, she set up Stonegate Training Consultancies to advocate for quality provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. She is also the author of Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. https://stonegatetraining.co.uk/twitter.com/stoneg8training Find her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nurturing-Personal-Emotional-Development-Childhood/dp/1785922238/
Alice Sharp on making ordinary activities extraordinary
Alice Sharp is a trained primary school teacher who is passionate about doing the best for children. She loves her job - which she describes as being an 'imagineer'.
Dr Carolyn Blackburn on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Dr Carolyn Blackburn has worked in childcare and education for nearly 20 years and has established a reputation for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Mary Medlicott on Story-telling and story reading
In this interview, we discuss the practicalities of storytelling, how to prepare a session, advice for making sure it's engaging and interesting and how to follow on with activities; props for storytelling; organise the staff team for a storytelling session; getting parents involved with storytelling.
Sandi Phoenix and the Fun Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Fun Cup in this week’s episode on Early Years TV.
Wendy Baker on nurturing relationships
Wendy is an Early Years consultant and trainer, who works with early years settings, pre-schools, playgroups, children centres and colleges.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on both practitioner’s well-being and listening to young children
In this episode, Sonia discusses how practitioners can effectively support their own wellbeing, using a number of methods. She also discusses how we can listen to young children.
Dr Lala Manners on physical development and language development
The focus in this video is on the links between two critical areas of children's learning and development: physical development and language (including communication).
Joss Cambridge-Simmons’s top tips for children in a city and being a Manny
Joss Cambridge-Simmons gives top tips for taking children out and about in a big city, including the procedure needed when collecting children from a working canal boat! He also discusses some of the unique aspects of being a black male looking after a range of children when he is travelling around.
Rachel Buckler on the Role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
In this interview, Rachel Buckler explains the crucial role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead in an Early Years setting.
Andy Mitchell’s Top Tips for Reception (Kindergarten) Teachers
Andy Mitchell is someone who I originally interviewed for the Men in Childcare podcasts, back in November 2014. I was just blown away by his journey to becoming a Primary School Teacher
Kate Young on Safeguarding
Kate Young is a safeguarding consultant and child protection lawyer. She is the founder of the Safeguarding Association, which is an international hub for independent safeguarding practitioners and educators, and organisations to come together to share good practice from around the world. Kate just loves bringing people together to discuss and share information about safeguarding and child protection – and shout from the rooftops about what works to make changes for the benefit of children.
Christopher Phoenix on Well-Being for Practitioners
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager. In this interview, we are going to be learning how practitioners and educator’s wellbeing has benefits for our children.
Sir Michael Marmot on Health Inequalities and their Implication for Early Childhood
In this interview, world-leading expert on health inequalities Sir Michael Marmot discusses the effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term outcomes for children and the ways in which Early Years settings can offset these. He gives recommendations for practitioners and educators based on his research and extensive knowledge in this area.

Intermediate Practice - Books, literature, storytelling, physical development, Personal, Social and Emotional Development (PSED), Speech and language and other more in-depth topics.

Natalie Bishop on the role of the SENDI at Bright Horizons
Natalie is passionate about improving support systems for families with Autism and is working to create a new charity to support children to access therapy. She is a TEDx speaker and Parent Advocate. In this interview, we discuss the role of the Special Educational Needs, Disabilities and Inclusion (SENDI) practitioner and the SENDI framework that has been developed at Bright Horizons.
Rusty Keeler on Risky Play and Natural Playscape Design
In this interview, we discuss the concept of risky play and the benefits for the children. Rusty explains how practitioners and educators can expand their own comfort zones and the role that the environment plays in this. Of course, as a natural playscape designer, we also discuss the elements of good design, whatever the size or location of your setting, and what inspires Rusty's own designs.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on Children’s Social, Emotional and Mental Health needs
In this interview, we discuss how children's mental health has been changing and how we should respond to that as Early Years practitioners, educators and teachers. As usual, Sonia has a lot of great ideas and advice, based on her own experience and work.
Marina Robb on the Outdoor Teacher
In this interview, Marina explains how she became 'The Outdoor Teacher' and her nature pedagogy. We go on to discuss the many health and educational benefits of being outdoors and the importance of the relationship with nature as a ‘third relationship’. Marina also has lots of great ideas to make the most of the outdoors, whether you are just discovering the benefits or if you're already experienced in making the most of the outdoors.
Katy Harris on The benefits of being outdoors
In this interview, Katy explains how she first began to appreciate the benefits of being outdoors with her own children. We go on to discuss how being outdoors can help children’s cognitive development, good mental health and wellbeing.
Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge on Helping children by understanding our own bias
In this interview, we discuss what we mean 'unconscious bias' and how this can affect everything, from observations to decision making. Different types of bias, such as affinity bias, attribution bias and confirmation bias are explained and there are lots of practical ways of countering and recognising our own bias, including strategies for the staff team.
Alice Sharp on Empowering Parents
In this interview, Alice explains the 'equation' that can be applied to help children have the most positive start in life, including lots of practical examples of how this can be achieved in practice. She also has some innovative strategies for reaching out to parents and truly engaging them in their children's play.
Karen Wilding on Subitising in Early Maths
In this interview, we start by discussing mathematical fluency and number sense. We then go onto to discuss the different sorts of subitising. Karen has some great suggestions and strategies for practitioners and educators to help them to learn to love mathematics. She also has suggestions for parents to help them to support children’s mathematics at home. Links: Karen's website is here: www.eymaths.co.uk
Kierna Corr on Getting Enthusiastic about Outdoor Play
In this interview, Kierna takes us on her journey - from being someone who would be most likely found inside with a good book to being outdoors every day. She explains how she became interested in learning – and embracing – the outdoors through travel and education.
Bev Bacon and Kelly Hill on Executive Function and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss executive function, both as a skill that children need to master and as a framework for effective leadership. Bev Bacon explains how we can support children's executive function and Kelly Hill explains how a leadership pedagogy can be developed under the executive functioning areas
Helen Armstrong on respectful, calm mealtimes for babies and toddlers
In this interview, we discuss Dr Emmi Pikler and Magda Gerber's approaches and principles; mealtimes for the birth to three age range; ensuring we are respectful when feeding babies, toddlers and older children; top strategies be for practitioners and educators to ensure beautiful mealtimes, whatever the age of the children; advice for parents.
Dorothy Marlen on the Pikler Approach
In this interview, Dorothy explains what the Pikler approach is, what we can learn from it and why it is so crucial in the first 18 months of a baby's life. She goes on to explain the links between natural motor development and later learning, such as speech. We finish with some ideas and strategies for practitioners and educators who would like to start the Pikler approach
Sue Asquith on Self-regulation
In this interview, Sue explains what we mean by self-regulation; how we can foster a sense of belonging in an Early Years setting; the challenges to self-regulation in general and especially the additional challenges has COVID-19 brought; how an understanding of neuroscience can help us to empathise with children; and reviewing the self-regulation for children in an Early Years setting.
Penny Tassoni MBE on Self-efficacy
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.
Professor Julie Fisher on Moving On: Transition to Year One
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.
Di Chilvers on Observations and the Development Map
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.
Ali McClure on Brilliant Behaviour
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.
Tamsin Grimmer on A Loving Pedagogy
In the interview, Tamsin explains the links between Professional Love and a loving pedagogy; Chapman and Campbell’s ‘love languages’; the role of touch in a loving pedagogy; the characteristics of a loving pedagogy and how we can achieve this in an Early Years setting.
Kerry Payne on Special Educational Needs: supporting children and their families
In this interview, Kerry Payne and I discuss what is meant by Special Educational Needs, the 4 broad areas of SEND; strategies for making settings as inclusive as possible; how we can use documentation to help, not hinder and much more
Nathan Wallis on Social and Emotional Development in the first 1000 Days
In this interview, Nathan explains the critical importance of the first 1,000 days of a child's life; the benefits of a key person, or named person, approach in an early childhood setting; the neuroscience behind love and deep, meaningful connections;
Dr Christina MacRae on Investigating sensory-motor learning in two-year olds
In this interview, we discuss sensory-motor learning in two-year-olds, Froebel, slow-motion video as a research tool and parents as co-researchers. 
Lea Bamford on Supporting Children with Autism
In this interview, Lea discusses children with autism and how their behaviour communicates a need, sensory processing, self-regulation, stimming behaviours, what a setting may feel like to a child with autism and social expectations from others.
Gabby Millgate on Chickens in Early Years settings
In this interview, Gabby explains how to set up ready for chickens, the best type of chickens to get, how to feed them and, of course, all the benefits for children - even ones who may be nervous around chickens at first.
Kathryn Solly on Scientific Exploration
In this interview, Kathryn explains how important scientific language is, but how it must be relevant (and correct); the types of resources that are useful
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience for Early Years practice
Mine Conkbayir discusses epigenetics, responses to stressors (our own and the children's), the 5 domains of self-regulation and the role of neuroscience in the 'Nature vs Nurture' debate.
Michael Rosen on Play Well
Michael Rosen, who needs little introduction, but you may know him as the author of stories such as We’re Going on a Bear Hunt or the poet behind Quick, Let’s Get Out of Here.
Kala Williams on Culturally Diverse Literature for Children
Kala Williams has been in education for over 15 years as a tutor, project manager, secondary and finally primary teacher with most of her career spent in Primary Education
Tina Stubbs on Teaching Healthy Habits to Young Children
Tina Stubbs is the creator of Life’s Little Bugs - a unique and fun award-winning series of books that will fast track your child to practice healthy habits without the tantrums and tears!
Ruth Simmons on Versatile Play and Kitcamp
Ruth Simmons has been teaching for 17 years, and has been teaching in the Early Years for the last 6 years, in international schools and in the UK, and she is currently in Devon.
