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




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