Playwise was founded in 2004 by Katharine Finkill an experienced early years trainer and consultant. Katharine has been working in the early years sector for more than 28 years and her career has encompassed a variety of roles, as a practitioner and a nursery owner as well as in an advisory/training capacity for large national organisations and local authorities.
Katharine is passionate about the importance of all children being given opportunities to learn and develop within caring environments that offer rich, stimulating, developmentally appropriate experiences, and it is this passion that motivates her to offer support to others.
In June 2008 Katharine published a Planning Guide to support the implementation of the Early Years Foundation Stage. Some of the contents from the guide are now in the Training and Development Area of this website and have been updated in line with the Revised Early Years Foundation Stage.
Many settings using the planning system have found it to be a valuable tool for moving practice forward and have received positive feedback during Ofsted inspections about their approach to planning. Several have gone on to receive outstanding Ofsted judgements (see testimonials).
Katharine has a BA (hons) in Early Childhood Studies.
To empower early years practitioners to effectively carry out the important role of ensuring children’s well-being, learning and development.