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Interview - Monika Jephcott and Sophia O'Neill of Play Therapy UK

  • Tuesday, June 1, 2021
Monika Jephcott (left), chief executive of Play Therapy UK (PTUK), has spent six years lobbying the Government to ensure children are at the forefront of the reform of the 1983 Mental Health Act, scheduled to become law during this Parliament. Sophia O'Neill, child and family therapist (right), who works as a lead play therapist at Treetops Therapy and teaches a postgraduate Master's course on Practice Based Play Therapy, is PTUK's spokesperson.

Interview - Caroline Wright, Early childhood director at Bright Horizons

  • Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Caroline’s career includes 21 years in quality improvement, starting as an under-eights advisor in Cambridgeshire. She has worked as an Ofsted inspector, was early years director of Kidsunlimited, and worked at The National College, and as an Early Years Initial Teacher Training lead for Early Years East, before returning to a senior role in private daycare.

Interview - Anne Longfield

  • Tuesday, March 2, 2021
Anne Longfield OBE has been a passionate champion for children for more than 35 years, taking on the role of England’s Children’s Commissioner in 2015, after running charity 4Children. In an interview with Nursery World, just before her tenure in the post ended on 1 March, she describes the challenges she has faced and her accomplishments over the past six years.

Interview - Jodie Reed, director at Isos Partnership

  • Monday, February 1, 2021
Jodie Reed leads Isos’s work on early years, childcare, early help and prevention, and is the co-author of Working for Babies: Lockdown lessons from local systems, which shines a light on society’s most vulnerable members during the spring 2020 lockdown. Ms Reed’s previous roles include the Early Intervention Foundation and the DfE.

Interview - Fiona Smith

  • Sunday, December 20, 2020
Fiona Smith is responsible for bringing The Learning Experience (TLE) from the US and driving its franchise expansion, with the aim to open 70 nurseries in the UK. Founded in Florida 40 years ago, TLE has more than 275 settings, 90 per cent of them franchises. Ms Smith, who has a background in franchising, oversaw the recent UK nursery launch.

Interview - Bethany Shirley, co-founder of Parenthood Matters

  • Tuesday, October 27, 2020
A lead campaigner in the recent parliamentary petition to have maternity leave extended, which was signed by more than 200,000 parents, and one of the founding members of a new campaign group that wants to find a solution for childcare funding that suits both early years providers and parents.

Interview - Linda Cuddy, head of childcare, Welcome Nurseries

  • Monday, September 28, 2020
Since opening its first nursery in June last year, and backed by private investor Jonathan Jay, Welcome Nurseries has expanded rapidly and has just acquired its tenth and 11th settings. The group is now in locations across the North of England in Yorks and Lancs, and in the South in Essex

Interview - Dr Sara Bonetti, Education Policy Institute

  • Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Research commissioned by the Social Mobility Commission has found one in eight early years workers earns less than £5 an hour. The report highlights low pay and lack of career and training opportunities among the key barriers to a stable workforce. Report author Dr Bonetti discusses the findings

Interview - Professor Rachel Holmes

  • Tuesday, July 28, 2020
Professor Holmes was one of the contributors to the Birth To Three Matters framework and leads the Children and Childhood Research Group at Manchester Metropolitan University, which is currently investigating the impact of the framework and how it lives on in practice today.

Interview - Brett Wigdortz, founder of Tiney

  • Tuesday, June 2, 2020
After 15 years of leading the education charity Teach First, Brett Wigdortz set up early years education company Tiney in 2019. Tiney’s mission is ‘to empower a generation of micro-entrepreneurs to deliver amazing care from their own homes’. Since the lockdown, Tiney has received a surge in applications, many from people reconsidering their careers.

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