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I have worked in Local Authorities for over 10 years, first as an employee of Children's Services (Early Years Teams, Children's Centre teams) as an Early Years Support teacher, an Every Child a Talker (ECAT) consultant and Senior Early Years Educational Psychologist. In the last five years, I have developed to work as an independent trainer and consultant. I have delivered training and other approaches such as group supervision that has been commissioned by a Local Authority to meet specific needs:
  • for specific groups of staff such as Children's Centre teachers, childminders and Family Support Workers
  • early years settings requiring identified specific support on curriculum issues
  • written and co-deliver training packages for specific needs such as child development, observation and documentation
  • knowledge on curriculum
If this is an approach you are interested in, please contact me.

I am able to deliver the following courses centrally to Local Authorities
as either full day packages, twilight staff meeting sessions, evenings or Saturdays. The training has been most successful when divided into separate sessions. These sessions are planned to suit the preferences of the practitioners in the Local Authority, with staff agreeing to take on small, manageable actions in between the sessions using an action planning approach.  This allows the Local Authority to track impact in the area of training identified.
A free consultation on the design of the training is offered with each training package booked!
A full evaluation report on the impact of the training can be completed on request

Courses for staff working with all children
Approximate duration
Understanding the Early Years Foundation Stage
 1 day or 2 twlights
Observation, assessment and planning in the early years
 2 days or 3 twlights
Understanding and using the Key Person Approach
 2 days or 3 twilights
Child development 2 days or 3 twlights
Supporting children's play
 1 day or 2 twlights
Understanding attachment 1 day or 2 twlights
Working with Parents
 1 day or 2 twlights
Consulting with children - being child-led
 1 day or 2 twlights
Supporting children's speech and language development in the Early Years 2 days or 3 twilights
Understanding and supporting children's Personal, social and emotional development in the early years4 days or 7 twilights
Understanding children's behaviour in the early years 2 days or 3 twilights
Courses linked to children having additional needs
Approximate duration
Working with children with SEN in the early   years
 1 day or 2 twlights
Using Early Support
 1 day or 2 twilights
Understanding children with autism in the early years
 1 day or 2 twilights
Supporting children with English as an Additional Language in the early years
 2 days or 3 twilights
Courses for staff leading learning and supporting other staff
Approximate duration
The Early Years Consultant - supporting and guiding others effectively
 2 days or 3 twilights
Using theories of learning, pedagogy and evidence based practice to lead learning
 2 days or 3 twilights

In addition, if you have a specific training need not outlined above, I am able to write and deliver training over a wide range of topics in the Early Years. Please contact me to discuss your specific needs.

Testimonials from Local Authority professionals

Anita Soni is that rare commodity - an incredibly knowledgeable and committed professional, who can draw an audience in and explain things in the simplest way, ensuring that she takes practitioners along with her on a fascinating journey to greater understanding and better childcare practice. She never fails to impress.

Barbara Skilton Birth to Three Co-ordinator Early Years and Childcare Service Worcestershire County Council

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  • Project management and small scale research
Testimonials from Local Authority professionals on training regarding SEN

When it came to thinking about who best to ask to present to the SENCo conference in November on the subject of Early Support, early intervention, attachment and behaviour issues, Anita was our natural choice and I'm writing on behalf of quite a large planning team. 

Anita is a confident and motivational presenter and a very knowledgeable expert on child development and early support.  The feedback from over one hundred delegates was very positive across the board and I met experienced SENCOs who learned information about Early Support and support networks that they hadn't known about previously.

Mike Higley
Team Manager for Inclusion,
Early Years and Childcare Service

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