Meet the KEYU team!

Through the power of KEYU, a group of experienced and knowledgable Early Years trainers and practitioners have come together to share the voice of KEYU far and wide in their own work, in their writing and by coming together at national (and international events).

 

 

If you have the following facilities and would like to host a KEYU event- just get in touch: events@keyu.co.uk

 

  • Large hall with tables and chairs for upto 100
  • ICT equipment including screen, lap top connections, sound and wfi
  • Able to provide refreshments
  • Easily accessible by public transport
  • Parking spaces

Elaine Bennett

KEYU founder, trainer and EYs teacher

 

 

Elaine began her career over 25 years ago as a Nursery Nurse before moving into teaching. Elaine is currently based in Shoeburyness, Essex as EYFS Leader. She has also worked as an EYFS adviser at Southend On­Sea LA, where her particular focus was raising the profile of maths and moderation. As well as teaching, she now works as a freelance Early Years consultant and specialises in delivering training, workshops and keynote speeches focusing on mathematical development. Elaine is passionate about the power of play to make maths real, exciting, inspiring and accessible for children and the adults that support them. Being still very firmly based in practice means that Elaine's consultancy work is current and full of real life stories from her busy, happy classroom

 

 

Speciality areas

  • Early maths
  • Child led learning in EYFS
  • Building on the EYFS in Yr1

 

Get in touch: keyuchat@gmail.com

 

 

Come and see our child led practice in action!

 

 

 

Sue Allingham

KEYU admin, trainer and writer

 

 

Sue’s expertise and passion for teaching and learning in the Early Years started with her
classroom experience and Senior Lead role as Early Years Coordinator. Researching her subject,
Sue gained an MA studying Early Years Education with Sheffield University, which she then followed up with a Doctorate to further her research. Sue writes regularly for Early Years Educator magazine and she is is now Consultant Editor. This work gained her a commission from Practical Preschool Publications to write Transitions in the Early Years. Through her career in
advisory work Sue has developed respect from practitioners for her training courses, support and guidance – her aim is always to facilitate professional discussion and jointly develop thinking
and practice. This aim is reflected in the name of her consultancy – Early Years Out of the Box.

 

 

Speciality areas

  • Transition to Yr1
  • Enabling environment
  • Observation, assessment and planning

 

Get in touch: https://eyoutofthebox.com/

 

 

Anna Ephgrave

KEYU admin, trainer and author

 

Anna Ephgrave is the author of four best-selling early years books: Planning in the Moment with Young Children: A Practical Guide for Early Years Practitioners and Parents: The Nursery Year in Action, The Reception Year in Action and Year 1 in Action. She has developed a practical, common sense approach to embedding a play-based curriculum for children aged 3-7 years old. There's continuity, progression, high challenge and enjoyment. Anna has been through multiple OFSTED inspections with outstanding results in her various roles.

 

Speciality areas

  • Child-initiated play
  • Planning in the Moment 
  • Playing with Ofsted
  • Early language & literacy
  • Anything early years!

 

 

Get in touch: https://www.creativecascade.co.uk/

 

Leah Morris

KEYU admin, EYs teacher

 

Leah is currently the Reception Teacher, Foundation Stage Lead at Richmond Avenue Primary and Nursery School in Shoeburyness, Southend on Sea, Essex. She began her career at Richmond twenty years ago as a parent volunteer and then teaching assistant, before qualifying as a teacher. Leah worked for the Southend on Sea Early Years Team as a seconded teacher, supporting preschool settings across the Borough and continues to support reception classes through her role as an Early Years Moderator. After an educational visit to Denmark she qualified as a Forest School Leader. She has simce qualified as a Beach school leader.  Leah believes that children learn best when they take ownership of their learning. 

 

Speciality areas

  • Child led learning
  • Literacy
  • Beach school and Forest School

 

Get in touch: keyuchat@gmail.com

 

Kym Scott

KEYU admin, trainer and author

 

Before starting her own consultancy business, Kym Scott headed up the Early Years Advisory Team in the London Borough of Lewisham, where she was School Improvement Advisor for Early Years for 15 years, following a successful teaching and senior leadership career in London schools. Her advisory role enabled her to work closely with many schools and settings in a variety of circumstances and she has a proven track record of helping leaders to raise the quality of their EYFS provision and improve outcomes for children. Lewisham has recently been named as one of the top places in the country for children’s development due to how well children in the borough achieve at the end of Reception. 

As well as contributing articles for various early years journals, Kym has co-authored a number of books including the widely acclaimed publication 'A Place to Learn' which has sold extensively both in this country and overseas. 

Kym works nationally and internationally, providing consultancy, training, workshops and keynote speeches on a number of subjects related to early years, but is especially passionate about children leading their own learning and how adults can best support this.

 

Speciality areas

  • Power of play
  • Early literacy
  • Early maths

 

Get in touch: https://www.kymscottconsultancy.com/

 

Kathryn Solly

KEYU admin, trainer and author

 

Kathryn is a specialist Early Years trainer and consultant working around Britain and internationally. Previously she was the Headteacher of the historic and diverse Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre for nearly 17 years. However, Kathryn started her pedagogic life as a secondary school teacher on Voluntary Service Overseas in Papua New Guinea for two years. Since then she has taught across all the phases of education in a variety of places including a short time in an Albanian kindergarten. She retrained to teach in the early years and has since achieved a special needs qualification and an M.A. in Early Education and Care.She has travelled widely and studied education and care in Italy, Germany, Iceland, New Zealand, Hong Kong and Australia.

Kathryn was awarded the Unilever Fellowship researching aspects of Early Years Leadership and Management in 2006. She has contributed articles to several journals and books on a variety of aspects of young children’s play, teaching and learning. Her first book ‘Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years’ was published in December 2014. She is an experienced and passionate public speaker, trainer and consultant at home and abroad. She is a Froebel Travelling Tutor, and is Vice Chair of the Early Childhood Forum.

 

Speciality areas

  • Outdoor learning
  • Leadership
  • Risk, challenge and adventure

 

Get in touch: https://www.solly.biz/