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, Benfleet, 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 23 JUNE (revised date) 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. Five 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.


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

GUILDFORD, Tuesday 8th May 2018: Adventure, Risk and Challenge in the Early Years 

If you need to understand more about risk-taking, challenge and adventure play this workshop will provide a great opportunity to gain further confidence in strategies to challenge children in developmentally appropriate ways indoors and out.  It is a real chance to explore ideas, reflect upon practice and ways to enhance and promote adventurous play which heightens children’s learning in so many ways.

This workshop is aimed at EY leaders, managers, teachers and practitioners wishing to explore excellent outdoor practice.

When:             Tuesday 8 May 2018

Where:            Guildford Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Hazel Avenue, Guildford GU1 1NR

Time:               09:30 – 15:30

Cost:                £110 includes refreshments, a buffet lunch and handouts.

Early Bird Offer: £85 per person if booked by Thursday 29 March 2018

To book:          01483 566589, Email: or book online:


Kathryn Solly, B.Ed., M.A. Early Years trainer, consultant, author and Froebel Travelling Trainer.

Workshop organised by Guildford Training and Development Centre at Guildford Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Hazel Avenue, Guildford GU1 1NR

Adventurous Learning Outdoors


Southend, Saturday 16 and 30 June (2 locations)

A seminar with two school visits to further explore risk, challenge and adventure in the early childhood phase.  In between the two sessions delegates will be asked to change one thing in their outdoor setting, document and evaluate it and then feedback on the second session to all delegates.

Saturday 16 June, 2018

Friars Primary School & Nursery, Constable Way, Shoeburyness, Essex SS3 9XX

Saturday 30 June, 2018

Richmond Avenue Primary School & Nursery, Richmond Avenue, Shoeburyness, Essex SS3 9LG


Start 10:00 – 12:30 Seminar session one/ delegate feedback session two.

Lunch: 12:30 – 13:15 with light lunch and refreshments.

Site visit: 13:15 -14:00

14:00 – 14:30 Final discussion and evaluations:


  • To consider different ways of seeing young children – powerful, active and adventurous in outdoor environments.
  • To reflect upon how we can ensure our outdoor spaces provide for these confident risk-takers and adventurers.
  • To consider aspects of leadership outdoors in order to optimise the quality of learning and teaching all year round.
  • To enhance and document practitioner confidence in challenging children indoors and out in providing adventurous play.


Kathryn Solly, B.Ed., M.A. Early Years trainer, consultant, author and Froebel Travelling Trainer.

Cost: £150 in total for the two days, includes lunch

Book through Eventbrite:

Book by 30 April Early Bird Rate: £135.00* (5 places only)

Book after 30 April Standard Rate: £150.00*

*Includes Eventbrite’s booking fees

NB: Due to the design and content of this course delegates should attend on both dates.



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

Kathryn will be speaking at this Event at Goldsmith’s College- details to follow.


These following courses are conducted by respected colleagues of Kathryn and recommended by her:

Feelings and Behaviour, a Creative Approach – Anni McTavish

24th May 2018 9:00am – 12:00am or 1:00pm – 4:00pm £60 (*£45)

Includes refreshments

Observation, Assessment and Planning – Stella Louis

8th June 2018 9:30am – 3:30pm £110 (* £85)

Includes lunch and refreshments

*Early Bird Discount if booked by Thursday 29th March 2018

To book: Call 01483 566589

Email: or book online via our website:

Guildford Training and Development Centre

Guildford Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Hazel Avenue, Guildford GU1 1NR



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! ‘