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.
  • Inspiring Nature Learning Outdoors
  • Exploring and Engaging the World outdoors
  • Leadership and Management in the Early Years

Clients include local education authorities, private, voluntary and state maintained settings and professional membership bodies. In 2018 Kathryn has completed training sessions in Wigan, Nottingham, Reading, London, Winchester, Benfleet, Sheffield, Hatfield, Birmingham, Cambridge, Guildford, Bradford, Rochdale, Dorking and Brighton

Still to come for the 2019-20 academic year; Guildford, Reading, London, Manchester, Leicester, Southend, Glasgow, Isle of Wight, Suffolk, Bolton and Havering . Of these a few training sessions where Kathryn is training are open to practitioners on application and subject to availability:







 Early Education – Oxfordshire Branch

Kathryn will be speaking at their Early Years Inspiration Forum Meeting on Wednesday 15 May at

The Slade Nursery School and Children’s Centre, Titup Hall Drive, Oxford OX3 8QQ on

Understanding the World using Natural Curiosity, from 6:00 open to non members at £15.

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Nursery World North – Manchester

Masterclass with Kathryn Solly, Kym Scott and Hayley Peacock on

‘Helping children achieve:

Challenge and Progression in Children’s Learning.’

10 -11 May, Central Manchester


Inspiring Natural Learning Outdoors across the Curriculum

New Bridge Nursery School, Caversham, Reading RG4 5AU

Friday 24 May 2019, 09:30 – 14:30 with Kathryn Solly

This interactive course is for all those working within early childhood. It will provide a balance of theory, lots of ideas and examples, some practical ideas to try out and lively discussion exploring why and how practitioners can ensure that young children get the best start through leading quality learning outside. Trainer: Kathryn Solly with Lisa Barnes
Cost: Early Education members £150, non-members £180.00
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Leading Well in a Climate of Change

Tuesday, 18 June, 2019, 09:30 – 14:30. Trainers: Kathryn Solly and Lisa Barnes

Caversham Nursery School, 114 Amersham Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 5NA

*Price – NB early bird discount is applied automatically if available: for the Member rate, please login to your account.

  • Members £150, or with early bird discount (until 7 May 2019) £120
  • Non-members £180, or with early bird discount (until 7 May 2019) £150

Book three training days at once, or three places on a course, and save £20 on each of them! To take advantage of this offer, add the three events to your basket, and use the coupon code: EEDISCOUNT3 – the discount will automatically be applied at the checkout.

Course outline

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The trainer

You can view Kathryn’s profile on her dedicated Associates page.


Kathryn Solly

Lisa Barnes


9.15am registration, Course runs 9.30am – 2.30pm


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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’ has just been published in Chinese by Routledge.  Kathryn is now researching and writing her second book on leading learning outdoors  which is due to be published at the end of 2019.




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! ‘