Ivana Beckett on Holistic Physical Development
Ivana Beckett is the manager at St Vincent’s Nursery, Altrincham.
Richard O’Neill – Master Storyteller
Richard is also the author of a number of children's books, and award-winning plays for adult audiences, a number of which have been broadcast on national radio.
Dean Horridge on Healthy and Active for Life
Dean Horridge and his team at Fit for Sport have been providing school, family and community programmes for over twenty-seven years
Carmen Powell on Books to support diversity in a setting
Carmen was born in Australia and brought up in Malta, moving to the UK in 1985 and is an award-winning teacher and Early Years Specialist.
Jo Wilson on the Aquatic Classroom
Jo Wilson is the founder of Aqua Sensory, who has created a unique program, which provides a rich mixture of sensory exploration and early developmental opportunities.
Kathryn Albany-Ward on Colour-Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency
Kathryn Albany-Ward established the CIC company Colour Blind Awareness after she discovered that her son was colour blind.
Sue Newman and Harriet Thomas on the role of music in community learning and cohesion with BoogieMites
Sue Newman and Harriet Thomas of Boogie Mites. Boogie Mites offers Early Years families, practitioners and the wider community the knowledge, resources and confidence to harness the power of active music-making each and every day.
Pete Moorhouse on Setting Up Your Woodworking Area
Pete Moorhouse is the author of ‘Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing creative woodwork into the early years’ and is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years education.
Greg Bottrill on Can I Go and Play Now?
Greg Bottrill is the author of ‘Can I go and play now? Rethinking the Early Years’.
Glenn Denny on Storytelling
Glenn Denny has been in childcare for over 20 years, mainly working in Scotland. He says that, despite the ever-changing landscape, he still loves it!
Kim Hunter on the Love and Fear Spectrum
Kim Hunter has taught for 20 years in British Columbia Canada. Kim received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and for the past two school years has spent her time travelling and speaking on Play as well as presenting her film which is called ‘Time to Play’.
Sue Hartley and Katie Brennan on Yoga and mindfulness for children
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.
Vanessa Gilliam on Experiencing Natural Environments
Vanessa Gilliam is an experienced and inspirational early years practitioner who specializes in providing babies and toddlers with unique natural outdoor experiences.
Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys
Maggie Dent is Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’. Maggie has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and 11 books to her name including her bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys.
Rae Pica on Avoiding Behaviour Challenges in the Early Childhood Classroom
Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child, since 1980. She is the author of 20 books, a blogger, a columnist and was co-creator and host of  “Move for a Minute,” produced by New Hampshire Public Television and broadcast nationwide. She’s a popular and lively keynote presenter.
Louise Mercieca’s Summer Menu
Louise Mercieca is the host of the brand new resource for practitioners, educators, parents and grandparents - Early Years TV Food Channel.
Kate Young on Safeguarding Issues
Kate Young helps independent practitioners working within child protection to navigate the family justice system.
Julie Mountain on Resilience in Japanese Early Years
Julie Mountain is qualified in landscape design and has specialised in supporting schools and early years settings so that they can make the most of the potential of outdoors for learning and play.
Ann Thompson on being Naturally Creative
Ann Thompson is an early years consultant who inspires settings to develop outstanding outdoor learning environments and practice. She has developed a plethora of ideas for the creative use of natural materials to encourage children to explore at their own pace, grow in confidence and develop a love of learning.
Ali McClure on From Stickers to Self-Regulation
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor.
Cindy Davenport on Young Children’s Sleep and Settling
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia.
Jo Fitzgerald on Resilience
Jo Fitzgerald is an experienced teacher, mum, blogger, author, and parent advisor, with many articles published in the media. She has a strong focus on helping parents foster resilience skills and emotional wellbeing in their young children.
Wendy Duncan on Kamishibai and storytelling
Wendy Duncan and storytelling. Wendy was working as an English instructor on the beautiful island of Okinawa that Wendy first encountered Kamishibai. The literal translation is paper theatre.
Barb O’Neill on Drama, Puppets and Story-telling
Barb O'Neill is passionate about empowering and supporting Early Years’ teachers.
Deb Blakley on Food, Body Peace and Children
Deb Blakley is an accredited, practising Dietitian and mum, who is passionate about kids learning to love food from birth and beyond. Deb delights in supporting grown-ups (parents, carers and educators) to positively and joyfully connect or reconnect with food and eating.
Nicola Lathey on Speech and Language
Nicola Lathey is one of the top Speech and Language Therapists in the UK. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Small Talk, and has also written a series of children’s books, underpinned by Speech and Language Therapy principles.
Beth Thomas on Transitions
Beth Thomas is a 30-something Mum of two boys who has spent most of her life dreaming about the things she would like to do, whilst working with young children and studying Early Years to degree level and beyond.
Nikky Smedley and Puppet Sam on puppeteering
Nikky Smedley has been creating and performing work for children for four decades. She works as an education consultant offering workshops on storytelling, performance and creativity and is the author of a book called ‘Create, Perform, Teach’.
Elizabeth Jarman on Communication Friendly Spaces
Elizabeth Jarman is an international, leading expert on learning environments, the creator of Communication Friendly Spaces and an award-winning author.
Lisa Brett on listening to young children and RAMPS
Lisa is the creator of the SeeMe.HearMe.KnowMe. tools, which are aimed at supporting practitioners in their listening practice and is also the author of some workforce development resources that support practitioners and mangers in creating a culture of listening,
Gwyn McCormack on strategies for supporting children with vision impairment
Gwyn McCormack is a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments, has spent many years as a teacher, first in mainstream secondary school and then as a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments in a peripatetic support service.
Kate Shelley on Tales Toolkit
Kate 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
Penny Tassoni MBE on Understanding Children’s Behaviour
Penny Tassoni MBE is an education consultant, author, keynote speaker and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play. She written over 40 books, and has also been the President of the Professional Association of Early Years and Childcare (PACEY) since 2013.She regularly visits and supports nurseries and pre-schools both in the UK and places such as China, Dubai and Hong Kong, which allows her to maintain regular contact with babies and young children.
Helen Battelley on Music and Movement and Diwali
Helen is an internationally renowned consultant, trainer and speaker in Physical Development/movement in Early Education who has been working as a dance and movement specialist for over 19 years. In this interview, we discuss how movement underpins all learning; the types of physical activities children should be engaged in; cultural awareness benefits of different types of music; linking music and movement throughout the curriculum; videos of music and movement sessions in practice.
Stacey Kelly – Belief systems and Gratitude Movement
Stacey is a former teacher, a parent to 2 beautiful children & the Founder of Early Years Story Box.
Debbie Garvey on Children’s Wellbeing
In this video, Debbie Garvey talks specifically about the importance of listening to young children. Debbie has a background as a practitioner in both maintained and private sectors, and in January 2007, she set up Stonegate Training Consultancies to advocate for quality provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. She is also the author of Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. https://stonegatetraining.co.uk/twitter.com/stoneg8training Find her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nurturing-Personal-Emotional-Development-Childhood/dp/1785922238/
Alice Sharp on making ordinary activities extraordinary
Alice Sharp is a trained primary school teacher who is passionate about doing the best for children. She loves her job - which she describes as being an 'imagineer'.
Dr Carolyn Blackburn on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Dr Carolyn Blackburn has worked in childcare and education for nearly 20 years and has established a reputation for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Mary Medlicott on Story-telling and story reading
In this interview, we discuss the practicalities of storytelling, how to prepare a session, advice for making sure it's engaging and interesting and how to follow on with activities; props for storytelling; organise the staff team for a storytelling session; getting parents involved with storytelling.
Sandi Phoenix and the Fun Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Fun Cup in this week’s episode on Early Years TV.
Wendy Baker on nurturing relationships
Wendy is an Early Years consultant and trainer, who works with early years settings, pre-schools, playgroups, children centres and colleges.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on both practitioner’s well-being and listening to young children
In this episode, Sonia discusses how practitioners can effectively support their own wellbeing, using a number of methods. She also discusses how we can listen to young children.
Rae Pica on Active learning Maths (or Math) in the Early Years
Rae Pica has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child and children’s physical activity, since 1980. In this interview, we discuss 'active learning' and links with deep level learning; what sitting still for long periods does for children's learning abilities; the role of movement in children's learning; linking active learning and movement to the math(s) curriculum.
Dr Lala Manners on physical development and language development
The focus in this video is on the links between two critical areas of children's learning and development: physical development and language (including communication).
Sandi Phoenix and filling the Love Cup for children and practitioners
Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, Australia, shared the Phoenix Cups Philosophy on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Summit. This philosophy is a positive, affirmative way to support ALL areas of children’s learning and development. In this episode, Sandi explains about the Love Cup, how we may inadvertently empty children's Love Cups and some practical, effective ways of filling children's - and our own - Love Cups.
Kate Young on Safeguarding
Kate Young is a safeguarding consultant and child protection lawyer. She is the founder of the Safeguarding Association, which is an international hub for independent safeguarding practitioners and educators, and organisations to come together to share good practice from around the world. Kate just loves bringing people together to discuss and share information about safeguarding and child protection – and shout from the rooftops about what works to make changes for the benefit of children.
Christopher Phoenix on Well-Being for Practitioners
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager. In this interview, we are going to be learning how practitioners and educator’s wellbeing has benefits for our children.
Sir Michael Marmot on Health Inequalities and their Implication for Early Childhood
In this interview, world-leading expert on health inequalities Sir Michael Marmot discusses the effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term outcomes for children and the ways in which Early Years settings can offset these. He gives recommendations for practitioners and educators based on his research and extensive knowledge in this area.

Advanced Topics - Pedagogy and play, Phoenix Cups, Safeguarding, working with parents, schematic play, special educational needs and other more advanced topics for experienced practitioners.

