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Parent and Staff Training Session - Wise Owls Nursery

Once again I'd like to thank you for being so amazing and inspirational! Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the course and I've had parents telling me that they have been playing more with their children using the ideas they learned from you; For example, one of the dads said he and his daughter were playing fish fingers whilst in the car on their way to nursery, and a mum said she and her husband and child were building a den in their child's bedroom! And the child told us all about it too!  It's so lovely to hear such wonderful feedback.

My team were very happy with the training and how it was delivered and they all agreed it was the best course they've ever been on!

I can see already that you're training is making the impact I'd hoped for, and more!


Vicky Bourne - Manager Wise Owls Nursery - Farnham Royal



Early Years Training Day - West Grantham Academy

I cannot put into words how amazing the training that you delivered on Friday was, my team were most definitely inspired and I felt that we came together as a team! One member of staff who was apprehensive about the training told me that she loved the way that you demonstrated the way in which characteristics of effective learning can be embedded further! (I never thought I would see her dressed as a superhero!) I cannot wait to see the photographs!!!


Thank you once again, and I hope this is not the last we see of you!!!


Natalie Smyth, EYFS Lead – West Grantham Academy – St Johns


Positive Play Training - Crocus Fields, Nottingham.

I currently manage a short breaks unit for young people with learning and/or physical disabilities in Nottingham. We provide a service for around 75 young people and their families. The young people come to Crocus Fields to give their parents a break from their caring role but also to spend time with their peers and develop their social skills. I have worked here for over 10 years and been managing for the past five. I have organised countless s training sessions for the team on a huge array of subjects such as autism, the workings of the brain, intensive interaction, being a parent of a child with disability, stress etc. In December we were visited by Ben Kingston-Hughes from Inspired Children just prior to the Christmas break to deliver training to us on the importance of play when working with young people with learning disabilities. I can honestly say it was one of (if not the) best training sessions I have ever been on. Ben found a fantastic balance between talking to us about the neuro-science behind the importance of play and getting the staff team to engage in activities. As an organisation we are very pro-active and do engage in lots of play activities with the young people. However it must be said that the course has truly invigorated members of the team and ideas have been flowing in team meetings and supervisions since. I have not seen the team so excited during a training session throughout the ten years I have been here. What is so brilliant is that the theory behind the importance of play was delivered in such a way where everyone understood and “got it”. That has encouraged the team to explore their own roles and how they can become better workers and advocators for those young people, which in turn means more exciting playful activities shave taken place. At the end of the session three workers (whom it has to be admitted are usually rather shy) all approached Ben to thank him for his time and tell him how much they enjoyed it. I have never seen any of these workers approach a trainer before and it is a credit to the day he put on. I would highly, highly recommend anyone thinking about booking this training course, especially if they work within our sector.

Pete Corkhill, Registered Manager, Crocus Fields, Nottingham


Playful Brains Training - Initial Teacher Training Course, Fairfields Teaching School Alliance, Northants


The feedback I have received from the trainees has been overwhelmingly positive. They found the delivery of the session exceptionally engaging and commented that this gave them confidence to participate and feel valued.


The session content was a skilful balance of theory and, IMPORTANTLY, practical experience so that participants could 'feel' and experience the impact of play on their engagement, attitude and motivation. We had a detailed conversation the following day about perceptions of 'poor' behaviour and ALL trainees have said that the session has challenged their own thinking and views about certain behaviours that children exhibit and that they will modify their own responses as a consequence. Additionally, several of them want to explore the whole concept further and some of them have rethought the focus of their upcoming essay.   


I can honestly say that the session was transforming and inspirational for every one of us: thank you so much.


Catherine Capell (School Direct Lead - Fairfields Teaching School Alliance)



FWTSA have been working closely with Ben over the past two years to ensure his blend of theory and practice get to as wide an audience as possible. Ben has delivered inspirational Key Note speeches and workshops for several of our conferences this year including our SENDco and SEN teachers, Early Years practitioners and Teaching Assistants' Conferences.  His fun and exciting approach, using all elements of play with his audiences, engages learners of all ages, but more importantly gets the hard messages across about children's needs and some of the devastating neurological theory around attachment, emotional, communication and physical development. Ben wears lightly the high level of intellectual knowledge that he has acquired though Masters level study and research, and can convey this to staff and parents alike in a clear and common sense manner (and a lot of humour!).

With Ben, FWTSA have developed a Play Champions course for Early Years professionals and special school staff to enable them to cascade this excellent knowledge, though fun, to children, parents and adults alike. The impact of this is already being recorded with children's cognitive and communicative development being particularly of note. Most importantly Ben cares deeply about ensuring the best outcomes for children, which is why FWTSA will continue this productive relationships with him for the foreseeable future.


Helen Joy, Lead Practitioner - Forest Way Teaching School Alliance


We have been lucky enough to have had a variety of inspirational sessions with Ben, ranging from the parent play pilot, Observation & Assessment, Disability and Leadership. Though all of these are very different Ben makes them all just as important, and informative as the next but also Fun! Meaning you always come away with something. My team now say when I ask them about attending training - is it Ben!! The Parent play project was truly valuable to me but also for the parents & staff team. Ben & Inspired are amazing!

Tracey Brown nursery manager Sileby day nursery (& a big fan!)


Inspired Children certainly inspired our Annual Inclusion Conference this year.  This is a prestigious annual event for our Special Educational Needs Coordinators across the County and word of mouth regionally was that - if you want some input on the impact of play on learning, Ben Kingston-Hughes is the go-to provider.  We were not disappointed.  Ben's keynote speech - "Playful Brains" - was inspirational (he is now a regular feature of our Teaching School Prospectus) and his follow-up workshop was crazy but full of important cognitive insights.  Evaluations at the end of the conference were unanimously outstanding. 


Michael Thompson

Teaching School Manager

Fairfields Teaching School Alliance


Hi Ben,


I wanted to reiterate that the training in July was excellent. A great mix of practical examples and theory which left the playworkers looking forward to work the next week and asking themselves important questions about children’s play.


You’ll be pleased to hear that the staff continued the enthusiasm for play after your training, I saw adventures into outer space and on the pirate seas using only cardboard and their imaginations!  Just what we wanted.  The large group games were really popular and their success proved that we should be providing that type of play more regularly.


Kevin Stinton - Playscheme Coordinator, Cambridge University.


Supporting Statement for Nursery World Submission 2014

by Alison Bates (Manager - Little Explorers Playgroup)

I would like to nominate Ben Kingston-Hughes for an award as he has truly made a difference to my practice and my life.

