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Early Years

Early years – my passion!

I love seeing the small steps and big leaps that children make at this age, and also how by providing them with love, care and interest we can make a lifetime’s difference even in difficult circumstances

The film on the right gives an example of how I think about early years and supporting families

I’ve worked for over ten years as an early years psychologist, supporting midwives, health visitors, early years practitioners, teachers, families and others to help give children their best start in life through positive relationships and play

One of my proudest experiences was being part of the writing team for the Early Years national practice guidance in Scotland – Realising the Ambition. I’ve also helped create training modules for government and content for Parent Club on learning and mental health

What can I help you with?

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Training and Learning

Lively, accessible and interactive training events – see below for some trailers!

Coaching and Support

A chance for managers and leaders to take time to reflect, foster their wellbeing, or have a listening ear

Consultation and Advice

Time, space and advice to think through a problem or question, whether big or small

Evidence for practice

Blog posts on the latest research about early childhood, stay up to date with what it means for practice

Training and professional learning

Schemas – the next level

Recent research shows schemas are even more important than we thought

Trauma-informed ELC

Childhood trauma & adversity is common – what can we do?

Covid & the cost of living

How we can support resilience for all our children & families in difficult times

Staff wellbeing

Early years is great work, but hard work – so what about us?

Closing the gap

How early years can be the best time to reduce inequalities


Behaviour is communication – but what does it say?

Also there is …

  • what matters in early learning?
  • building attachment through play
  • developmentally appropriate practice
  • working with babies and infants
  • equality & diversity
  • neurodevelopmental differences
  • emerging literacy and maths
  • the image of the child & practice
  • executive function and attention
  • how to have difficult conversations
  • curiosity, confidence & engagement
  • family engagement & involvement

Sessions available online to reduce costs, one, two hours or longer – just ask!

Get in touch!

“James has a way of making complex concepts really simple and easy to put into practice”

Setting manager

“Made me look again at what we do – there’s so much more going on than I thought!”

Early years practitioner

Up to date research and practice

The most important concept in early years?

An important education person said to me only this week, “but this early years, we don’t need to wor…

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Are the children ok?

Many people working with young children are reporting the same thing. Children in our settings seem …

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What is this thing called “love”?

What’s not to love about children in early learning and childcare?  The things they say, the wa…

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MA (Oxon), DipPsych, MSc, PhD
HCPC Registration: PYL01053