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About Us

Giving the children in our care the best possible start in life!


The formative years of children’s lives are without question the most important years of their lives. Children need to feel safe and secure in every aspect of their lives, but moreover in an Early Years setting. Staff should be passionate about providing them with best possible start in life and the role of the setting is to ensure all children have access to a rich and stimulating environment. Providing such an environment means having well-trained Early Years professionals who have a clear understanding of the legislative frameworks, have the knowledge and expertise to provide the very best care for children so they can flourish and reach their full potential.

Aiming For Excellence


Achieving excellence comes from having the passion to exceed expectations and focus on continuous development; embedding such culture sets outstanding settings apart from their competitors. Leaders who set high expectations of staff and children and have practitioners which are highly motivated, able to demonstrate their skills and abilities to work independently and collaboratively as part of a team will deliver exemplary care and education which will support any setting to be the very best they can be.

The Warwickshire Early Years Team

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.

Alyson Fuller

Aly is a registered social worker and approved Warwickshire Safeguarding Children’s Board and Safer Recruitment Consortium trained 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. 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.

Joanne Vallis

Joanne has extensive teaching experience, specialising in Early Years. Jo joined the Warwickshire Early Years advisory team in 2012. Her roles and achievements were varied; developing the Inspirational Learning Space, leading and managing teams and winning an award in 2008 for Local Authority team of the year at the inaugural Nursery World Awards. Joanne writes and delivers training and is an EYFS moderator.

Debi Keyte Hartland

Debi has been working in the Early Years for over 20 years; working directly with settings both nationally and internationally. She is an Associate Consultant of Early Education and a Co-Director of Sightlines Initiative and is an Associate Lecturer with CREC (Centre of Research for Early Childhood) having co-written and delivering the MA Module Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Education. Debi’s specialist experience and interest is in the use of the visual arts as a tool for developing communication and language together with critical and creative thinking. She blogs at www.debikeytehartland.me

Deborah Powers

Deborah completed a BSc in Speech Sciences at University College London and qualified as a Speech and Language Therapist in 2002. She then worked for nine years 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.

Ben Kingston-Hughes

Ben Kingston-Hughes is the Managing Director of Inspired Children, a training and consultancy organisation inspiring people who work with children to put some magic and excitement back into children’s lives. He has been a finalist for the Nursery World Trainer of the Year and the National Playwork Awards Best Trainer and his training was recently mentioned by Ofsted as an example of outstanding staff development. He has recently appeared on Channel 4 working with vulnerable children.

MDD First Aid

MDD First Aid offer professional, certified and quality assured training programmes to educational facilities including schools, nurseries and all childcare providers.

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.

All our courses are designed to inspire you and enhance your learning experience.

Our Level 3 Paediatric First Aid courses meet and exceed requirements laid down by Ofsted, EYFS (Early Years Foundation Stage) and Sure Start.

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 feel supported and in safe hands throughout your chosen course.