In 2008 I joined the world of childcare having come from a completely different career in banking.  I felt I could make a difference to children’s lives.  I gained my professional qualifications as soon as possible but still felt that there was something missing and I still wasn’t offering the service I wanted to.

The County Council offered various training packages and having attended a few, I was disappointed that it was all sat down at a desk, watching power point slides and generally leaving the course feeling exactly the way I had felt on the way in.  Something was still missing.

And then I went on a course run by Ben.

Within minutes the tables and chairs had been turned into play spaces, dens, caves, anything I wanted.  Ben gave me creative license to dig deep into my memories of childhood and recreate those experiences.  I became excited and passionate about what I was building and Ben didn’t tell me to stop because it was time for a break, I was allowed to keep being creative and stop when I chose to.  I dressed up using ropes and material.  What was I doing? I’m 40 years old for heaven’s sake! Did I care? No. I was having too much fun to be self conscious.  Did I know anybody else? No, but several of us were already working together and sharing our ideas and expanding our thoughts.  It felt like the shortest course I’ve ever been on.  I didn’t want it to end.  

So what did Ben actually do?  Did he help me build the dens? No.  Did he tell me how to? No.  What Ben actually did was to inspire me with the gift of uninterrupted play.  It is something we are rarely given and on that day I felt truly inspired to share with the children at my setting this incredible gift that Ben had shared with me.  It felt like an epiphany.  I suddenly knew what was missing from my setting and how I was now empowered to go and make a difference.  

I couldn’t stop talking about Ben.   As soon as the new training booklet came out, we booked on every course that was being run by Ben.  Each time, we came away buzzing, eager to get back and make effective changes to our provision.  This wasn’t about costs, this was about practice.  Staff that had become disillusioned with their job were suddenly running around the park being a dinosaur and eager to talk about what they could do each day.  Excitement built up with the children and we began to really enjoy our sessions.  Ben has truly made a difference.  He has the name of his company bang on.  Inspired training is exactly what he delivers and he has inspired us to be better.  We were recently awarded Outstanding by Ofsted.  Would we have got it without Ben’s training, passion and inspiration?  I very much doubt it.

Alison Bates, Manager - Little Explorers Playgroup, Leicester Road, Sharnford, Leicestershire, LE10 3PP


18th April 2014

Dear Ben,

I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for all your hard work and dedication you put into your business in particular your training sessions.

As a Playgroup we have been very fortunate that most members of staff have undertaken one or more of your sessions and they always come back full of enthusiasm and with great ideas. As a reflective setting we are able to look at how we can fit this in to our current practice and have found without exception the ideas always enhance practice.

We were also very lucky to be able to hold the parents’ play session which was very successful. This helped us to share our practice and the theory behind their children’s play and learning through play. The parents having that understanding of the importance of play and revisiting their childhoods has impacted on their children as they are more willing to let the children explore, take risks and face challenges. One parent sent me a photo on Christmas Day of her son using the used wrapping paper to wrap up the dining chairs rather than playing with any toys – Priceless.

From our training we have developed a Friday ‘project’ day where we only have the climbing frame and lots of recyclables out. We use the children’s ideas to develop play throughout a 6 hour session. We have been Pirates and Mermaids, Knights and Princesses, Zoo Keepers etc., we have also run our own café and made everything for our lunches. The children absolutely love these sessions and their development in the Characteristics of Effective Learning as well as all other 7 areas of learning is remarkable. Negotiation and planning skills are amazing and at the end of each session they look at the photos of the day and reflect on what they have been doing and why. Also what they would like to do next.

It could be easy to become complacent in this profession; however by attending such inspiring training sessions and having the staff with the enthusiasm to carry the ideas through I feel we have developed into a setting which really values children and their ideas. As you always say, Ben we try not to say no but try to find a way that they can do what they want to do.

Thank you again for your enthusiasm and dedication.

Regards

Samantha Pass,  Playgroup Leader

Belton Pre-School Playgroup, School Lane, Belton, Loughborough, LEICS, LE12 9TU


7th May 2014

Testimonial

Ben Kingston-Hughes (Inspired Children) was recommended to us by a colleague in another county who had thoroughly enjoyed and benefitted from training which their local authority had organised and funded using Ben’s services. After looking at the Inspired Children.org.uk website we identified a number of courses that our staff thought might be beneficial for their professional development in Early Years practice. Subsequently Ben supported our staff training programme in the Autumn Term 2013 and Spring Term this year on three separate occasions. Ben is indeed an inspired and inspiring trainer. With his guidance and support we thoroughly enjoyed exploring topics that related to the development of skills in storytelling, development of drama, poetry telling and children’s rights in Early Years. Ben adapted his training programme to suit our needs and to respond extremely well to his audience. Ben also organised training around our need for Saturday and evening sessions to avoid nursery opening times. Despite having completed a full days work before attending evening training sessions, our practitioners found Ben’s delivery of the topic thoroughly interesting and engaging. They came away alert and motivated having been inspired by his approach and his immense experience of working with children and (through play based activities) making learning fun. With the support of his training our practitioners have effected measurable change to their practice and the children’s enjoyment of learning in our nursery.

Alison Dyke (Owner/ Director)

Nature Trails Ltd

Nature Trails Day Nursery, Cawston Farm House, Coventry Road, Cawston, Rugby, Warks, CV22 7RY.

Telephone: 01788 815445 email: info@naturetrails.co.uk



Jenny Boldrin

Faculty of Education, Health and Sciences

The University of Derby

Keddleston Road

Derby

DE22 1GB

May 12, 2014


To whom it may concern,

Ben Kingston Hughes has regularly delivered training for The University of Derby’s Early Years Teacher trainees for a number of years. Ben visits the University each year to deliver a half day training session on the significance of physical play on children’s health and well-being.

Ben’s sessions are always enthusiastically received by all trainees who, according to feedback, value Ben’s clear passion, commitment and dedication to his work.

One of Ben’s skills is his ability to differentiate his approach based on those attending his sessions. Our trainees are on a postgraduate programme and so there is an emphasis on their developing understanding of the theoretical underpinning of their work. Ben ensures he draws on his expertise within sessions to provide a clear rationale behind the practice he is championing.

Ben has also regularly delivered at our Early Years Teacher team Conference and is scheduled to do so again this year. His interactive and energetic approach is perfect for engaging delegates in a meaningful workshop experience.

Overall Ben’s appeal is in his ability to engage the learner, he is someone our trainees value listening to and he never fails to inspire them to strive for the best for the children and families they are working with.

