Courses – Training, CPD and Conferences


Kathryn is a keynote speaker, trainer and workshop leader who has presented at many venues both here and aboard.

Kathryn also provides training through organisations such as Early Education and Keeping Early Years Unique as well as independently.  She can evolve a training session or course specifically tailored to the needs of your setting or staff.

Working in collaboration with other specialists, Kathryn provides training on a broad spectrum of Early Years topics, fine-tuned to your specific training or CPD needs.  Please contact Kathryn on 0118 945 4694 or via email: for an informal discussion at no obligation on your training, keynote, conference or CPD requirements.

Kathyrn’s bookings for the 2019-20 academic year include; Guildford, Reading, London, Manchester, Leicester, Southend, Wakefield, Glasgow, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Bolton, Newcastle and Havering . At some of these events or venues where Kathryn is training they are open to practitioners on application and subject to availability:

KEYU Bolton Conference, Saturday 12 October 2019

Characteristics and Curriculum: The Way Forward in Early Childhood Education

09:00 – 16:00

Venue: Bishop Bridgeman C of E Primary School, Rupert Street, Bolton BL3 6PY

Please book through Eventbrite:

Speakers include:

Kathryn Solly – Cultural Capital

Anna Ephgrave – The EY’s Curriculum

Kym Scott – Vocabulary

Elaine Bennett – Maths Mastery

Leah Morris – Leadership for the Future.




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Outdoor Learning Conference, Pikes Lane Primary School, Gibraltar Street, Bolton, BL3 5HU

Myth Busting Outdoors – a chance to reflect upon risk-taking, challenge and adventure in the Early Years.

Start the new academic year with an inspirational morning all about learning outdoors. Hear keynote speaker Kathryn Solly and look around our outstanding provision to give you lots of tips and ideas to take back to your own setting.

Key Information as follows:

  • Saturday 2nd November 2019
  • 9.30am -1.00pm (approx)
  • Keynote speaker: Kathryn Solly
  • Pikes Lane Primary School, Gibraltar Street, Bolton, BL3 5HU
  • Site tour including; 2 year old provision, EYFS and Forest School site
  • Refreshments and light lunch included
  • Stalls from related businesses
  • Raffle including prizes from great businesses like Muddy Faces

The morning will include an introduction by Chloe Grey (@missgreyandplay) and refreshments. This will give you time to browse the stalls and enter the exciting raffle. The seminar will then start at 10.00am and will include a short break. At around 12.15pm the seminar will be followed by a light lunch and tour of the setting. You will have a chance to see the outstanding provision including the Preschool (two year old) and Early Years classrooms and outdoor areas and also the newly developed Forest School provision. The event will finish at around 1.00pm but you are welcome to depart at your convenience.

Please contact Chloe Grey with any questions or comments either via social media (@missgreyandplay) or by email:

Saturday  2 November, 2019

9:30 – 13:00. £52, includes lunch and tour.  Please book through Eventbrite:






KEYU Newcastle Conference, Saturday 23 November 2019

Working Together for Early Years, 09:00 – 16:00

Venue: Newcastle Civic Centre, Newcastle upon Tyne NE1 8PP

Join us for an inspirational day looking at best early years practice for 3-6 year olds from Scotland and England. A chance to hear influential and thought-provoking keynote speakers representing Upstart and KEYU who will explore key issues within early education today. Speakers include:

Sue Palmer: “’Let’s Make Early Years Awesome!”

Chris Orr: “Creativity: Find the spark, fuel the flames”

Hilary Long: “I have never tried that before, so I think I should definitely be able to do that” (Pippi Longstocking). Is it worth the Risk?

Elaine Bennett: “Climbing the stairs, resisting the lift (Developmentally appropriate practice in Yr1/P2)

Kathryn Solly: “Grasping the nettle-what really matters in Early Years”

Kym Scott: “The power of play”

*This is a venue is located within Newcastle city centre where there are plenty of coffee shops and restaurants. Tea and coffee will be provided, but to keep the cost of attending as low as possible, lunch will not been included in the ticket price.

Please book through Eventbrite:

This is a KEYU event in conjunction with: Upstart Scotland










For 2019, several more dates are to be announced shortly, including possible training in China. Kathryn’s first book ‘Risk, Challenge and Adventure in the Early Years’ is being published in Chinese by Routledge (mid 2020).  Kathryn is now researching and writing her second book on leading learning outdoors  which is due to be published in the next few months.




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.’

“Reminded me of what really matters and the fundamentals of the EYFS.”

“Lots of ideas and things to take back, particularly in relation to outdoor play and risk.”

“Very eye-opening.”

“Relevant, interesting and well-paced.”