June O’Sullivan MBE on Pedagogy and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss her latest book – The A to Z of Early Years – Policy, Pedagogy and Plain Speaking, which is based on her much loved blog. June explains her four elements of pedagogy, the effects these have had on the LEYF settings and how these support the development of all children.
Debbie Garvey on Self-Reflection
In this interview we discuss the importance of reflective practice (and why it should be more than just something you studied at college) and the different types of reflective practice. Debbie has some great ideas and strategies for including reflective practice as part of your daily work, without distracting from the children, even if you're a childminder or home-based.
Caroline Wright on Bright Horizons’ Wellbeing Curriculum
In this interview, we discuss the Wellbeing Curriculum that Caroline Wright and her colleagues have designed and developed. We start by discussing the need for a Wellbeing Curriculum, particularly children's need for unconditional love, strong attachments and friendships.
Dr Natalie Canning on Empowering Children in their Play
In this interview, we discuss what is meant by 'empowering' children in their play and why this is so important. Dr Canning then goes on to describe her research into Empowering Children in their Play, and the 3 'Super-themes': Participation, Ownership and Voice.
Susan Taylor on Safeguarding and Preparing for a Multidisciplinary Meeting
Susan explains in detail how to plan for a multidisciplinary meeting or conference, where you may have speech and language specialists, social workers and possibly the police.
Alison Featherbe and Louise Lloyd Evans on Nature and Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview, Alison and Louise explain how the routines and resources at Young Friends nursery encourage children to be aware of nature and appreciate it - whether that is in the garden, on the beach or indoors. They go on to explain how sustainable citizenship - from recycling to litter picking - is encouraged and explained in an age-appropriate way from babyhood.
Becky Poulter Jewson & Rebecca Skinner on the Speech Chain and Early Years practice
In this interview, we discuss speech and communication; the process of listening and speaking - often known as the speech chain or communication Chain; the challenges children may have in different parts of the communication chain; how to support children in each section of the chain; the role of the environment and other factors on speech and language development; tips for parents and carers. This is a Masterclass, so is in more depth and is 70 minutes long.
Di Chilvers on Observations and the Development Map
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.
Professor Peter Gray on Play, Parenting and Self Directed Education
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.
Tom Shea on Play
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.
Bev Bacon on the Key to Leadership
In this interview, we discuss the role of leadership in supporting practitioner's wellbeing, practitioners personal and professional development, including the 'people development plan'; having difficult conversations with staff and your own wellbeing as a leader and manager.
Julie Revels on Risk, Resilience and Relationships
In this interview, we discuss risk factors in children's lives; how this may affect children's behaviour; the neuroscience during the Early Years; resilience - what it is and how we can help build it in children; supporting families, especially during difficult times.
Tamsin Grimmer on A Loving Pedagogy
In the interview, Tamsin explains the links between Professional Love and a loving pedagogy; Chapman and Campbell’s ‘love languages’; the role of touch in a loving pedagogy; the characteristics of a loving pedagogy and how we can achieve this in an Early Years setting.
Chanie Wilschanski on Supporting Staff in Early Years settings
In this interview, we discuss staff self-esteem and self-confidence, the teacher's 'confidence challenge', the gratitude matrix and Chanie's 'Ripple Effect'.
Louise Lloyd-Evans on Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview we discuss how to make your setting more sustainable, liaising with families to get the right message to them, getting rid of plastic (but not all of it!), cost implications and how this has reduced the potty training age dramatically!
Dr Julian Grenier on Effective Research in an Early Years Setting
In this interview, Dr Grenier discusses the reasons for doing research in an Early Years setting, where to get reliable, relevant research and some pitfalls to avoid. He also gives advice on how to implement changes and examines a case study of research at Sheringham Nursery School.
Dr Christina MacRae on Investigating sensory-motor learning in two-year olds
In this interview, we discuss sensory-motor learning in two-year-olds, Froebel, slow-motion video as a research tool and parents as co-researchers. 
Dr Susan Hopkins on Shanker Self-reg® in Young Children
In this extended - 100th episode - Dr Hopkins explains the 5 domains of stress, the 5 steps of Shanker Self-Reg © and three top tips to help in your everyday practice.
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience for Early Years practice
Mine Conkbayir discusses epigenetics, responses to stressors (our own and the children's), the 5 domains of self-regulation and the role of neuroscience in the 'Nature vs Nurture' debate.
Rachel Buckler on Children’s Online Safety
In this interview, Rachel discusses the current situation in Internet safety, contextual safeguarding, online risks for children, signs that children may be at risk, some ideas for your setting's strategies policies and procedures and parent partnership.
Dr Louise Mansell on Emotional Resilience and Emotional Regulation
Dr Louise Mansell is a Chartered Clinical Psychologist at ‘Beyond Psychology’. In this episode, she discusses emotional regulation and what this may look like in children's behaviour;
Dr Andrew King on Science and Engineering in the Early Years
Dr Andrew King is an engineer and author of the ‘Engibears’ who really enjoys his family life, his work and dreaming. Andrew’s family are avid readers and have really helped him to appreciate the magic of books.
Sandi and Christopher Phoenix on the Mastery Cup
Sandi Phoenix is the founding company director and principal facilitator at Phoenix support. Her framework the Phoenix Cups have revolutionized how staff not only work with children's behaviour, but also have teams view each other's behaviour.
Dr David Whitebread on Achieving Quality in Early Childhood Education
Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Founding Director of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research center at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is a developmental psychologist and early childhood education specialist.
Polly Ives on Concert Music for Young Children
Polly is a freelance concert presenter, workshop leader, trainer, cellist and teacher, based in Sheffield and working across the UK, with a particular specialism in music for children under eight years old.
Ruth Simmons on Versatile Play and Kitcamp
Ruth Simmons has been teaching for 17 years, and has been teaching in the Early Years for the last 6 years, in international schools and in the UK, and she is currently in Devon.
Louise Mercieca on Fun Ideas for Healthy Food
Louise Mercieca, host of EYTV’s Food Channel, is a personal trainer, which naturally led her to an interest in food and nutrition.
Marie McKittrick on Medicines in Early Years Settings
Marie McKittrick is currently a trainer for the Early Years Hub.
Richard O’Neill – Master Storyteller
Richard is also the author of a number of children's books, and award-winning plays for adult audiences, a number of which have been broadcast on national radio.
Carmen Powell on Books to support diversity in a setting
Carmen was born in Australia and brought up in Malta, moving to the UK in 1985 and is an award-winning teacher and Early Years Specialist.
Jo Wilson on the Aquatic Classroom
Jo Wilson is the founder of Aqua Sensory, who has created a unique program, which provides a rich mixture of sensory exploration and early developmental opportunities.
Kathryn Albany-Ward on Colour-Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency
Kathryn Albany-Ward established the CIC company Colour Blind Awareness after she discovered that her son was colour blind.
Ali McClure on Pedagogy, The Curriculum and Continuous Provision, Getting to Grips with Great Early Years Practice
Ali McClure is well known for her work on boys but more recently her focus is on how to bring out the best in every child, through what she describes as the craft of teaching.
Pete Moorhouse on Setting Up Your Woodworking Area
Pete Moorhouse is the author of ‘Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing creative woodwork into the early years’ and is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years education.
Chanie Wilschanski on Directors Preparing for a New School Term
Chanie Wilschanski is the founder of Schools of Excellence and DiscoverEd, where she supports and helps leaders from all types of settings, all over the world.
Greg Bottrill on Can I Go and Play Now?
Greg Bottrill is the author of ‘Can I go and play now? Rethinking the Early Years’.
Deborah Carlisle Solomon on Babies and Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE ®)
Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers and the author of “Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.”
Kim Hunter on the Love and Fear Spectrum
Kim Hunter has taught for 20 years in British Columbia Canada. Kim received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and for the past two school years has spent her time travelling and speaking on Play as well as presenting her film which is called ‘Time to Play’.
Sue Hartley and Katie Brennan on Yoga and mindfulness for children
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.
Rebecca Maddix on Potty Training
Rebecca Maddix. With over 14 years experience within the childcare industry and a BA Hons degree in early years, Rebecca designs workshops to teach parents, practitioners and educators the skills to support their children, through her consultancy ‘Helping Hand Early Years Consultancy’
Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys
Maggie Dent is Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’. Maggie has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and 11 books to her name including her bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys.
Louise Mercieca’s Summer Menu
Louise Mercieca is the host of the brand new resource for practitioners, educators, parents and grandparents - Early Years TV Food Channel.
Kate Young on Safeguarding Issues
Kate Young helps independent practitioners working within child protection to navigate the family justice system.
Julie Mountain on Resilience in Japanese Early Years
Julie Mountain is qualified in landscape design and has specialised in supporting schools and early years settings so that they can make the most of the potential of outdoors for learning and play.
Dr Pete King on The Play Cycle Research: Results edition
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University. His research focuses on Play Theory and Practice, Researching Childhood and Perspectives on Play. Dr King is interested in re-establishing early years practitioners as play professionals and the factors influencing children’s perceptions of choice within their free play activity. Pete King’s publications: swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/p.f.king/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/Dr_Pete_King Dr Shelly Newstead:commonthreads.org.uk/playwork-theory.html Twitter: twitter.com/shelnews Pete King (Editor) and Shelly Newstead (Editor) Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective (Advances in Playwork Research) (2019)amazon.co.uk/Researching-Playwork-Perspective-Advances-Research/dp/0367178621/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1540904509&sr=8-1
David Wright reports on the World Forum on Early Care and Education 2019
David Wright is the National Representative for England for the World Forum on Early Care and Education. He is the owner of Paint Pots nursery, Southampton, UK and has long been a vigorous advocate for Men in Early Childcare.
Ali McClure on From Stickers to Self-Regulation
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor.
Cindy Davenport on Young Children’s Sleep and Settling
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia.