If you require any further information please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

Jenny Boldrin

Senior Lecturer, Early Years Teacher Status


I have attended a couple of training sessions with Ben Kingston-Hughes and they have all left a lasting impression on me and my practice.

Ben has a unique way about him and his training delivery informs in a way that is easy to understand and retain, and at the same time manages to make it feel easy and comfortable. The sessions are a powerful mix of information, supported by recent and relevant research, and hand-on practical activities which embed the knowledge he provides. He manages to make everyone feel at ease, both with himself as the ‘trainer’ and each other, which allows for a more productive training session. His enthusiasm for his subject is infectious.

I started my career in childcare right at the beginning with NVQ’s going up to post-graduate level, so have attended many, many training sessions of all types and with a large variety of providers, and can very honestly say Ben is THE BEST I have come across.

Danusia Taylor, Manager, Wymondam Preschool 3 Glebe Road, Wymondham, LE14 2AF


Ben attended the Lincolnshire Pre-school Learning Alliance AGM last year and his presentation was brilliant. He kept the audience of EY practioners, managers and seniors captivated by his easy style of presentation and humour. All the feedback we received was positive and he kindly responded individually to a couple of our nursery members who wanted advice from him.

He takes the fear out of letting children play and instils confidence in people to try new things


Pam Flint


Volunteer Coordinator

Lincolnshire Pre-school Learning Alliance

Mobile : 07912 581505


To Whom It May Concern,

I am writing in support of Mr Ben Kingston-Hughes’s application for the Nursery World awards.

I have attended several courses taught by Mr Kingston-Hughes (Drama, Storytelling and Fun, Breaking Barriers-Working with Disabled Children, Magical Outdoor Play) and I have thoroughly enjoyed each one.

Mr Kingston-Hughes has a unique approach to teaching with the maximum participation of his audience. His method is entertaining, sensitive, enjoyable and – inspiring. He uses relevant examples from his experience in working with children and young people to support the points discussed in his courses.

Furthermore, what distinguished his courses from many others I have attended was the fun atmosphere Mr Kingston-Hughes created – he welcomed discussion, creativity and above all – play.

Mr Kingston-Hughes’s courses have influenced my work with children greatly. He has provided me with fantastic ideas to make storytelling more effective and engaging; he has also given me a new insight into working with disabled children and the importance of equality and inclusion in doing so and he has certainly stressed the importance of outdoor play in an informative and enjoyable way.

 I think he would be an excellent candidate and I enthusiastically endorse his application.

 Kind regards,

Gordana Haddon
Nursery Assistant at Holmsdale Manor Nursery School

150 High Street,  Ibstock LE67 6JP


Ben’s training has been a revelation to me. I first attended his training last year on an EYFS physical development course and felt compelled to email him and tell him how much the short training session had meant to me. I have attended many training courses in my career but this was the first time I have ever emailed a tutor to thank them afterwards. It was also the first time that I thought a tutor actually seemed to value children in the same way that I do. Frontline workers often get bogged down with their day to day role but Ben reminded us all of why we do the job in the first place and inspired us to be better. He moved between hilarious anecdotes and poignant reminders of why our role is so important and kept the whole group entertained and stimulated throughout. I left amazed by how quick the time had gone and from my experience that is definitely not what happens on other training I have attended. I would recommend Ben for an award for his training as I don’t think there is another trainer like him.

Katie Braidley, 33 Elmesthorpe Lane, Earl Shilton, LE9 7PD  


Thank you for a truly inspiring workshop that challenged me to step outside my comfort zone in ways I can never really explain...but will attempt to try!

As a child that was overweight I loathed and detested all P.E sessions and was bullied relentlessly by my P.E teacher who: after 2 years of me doing my utmost to avoid lessons decided the best way for me to take part in physical exercise, was to lock me in what was essentially a broom cupboard. In the cupboard was an exercise bike, he would lock me in at the beginning of the lesson and then come and let me out again once the lesson had finished! As a result of this my interest in group physical activities was nonexistent at best and filled with terror at worst.

And so we arrive at your outdoor workshop...

I am slightly terrified, I think about going home after lunch, I wonder what the hell made me chose such a ridiculous (for me) workshop. When we stand waiting for the last few ladies to arrive, and I hear there will be running and games, I would like to leave...now! It took all of the strategies I have learnt to make me stay. Anyway to cut a long (sob) story short I act like I am enjoying myself and put my ‘game face’ on  but, actually, I find myself not having to pretend. I am actually, really enjoying myself and for the first time in my entire life ...ever I was one of the last 3 ninjas from my team standing, AND I get the last member of the opposing tribe out.  Me! I win this physical activity type game. Me, the one who was so crap at P.E it was deemed acceptable to lock me in a cupboard, and have never taken part in sports since! Ha!!! In your face P.E teacher!

Anyway my point is thank you. If what you did that day could make me feel included and worthy and like an integral part of a team of determined, monkey worshipping, ninjas maybe it can do the same for a small scared and unsure (not so) small person who has been made to feel the best place for them is locked in a cupboard.

Thank you Ben.

Nannette Kirkman-Graham. Childminder, Leicestershire


Matthew Peet, Headteacher of Redlands Primary School has this to say about the Lunchtime Improvement programme..........


“At Sileby Redlands our lunchtime routines had become so restrictive that our children were interacting with the lunchtime team only on the occasions where behaviour was being viewed as unacceptable. Children were finding themselves experiencing more and more conflict as they interacted with their peers - simply because they were bored and not being stimulated. Lunchtimes consisted of children running around on concrete surface - not having the skills to play productively! Redlands has wonderful grounds which we were under using, making the excuse that children couldn't play in certain areas due to weather conditions or Health and Safety bureaucracy.


Ben arrived at our school and in a short time was able to completely change the mind set of staff, the lunchtime team and more importantly the children. Playtimes and Lunchtimes have been completely changed,. Our children are now playing together making full use of the grounds, interacting and playing with adults and simply having Fun in an environment which is based on mutual respect! The activities are still safe and supervision is still paramount, but now we offer an environment in which children are encouraged to take risks in their play. 


Our children, with the support from our parents and carers, are now engaging in climbing trees, making dens and constructing rope swings and hammocks. Incidents of negative behaviour have reduced dramatically and the relationships between pupils and lunchtime supervisors has never been more positive.


It has become so easy to forget that our children need to have the opportunity to experience free play, Ben was able to help us realise, what is absolute common sense, that children need to play - as a result Redlands is a much more happy place to play.”



