Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Early years participation trainer & consultant

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Over the years my specialism has been in training around listening to children, through my early years experience and

MA I am able to deliver a range of training within the early years framework. The training I deliver links with up to date legislative changes and practice. My training also draws on excellent practice I have observed in this country and from early years settings in Reggio Emillia, Sweden and Denmark. All my early years training draws on my current practice

and experience of being a Nurture consultant. I also draw on my research and experience of promoting well-being in young children, linking with the book I have written.

 

“It is a brilliant course it has inspired me - more people should have the opportunity to go on it."
Listening to young children training

 

"Very good course gave me a lot to think about."

Schema training

 

"Sonia was an excellent trainer- the training made me realise that you can use the outside

space in all weather types. Great ideas for all ages."
Outdoor play training

"I love the ideas on edible paint and new ways to be creative."
Creativity training

 

 

 

 

Examples of early years training i have delivered

 

Listening to young children

 

Communicating with children who have non-verbal communication

 

Transition to school

 

Involving children in planning

 

Documenting children’s learning

 

Using the Reggio approach

 

Listening to children through play

 

Listening to children through the CAF process

 

Involving children in assessments

 

Safe guarding

 

Managing behaviour

 

Schemas

 

Attachment and key Person approach

 

Baby brain development

 

Promoting well being in the early years

 

Outdoor play inspired by Scandinavian practice

 

Creativity and the early years

 

Involving children in staff recruitment