Thor Stibor on Timbernook, San Diego
Thor Stibor runs a Timbernook in San Diego, California. A husband and father of one, Thor is an outdoors adventurist and long time educator in the fields of Adapted Physical Education and Health & Wellness.
Nicki Farrell on Wildlings Forest School
Nicki Farrell was raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's passions and expertise lie in outdoor recreation, educating educators, creating community connections, ecological literacy, environmental protection and stewardship,
Rachel Macbeth-Webb on Beatle Woods
Rachel Macbeth-Webb is founder of the Award Winning nursery that is totally outdoors – in the UK – Beatle Woods.
Ursula Krystek-Walton on neuroscience in the Early Years
Ursula Krystek-Walton . Ursula has been in the Early Years industry for over 20 years. She is the Head of Early Years at Bertram nursery group where she's been for the last five years, she has a first class BA Honours in Childhood studies and is a neuroscience champion!
Jo Fitzgerald on Resilience
Jo Fitzgerald is an experienced teacher, mum, blogger, author, and parent advisor, with many articles published in the media. She has a strong focus on helping parents foster resilience skills and emotional wellbeing in their young children.
Barb O’Neill on Drama, Puppets and Story-telling
Barb O'Neill is passionate about empowering and supporting Early Years’ teachers.
Deb Blakley on Food, Body Peace and Children
Deb Blakley is an accredited, practising Dietitian and mum, who is passionate about kids learning to love food from birth and beyond. Deb delights in supporting grown-ups (parents, carers and educators) to positively and joyfully connect or reconnect with food and eating.
Nicola Lathey on Speech and Language
Nicola Lathey is one of the top Speech and Language Therapists in the UK. She is the author of the prize-winning book, Small Talk, and has also written a series of children’s books, underpinned by Speech and Language Therapy principles.
Beth Thomas on Transitions
Beth Thomas is a 30-something Mum of two boys who has spent most of her life dreaming about the things she would like to do, whilst working with young children and studying Early Years to degree level and beyond.
Louise Mercieca on Healthy Eating ideas for children
In this interview, we discuss her book 'How Food Shapes Your Child'; healthy, nutritious and fun meal ideas; engaging parents with healthy eating for their children; supporting children who may have challenges with their food or diet.
Dr Pete King on the Play Cycle
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University.
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford on Education for Sustainable Citizenship
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford is an Honorary Professor at the University of Plymouth, and works as an independent educational researcher, trainer and consultant.
Ali McClure on Making it Better for Boys
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor
Alice Lewes on Leadership and Management
Alice is a passionate advocate of early years, who has been working in and around early years for the last 40 years.
Elizabeth Jarman on Communication Friendly Spaces
Elizabeth Jarman is an international, leading expert on learning environments, the creator of Communication Friendly Spaces and an award-winning author.
Lisa Brett on listening to young children and RAMPS
Lisa is the creator of the SeeMe.HearMe.KnowMe. tools, which are aimed at supporting practitioners in their listening practice and is also the author of some workforce development resources that support practitioners and mangers in creating a culture of listening,
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience in the Early Years
Mine Conkbayir is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer, who has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years.
Gwyn McCormack on strategies for supporting children with vision impairment
Gwyn McCormack is a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments, has spent many years as a teacher, first in mainstream secondary school and then as a Qualified Teacher of Vision Impairments in a peripatetic support service.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg on Intergenerational Care
Alistair Bryce-Clegg was the Head teacher of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire where he spent 10 happy years. In 2009 he set up his consultancy ‘ABC Does…’
Stacey Kelly – Belief systems and Gratitude Movement
Stacey is a former teacher, a parent to 2 beautiful children & the Founder of Early Years Story Box.
Dr Prospera Tedam on witchcraft labelling, safeguarding and the MANDELA model
Dr Prospera Tedam is a registered social worker with frontline practice experience in children and families social work. She has been teaching trainee social workers since 2004 and is currently the lead academic for social work practice quality at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Debbie Garvey on Children’s Wellbeing
In this video, Debbie Garvey talks specifically about the importance of listening to young children. Debbie has a background as a practitioner in both maintained and private sectors, and in January 2007, she set up Stonegate Training Consultancies to advocate for quality provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. She is also the author of Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. https://stonegatetraining.co.uk/twitter.com/stoneg8training Find her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nurturing-Personal-Emotional-Development-Childhood/dp/1785922238/
Professor Julie Fisher on Interacting or Interfering?
Prof Julie Fisher's latest book - ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ - draws on research into effective interactions between practitioners and children aged six months to six years.
Dr Carolyn Blackburn on Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder
Dr Carolyn Blackburn has worked in childcare and education for nearly 20 years and has established a reputation for supporting children with special educational needs and disabilities.
Mary Medlicott on Story-telling and story reading
In this interview, we discuss the practicalities of storytelling, how to prepare a session, advice for making sure it's engaging and interesting and how to follow on with activities; props for storytelling; organise the staff team for a storytelling session; getting parents involved with storytelling.
Denise Burke on Intergenerational Care
Denise Burke is the co-founder of United for All Ages and runs her consultancy business from Norfolk in the UK.
Sandi Phoenix and the Fun Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Fun Cup in this week’s episode on Early Years TV.
Sandi Phoenix and the Freedom Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Freedom Cup in this week's episode on Early Years TV.
Rachel Buckler on the Role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
In this interview, Rachel Buckler explains the crucial role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead in an Early Years setting.
Lynnette Brock on Schema Play: Extending Thinking through Schemes
In this interview, Lynette Brock shows us a model she developed with John Siraj-Blatchford called the Zone of Proximal Development Flow which can be used to extend children's thinking processes and deep level learning.
Sandi Phoenix and filling the Love Cup for children and practitioners
Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, Australia, shared the Phoenix Cups Philosophy on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Summit. This philosophy is a positive, affirmative way to support ALL areas of children’s learning and development. In this episode, Sandi explains about the Love Cup, how we may inadvertently empty children's Love Cups and some practical, effective ways of filling children's - and our own - Love Cups.
Sue Atkins on Partnering with Parents about Play
Sue Atkins has had over 10 years experience as a parenting coach and has raised two children of her own. She is the Parenting Expert for ITV’s ‘This Morning’, BBC Radio, Sky News and Good Morning Britain, helping thousands of parents to overcome their challenges and develop their own balanced, down to earth parenting approach that creates happy, positive children, and relaxed confident parents.
Neil Leitch on Influencing Policymakers
Neil Leitch is the Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance - the largest and most representative Early Years membership organisation in England - based in London and supported by a network of Service Hubs across the country. Neil is frequently on national TV and in the newspapers, giving a strong, clear voice to the Early Years sector on the issues that are having a huge, and often negative effect, on practitioners and educators working in the Early Years - such as 30 hours funding. He also works tirelessly behind the scenes at Government level, with policymakers and influencers, representing the views and concerns of the 14,000 Alliance members.
June O’Sullivan on Diversity in the Workplace
June O’Sullivan, MBE is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and Social Worker and is passionate about children’s wellbeing, especially through equal access to the same, high quality, opportunities for learning. She achieves this as CEO of the award-winning London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) - the UK’s leading childcare charity and Social Enterprise - as well as being a regular commentator on Early Years, Social Enterprise and Child Poverty/Social Mobility. She works closely with the UK Government to better implement their vision for Early Years – with a particular focus on improving quality and promote better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education for everyone.
Kate Young on Safeguarding
Kate Young is a safeguarding consultant and child protection lawyer. She is the founder of the Safeguarding Association, which is an international hub for independent safeguarding practitioners and educators, and organisations to come together to share good practice from around the world. Kate just loves bringing people together to discuss and share information about safeguarding and child protection – and shout from the rooftops about what works to make changes for the benefit of children.
Christopher Phoenix on Well-Being for Practitioners
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager. In this interview, we are going to be learning how practitioners and educator’s wellbeing has benefits for our children.
Jennie Johnson on the Academy Model for Staff Development
In this interview, CEO of the Kids Allowed group of nurseries, Jennie Johnson, explains her approach to identifying talent and developing her staff using an "Academy" model.
Sir Michael Marmot on Health Inequalities and their Implication for Early Childhood
In this interview, world-leading expert on health inequalities Sir Michael Marmot discusses the effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term outcomes for children and the ways in which Early Years settings can offset these. He gives recommendations for practitioners and educators based on his research and extensive knowledge in this area.

Leadership and Management - Leadership and management, staff, practitioner well-being and other topics specifically for managers and leaders in settings or those hoping to become one.

June O’Sullivan MBE on Pedagogy and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss her latest book – The A to Z of Early Years – Policy, Pedagogy and Plain Speaking, which is based on her much loved blog. June explains her four elements of pedagogy, the effects these have had on the LEYF settings and how these support the development of all children.
Debbie Garvey on Self-Reflection
In this interview we discuss the importance of reflective practice (and why it should be more than just something you studied at college) and the different types of reflective practice. Debbie has some great ideas and strategies for including reflective practice as part of your daily work, without distracting from the children, even if you're a childminder or home-based.
Claudia Holmes and Claire Hewson on SEND
In this interview, we start with both a definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the responsibilities or legal requirements placed on educational settings in England around SEND. We then go onto discuss the types of barriers and challenges that educational settings and parents or carers may face.
Marina Robb on the Outdoor Teacher
In this interview, Marina explains how she became 'The Outdoor Teacher' and her nature pedagogy. We go on to discuss the many health and educational benefits of being outdoors and the importance of the relationship with nature as a ‘third relationship’. Marina also has lots of great ideas to make the most of the outdoors, whether you are just discovering the benefits or if you're already experienced in making the most of the outdoors.
Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge on Helping children by understanding our own bias
In this interview, we discuss what we mean 'unconscious bias' and how this can affect everything, from observations to decision making. Different types of bias, such as affinity bias, attribution bias and confirmation bias are explained and there are lots of practical ways of countering and recognising our own bias, including strategies for the staff team.
Caroline Wright on Bright Horizons’ Wellbeing Curriculum
In this interview, we discuss the Wellbeing Curriculum that Caroline Wright and her colleagues have designed and developed. We start by discussing the need for a Wellbeing Curriculum, particularly children's need for unconditional love, strong attachments and friendships.
Dr Natalie Canning on Empowering Children in their Play
In this interview, we discuss what is meant by 'empowering' children in their play and why this is so important. Dr Canning then goes on to describe her research into Empowering Children in their Play, and the 3 'Super-themes': Participation, Ownership and Voice.
Alice Sharp on Empowering Parents
In this interview, Alice explains the 'equation' that can be applied to help children have the most positive start in life, including lots of practical examples of how this can be achieved in practice. She also has some innovative strategies for reaching out to parents and truly engaging them in their children's play.
Susan Taylor on Safeguarding and Preparing for a Multidisciplinary Meeting
Susan explains in detail how to plan for a multidisciplinary meeting or conference, where you may have speech and language specialists, social workers and possibly the police.
Bev Bacon and Kelly Hill on Executive Function and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss executive function, both as a skill that children need to master and as a framework for effective leadership. Bev Bacon explains how we can support children's executive function and Kelly Hill explains how a leadership pedagogy can be developed under the executive functioning areas
Premium Bonus: Lucy Lewin – The Business of Business
Lucy Lewin is the founder of the nursery Little Angels (Uppingham) Ltd and the founder and CEO of The Profitable Nursery Academy (PNA). She is also an associate trainer for the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and a Local Government Association Peer Review Team Member. You can find out more about The Profitable Nursery Academy (PNA): https://theprofitablenurseryacademy.com/ and how to sign up for coaching or for the 2021 PNA cohort as well.
Dorothy Marlen on the Pikler Approach
In this interview, Dorothy explains what the Pikler approach is, what we can learn from it and why it is so crucial in the first 18 months of a baby's life. She goes on to explain the links between natural motor development and later learning, such as speech. We finish with some ideas and strategies for practitioners and educators who would like to start the Pikler approach
Alison Featherbe and Louise Lloyd Evans on Nature and Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview, Alison and Louise explain how the routines and resources at Young Friends nursery encourage children to be aware of nature and appreciate it - whether that is in the garden, on the beach or indoors. They go on to explain how sustainable citizenship - from recycling to litter picking - is encouraged and explained in an age-appropriate way from babyhood.
Becky Poulter Jewson & Rebecca Skinner on the Speech Chain and Early Years practice
In this interview, we discuss speech and communication; the process of listening and speaking - often known as the speech chain or communication Chain; the challenges children may have in different parts of the communication chain; how to support children in each section of the chain; the role of the environment and other factors on speech and language development; tips for parents and carers. This is a Masterclass, so is in more depth and is 70 minutes long.
Penny Tassoni MBE on Self-efficacy
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.
Rachel Buckler on Identify, Help and Protect children in our care
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.
Professor Julie Fisher on Moving On: Transition to Year One
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.
Kate Shelley on the Emotional Support of Storytelling
In this interview, Kate Shelley and I 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
Matt Arnerich on Marketing your Early Years setting
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.
Professor Peter Gray on Play, Parenting and Self Directed Education
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.
Ali McClure on Brilliant Behaviour
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.
Tom Shea on Play
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.
Alison Featherbe on the Positive Impact of Change
In this interview, we discuss some of the changes in the Early Years sector over recent months - the anxiety that has come with information constantly changing and the situation evolving; the significant changes to the way we educate and care, manage emotional and physical environments and support parents; the challenges many leaders and managers have faced.
Bev Bacon on the Key to Leadership
In this interview, we discuss the role of leadership in supporting practitioner's wellbeing, practitioners personal and professional development, including the 'people development plan'; having difficult conversations with staff and your own wellbeing as a leader and manager.
Julie Revels on Risk, Resilience and Relationships
In this interview, we discuss risk factors in children's lives; how this may affect children's behaviour; the neuroscience during the Early Years; resilience - what it is and how we can help build it in children; supporting families, especially during difficult times.
Sarah Seaman on Muddy Puddle Teaching
In this interview, Sarah explains the rationale behind the Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach; practical applications; how to meet the curriculum requirements outdoors; concerns if you have children with additional needs; and how to do all this and still keep in budget! 
Julie Mountain on Designing an Effective Play Area
In this interview, we discuss how to assess and consider outdoor spaces that just aren't working; how to improve outdoor spaces in general; the many benefits for children when they are in a great outdoor space; some fascinating local and international projects where Julie has designed effective, fun and suitable play spaces.
Chanie Wilschanski on Supporting Staff in Early Years settings
In this interview, we discuss staff self-esteem and self-confidence, the teacher's 'confidence challenge', the gratitude matrix and Chanie's 'Ripple Effect'.
Louise Lloyd-Evans on Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview we discuss how to make your setting more sustainable, liaising with families to get the right message to them, getting rid of plastic (but not all of it!), cost implications and how this has reduced the potty training age dramatically!
Dr Julian Grenier on Effective Research in an Early Years Setting
In this interview, Dr Grenier discusses the reasons for doing research in an Early Years setting, where to get reliable, relevant research and some pitfalls to avoid. He also gives advice on how to implement changes and examines a case study of research at Sheringham Nursery School.
Kathryn Solly on Scientific Exploration
In this interview, Kathryn explains how important scientific language is, but how it must be relevant (and correct); the types of resources that are useful
Dr Susan Hopkins on Shanker Self-reg® in Young Children
In this extended - 100th episode - Dr Hopkins explains the 5 domains of stress, the 5 steps of Shanker Self-Reg © and three top tips to help in your everyday practice.
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience for Early Years practice
Mine Conkbayir discusses epigenetics, responses to stressors (our own and the children's), the 5 domains of self-regulation and the role of neuroscience in the 'Nature vs Nurture' debate.
Rachel Buckler on Children’s Online Safety
In this interview, Rachel discusses the current situation in Internet safety, contextual safeguarding, online risks for children, signs that children may be at risk, some ideas for your setting's strategies policies and procedures and parent partnership.
Sandi and Christopher Phoenix on the Mastery Cup
Sandi Phoenix is the founding company director and principal facilitator at Phoenix support. Her framework the Phoenix Cups have revolutionized how staff not only work with children's behaviour, but also have teams view each other's behaviour.
Dr David Whitebread on Achieving Quality in Early Childhood Education
Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Founding Director of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research center at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is a developmental psychologist and early childhood education specialist.
Marie McKittrick on Medicines in Early Years Settings
Marie McKittrick is currently a trainer for the Early Years Hub.
Kathryn Albany-Ward on Colour-Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency
Kathryn Albany-Ward established the CIC company Colour Blind Awareness after she discovered that her son was colour blind.
Ali McClure on Pedagogy, The Curriculum and Continuous Provision, Getting to Grips with Great Early Years Practice
Ali McClure is well known for her work on boys but more recently her focus is on how to bring out the best in every child, through what she describes as the craft of teaching.
Caroline Jens on Finding, Hiring and Retaining Talent
Caroline Jens has possibly a unique background - over 25 years of finance and ​nearly 10 years in child care, with some amazing achievements
Cindy Davenport on Toddlers and Sleep
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia. She is a registered midwife, IBCLC and maternal and child health nurse.
Pete Moorhouse on Setting Up Your Woodworking Area
Pete Moorhouse is the author of ‘Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing creative woodwork into the early years’ and is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years education.
Chanie Wilschanski on Directors Preparing for a New School Term
Chanie Wilschanski is the founder of Schools of Excellence and DiscoverEd, where she supports and helps leaders from all types of settings, all over the world.
Deborah Carlisle Solomon on Babies and Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE ®)
Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers and the author of “Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.”
Kim Hunter on the Love and Fear Spectrum
Kim Hunter has taught for 20 years in British Columbia Canada. Kim received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and for the past two school years has spent her time travelling and speaking on Play as well as presenting her film which is called ‘Time to Play’.
Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys
Maggie Dent is Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’. Maggie has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and 11 books to her name including her bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys.
Louise Mercieca’s Summer Menu
Louise Mercieca is the host of the brand new resource for practitioners, educators, parents and grandparents - Early Years TV Food Channel.
Kate Young on Safeguarding Issues
Kate Young helps independent practitioners working within child protection to navigate the family justice system.
Julie Mountain on Resilience in Japanese Early Years
Julie Mountain is qualified in landscape design and has specialised in supporting schools and early years settings so that they can make the most of the potential of outdoors for learning and play.
Dr Pete King on The Play Cycle Research: Results edition
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University. His research focuses on Play Theory and Practice, Researching Childhood and Perspectives on Play. Dr King is interested in re-establishing early years practitioners as play professionals and the factors influencing children’s perceptions of choice within their free play activity. Pete King’s publications: swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/p.f.king/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/Dr_Pete_King Dr Shelly Newstead:commonthreads.org.uk/playwork-theory.html Twitter: twitter.com/shelnews Pete King (Editor) and Shelly Newstead (Editor) Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective (Advances in Playwork Research) (2019)amazon.co.uk/Researching-Playwork-Perspective-Advances-Research/dp/0367178621/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1540904509&sr=8-1
David Wright reports on the World Forum on Early Care and Education 2019
David Wright is the National Representative for England for the World Forum on Early Care and Education. He is the owner of Paint Pots nursery, Southampton, UK and has long been a vigorous advocate for Men in Early Childcare.
Ali McClure on From Stickers to Self-Regulation
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor.