Feedback from Emails, Evaluation forms and Social Media

Hi Ben


Just a quick email to say that I spoke with Rachel Gillett (Co-lead of the teaching school and HT of two of the nursery schools) and she fed back to me that some of her staff had attended your training last week and were enthused by it!  She said that they came back talking very highly of it, they really got a lot out of it and were excited about applying what they had learnt.  The feedback was excellent and there was quite a buzz.  All are keen to go to more!


All the best


Michelle Hutton

Teaching School Coordinator

Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance


Hi Ben


Many thanks for Friday - you really were inspirational. The feedback at work on Monday was really positive, with staff raring to go (which does not usually happen at this time of year.)

Sara George, HeadTeacher Stonebroom Primary School


Hello Ben,


Thank you so much for today’s session for Family Action in Peterborough. Our pre- school staff who were able to attend came out buzzing with enthusiasm and ideas for ways in which they can all be super heroes and help the small children in our care and to offer the essential support to help counteract the work of monsters!

Karen Woodcock, Early Years Manager, Family Action Children and Family Centre, Hampton Hargate,




Hi Ben, great to meet you and be at the training today. I’ve come away feeling inspired and lots of thoughts on how I can change the things I do.


Best wishes

Jenny Shipman



This has blown my mind! Everything makes sense! So interesting.

Daryl Lockley – Cheshire East Council



Dear Ben,


I would like to thank you for your excellent contribution to our Annual Education Conference last Thursday 2 May. Your presentation was extremely well received and added so much to the day. The feedback we have had has been very positive and I think we can safely say that the conference was a success.  I found your presentation inspirational!


Your presentation had a real impact on the delegates present, who can now share it with their colleagues and use the knowledge and information from the day to support the young people in their care.

Felicity Evans – Virtual School Head Hertfordshire


What Went Well?

• This course was fun and very interesting  

• A brilliant and enthusiastic, knowledgeable, experienced practitioner who is realistic and inspirational when it comes to Early learning, experiences and early years education

• Lots of information and background to why outside play is important. Hands on activities  

• Great reflection of why it is so important to get children outside. Challenged thinking. Lots of ideas and theory

• Practical ideas for outdoor leaning. How important outdoor learning is

• Everything  

Learners from Urban Forest Training – Milton Keynes


Thank you again for running our recent INSET day. The session completely exceeded my expectations, with the staff both highly engaged in the activities and deeply receptive to the rationales underpinning the importance of play. The very next day we had one class out den building and other having a superhero day! It was, without a doubt, one of the most popular and inspirational training session we have held for a long time

Leigh Aitken, Assistant Head – Springcommon School Cambridge


“Superheroes vs Cardboard Monsters was fun and interactive. It was absolutely amazing and super inspiring!”

“I loved making a giant robot! The session was well presented and very enjoyable. There was lots of food for thought. It was so relevant for our pupils.”

“I felt I got to understand more about the children we are working with.”

“I loved learning about the different parts of the brain and how it works, and how important play is for children.”

“I will think more about the reasons behind behaviours.”

“I will have more fun and be more silly.”

“I will be more silly, interact more, play with the children and follow what they want to do.”

“Ben was absolutely fabulous and I feel like I have learned a lot from him and feel inspired to be even better!”

“It made me reconsider why I do this job, and that the pupils are always at the centre of what we do, for so many reasons.”

“Ben was an inspiration.”


Best training ever! My staff still talk about it. Pam Cave



I came to one of your sessions at Cressex Day Nursery in High Wycombe recently and found your training utterly inspiring. It really opened my eyes and as a fairly new parent I found it really engaging and relevant.

Amy Louise Taylor – Cressex Day Nursery


The training was fantastic, our staff thoroughly enjoyed it and were talking about it all lunchtime and telling others in school too. Two of our LTS have spent this morning sorting out our playground equipment shed and have made a list of resources they would like. They have also begun to think about developing different areas of the playground area. They have all commented on the fact that it has made them think about the children's behaviour in a totally different way; so thank you!


I will certainly be recommending the training to other schools and will also be looking through your directory for other CPD opportunities for us.

Beck Preece

Deputy Head/SENCo Woodfield Infant School, Shrewsbury



This morning I went on a ' working with babies ' course and was inspired by it - we all know how boring courses can be at times but this one was great! I revisited how important my role is in caring for children and have come away with some great ideas to enhance play - I had fun making play spaces too. Thankyou inspired children for some enjoyable learning.

Sarah Marsland - Butterflies Childminding (Facebook Post)


Just wanted to drop a quick email to say THANK YOU ever so much for your uplifting, inspirational input throughout the day. You were amazing. I have only managed a quick skim through the evaluations and they are really positive – delegates really took a lot from your sessions so a huge thank you once again.

Lucky Khera - Lead Early Years Adviser, Herts for Learning Ltd



Hi Ben,

Saturday was fantastic, the parents and staff really enjoyed it. The pictures and montage really showcase the event.

Claire – Cressex Day Nursery


Thanks very much for that Ben. We had lots of great feedback. We hope to have you back again for more.

Caroline Garvey – Mapledown School




“The best training session I’ve been on in 15 years and I am Maths phobic. I highly recommend this to anyone! The neuroscience is fascinating. Loved it!

Melissa Pearson – Active Maths Training Warwickshire


“Absolutely brilliant! Loved physically joining in and will take lots back to the setting.”

Paige Wilson – Active Maths Training Warwickshire


“I think everyone should be trained by Inspired Children – The world would be a happier place. Thank you!

G Roberts – Little Chalfont Primary School


“Brilliant! Really great training and very thought provoking.”

Hannah Grace – Buckinghamshire Pre-school Playgroup



Thanks Ben for delivering an inspirational keynote and workshop for our childminder pop up event.  The childminders thoroughly enjoyed the event, and hopefully it gave them food for thought in regards to ‘school readiness’.

Kerry Geever – Leicestershire County Council


The team thought the session was brilliantly delivered and we were able to measure positive outcomes for every one of our Club Members, which couldn’t have been a better result.  Thank you so much to your excellent team.

Jessica Buckley , Inclusion Manager – Menphys Leicestershire


Thank you so much for the training, once again it was amazing.

Lisa Wills – Nursery Manager – Next Steps


I am just writing to thank you for your lecture today, I found it incredibly interesting. I agree with the points you made and could feel myself having those little light bulb moments.


The information you gave us about play deprivation and neuroscience fascinated me and is something I will definitely be looking into further.


I just wanted to take the time to thank you for being a breath of fresh air in a very stressful, and at times frustrating, career.

Kayte Denscombe – ITT Trainee Teacher - Northamptonshire


What did attendees like most about the day?

Ben Kingston-Hughes amazing, touching, totally absorbed, connected.

Brilliant event as usual, fantastic speakers, workshop was fantastic with Ben

Absolutely brilliant.

