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Supporting Staff to Meet the Ofsted Inspection Judgements

A two day course to help Early Years settings meet the requirements of the Ofsted Framework.

This course is designed to support Mangers, Deputies and EYPs in their responsibility for ensuring all children receive high quality care and education.


Tuesday 19th and Wednesday 20th November 2013, 9.30am to 4pm.


The Gateway Centre, Front Street, Acomb, York, YO24 3BZ.


  • Katharine Finkill – established national trainer & “highly commended” Nursery World Trainer of the Year 2013.
  • Menna Godfrey – experienced trainer and owner/manager of an Outstanding setting.


  • £140.00 per person.
  • £130.00 per person – when two or more people attend from the same setting.
    Previous delegates have found this course particularly beneficial when two people from the setting have attended together.

Target Audience

Managers, Deputy Managers, Owners, Teachers, EYPs working with children aged 0-5 years. The new Ofsted inspection framework places an emphasis on how well leaders and managers monitor and support staff to effectively implement the statutory requirements of the Early Years Foundation Stage, and how under-performance is tackled.

Course Content

This two day course will give delegates an opportunity to work together to develop shared understandings of what is meant by quality practice and what constitutes effective learning and teaching.

How To Book

Email Alternatively, call: Katharine Finkill (01677 455011) or Menna Godfrey (07976 008953).

You can download the course outline PDF for further details.

Nursery World Trainer of the Year

I am delighted to announce that I was highly commended in the Nursery World Trainer of the Year awards, which means I came a very close second to the the winner.

This award was announced at the Nursery World awards on September 28th, which was a very exciting evening of entertainment and food. I attended with my husband and with my associate trainers Sarah Cornish and Menna Godfrey and we met some lovely people from a nursery in Cumbria who were on our table. bluefigure_Awards_Commended

Photographic Contributers

Thanks to all the following friends and early years settings who kindly donated photographs for use on the website

Acorns – Masham

Quackers- Copmanthorpe

Muddy Faces -

Pippins Childcare and Education Centre – Bradford

Midland Road Nursery School and Children’s Centre - Bradford

St Edmunds Nursery School and Children’s Centre - Bradford


A Quick Update

The training and development area of this website is now live and we have some great writers who are developing material for different sections, Jan White, Stella Louis, Sarah Cornish, Ali McClure and Sue Gascoyne to name but a few.

We are also visiting settings taking lots of photos to highlight all our ideas and suggestions. If anyone has any great photos of environments, or is happy for us to visit their setting to take photos of children playing we would love to hear from you. Please contact Katharine Finkill on 01677455011 or e-mail

Special Offer

The Training and Development Membership Area is now live

Become a member before the 31st May 2013 and receive an extended membership until 31st August 2014 for the price of 12 months subscription (£120).

Sign up now to take advantage of this limited time offer.

Writers Needed

If anyone is interested in writing for this website please contact Katharine Finkill on 01677455011 or e-mail


If anyone has any inspirational images that represent outstanding practice and could be used on the website please contact Katharine Finkill on 01677455011 or e-mail