Kathryn is an inspirational practitioner drawing on her 17 years experience as headteacher at Chelsea Open Air Nursery School and Children’s Centre in London, former Ofsted inspector and author. Her recent workshops, training sessions and keynote presentations have covered a broad range of topics including:

  • Able, Gifted and Talented
  • Preparing for Ofsted
  • Narrowing the gap for vulnerable children
  • Adventure, Risk and Challenge
  • Leading Learning Outdoors
  • Creativity and Challenge
  • Observation, Assessment and Planning
  • Outdoor Play – Making the Most of your Outdoor Space
  • Characteristics of Effective Learning
  • Planning for Learning and Teaching in the Early Years
  • What is Inclusion?
  • Froebel – in theory and practice.

Clients include local education authorities, private, voluntary and state maintained settings and professional membership bodies. Last year Kathryn has completed training sessions in Guildford, Belfast, Sefton, Liverpool, Brighton, Lincoln, Bolton, Huddersfield and Aberdeen.

For 2018, Kathryn is already booked for Guildford, London, Reading, Havering, Birmingham and Nottingham.  Of these a few training sessions where Kathryn is training are open to practitioners on application and subject to availability:

GUILDFORD Saturday 3 March at Guildford Nursery School, Hazel Avenue, Guildford GU1 1 NR, This KEYU event is entitled, ‘Bolder Beginnings: Strengthening  the Early Years through Play, Pedagogy and Practice. Six speakers including Kathryn who will discuss, ‘Being Brave: Leadership in the Early Years.’

Booking through Eventbrite:

Delegate rate: £100.00*; Students with ID £80.00*, Lunch, refreshments and nursery tour included.

To book simply visit: and enter: ‘Keeping Early Years Unique’ ‘Guildford.’


*Booking fee applies.


READING Wednesday 14 March 2018 at New Bridge Nursery School, Caversham RG4 5AU, ‘Leaping into Learning’ – a seminar about Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years, plus a visit around the nursery and its garden.  £70 including light lunch

To book a place please click on the Eventbrite link below:

NOTTINGHAM Saturday 28 April, Keeping Early Years Unique, see their website for further details: Kathryn is contributing to this KEYU Conference in Nottingham which is beimg held in the De Vere Jubilee Conference and Hotel Centre, Triumph Road, Nottingham NG7 2TU with ticket prices from £75 – £125, booking via Eventbrite: reference 42604390880

Speakers and topics include:

Kathryn Solly – Being Brave: Leadership in the Early Years.
Elaine Bennett – Inspiring Young Mathematicians through Play.
Kym Scott – What does Challenging Play look like in the Early Years?
Ruth Moore – Plan as you Interact.
Leah Morris – From Requiring Improvement to Outstanding

LONDON Saturday 14 July, Keeping Early Years Unique, see their website for further details:




Here is some recent feedback on Kathryn’s courses:

‘Inspirational day – it has given me the confidence to stick to my beliefs and show me the best way to get others on board.’

‘Some super ideas and inspiration to take back to school.’

Great ideas and  super mix of ‘teacher talk’, collaborative  problem-solving and discussion. you have made me feel a lot more positive about my move to EYFS in September thank you!’

‘Very engaging and just what I was looking for.’

‘The time passed very quickly because the speaker was so interesting – inspiring.’

‘Inspired to go back to school and make a difference.’

‘Great course, very inspiring and highly relevant.’

‘Fantastically positive! It was great to have someone with so much experience and enthusiasm leading the course.’

‘Great advice from a voice of experience – very realistic ideas.’

‘Thank you so much for making us see through the eyes of a child.’

‘A great mix of academic and practical learning.’

‘ It was refreshing and very inspiring to know the importance of  adventurous play in the holistic development of children.’

‘You have inspired me! You have reminded me of my priorities in my teaching! Thank you!’

‘ As an NQT you are who I hope to grow up to be.’

‘ Today has re-ignited my passion and I am leaving with so many ideas! ‘