The information received from keynotes was invaluable. The deliverance from speakers was exceptional and entertaining.

Really good fun and interesting event.

Ben – absolutely wonderful could listen for hours and reinforced how important & crucial our roles are.

My workshop with Ben was very interactive which I really enjoyed – very positive experience.

Keynote speakers – enthusiasm, workshop- hands on.

It was inspiring – a lot of ideas to take away & use in practice (I’m a reception teacher). A great reminder of why we do what we do, our moral purpose, which made it so inspirational! Keynotes were of an extremely high standard, as was the workshop – just brilliant!

Both speakers were inspiring. Lots to cascade to my staff team. Made me re-evaluate aspects of our setting.

Ben – very funny and enjoyable.

Ben Kingston-Hughes – very, very good! He gave us lots of good ideas for play. Lots of fun.

The superhero workshop!

Information from the key speakers

Hertfordshire Pre-School Learning Alliance (Keynote and Workshops)


I attended the Preschool Learning Alliance conference on the 13th October, and saw you speak, and came to your workshop.

I wanted to thank you, for the photos and video you shared but also, to extend my thanks for your inspirational workshop and talk. It's the first time I have been to a conference, as I opened my setting in January this year, but both I, and my deputy manager, who I bought along, really got a lot from the day, so thank you very much. We'll continue to promote a play based approach, now with some new ideas too.

Kind Regards,

Kristie Chesters – Manager, Faraway Tree Nursery


“How completely refreshing – not what I expected at all. I have learnt more on this course than any other I have ever attended and I feel valued and proud to be a baby room leader!”

Hope Manson – Room leader, Buckinghamshire


Thank you so much, Ben. The feedback was brilliant – they loved you!!! Thought you were really inspiring!!

Helen Jones - Hertfordshire Pre-school Learning Alliance


What a fabulous talk from Ben Kingston-Hughes on Saturday. Thank you so much Ben, I left Hatfield feeling inspired...and having lived there, that's not a phrase I ever thought I'd say! It is always my priority to make sure I do my best to help the next generation of kids coming through preschool. I now feel better prepared to do this than ever 🙂

Emma Brough – Herts PSLA


Myself and the team attended The Pre-School Learning Alliance conference on Saturday. We were all very inspired by you, so thank you!! We would love to book you for some in house team training,

Natasha Elliott, Director - Setting Leader, Early Bird Pre-School CIC


I would also like to take this opportunity to say since I first met with you I was very inspired and at any opportunity I would express so to any body working with children, and others that would listen!! As you know I have since opened up my own afterschool club and I wanted to share that its ethos that I wanted was planted from various conversations, training and overall inspiration that I got from you. I fully believe in the benefits and importance of play and advocate this where ever I can. Thank you for continually sharing your passion and experiences and learning with us all.

Tracey Brown - Little Apples Afterschool Club


Thank you Ben, it was a privilege to have you here with us. SO much brilliant feedback for your session – I will be in touch to book some more.

Kristian Hewitt, Headteacher - The Mary Bassett Lower School


Once again thanks for a brilliant INSET. Great team building as well as much food for thought.

Lucy Thorpe, Deputy Head (Academic) Nottingham High Infant and Junior School


Thank you so much for the inspiring training session last Friday. Feedback has been very good!

Janice Macdonald, Service Administrator, Pre-School Learning Alliance


I just wanted to say how amazing I found your training the other day in Lincoln,

I came away feeling really inspired and I have had loads of ideas for my own work, so I guess I just wanted to say thank you and that you’re doing an amazing job 

Sayde Lea – Lincolnshire Pre-School Alliance Member


I wanted to take the opportunity to say what a great time we had in your seminar/workshop and how refreshing it was to hear your ideas.


Already planning some changes to my lesson delivery for Monday morning.

I found it truly inspirational.

Andy Baines – Teacher, Tibshelf Community School



Thank you so much for your keynote and workshops yesterday.

Delegates were all so positive about the day, so thank you for enabling those comments.

Melanie Mercer  - Head Teacher Aspley Guise School



As a teacher, I am totally inspired after this morning’s session to provide more opportunity for child initiated play within my reception class.

Vibha Mistry – Reception Class Teacher – Leicestershire.


Many thanks for a wonderful day.

Objective achieved!

Melanie Mercer – Head Teacher Aspley Guise School

Thank you for this, you really inspired the team, they haven't stopped talking about it and our hero masks arrived today.  

I will be in touch in the new year regarding additional training and I've shared your details with several colleagues and sung your praises.

Joanna New, Head Teacher Flitwick Lower School


Thank you again for a wonderful training session on Saturday. The staff are buzzing about it.  We held a parents evening on Tuesday and played the video montage for the parents to see, we had several parents ask us about it. I have also been watching my pre-school team playing the river game this morning with their children, and the 2-3's group have made a den in their garden.

Claire Campbell, Nursery Manager – Child First Ayelsbury



Thanks again for your inspirational keynote session. Having looked on the Inspired Children website I feel that you would have been a worthy winner for the Nursery World Trainer of the year award!

Sue Gascoyne www.playtoz.co.uk


Thank you Ben.


It was a truly inspiring season and the trainees will remember you messages for a long time I’m sure!


Heidi Mallif - Primary and Special ITT Programme Manager FWTSA


THANKYOU for an absolutely "inspired adult" moment at the vulnerable children training session at  the LCC Brite centre on Wednesday...i literally haven’t stopped chewing peoples ears off waffling on about the information and examples you gave...truly cemented everything i ever aspired to promote within my work with children...loved it and look forward to organising more training  for our setting!

Nikki Chippendale – Manager Playdays Academy


Thank you so much for running the Playful Science course for us at the Golf Club this morning.  The feedback was all fantastic - I have attached the summary for you.

Rachel Roberts Learning Community 2 Administrator


Thank you for delivering such a fabulous training session on Saturday. The parents and staff thoroughly enjoyed it! We are already looking forward to the out of school club play project in the summer.

Bev – Manager Beaver Childcare Leicestershire

Hi Ben


I wanted to thank you for the training yesterday. I was very inspired and learnt so much about brain development and risky play.


I loved the Dynamic risk assessment-could you please send me an electronic copy?


Many thanks


Shelley Petta (Doncaster)



Good Morning Ben,


Thank you for the workshop last night it was brilliant, so much information and understanding.


I'm on a Pre-school committee, and was wondering if you would be able to do a similar workshop to last night for our Team and parents.


