Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Early years participation trainer & consultant

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I have worked for a national children's charity for 20 years. During this time I have managed participation work for a local authority, managed Gypsy and Traveller play work and led on participation training across the country. My background

is in early years, I started out with an NNEB and then went on to achieve a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies and

an MA in Early Years Education. I have a wide range of experience in working with children and young people across the ages; from working closely with nurseries and children's centres advising them on their practice to working with older teenagers around issues of mental health. I am also a qualified Paws b mindfulness teacher for primary aged children.

I currently work as a freelance Nurture consultant with Brighter futures in Bath, in this role I support children through their transition into school.

 

During the last 10 years I have also worked freelance as a trainer and consultant. I have trained a wide variety of practitioners and teams and I work across the country.

 

 

 

 

 

Some examples of these are:

 

Social services teams

 

Nursery’s / pre-schools/ children’s centres/ play workers

 

Schools

 

Children’s Society teams

 

Hospital staff

 

Voluntary organisations

 

Further education students

 

Higher education students

 

Key note speaker at an inclusion and early years conference - B&NES

 

Speaker at B&NES transition conference

 

CAF training

 

Ofsted early years and social care inspectors in the south west