Nicki Farrell on Wildlings Forest School
Nicki Farrell was raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's passions and expertise lie in outdoor recreation, educating educators, creating community connections, ecological literacy, environmental protection and stewardship,
Rachel Macbeth-Webb on Beatle Woods
Rachel Macbeth-Webb is founder of the Award Winning nursery that is totally outdoors – in the UK – Beatle Woods.
Ursula Krystek-Walton on neuroscience in the Early Years
Ursula Krystek-Walton . Ursula has been in the Early Years industry for over 20 years. She is the Head of Early Years at Bertram nursery group where she's been for the last five years, she has a first class BA Honours in Childhood studies and is a neuroscience champion!
Bridgit Brown on Award Winning Childminding
Bridgit Brown has built up her childminding business, based in Worthing, West Sussex, over the last 3 years, drawing on her 20 years of childcare experience in a huge range of settings.
Kate Moxley on Practitioner’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
Kate Moxley has worked within the Early Years sector for over two decades and has both an Early Childhood Studies degree and hands-on experience. As an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Kate specialises in mental health and wellbeing – working with staff teams to create mentally healthy workplace environments.
Beth Thomas on Transitions
Beth Thomas is a 30-something Mum of two boys who has spent most of her life dreaming about the things she would like to do, whilst working with young children and studying Early Years to degree level and beyond.
Louise Mercieca on Healthy Eating ideas for children
In this interview, we discuss her book 'How Food Shapes Your Child'; healthy, nutritious and fun meal ideas; engaging parents with healthy eating for their children; supporting children who may have challenges with their food or diet.
Dr Pete King on the Play Cycle
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University.
Nikky Smedley and Puppet Sam on puppeteering
Nikky Smedley has been creating and performing work for children for four decades. She works as an education consultant offering workshops on storytelling, performance and creativity and is the author of a book called ‘Create, Perform, Teach’.
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford on Education for Sustainable Citizenship
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford is an Honorary Professor at the University of Plymouth, and works as an independent educational researcher, trainer and consultant.
Ali McClure on Making it Better for Boys
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor
Alice Lewes on Leadership and Management
Alice is a passionate advocate of early years, who has been working in and around early years for the last 40 years.
Elizabeth Jarman on Communication Friendly Spaces
Elizabeth Jarman is an international, leading expert on learning environments, the creator of Communication Friendly Spaces and an award-winning author.
Deborah Stewart on play based activities and environments
Deborah Stewart is passionate about children learning through play and has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. She owns her own small private preschool called The Children’s Studio for children ages three to five years old and writes the highly successful ‘Teach Preschool’ Blog.
Lisa Brett on listening to young children and RAMPS
Lisa is the creator of the SeeMe.HearMe.KnowMe. tools, which are aimed at supporting practitioners in their listening practice and is also the author of some workforce development resources that support practitioners and mangers in creating a culture of listening,
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience in the Early Years
Mine Conkbayir is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer, who has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years.
Penny Tassoni MBE on Understanding Children’s Behaviour
Penny Tassoni MBE is an education consultant, author, keynote speaker and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play. She written over 40 books, and has also been the President of the Professional Association of Early Years and Childcare (PACEY) since 2013.She regularly visits and supports nurseries and pre-schools both in the UK and places such as China, Dubai and Hong Kong, which allows her to maintain regular contact with babies and young children.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg on Intergenerational Care
Alistair Bryce-Clegg was the Head teacher of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire where he spent 10 happy years. In 2009 he set up his consultancy ‘ABC Does…’
Dr Prospera Tedam on witchcraft labelling, safeguarding and the MANDELA model
Dr Prospera Tedam is a registered social worker with frontline practice experience in children and families social work. She has been teaching trainee social workers since 2004 and is currently the lead academic for social work practice quality at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Debbie Garvey on Children’s Wellbeing
In this video, Debbie Garvey talks specifically about the importance of listening to young children. Debbie has a background as a practitioner in both maintained and private sectors, and in January 2007, she set up Stonegate Training Consultancies to advocate for quality provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. She is also the author of Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. https://stonegatetraining.co.uk/twitter.com/stoneg8training Find her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nurturing-Personal-Emotional-Development-Childhood/dp/1785922238/
Alice Sharp on making ordinary activities extraordinary
Alice Sharp is a trained primary school teacher who is passionate about doing the best for children. She loves her job - which she describes as being an 'imagineer'.
Professor Julie Fisher on Interacting or Interfering?
Prof Julie Fisher's latest book - ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ - draws on research into effective interactions between practitioners and children aged six months to six years.
Denise Burke on Intergenerational Care
Denise Burke is the co-founder of United for All Ages and runs her consultancy business from Norfolk in the UK.
Wendy Baker on nurturing relationships
Wendy is an Early Years consultant and trainer, who works with early years settings, pre-schools, playgroups, children centres and colleges.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on both practitioner’s well-being and listening to young children
In this episode, Sonia discusses how practitioners can effectively support their own wellbeing, using a number of methods. She also discusses how we can listen to young children.
Sandi Phoenix and the Freedom Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Freedom Cup in this week's episode on Early Years TV.
Joss Cambridge-Simmons’s top tips for children in a city and being a Manny
Joss Cambridge-Simmons gives top tips for taking children out and about in a big city, including the procedure needed when collecting children from a working canal boat! He also discusses some of the unique aspects of being a black male looking after a range of children when he is travelling around.
Rachel Buckler on the Role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
In this interview, Rachel Buckler explains the crucial role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead in an Early Years setting.
Lynnette Brock on Schema Play: Extending Thinking through Schemes
In this interview, Lynette Brock shows us a model she developed with John Siraj-Blatchford called the Zone of Proximal Development Flow which can be used to extend children's thinking processes and deep level learning.
Andy Mitchell’s Top Tips for Reception (Kindergarten) Teachers
Andy Mitchell is someone who I originally interviewed for the Men in Childcare podcasts, back in November 2014. I was just blown away by his journey to becoming a Primary School Teacher
Sandi Phoenix and filling the Love Cup for children and practitioners
Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, Australia, shared the Phoenix Cups Philosophy on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Summit. This philosophy is a positive, affirmative way to support ALL areas of children’s learning and development. In this episode, Sandi explains about the Love Cup, how we may inadvertently empty children's Love Cups and some practical, effective ways of filling children's - and our own - Love Cups.
Neil Leitch on Influencing Policymakers
Neil Leitch is the Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance - the largest and most representative Early Years membership organisation in England - based in London and supported by a network of Service Hubs across the country. Neil is frequently on national TV and in the newspapers, giving a strong, clear voice to the Early Years sector on the issues that are having a huge, and often negative effect, on practitioners and educators working in the Early Years - such as 30 hours funding. He also works tirelessly behind the scenes at Government level, with policymakers and influencers, representing the views and concerns of the 14,000 Alliance members.
June O’Sullivan on Diversity in the Workplace
June O’Sullivan, MBE is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and Social Worker and is passionate about children’s wellbeing, especially through equal access to the same, high quality, opportunities for learning. She achieves this as CEO of the award-winning London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) - the UK’s leading childcare charity and Social Enterprise - as well as being a regular commentator on Early Years, Social Enterprise and Child Poverty/Social Mobility. She works closely with the UK Government to better implement their vision for Early Years – with a particular focus on improving quality and promote better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education for everyone.
Christopher Phoenix on Well-Being for Practitioners
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager. In this interview, we are going to be learning how practitioners and educator’s wellbeing has benefits for our children.
Jennie Johnson on the Academy Model for Staff Development
In this interview, CEO of the Kids Allowed group of nurseries, Jennie Johnson, explains her approach to identifying talent and developing her staff using an "Academy" model.
Sir Michael Marmot on Health Inequalities and their Implication for Early Childhood
In this interview, world-leading expert on health inequalities Sir Michael Marmot discusses the effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term outcomes for children and the ways in which Early Years settings can offset these. He gives recommendations for practitioners and educators based on his research and extensive knowledge in this area.

Specialist Areas of Interest - Babies and the under 2s, maths, science, STEAM, outdoor play, nanny, childminder, music and other topics of interest to specific practitioners who focus on these areas. You can also use the search function on the main menu to find specific topics.

June O’Sullivan MBE on Pedagogy and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss her latest book – The A to Z of Early Years – Policy, Pedagogy and Plain Speaking, which is based on her much loved blog. June explains her four elements of pedagogy, the effects these have had on the LEYF settings and how these support the development of all children.
Debbie Garvey on Self-Reflection
In this interview we discuss the importance of reflective practice (and why it should be more than just something you studied at college) and the different types of reflective practice. Debbie has some great ideas and strategies for including reflective practice as part of your daily work, without distracting from the children, even if you're a childminder or home-based.
Claudia Holmes and Claire Hewson on SEND
In this interview, we start with both a definition of Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) and the responsibilities or legal requirements placed on educational settings in England around SEND. We then go onto discuss the types of barriers and challenges that educational settings and parents or carers may face.
Marina Robb on the Outdoor Teacher
In this interview, Marina explains how she became 'The Outdoor Teacher' and her nature pedagogy. We go on to discuss the many health and educational benefits of being outdoors and the importance of the relationship with nature as a ‘third relationship’. Marina also has lots of great ideas to make the most of the outdoors, whether you are just discovering the benefits or if you're already experienced in making the most of the outdoors.
Dr Stella Louis and Hannah Betteridge on Helping children by understanding our own bias
In this interview, we discuss what we mean 'unconscious bias' and how this can affect everything, from observations to decision making. Different types of bias, such as affinity bias, attribution bias and confirmation bias are explained and there are lots of practical ways of countering and recognising our own bias, including strategies for the staff team.
Caroline Wright on Bright Horizons’ Wellbeing Curriculum
In this interview, we discuss the Wellbeing Curriculum that Caroline Wright and her colleagues have designed and developed. We start by discussing the need for a Wellbeing Curriculum, particularly children's need for unconditional love, strong attachments and friendships.