Look forward to hearing from you

Kind regards


Eli Lowe (Leicestershire)


Dear Ben,

Firstly let me say thank you for the wonderful conference on Neuroscience and Play which I attended yesterday. The theory and the experiential components have given me a strong impetus to pursue this further. Even though i work primarily as a psychotherapist/dramatherapist/trainer with adults in my clinical work, my “other job” as a storyteller will benefit as well from your input. With this in mind I wonder if you could send me the article or link to the research paper you mentioned on the neuroscience of imagination. I am keen to underpin the performance and training elements with sound clinical information/skill development.

You also mentioned some training in Play Champions. I wonder where I might find information on this and the criteria for application?

I am keen to explore how I might develop links into the world you have created.

With many thanks again

 

George Bassett (Derbyshire)


I cannot put into words how amazing the training that you delivered on Friday was, my team were most definitely inspired and I felt that we came together as a team! One member of staff who was apprehensive about the training told me that she loved the way that you demonstrated the way in which characteristics of effective learning can be embedded further! (I never thought I would see her dressed as a superhero!) I cannot wait to see the photographs!!!


Thank you once again, and I hope this is not the last we see of you!!!


Natalie Smyth, EYFS Lead – West Grantham Academy – St Johns


Hi Ben,


Thank you very much for running the sessions for us last week.  We have had some verbal feedback from the Southcott staff, from both sessions - they all said that your training was fantastic, very useful and very relevant.  Sam Clark, who is our Child and Family Support Worker, said that it was brilliant and used some of your tips and strategies with the next child that she saw.


I will keep you updated with numbers for the next session.  Thanks again Ben and all the best,


Rachel Roberts - Learning Community 2 Administrator, Bedfordshire


Hi Ben,


Thank you again for another fab course today.  Could you please send me the link for the resources?


Kind regards 

Mandy Adcock 


Hi Ben,

Thank you for the photos/videos, they're fab! And more importantly thank you for such a good day, the staff all came away 'inspired' which was great. We'd love to have you back for a different topic next year!

Thanks again,

Becky – Manager Tiny Tots Nursery, Bolsover

Hi Ben,

I can honestly say that was one of the best training sessions I’ve ever had (including anything at uni). Everyone in the team absolutely loved it and it was a perfect way to end the year for the staff.

Pete Corkhill, Registered Manager, Crocus Fields, Nottingham

Morning Ben,

Thank you for the amazing training you delivered to the staff team on Monday and Tuesday, everyone has thoroughly enjoyed it.

Look forward to hearing from you soon.

Kind Regards

Sara Williams - Nursery Manager, Small People Nursery

It was fabulous. Thank you so much for finding it for us. It was perfect. Everyone had such an amazing day. We have all enjoyed teaching so much more since this. It is like we've had therapy!! I've emailed Ben to find out costings for a possible INSET day. 

Thanks again


Katie Dickson – Our Lady’s Academy, Bullwell


"Brilliant inspiring content and presentation. 3hrs flew by………"

Gill Maloney - Our Lady's Academy, Bulwell


By the way, I'll just do a little bit of showing off here but will also thank you for the part that your courses have played in this - we were 'OFSTEDed' recently and were graded 'outstanding'. We waxed lyrical during the inspection about the importance of playwork in out-of-school clubs and about responding to play cues and fortunately we discovered we were preaching to the converted. Feel free to take a bow, though, because we wouldn't have been able to talk so meaningfully about the science of play if it hadn't been for your workshops. Thank you.

Jean Cameron - OurTime Children's Services


Hi Ben

Thank you so much we all had a fantastic experience, with many of us reflecting and reviewing our practice as a result of this session.  I have some super feedback, which once collated, I will forward on to you.  I also hope we can get you in, sometime in the future for another session.

Thank you for the photos!

Rachel McVeigh | Curriculum Leader Childcare and Education | Buxton and Leek College | Buxton

"Amazing Course. Thank you!"

Kelly Job - Booker Park School - Buckinghamshire


"Lots of new ideas. Greater understanding of this area of play and how children display certain types of play. One of the best courses I have been on!"

Kirstie Scott - St Mary's Preschool, Chesham.


"Ben's training methods were fun, interesting factual and so helpful! Anyone who can keep my attention for 6 hours must be doing something right! :) I want to do every single course! Thank you!"

Comment from Eval Form Bucks Learning Trust.


"Ben was very engaging. His enthusiasm shone through and was infectious. He has me inspired to be more adventurous in my imaginary play with the children."

Comment from Eval Form Bucks Learning Trust.


Hello,

More feedback from a parent after last night:

“The trainer just opened our eyes and now lots of things are much more clear. He confirmed lots of things for us, so we feel more confident. Loved that he has lots of examples not only theory and he provided different information from researches completed in UK and over the world. Me and my husband will be more aware regarding play queues and how 10 or 20min of silly play can have a major impact on our son’s future development. I think he gave us a power of awareness and now it's only up to us how we going to use it.”

Thanks so much!

Katy

Manager - Nurture Me Day Nursery



Feedback summary from SSBC(click to view)


Feedback summary from Buckinghamshire Learning Trust.(Click to view)


Thank you Ben for a wonderful night – you have a magic touch – they all loved it so much. 

My very best and appreciative wishes


Lorraine

 

Lorraine Wallis
Research and Development Worker – Coram East Midlands



Hi Ben


Thanks for last week it was such a mind opener and we have done nothing but talk about our childhood experiences since then.


We would definitely like to do a September training on Mindfulness?? 


Thanks again.


Becky Pike
Partner Hollies Day Nurseries LLP

Hi Ben

I just wanted to feedback to you reference our re-inspection of the Mulberry Bush setting by Ofsted. To cut a long story short we did really well - Good overall. The only reason we could not get outstanding was due to out outdoor provision not being sufficient to stretch to more able children.

On behalf of the team I would like to say a huge thanks to you. Your words of wisdom to my staff team really made a difference and boosted a staff team losing their confidence.

You are an inspiration to all, so please keep doing what you are doing.

Good luck for your future.

Georgie Brock, Mulberry Bush. Uffington/Stamford


Hi Ben


We were inspected last week and received outstanding at our Sherwood nursery!! Your training was mentioned by parents over and over and it is mentioned in the actual report! Please see this attached - thank you so much for doing this for us and please share this with as many people as you like!!


Will need a refresher training on this in the autumn term what Saturdays do you have free??


Thanks again!!


Becky Pike - Partner

Hollies Day Nurseries LLP



Hi Ben


It was a great session and the feedback was excellent. I’m going to go through your training directory and then hopefully I can get you booked in for more sessions next academic year.


Thanks again and I look forward to seeing you for Boisterous Play training soon!


