Kathryn Solly

KSC Solly Header

Kathryn Solly, B.Ed (Hons), PGCE (SEN), M.A, NPQICL, FRSA

‘Early Years Inspiration.’

Kathryn is an inspirational speaker and trainer 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. Kathryn has been a teacher for over thirty five years both here and overseas covering all ages from nursery to tertiary.

She has considerable experience in Early Years education, including Risk and Challenge, Outdoor Play, Leadership etc.  Kathryn regularly presents at conferences, seminars and workshops throughout the UK, and her first book has been published by Routledge. See Blog for details. She is also a contributing author to Early Education’s guide for EY headteachers and is currently working on two further books.

KS TrainingHer recent workshops, training sessions and keynote presentations cover a broad range of topics including:

  • Leadership
  • Partnership with Parents
  • Loose Parts
  • Adventure, Risk and Challenge
  • Diversity, Equality and Inclusion
  • Nurturing Curiosity and Independence
  • Froebel – in theory and practice.
  • Gender – achievement for boys and girls

Clients include local education authorities, private, voluntary and state maintained settings and professional membership bodies. Here is some 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.’

Acheiving-Excellence-Book-Cover-WEB‘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 play in the holistic development of children.’

‘Simple activities can create a thousand opportunities for children.’

‘Wonderfully reassuring! We can do it! A lovely course with great ideas.’

‘ The tightrope we all walk held tight with your support – thank you!’

Kathryn also offers consultancy services for schools and settings on outdoor play planning; creating a vision and ethos; establishing a culture of inclusion and diversity; developing outstanding leadership; partnership and collaborative working and business and community connectivity.

Kathryn is lead consultant with husband George who specialises in educational research, planning and marketing as well as advising charities, trusts, Community Interest Companies (CIO’s) and Charitable Incorporated Companies (CIC’s).

Contact Kathryn on 0118 945 4694 or kathryn.solly@btinternet.com

George on 0118 945 4694 or george.solly@btinternet.com

Visit: www.solly.biz

Kathryn is a founder member of KEYU – Keeping Early Years Unique and member of NEYTCO – National Early Years Trainers & Consultants (CIC).

Winner of the 2006 Unilever Fellowship researching aspects of Early Years leadership and management. She is also a

Vice Chair of  Early Childhood Forum; Nursery Education representative for the National Association for Small Schools; an Early Education Associate; is a Froebel Travelling Tutor,  is a founder member of KEYU – Keeping Early Years Unique and member of NEYTCO – National Early Years Trainers & Consultants (CIC).


STOP PRESS: Kathryn has been contracted by Taylor & Francis to write a new book entitled:

‘Leading Children’s Learning Outdoors from Birth to Seven.’

ORCID iD and the link to her public record is https://orcid.org/0000-0002-6382-2883


KEYU_Logo_CMYK Neytco logo_final_v1ksc-rgb-blue