Dr Natalie Canning on Empowering Children in their Play
In this interview, we discuss what is meant by 'empowering' children in their play and why this is so important. Dr Canning then goes on to describe her research into Empowering Children in their Play, and the 3 'Super-themes': Participation, Ownership and Voice.
Alice Sharp on Empowering Parents
In this interview, Alice explains the 'equation' that can be applied to help children have the most positive start in life, including lots of practical examples of how this can be achieved in practice. She also has some innovative strategies for reaching out to parents and truly engaging them in their children's play.
Susan Taylor on Safeguarding and Preparing for a Multidisciplinary Meeting
Susan explains in detail how to plan for a multidisciplinary meeting or conference, where you may have speech and language specialists, social workers and possibly the police.
Bev Bacon and Kelly Hill on Executive Function and Leadership
In this interview, we discuss executive function, both as a skill that children need to master and as a framework for effective leadership. Bev Bacon explains how we can support children's executive function and Kelly Hill explains how a leadership pedagogy can be developed under the executive functioning areas
Premium Bonus: Lucy Lewin – The Business of Business
Lucy Lewin is the founder of the nursery Little Angels (Uppingham) Ltd and the founder and CEO of The Profitable Nursery Academy (PNA). She is also an associate trainer for the National Day Nursery Association (NDNA) and a Local Government Association Peer Review Team Member. You can find out more about The Profitable Nursery Academy (PNA): https://theprofitablenurseryacademy.com/ and how to sign up for coaching or for the 2021 PNA cohort as well.
Dorothy Marlen on the Pikler Approach
In this interview, Dorothy explains what the Pikler approach is, what we can learn from it and why it is so crucial in the first 18 months of a baby's life. She goes on to explain the links between natural motor development and later learning, such as speech. We finish with some ideas and strategies for practitioners and educators who would like to start the Pikler approach
Alison Featherbe and Louise Lloyd Evans on Nature and Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview, Alison and Louise explain how the routines and resources at Young Friends nursery encourage children to be aware of nature and appreciate it - whether that is in the garden, on the beach or indoors. They go on to explain how sustainable citizenship - from recycling to litter picking - is encouraged and explained in an age-appropriate way from babyhood.
Becky Poulter Jewson & Rebecca Skinner on the Speech Chain and Early Years practice
In this interview, we discuss speech and communication; the process of listening and speaking - often known as the speech chain or communication Chain; the challenges children may have in different parts of the communication chain; how to support children in each section of the chain; the role of the environment and other factors on speech and language development; tips for parents and carers. This is a Masterclass, so is in more depth and is 70 minutes long.
Penny Tassoni MBE on Self-efficacy
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.
Rachel Buckler on Identify, Help and Protect children in our care
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.
Professor Julie Fisher on Moving On: Transition to Year One
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.
Kate Shelley on the Emotional Support of Storytelling
In this interview, Kate Shelley and I 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
Matt Arnerich on Marketing your Early Years setting
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.
Professor Peter Gray on Play, Parenting and Self Directed Education
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.
Ali McClure on Brilliant Behaviour
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.
Tom Shea on Play
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.
Alison Featherbe on the Positive Impact of Change
In this interview, we discuss some of the changes in the Early Years sector over recent months - the anxiety that has come with information constantly changing and the situation evolving; the significant changes to the way we educate and care, manage emotional and physical environments and support parents; the challenges many leaders and managers have faced.
Bev Bacon on the Key to Leadership
In this interview, we discuss the role of leadership in supporting practitioner's wellbeing, practitioners personal and professional development, including the 'people development plan'; having difficult conversations with staff and your own wellbeing as a leader and manager.
Julie Revels on Risk, Resilience and Relationships
In this interview, we discuss risk factors in children's lives; how this may affect children's behaviour; the neuroscience during the Early Years; resilience - what it is and how we can help build it in children; supporting families, especially during difficult times.
Sarah Seaman on Muddy Puddle Teaching
In this interview, Sarah explains the rationale behind the Muddy Puddle Teacher Approach; practical applications; how to meet the curriculum requirements outdoors; concerns if you have children with additional needs; and how to do all this and still keep in budget! 
Julie Mountain on Designing an Effective Play Area
In this interview, we discuss how to assess and consider outdoor spaces that just aren't working; how to improve outdoor spaces in general; the many benefits for children when they are in a great outdoor space; some fascinating local and international projects where Julie has designed effective, fun and suitable play spaces.
Chanie Wilschanski on Supporting Staff in Early Years settings
In this interview, we discuss staff self-esteem and self-confidence, the teacher's 'confidence challenge', the gratitude matrix and Chanie's 'Ripple Effect'.
Louise Lloyd-Evans on Sustainable Nurseries Against Plastic
In this interview we discuss how to make your setting more sustainable, liaising with families to get the right message to them, getting rid of plastic (but not all of it!), cost implications and how this has reduced the potty training age dramatically!
Dr Julian Grenier on Effective Research in an Early Years Setting
In this interview, Dr Grenier discusses the reasons for doing research in an Early Years setting, where to get reliable, relevant research and some pitfalls to avoid. He also gives advice on how to implement changes and examines a case study of research at Sheringham Nursery School.
Kathryn Solly on Scientific Exploration
In this interview, Kathryn explains how important scientific language is, but how it must be relevant (and correct); the types of resources that are useful
Dr Susan Hopkins on Shanker Self-reg® in Young Children
In this extended - 100th episode - Dr Hopkins explains the 5 domains of stress, the 5 steps of Shanker Self-Reg © and three top tips to help in your everyday practice.
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience for Early Years practice
Mine Conkbayir discusses epigenetics, responses to stressors (our own and the children's), the 5 domains of self-regulation and the role of neuroscience in the 'Nature vs Nurture' debate.
Rachel Buckler on Children’s Online Safety
In this interview, Rachel discusses the current situation in Internet safety, contextual safeguarding, online risks for children, signs that children may be at risk, some ideas for your setting's strategies policies and procedures and parent partnership.
Sandi and Christopher Phoenix on the Mastery Cup
Sandi Phoenix is the founding company director and principal facilitator at Phoenix support. Her framework the Phoenix Cups have revolutionized how staff not only work with children's behaviour, but also have teams view each other's behaviour.
Dr David Whitebread on Achieving Quality in Early Childhood Education
Dr. David Whitebread recently retired as Founding Director of the Play in Education, Development and Learning (PEDAL) research center at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. He is a developmental psychologist and early childhood education specialist.
Marie McKittrick on Medicines in Early Years Settings
Marie McKittrick is currently a trainer for the Early Years Hub.
Kathryn Albany-Ward on Colour-Blindness or Colour Vision Deficiency
Kathryn Albany-Ward established the CIC company Colour Blind Awareness after she discovered that her son was colour blind.
Ali McClure on Pedagogy, The Curriculum and Continuous Provision, Getting to Grips with Great Early Years Practice
Ali McClure is well known for her work on boys but more recently her focus is on how to bring out the best in every child, through what she describes as the craft of teaching.
Caroline Jens on Finding, Hiring and Retaining Talent
Caroline Jens has possibly a unique background - over 25 years of finance and ​nearly 10 years in child care, with some amazing achievements
Cindy Davenport on Toddlers and Sleep
Cindy Davenport is the Founding Director of Safe Sleep Space, based in Victoria, Australia. She is a registered midwife, IBCLC and maternal and child health nurse.
Pete Moorhouse on Setting Up Your Woodworking Area
Pete Moorhouse is the author of ‘Learning Through Woodwork: Introducing creative woodwork into the early years’ and is passionate about encouraging creative thinking in Early Years education.
Chanie Wilschanski on Directors Preparing for a New School Term
Chanie Wilschanski is the founder of Schools of Excellence and DiscoverEd, where she supports and helps leaders from all types of settings, all over the world.
Deborah Carlisle Solomon on Babies and Resources for Infant Educarers (RIE ®)
Deborah Carlisle Solomon is an expert in the development and care of infants and toddlers and the author of “Baby Knows Best: Raising a Confident and Resourceful Child, the RIE® Way.”
Kim Hunter on the Love and Fear Spectrum
Kim Hunter has taught for 20 years in British Columbia Canada. Kim received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2016 and for the past two school years has spent her time travelling and speaking on Play as well as presenting her film which is called ‘Time to Play’.
Maggie Dent on Mothering Our Boys
Maggie Dent is Australia’s ‘queen of common sense’. Maggie has become one of Australia's favourite parenting authors and educators, with a particular interest in the early years, adolescence and resilience, and 11 books to her name including her bestselling 2018 release Mothering Our Boys.
Louise Mercieca’s Summer Menu
Louise Mercieca is the host of the brand new resource for practitioners, educators, parents and grandparents - Early Years TV Food Channel.
Kate Young on Safeguarding Issues
Kate Young helps independent practitioners working within child protection to navigate the family justice system.
Julie Mountain on Resilience in Japanese Early Years
Julie Mountain is qualified in landscape design and has specialised in supporting schools and early years settings so that they can make the most of the potential of outdoors for learning and play.
Dr Pete King on The Play Cycle Research: Results edition
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University. His research focuses on Play Theory and Practice, Researching Childhood and Perspectives on Play. Dr King is interested in re-establishing early years practitioners as play professionals and the factors influencing children’s perceptions of choice within their free play activity. Pete King’s publications: swansea.ac.uk/staff/human-and-health-sciences/allstaff/p.f.king/ Twitter: www.twitter.com/Dr_Pete_King Dr Shelly Newstead:commonthreads.org.uk/playwork-theory.html Twitter: twitter.com/shelnews Pete King (Editor) and Shelly Newstead (Editor) Researching Play from a Playwork Perspective (Advances in Playwork Research) (2019)amazon.co.uk/Researching-Playwork-Perspective-Advances-Research/dp/0367178621/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1540904509&sr=8-1
David Wright reports on the World Forum on Early Care and Education 2019
David Wright is the National Representative for England for the World Forum on Early Care and Education. He is the owner of Paint Pots nursery, Southampton, UK and has long been a vigorous advocate for Men in Early Childcare.