Sarah Armitage – Milton Keynes Teaching School Alliance



Hi Ben,

Attended your session in Lutterworth last night and thought it was very thought provoking. You clearly know your stuff and presented the content extremely well. It will undoubtedly help to make me a better father, step father and probably better person in general. I work in learning and development with adults and there were some ideas that will help in that environment too. Keep doing what you are doing and thanks again.

Cheers,


James Dufty



Dear Ben, 

I do hope you are feeling better today? You did an absolutely marvellous job because nobody realised you were not feeling well. What fabulous feedback I have received about the session. I know that it has really made the trainees think carefully about their attitude and response to certain behaviours. They were highly motivated by the practical nature of the session but also the link between practice and theory.  

Thank you so much, 

Catherine


Catherine Capell (School Direct Lead) Fairfields Teaching School Alliance



The tutor was truly amazing! He brought joy, laughter and so much confidence. Truly unique – Thank you!


Lucy Gillett - Buckinghamshire

Hi Ben,

I went on your training today and just wanted to thank you for such an amazing course you led! It is genuinely the most inspiring training I have done and was definitely worth the Saturday sacrifice! Thank you so much! If you are doing any more courses around the Derbyshire area let me know because I'd love to come along to some different ones! I absolutely love the fact your course involved learning about the actual neurological development, I've always been interested in that but never had the opportunity to learn about it! It's made me want to learn so much more!

Thank you again!


Christina (Tina) Hurdman – Early Years Professional -Derbyshire



Hi Ben,

I very much enjoyed the course you ran on advanced EYFS on Saturday 11th March at the Kings centre, Wigston it was fantastic.

It is great to feel that you can make a difference in a child’s life and you really made me feel I am, I love my job and to have fresh ideas and more enthusiasm was just brilliant.

I was hoping you could send me through the notes and a certificate please.

I will look out for your next course as you are an inspirational trainer


Thank you

From

Claire (Childminder Leicestershire)



Hi Ben 


Sam Robertson here. I attended your playful brains training at Delapre on 25.1.17.


Just wanted to say thank you for providing such a fantastic opportunity it was extremely informative and I feel like I have learnt so much.

You have great passion in what you do and it was very refreshing to see. 


Thanks again


Sam.


Hi Ben

Really loved this mornings training, so thanks very much! As discussed earlier, would you please forward me a copy of the blanket letter that was sent to parents regarding bumps and grazes etc...

Kind regards

Jo Currell – Teaching Assistant Northampton.

Hello Ben

Have had 5 different T.A's come and tell me how fantastic your training was at the conference last Tuesday. And I quote 'OMG it makes so much bloody sense!', 'Can we vote him in as Prime Minister?' and 'For the first time in years I am actually looking forward to the kids coming back to school so I can start making changes and see what happens.'. There you go. You are epic.

I want to say a HUGE thank you for all of the time, effort and energy you have put into the play champion course, and of course everything else you offer. If you could only see the ripple effect it is having on the teachers, T.A's,  parents you would be incredibly pleased. The children in this area are going to benefit so much from this.

Sally-Ann Price 

Hello Ben,


I would like to say a huge thank you for delivering a brilliant training session. The feedback from my staff and the two guest clubs who attended has been very, very positive and they all want more training from you. I would certainly like to plan a Part 2 for some time in May, so can you let me know what your availability is like around then?


Thank you for the photos. I’ll get back to you regarding the ones that we want in hi-resolution. There are some that may be best quietly forgotten in order to protect people’s dignity (mine especially)!


Once again, thank you for the excellent course. We hope to see you again next year. Have a Happy Christmas in the meantime.


Regards


Jean Cameron

OurTime Children’s Services

Hi Ben,

Thank you very much for your fantastic course in Barwell on Tuesday 15th November. Myself, (provider) and two members of my staff team attended and their practice has improved considerably since. We no longer have any end products - to name one huge improvement that I have been trying to explain for a while to them!

Two of my staff are attending your Observation, Planning and Assessment Course next term (I attended last Summer) and I'm sure that you will inspire them further!

Thank you

Sarah Teasdale –Manager, Thurcaston Preschool

Thanks for a super Mastery course on Tuesday. We both thoroughly enjoyed it.

Many thanks

Clare – Early Years teacher, Nottingham


Hi


I attended your training today in Nottingham - thank you very much for a fantastic day!  It was wonderful to hear all about how we can be creative in the classroom and how this links to the Maths Mastery.  


Many thanks


Claire Sheldrick – Early Years Teacher, Nottingham


To Ben

Thank you so much for an enjoyable course. I have come out with some really good ideas and have started to use them at work.  The children especially enjoyed Fish Fingers (so did my daughter), Crocodile Crocodile and Splosh and Boing.   I am thinking of making some crocodiles out of egg boxes to go with the game.   

We are looking forward to sharing with the other staff what we have learnt at our staff meeting tomorrow. Maybe have a go at the different games. Even make an OASIS of FUN.

Can you please send me a copy of the presentation and if possible the courses you run and the next available dates.

Look forward to attending another course of yours.

Kind regards

Michelle Wolsey

Hi Ben,

I was at the conference on Saturday and thoroughly enjoyed your workshop as well as your Keynote speech.  Exceedingly entertaining, informative and a breath of fresh air to most I have experienced in the past!

Could I ask you to email over your bullet points from the power point presentation on the importance of play.  We do sometimes struggle with 'parents' about the importance of play and plan to put a copy in each child's Learning Journey for the parents to read (hopefully)!!

I hope to have the pleasure of experiencing one of your workshops again in the future.

Kind regards,

Terry – Tiny Tots, Buckinghamshire


Hi Ben,


Sorry for the delay in sending you this. I wanted to give you some feedback from the training day that you did with our staff team at the end of August. The staff were extremely positive and loved being actively involved in the activities, the photos that you took really captured their enthusiasm. The feedback collated is in bullet point form but the information has been taken from the forms that we asked them to complete.


Many thanks again for such a brilliant training day!


Regards,


Jo Whalen

Deputy Childcare Services Manager - University of Nottingham Day Nursery


Morning Ben


Hope you’re well?


I spoke to you last week after I’d been on your course in Grantham, I believe I’d interrupted your dinner, my apologies for that! I thoroughly enjoyed your course An Inspector Calls as prior to me attending I thought it was going to be heavy going and uninspiring……………..how wrong was I??!


Kindest Regards


Elizabeth Wigglesworth

Proprietor Little Cherubs Day Nursery



Hello Ben

Thank you so much the day was everything we hoped it would be and the girls were buzzing with enthusiasm on Monday.  We will be talking about maybe putting on a session for parents at some point and will be in touch about that when we know the direction we are going in.

