Nicci is passionate about early years education. She is currently acting executive headteacher for Bedworth Heath and Atherstone Maintained Nursery School Federation. She has 13 years experience of working in Nursery schools across Warwickshire and Coventry. Nicci holds a BA Hons in Stage Management and a Early years specialist PGCE. Nicci has great experience of working closely with multi agencies to gain positive outcomes for families.
Julie has over 30 years' experience working in Early Years; she spent 15 years working in Coventry nurseries, schools and daycare settings and leisure organisations until she moved to Warwickshire in 1999. Julie worked for Warwickshire County Council for 18 years in a number of roles including Parenting officer, Children's Centres and led the Quality Improvement team and Safeguarding across Early Years. Julie Graduated from Coventry University with a BSc Honours degree in Psychology and holds a BTEC National Diploma in Early Years.
Aly is a registered Social Worker and Independent Safeguarding Trainer. She has designed and delivered bespoke safeguarding training for over twenty years to a range of local authorities, voluntary organisations and major companies which includes under and post graduate teaching. In 2003 she was trained and approved by the 'Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board' to deliver training within Warwickshire and achieved 'Safer Recruitment Consortium' trainer status in 2012. She is qualified to Masters Degree level, has teaching qualifications and a Safeguarding Children Postgraduate Award. Aly has built a reputation for putting learners at ease and providing a safe training environment where people are actively encouraged to ask questions and share good practice.
Ben Kingston-Hughes is a national award-winning trainer and Managing Director of Inspired Children Ltd. He has worked with children for over 30 years and has twice appeared on television working with vulnerable children. His transformative training has been mentioned by Ofsted as an example of outstanding staff development and his distinctive blend of humour, neuroscience and real-life practical experiences make his training invaluable for anyone working with children.
Deborah completed a BSc in Speech Sciences at University College London and qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2002. She then worked with diverse communities in East London, based in community clinics, child development centres and Sure Start children’s centres where she was a Locality and Clinical Lead Specialist for Early Years. Deborah then worked as a Communication Advisor for the children’s communication charity I CAN before joining ‘time to talk’™ in 2013.
Deborah is interested in the little details in interactions with children – whether it’s a look, a smile, a gurgle or a word – especially when captured on video. She has created ‘time to talk’™ resources and training sessions which promote positive strategies to support children’s early communication across the community. Deborah co-ordinates the ‘time to talk’™ programme and sustains the strategy across the community.
MDD First Aid
MDD First Aid 'Vital Skills for Life'
MDD First Aid offers professional, certified and quality assured first aid and mental health training programmes to business organisations including educational facilities, social & childcare providers, forensic & health care services, motor sport, automotive, engineering and the public throughout the UK.
Our courses are designed to inspire you and enhance your learning experience.
We ensure our training programmes meet and exceed the latest recommendations and guidelines by the HSE (Health & Safety Executive), the UK Resuscitation Council and the ERC (European Resuscitation Council), our paediatric courses exceed the requirements laid down by Ofsted, EYFS & Surestart. So you can feel confident you are receiving the highest quality education.
Our qualified instructors are health care professionals, HCPC Registered Paramedics with valuable medical knowledge and years of experience which will compliment your training and help you to feel supported and in safe hands throughout your chosen course.
We are committed to developing confidence and enthusiasm, empowering you to achieve your goal, enabling you to make a difference and perhaps save a life.
Our Mental Health Qualifications are focused around helping candidates understand the difference between mental health and mental ill health, enabling recognition of the latter, which is a 'vital skill' in every workplace. It is so important to understand and recognise how society, cultural attitudes and social media have a huge impact on every individual's mental health and how we can promote communications and open conversations, by raising awareness and reducing stigma to make a difference.
We also provide a variety of Health & Safety courses including Safe Moving and Handling to improve awareness of safe handling techniques in the workplace to reduce the risk of injury and time lost due to injury.
A consultant and trainer based in the West Midlands and she has worked within the Early Years sector for over two decades, combining a BA (HONS) in Early Childhood Studies with real-life hands-on experience of working with children and families in educational and PVI settings, leading and managing large staff teams.Kate is an approved Mental Health First Aid England Instructor and specialises in wellbeing and mental health training, workplace support and working with staff teams to think positively about their health and wellbeing by working together to create mentally healthy nurturing environments.
Joanne has extensive teaching experience, specialising in early years, and has led and managed various teams both in school and as an Early Years Advisor. Her roles have been many and varied and include working directly with settings and schools, writing and delivering training, leading and managing the Warwickshire Early Years Advisory Team, contributing to a range of reports, articles and publications and speaking at several national and regional conferences and seminars.
Joanne is an EYFSP moderator and a Link Tutor for the EYITT course at The University of Warwick.