Early Years Advocacy Blog


November 28, 2018

News! – recognition for work carried out in the Early Years (EY) sector.

I feel both privileged and overwhelmed to have received, the ‘Coaching within Education’ award at The Coaching Academy’s (TCA) annual International Awards event.

Needing a change of focus in this ever changing sector

For many years early education and childcare has been bombarded with constant changes to legislation in all areas of work – much has been necessary, with safeguarding children forefront, and rightly so.

September 6, 2018

Here at last! The Hampshire Early Years Network (HEN for short) long awaited August 2018 Pay Survey.

Many of you will know that I have been running an early years’ business owners and managers network (known as HEN) for some time now.

August 6, 2018

Is speaking or presenting in public a big fear for you? It is for many and it was for me

You may not be surprised to hear that research has shown that for many the fear of speaking or presenting in public rates higher than that of dying.

May 14, 2018

What do business owners, managers and teams want and need to succeed?

You may ask, how would I understand and know how to help you with this? I have been in business twice over: running a two-site nursery/pre-school business employing a team of 35 people and currently run a business as an independent advisor, trainer and coach.

March 19, 2018

How do you spend your time? – ‘don’t die with your potential intact’.

Just stop for a minute and consider this quote which stopped me in my tracks. I read it when at a crossroads in my life: a time when I could say ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to stability, certainty and financial security or give them up for less of all these things.

Hampshire Early Years Network (HEN) Pay Survey 2018

You may recall that during Autumn 2016 I completed a survey of pay scales for various EY posts for the Hampshire and Southampton areas.

January 26, 2018

October 5, 2017

Is dealing with conflict so difficult?

What makes humans react in the way that they do? Often shying away from it, turning their back on it, pretending it’s not happening or just totally ignoring it? Of course, this is not true of everyone, but many of you who are reading this now, will be thinking, ‘yes, that’s me’. How can this be changed?

July 27, 2017

Addressing the Leadership and Management skills shortage in Early Years

In the early years sector, there is currently a lack of trained staff. Business owners and managers are telling me that they are struggling to find high calibre staff to meet their needs, particularly at room supervisor or middle management level.