Warmest best wishes

Tina McLachlan



Hi Katy


I attended both your SEF training and your observation and assessment planning training in Rutland. We all found the information you gave helpful, motivating and inspirational and for that I would like to thank both you and Ben. I would appreciate it if you could send me some templates for your planning in particular baby room planning.


Thank you


Kathryn Pullan   



Hello Ben, I just wanted to say thank you on behalf of Sally and myself for the superb SEF training from yourself and Katy. The feedback from the session was extremely positive. I visited a setting today and the manager and her team were enthusiastically updating their SEF.

Thank you once again to both of you.

Kind regards

Karen


Karen Bland | Childcare and Children’s Centre Officer / Learning and Skills


Hi Ben first of all I just want to thank you for the fantastic workshop, that you did on Saturday in Syston . I had lost my inspiration, and now I feel as though I have found it again. 


Could I please have the insignificant injuries form for parents & also you mentioned about a certificate, if possible can I also have one of those . 


Thanks

Charlotte Booth 

Good morning,

I would just like to say thank you for providing such a fantastic course!  The course was very informative, motivating and awe inspiring.  I am now in the process of writing up my notes I took, so along with your handouts I can relay the information back to my setting so we can put everything into practice.  The course left me wanting to delve deeper into the topics you covered as I found it so fascinating so am currently researching the links you gave us.

Thank you once again,

Sonia Blackhurst  (Caterpillar pre-school)

Hello Ben,

Hope you got home quickly this afternoon, sorry I didn't get to thank you again before I left . The training you delivered for us was so very unusual and magical. From where I was sitting I could see the reaction of our practitioners and they loved every moment. You have made a great difference   added positivity and demonstrated so well the benefits of being a 'a pint  half full practitioner ' and how it’s important to be a bit more dog. Thank you 😊
Shetha Haider - Early Years Training Manager Buckinghamshire Learning Trust

Hi Ben

Thank you again for being so inspirational and for helping to make our day so successful. The staff feedback has been great. I will forward your invoice to our school bursar.

Kind Regards

Sara Clarkson Fairfields School Northants



Thanks for an inspirational course today.


Many thanks,


Suzie Hefford - Frisby Pre-school


Hi Ben,

Wanted to say thanks for making what should have a been a long and dull training day interesting, fun and informative. It's easy to make talking about play and exploring exciting, but making observation and Assessment training interesting takes real skill. Thanks.

Sally Price

 

Thanks for an inspirational course today.

Many thanks,

Suzie Hefford Frisby Pre-school


Hi Ben

My name is Rosanna Taurasi and I attended the Observation Assessment and Planning Course on the 6 October 2015. The course was very interesting and fun. I hope to attend other courses in the future.

Kinds regard

Rosanna

 

Hi Ben,

Thank you for an excellent course last Tuesday.

Kind regards

Alison Blackery - First Steps Playgroup


Dear Ben

Firstly, thank you for a fabulous and "inspiring" training day yesterday....I didn't expect to enjoy a day training for assessment and planning! Could you possibly send me the zip file you were talking about with examples of different settings planning etc? Also if you could forward a certificate for me to print that would be very much appreciated. Once again, many thanks

Fiona Barber Nanpantan Nursery School


Hi I have been meaning to email for ages! I've done 2 courses recently with you and you send about emailing to receive a certificate. And also take the opportunity to say how great your courses are! I've done: Stepping into management- Melton I think it was 19th March Observation,assessment and planning- Blaby 14th April. Thank you

Elayne Smith St Marys pre-school


Dear Ben,

Re: Observation Assessment and Planning Course @ Blaby Hotel, 14.4.2015

I really enjoyed the day, there was just the right mix of information and fun. I found it really informative, thank you.

 Debra Mellin (Little Ducks Pre-School)

 

Hello there!

I came on your course on successful observation, assess & planning on 25/03/15 at the Kings Centre could you send me all the info you talked about that day please and a certificate.

Thank you, it was a fantastic course very inspirational.

Kind regards,

Claire Mason

 

Hi Ben

Thank you for a really informative day, a good mix of hands on stuff, hearing ideas and problems from other settings together with learning and not a yawn in sight! I would be grateful if you could email me your 'powerpoint' notes for the course, to enhance my notes - hopefully.

Again many thanks, it was a really useful day.

 Cathy Waine

 

Hi Ben,

The training was really enjoyed by my staff and we have already had a brown blanket turned into a flying carpet and trips to the seaside - brilliant thank-you.

See you in September,

Danusia Taylor, Manager Roots to Wings Nursery

 

Hi Ben

I was at the workshop on 16th and thoroughly enjoyed it and immediately realised how we (as parents) have misinterpreted our 3 year olds cues and behaviour. Just going back in time and remembering what playing was actually like for us as kids has literally changed the whole family dynamics and our we are consequently all much closer and happier. You have no idea what an impact those 4 hours have had on us and I could literally write a book listing hundreds of positive changes which have occurred since just by changing our perspective on his "behaviour". So on behalf of me, my husband, even my daughter is benefitting and my 3 year old son. Thank you!!

Lorna


Hi I have been meaning to email for ages! I've done 2 courses recently with you and you send about emailing to receive a certificate. And also take the opportunity to say how great your courses are! I've done: Stepping into management- Melton I think it was 19th March Observation,assessment and planning- Blaby 14th April. Thank you

Elayne Smith St Marys pre-school

 

Hi Ben

It was such a privilege to meet with you & attend your training today, I enjoyed every minute of it....thank you!

Thanks again

Mel Rylatt (owner/manager of Play Days Nursery)


Hi Ben,  Thank you for a wonderful course yesterday, it has given us a lot of food for thought and many things to cascade back to our staff team!  

Thanks again,

Hannah Wright

 

Dear Ben,

Thank you for delivering a very interesting course on Thursday 21/5/15 for the Leicestershire NDNA Network. My staff member Kerry who attended said it was 'the best course she has attended since qualifying and that she felt she learnt plenty to improve her practice'.

Kind regards,

Siobhan McGrath (Nursery Manager)


Hi Ben,

I just wanted to thank you for running the course yesterday.  Everyone said it was the best course they had been on and put what they had learnt into practice that very lunch time, marvelling at how it actually worked! Our head, Karen McVea, was so pleased by the feedback and enthusiasm you seemed to have ignited in them that she said she would look to book the next part of the course for the next academic year.

I will be in touch in September.

Many thanks &Brgds Victoria Charlton Office Manager St. Joseph's Catholic Academy