What is an
Psychologists (EPs) undertake specialist work promoting social, emotional
and behavioural development, well being and learning of young children. I apply psychology to support the social and
emotional wellbeing with a particular focus on young children (early years and primary) to enhance their learning and development. I work using assessments and
consultation and give advice and training to early years settings, schools and families.
in Educational Psychology brings together knowledge and experience of education
and psychology. I have a degree in Psychology, am a qualified and experienced
teacher and have a Master's degree and Doctorate in Educational Psychology.
What can I do as an Educational Psychologist?
I work at different levels within organisations:
If I was working with an individual child, I assess the needs (learning and other aspects of development) of the child through:
- with individual children
- with groups of children
- at the organsational level with staff
This lets me build a picture of the child's strengths and areas of difficulty to understand what the child is good at and finds difficult, what helps them and what works best. I use this information to plan interventions to support the child to do their best. The intervention(s) will support and optimise the child’s learning, development and behaviour. This will come in the form of strategies to use within the early years setting and at home. This advice is for school staff, SENCOs, classroom teachers, early years practitioners and parents.
- individual assessment through use of observation, test materials and talking with the child
- consultation and discussion with key staff and professionals
- consultation and discussion with parents and family
I can assess and advise regarding the
education of children who may have a range of difficulties, including:
I can work with groups of children or support others to use evidence based intervention such as cognitive behaviour therapy approaches to support children in managing their anger, anxiety or stress. I also work with staff to establish social skills groups, Circles of Friends and support changes in children's behaviour. I also offer support to nurture group staff.
- A learning difficulty
- Developmental delay
- Speech, language and communication difficulties
- Behavioural, social and emotional difficulties
Working as a professional in the helping professions as a teacher, teaching assistant, Family Support worker, early years practitioner is a challenging and difficult role. Group supervision can help with this through regular supervision sessions with groups of staff to talk about difficulties, successes and stresses, learn from these experiences and to unload stress. If this is something you are interested in for a group of staff, click on group supervision for more information.
I also can deliver training to staff groups within schools, early years settings and Children's Centres on the following issues:
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
- Understanding young children's behaviour
- Supporting children's social skills
- Supporting children's self-esteem
- Working in partnership with parents
Testimonials from teachers
As a teacher in an early years special needs unit, I had the
pleasure of working closely with Anita for 8 years. As an EP, Anita has a passion for each individual child's
needs. She assesses each child at their level, usually using play based assessment
for the early years, and used these to make sensible suggestions. She is not afraid
to stand up for the child, even if that means challenging my thinking, and she
is always proved right. Anita shows a great understanding of parent's
concerns, and is always willing to go the extra mile to ensure they are
Personally, I value Anita's professional input and support.
She has boundless energy, and helps turn my ideas into successful
reality. Her detailed knowledge and specialism of early years
combined with SEN makes her a truly unique EP. Anita questions my
thinking in a gentle way to enable progress for the children and for me as
a professional. Anita's skills are a truly valuable asset to any
Suzanne Crossley, Early Years Teacher, Enhanced Nursery Unit, Redditch
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Anita has been part of the inclusive ethos of our school for
children as an Educational Psychologist for individual pupils,
staff development in areas such as attachment and strategies with Early
parent workshops on behaviour management and parenting, successfully
engaging with ‘hard to reach families’,
being someone we can call when we run out of ideas, knowing she’ll be able
to help from her vast experience or academic depth.
She bring a positive approach which means staff believe that
the strategies she suggests will work, an approachable manner that means people
are prepared to ask questions that might seem obvious, and the flexibility to
have strategies that work with different people – children, staff and parents.
She will go the extra mile to help those who need it.
Matt Whiteley, Batchley First School
Anita’s work was highly
valued and she was much respected by staff and parents who recognised her depth
of knowledge and experience, her professional integrity and energetic commitment.
Anita dealt with challenging situations
in a calm realistic manner, offering advice and practical support that could be
integrated into routine teaching situations and everyday home life. Anita’s support was constant, she kept her
promises and responded immediately to calls for help.
Anita is approachable and
has a bubbly personality. She was quickly accepted by staff and parents as a crucial
member of the school team. I can fully
recommend Anita to all educational establishments, Children’s Centres and
families who are seeking advice, support & training. You will not be disappointed.
Cherrill Illingworth Retired Headteacher Oak
Hill First School, Redditch