I support the growth and development of childcare businesses and their staff, creating a business environment where staff and children can flourish. I specialise in delivering training, coaching, team development and HR services for early years and childcare settings across the PVI and maintained sector.
I am a member of NEyTCO – The National Early Years Trainers and Consultants Organisation. This organisation provides a one-stop-shop for trainers and consultants who specialise in providing services within the Early Years & Childcare sector. Become a member to take advantage of valuable membership benefits, or search the database to find a trainer or consultant to help you. I am also Chair of the NEyTCO Expert Advisory Board.
If you are a Local Authority please click here to find out more about how I can support you.
Available NOW – Building Your Early Years Business
Love working with kids, but not a natural business person? Whether you’re new to the early years industry or just want to brush up on your business management skills, this book has all the advice you need to analyse your organisation and make sure it stands out from the crowd.
Covering everything from day-to-day management to financial ‘dos’ and ‘don’ts’, PR and marketing, this book reveals what parents really want from professional childcare, and how you can build the best experiences for your children, customers and colleagues alike.
“Extremely innovative and practical … Jacqui has generously shared her unique experience and knowledge of working within early years to help owners to support the development and sustainability of their business … I fully recommend this book.” Laura Henry, award winning international early years specialist
“A must read for owners and managers seeking to enhance their knowledge and business skills.” Linda Baston-Pitt, Managing Director The Old School House Nursery, Cambridgeshire
“I love the tone Jacqui writes in – it’s very down to earth and ‘normal’!” Charlotte Pace, Independent Consultant
“An invaluable guide and checklist for anyone running, or contemplating starting, an early years setting. Jacqui understands the delicate balance needed between being caring and at the same time businesslike. She offers a wide range of areas to think about and offers pointers to more specialist sources where required.” Ross Midgley, Director, PBD Early Years Training
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Business, leadership and management skills training
My business, leadership and management skills training is designed to build the competence and confidence of setting owners, managers and committee members who need to become as competent in managing the business aspects of their setting as they are in managing the quality of childcare.
The current financial context means that the market is becoming more difficult for providers and sustainability is becoming more of a challenge. Costs of running the provision are increasing at the same time as parents’ ability to pay and Government funding are reducing. Business skills are therefore becoming even more important.
We all know that a happy team creates a happy working environment and that this will lead to happy children in your care.
I can help you to build the ability of your team to work well together to deliver an outstanding service for parents and children alike.
Sometimes it helps for your team to spend some time together away from the setting where they can get to know each other better, consider how they can work together more effectively and focus on what’s really important for the future of your setting.
I can support you by tailor-making a development day for you designed to address the issues that matter most for you and your settings, whether that’s improving communication, building motivation, coping with change or anything else.
My team development days often incorporate the innovative jigsaw@work tool
I also work on a one to one basis with setting owners and managers, helping you to focus on the factors that are critical in achieving success in your role.
To find out more about how I work with my coaching clients click here.
Childcare Business Advisers Programme
The Childcare Business Advisers Programme is a Level 5 qualification in Business Support aimed at those who provide business support advice and consultancy in the Early Years and Childcare sector. You might like to consider attending this programme if your role requires you to provide business support and advice to managers within your childcare business, for example, within a nursery chain.
For more information about this programme click here
Some of our recent clients
My satisfied clients from within the Early Years and Childcare sector include PVI settings, Children’s Centres, childminders and local authorities. Some recent clients include:
• Anglia Ruskin Nursery (Cambridge)
• Cartwheel Children’s Centre (Haverhill)
• Christchurch Pre-School Nursery (Essex)
• Danbury Pre-Schools (Chelmsford)
• Fledglings Family Services (Essex)
• Ladybird Pre School (Cambridge)
• Langham Pre School (Colchester)
• Little Dragons Pre School (Colchester)
• Ormiston Children & Families Trust (E Anglia)
• Pear Tree Pre School & OOSC (Cambridge)
• Puddleducks Day Nursery (Essex)
• Scallywags Day Nursery (Cambridge)
• Seymour House Day Nurseries (Essex)
• Treehouse Children’s Centre (Harlow)
• Tuddenham Primary School (Suffolk)
• Whippersnappers Day Care Nursery (Felsted)
I also provide business leadership and management training for childcare providers on behalf of Local Authorities throughout the country. If you are a Local Authority and would like more information about this click here