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Course outline

Leading Early Years with resilience in uncertain times

An online action learning set for Early Years Leaders

6 online sessions over 6 weeks 

  • Focus on what matters to you and your team right now 

  • Develop and maintain motivation

  • Support and connection from people who know where you are coming from

  • Structured approach helping you to plan next steps in response to change

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Dates:  6 sessions, weekly 

Times:  2 hours per week (dates and times to be confirmed)

Course cost: £1,800+VAT / max 8 delegates 

Facilitated by:   Annie Davy 

Pre-requisites: Participants must be able to commit to attending all 6 sessions

Why consider this programme?

Leading early years provision  has never been more challenging.  Are you thriving or struggling with some of the following: 

  • Managing a team working in very different ways?

  • Keeping connected with some or all staff working at home?

  • Keeping children’s interests at the centre and keeping connected to families

  • Managing finances in a time of overwhelming different guidance - or not enough guidance?

  • Juggling with home working, childcare, home-schooling, home office space?

  • Using new tools to stay connected or offer services online?

  • Managing the load of new information about possible funding and support?

  • Navigating the wealth of new webinar material on offer?

  • Wondering  and how best to focus your time and energy right now?

  • Thinking about your career and work opportunities post lockdown? 

The aim of this group is to use action learning and peer coaching tools to support each other to find our way through and beyond lockdown and the ever changing ‘new normal’. This new online Action Learning Set is not just another training course or webinar series. It focuses on the issues that matter to you most, with peers who understand exactly where you are coming from. 

What is Action Learning?

Action Learning is used in voluntary, business and in the public sectors. “Action learning is a structured process which involves working on real challenges, using the knowledge and skills of a small group of people combined with skilled questioning, to re-interpret old and familiar concepts and produce fresh ideas” .

Participating in an Action Learning set can help you gain fresh perspectives and change habits of thinking in a spirit of professional generosity.  The group is a place to  try out new ideas before they are fully formed, and to share your difficulties as well as celebrate successes. Each session includes input on current tools  and practices to support personal and professional resilience 


How does a set work?

An Action Learning Set has between 5 and 8 people in the group. The agenda is set by the group. The context is supporting peers to develop new ways of working and  strengthening resilience in rapidly changing times.   An Action Learning Set is primarily ‘Time to Think’ with support and challenge from others with common purpose and experience, in order to make creative positive changes in your life and work.

Previous Participants say:


  “Annie's Action Learning set was without doubt the most effective professional support and development opportunity of my CEO years”.  Tamsin Jewell, former Chief Executive of Elmore Community Services (2019)

“Annie is an excellent and enabling facilitator with a good balance of challenge, pace, empathy and reflection. “

Patsy Townsend, Director Thames Valley Partnership (2018)

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