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Nicci Burton

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.


Alyson Fuller

Aly is an Independent Safeguarding Trainer with a social work background and has designed and delivered bespoke safeguarding training for over twenty years to a range of local authorities, voluntary organisations and major companies. In 2003 she was approved as a Safeguarding trainer within Warwickshire and accredited as a Safer Recruitment trainer in 2012. Her teaching experience includes eight years as a lecturer with course leader responsibilities for a University of Warwick under graduate widening participation programme.  Aly has a Masters Degree in Education Studies, teaching qualifications and a Safeguarding Children Postgraduate Award.  She 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.

Ann Seal

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Ann has been a safeguarding trainer for Warwickshire Early Years since 2008 and a Protective Behaviours trainer since 2001. She has had a career in nursing, health visiting, teaching and training. Ann taught Childhood Studies and Health & Social Care at a Warwickshire FE college for several years alongside health visiting and then went on to run The Taking Care Scheme in Warwickshire supporting schools to use the Protective Behaviours process as part of their proactive safeguarding protective education. She is experienced in delivering Designated Safeguarding Lead training with over 15 years’ experience working for a local authority Education Safeguarding Service, designing and delivering safeguarding courses and supporting settings with safeguarding queries. Ann is an accredited Protective Behaviours trainer with the Protective Behaviours Training Partnership, delivering training at Foundation, Specialist Practitioner and Train the trainer levels. She has a Master’s degree by research in Applied Social Studies having researched safeguarding children through protective education at the University of Warwick. Ann enjoys working with participants in the training room and evaluations evidence a reputation for approachability, building relationships quickly, helping put people at ease and a sense of humour.

Louise Perry

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Louise Perry completed a BSc (hons) in Speech and Language Pathology at the University of Strathclyde in 2005. Following a jaunt around the world to explore some distant countries, Louise settled in Warwickshire working at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust as a Preschool Speech and Language Therapist. Louise has a passion for supporting the youngest children develop their early communication skills and this brought her into the ‘time to talk™’ team in 2010. She was involved with ‘time to talk’™ for 7 years before returning to her clinical role. After recently returning from her third maternity leave,  Louise has joined the ‘time to talk™’ team again to implement the strategy across Warwickshire.

Mark Simmonds

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Mark has worked in mental health for 24 years and has been qualified as a mental health nurse for almost 20 years – the last 17 years within a local CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service) where he currently holds a role that is both clinical and as a senior lead. He has extensive experience of delivering a range of safeguarding training within Warwickshire for 15 years and has delivered this training for early year’s practioners in the county for 10 years. Mark has also had a secondment with Warwickshire Safeguarding Children Board for 2 years as their Interagency Training Officer. Mark has been a visiting lecturer within both Warwick University and Manchester Metropolitan University.


Evaluations from the early years training have constantly highlighted his extensive knowledge of the mental health implications of abuse and neglect on children and his ability to relate to real life cases which delegates find really helpful. Mark’s relaxed style of delivery and sense of humour are felt by delegates to help deliver a very sensitive subject.


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. 


Ben Kingston-Hughes


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.

Anna Ephgrave


Anna has been fascinated by babies and young children her whole life.  She has volunteered in various capacities and also has ten years’ experience as a foster parent.  She has over 27 years’ teaching experience, working for many years as an advanced skills teacher and most recently as an Assistant Head Teacher.  She has led her Early Years’ teams to four consecutive Outstanding grades from Ofsted. 

She promotes child-led learning in which children are given autonomy and respect.  She now works as an independent author and consultant, supporting practitioners both in the UK and abroad.   She has had four books published – Nursery, Reception and Year One in Action and, most recently, Planning in the Moment.  Anna now lives in Bristol where she spends time looking after her grandchildren and supporting a local pre-school.  A fifth book, based on the 2-3 provision at this preschool, is due to be published in June 2020. 


Julie Toal

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.

Joanne Vallis


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.

Jean Ferraro

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Jean has worked for Coventry and Warwickshire Local Authorities as a Primary and Early Years Teacher and an Early Years Advisor and has extensive experience in both the maintained and non-maintained Early Years sectors.  She has successfully undertaken many roles including the provision of direct support to leaders and practitioners through coaching and training in many areas of Early Years practice and is able to guide setting quality improvement through the use of well-regarded audits and reviews.  Recently Jean worked for a charity focussed on supporting children who are disadvantaged and/or have additional needs/disabilities where she was involved in effectively managing and developing a number of successful projects.

Jean is currently working independently to support Early Years practitioners and children in schools and settings. She is able to support settings to ensure that their Early Years provision is high quality, meets all children’s needs and enables practitioners to move forward confidently.

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Kate Moxley


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. https://katemoxleyeyc.co.uk/