I support the growth and development of early years & 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 childcare setting 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
In 2011 4Children and the DfE commissioned The Office for Public Management (OPM) to investigate business skills training in the sector. The report that they produced (Improving business skills in the childcare sector) highlighted the following issues:
• The current financial context means that the market is becoming more difficult for providers and sustainability is becoming a challenge. Costs of running the provision are increasing at the same time as parents’ ability to pay is reducing. Business skills are therefore becoming even more important.
• One of the key barriers was the cultural mindset of providers who did not consider business skills to be an essential element of running a childcare setting.
• There is a lack of general business skills amongst early years providers. Nursery and pre-school managers understand the importance of good management, but not necessarily business management.
In response to these findings, Flourishing People have developed a range of tailored training, coaching, team development and HR services that support the growth and development of childcare businesses and their staff, creating a business environment where staff and children can flourish. We work with settings right across the PVI and maintained sector, and also with childminders.
Our 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, giving them a range of practical tools that they can implement immediately rather than a theoretical awareness of good practice.
We can help you to build the ability of your children’s services team to deliver improved outcomes for parents and children alike by creating tailor-made development events, designed to address the issues that matter most for you and your team, whether that’s improving communication, delivering outcomes, leading change or anything else.
Our team development days often incorporate the innovative jigsaw@work tool
We work on a one to one basis with senior managers, helping you to focus on the factors that are critical in achieving success in your role.
To find out more about how we work with our 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. Many Local Authorities have now made achievement of this valuable qualification a requirement of all of their Early Years Business Support Managers and Advisers.
For more information about this programme click here
Some of my recent clients
My satisfied clients from within the Early Years and Childcare sector include PVI settings, Children’s Centres and Local Authorities. Some of my recent local authority clients include:
- Bedford Borough Council
- Essex County Council
- Isle of Wight Council
- Tri-borough Children’s Services (Hammersmith & Fulham, Kensington & Chelsea and Westminster)
- London Borough of Redbridge
- Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
- Warrington Borough Council
- City of York Council
We also provide services directly for childcare providers in London and the South East. If you are a childcare provider and would like more information about this click here