Ali McClure on From Stickers to Self-Regulation
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor.
Nicki Farrell on Wildlings Forest School
Nicki Farrell was raised on a farm in remote South Australia, Nicki's passions and expertise lie in outdoor recreation, educating educators, creating community connections, ecological literacy, environmental protection and stewardship,
Rachel Macbeth-Webb on Beatle Woods
Rachel Macbeth-Webb is founder of the Award Winning nursery that is totally outdoors – in the UK – Beatle Woods.
Ursula Krystek-Walton on neuroscience in the Early Years
Ursula Krystek-Walton . Ursula has been in the Early Years industry for over 20 years. She is the Head of Early Years at Bertram nursery group where she's been for the last five years, she has a first class BA Honours in Childhood studies and is a neuroscience champion!
Bridgit Brown on Award Winning Childminding
Bridgit Brown has built up her childminding business, based in Worthing, West Sussex, over the last 3 years, drawing on her 20 years of childcare experience in a huge range of settings.
Kate Moxley on Practitioner’s Mental Health and Wellbeing
Kate Moxley has worked within the Early Years sector for over two decades and has both an Early Childhood Studies degree and hands-on experience. As an accredited Mental Health First Aid Instructor, Kate specialises in mental health and wellbeing – working with staff teams to create mentally healthy workplace environments.
Beth Thomas on Transitions
Beth Thomas is a 30-something Mum of two boys who has spent most of her life dreaming about the things she would like to do, whilst working with young children and studying Early Years to degree level and beyond.
Louise Mercieca on Healthy Eating ideas for children
In this interview, we discuss her book 'How Food Shapes Your Child'; healthy, nutritious and fun meal ideas; engaging parents with healthy eating for their children; supporting children who may have challenges with their food or diet.
Dr Pete King on the Play Cycle
Dr Pete King has a background as a professional play worker and a PhD in Childhood Studies. He currently teaches modules on children’s rights, perspectives on play and therapeutic work with children on a range of courses at Swansea University.
Nikky Smedley and Puppet Sam on puppeteering
Nikky Smedley has been creating and performing work for children for four decades. She works as an education consultant offering workshops on storytelling, performance and creativity and is the author of a book called ‘Create, Perform, Teach’.
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford on Education for Sustainable Citizenship
Professor John Siraj-Blatchford is an Honorary Professor at the University of Plymouth, and works as an independent educational researcher, trainer and consultant.
Ali McClure on Making it Better for Boys
Ali McClure is well known for her ‘making it better for boys’ courses and her book of the same title. She has been a deputy Head, a SENCO and a Governor
Alice Lewes on Leadership and Management
Alice is a passionate advocate of early years, who has been working in and around early years for the last 40 years.
Elizabeth Jarman on Communication Friendly Spaces
Elizabeth Jarman is an international, leading expert on learning environments, the creator of Communication Friendly Spaces and an award-winning author.
Deborah Stewart on play based activities and environments
Deborah Stewart is passionate about children learning through play and has been in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. She owns her own small private preschool called The Children’s Studio for children ages three to five years old and writes the highly successful ‘Teach Preschool’ Blog.
Lisa Brett on listening to young children and RAMPS
Lisa is the creator of the SeeMe.HearMe.KnowMe. tools, which are aimed at supporting practitioners in their listening practice and is also the author of some workforce development resources that support practitioners and mangers in creating a culture of listening,
Mine Conkbayir on Neuroscience in the Early Years
Mine Conkbayir is a lecturer, award-winning author and trainer, who has worked in the field of early childhood education and care for over 17 years.
Penny Tassoni MBE on Understanding Children’s Behaviour
Penny Tassoni MBE is an education consultant, author, keynote speaker and trainer who specialises in the whole spectrum of learning and play. She written over 40 books, and has also been the President of the Professional Association of Early Years and Childcare (PACEY) since 2013.She regularly visits and supports nurseries and pre-schools both in the UK and places such as China, Dubai and Hong Kong, which allows her to maintain regular contact with babies and young children.
Alistair Bryce-Clegg on Intergenerational Care
Alistair Bryce-Clegg was the Head teacher of three-form entry Infant school and Early Years Unit in Cheshire where he spent 10 happy years. In 2009 he set up his consultancy ‘ABC Does…’
Dr Prospera Tedam on witchcraft labelling, safeguarding and the MANDELA model
Dr Prospera Tedam is a registered social worker with frontline practice experience in children and families social work. She has been teaching trainee social workers since 2004 and is currently the lead academic for social work practice quality at Anglia Ruskin University in Cambridge.
Debbie Garvey on Children’s Wellbeing
In this video, Debbie Garvey talks specifically about the importance of listening to young children. Debbie has a background as a practitioner in both maintained and private sectors, and in January 2007, she set up Stonegate Training Consultancies to advocate for quality provision for children, young people and families, alongside quality training experiences for the dedicated practitioners who work with them. She is also the author of Nurturing Personal, Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. https://stonegatetraining.co.uk/twitter.com/stoneg8training Find her book here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Nurturing-Personal-Emotional-Development-Childhood/dp/1785922238/
Alice Sharp on making ordinary activities extraordinary
Alice Sharp is a trained primary school teacher who is passionate about doing the best for children. She loves her job - which she describes as being an 'imagineer'.
Professor Julie Fisher on Interacting or Interfering?
Prof Julie Fisher's latest book - ‘Interacting or Interfering?’ - draws on research into effective interactions between practitioners and children aged six months to six years.
Denise Burke on Intergenerational Care
Denise Burke is the co-founder of United for All Ages and runs her consultancy business from Norfolk in the UK.
Wendy Baker on nurturing relationships
Wendy is an Early Years consultant and trainer, who works with early years settings, pre-schools, playgroups, children centres and colleges.
Sonia Mainstone-Cotton on both practitioner’s well-being and listening to young children
In this episode, Sonia discusses how practitioners can effectively support their own wellbeing, using a number of methods. She also discusses how we can listen to young children.
Sandi Phoenix and the Freedom Cup
Sandi Phoenix of Phoenix Support for Educators talks about the Freedom Cup in this week's episode on Early Years TV.
Joss Cambridge-Simmons’s top tips for children in a city and being a Manny
Joss Cambridge-Simmons gives top tips for taking children out and about in a big city, including the procedure needed when collecting children from a working canal boat! He also discusses some of the unique aspects of being a black male looking after a range of children when he is travelling around.
Rachel Buckler on the Role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead
In this interview, Rachel Buckler explains the crucial role of the Safeguarding/Child Protection Lead in an Early Years setting.
Lynnette Brock on Schema Play: Extending Thinking through Schemes
In this interview, Lynette Brock shows us a model she developed with John Siraj-Blatchford called the Zone of Proximal Development Flow which can be used to extend children's thinking processes and deep level learning.
Andy Mitchell’s Top Tips for Reception (Kindergarten) Teachers
Andy Mitchell is someone who I originally interviewed for the Men in Childcare podcasts, back in November 2014. I was just blown away by his journey to becoming a Primary School Teacher
Sandi Phoenix and filling the Love Cup for children and practitioners
Sandi Phoenix, from Phoenix Support for Educators, Australia, shared the Phoenix Cups Philosophy on the Personal, Social and Emotional Development Summit. This philosophy is a positive, affirmative way to support ALL areas of children’s learning and development. In this episode, Sandi explains about the Love Cup, how we may inadvertently empty children's Love Cups and some practical, effective ways of filling children's - and our own - Love Cups.
Neil Leitch on Influencing Policymakers
Neil Leitch is the Chief Executive of the Pre-School Learning Alliance - the largest and most representative Early Years membership organisation in England - based in London and supported by a network of Service Hubs across the country. Neil is frequently on national TV and in the newspapers, giving a strong, clear voice to the Early Years sector on the issues that are having a huge, and often negative effect, on practitioners and educators working in the Early Years - such as 30 hours funding. He also works tirelessly behind the scenes at Government level, with policymakers and influencers, representing the views and concerns of the 14,000 Alliance members.
June O’Sullivan on Diversity in the Workplace
June O’Sullivan, MBE is a qualified Psychiatric Nurse and Social Worker and is passionate about children’s wellbeing, especially through equal access to the same, high quality, opportunities for learning. She achieves this as CEO of the award-winning London Early Years Foundation (LEYF) - the UK’s leading childcare charity and Social Enterprise - as well as being a regular commentator on Early Years, Social Enterprise and Child Poverty/Social Mobility. She works closely with the UK Government to better implement their vision for Early Years – with a particular focus on improving quality and promote better understanding of the incredible long-term benefits of play-based Early Years education for everyone.
Christopher Phoenix on Well-Being for Practitioners
Christopher is the Wellbeing specialist for Phoenix Support for Educators (PSFE), as well as the company’s Business Development Manager. In this interview, we are going to be learning how practitioners and educator’s wellbeing has benefits for our children.
Jennie Johnson on the Academy Model for Staff Development
In this interview, CEO of the Kids Allowed group of nurseries, Jennie Johnson, explains her approach to identifying talent and developing her staff using an "Academy" model.
Sir Michael Marmot on Health Inequalities and their Implication for Early Childhood
In this interview, world-leading expert on health inequalities Sir Michael Marmot discusses the effects of adverse childhood experiences on long-term outcomes for children and the ways in which Early Years settings can offset these. He gives recommendations for practitioners and educators based on his research and extensive knowledge in this area.

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