Inspire to Learn Training Ltd provides high quality training and consultancy advice to the Early Years and childcare profession across Lancashire and the surrounding area.

Our experienced and inspirational trainers have delivered statutory courses on behalf of many Local Authorities including Lancashire County Council, Blackburn with Darwen, Blackpool, Wigan, Salford, Trafford, Tameside & Rochdale.

With specialist knowledge, skills and experience, our trainers have facilitated a wide range of statutory courses which promote effective quality provision and services underpinned by the EYFS 2014 and promoting the UN RIGHTS OF THE CHILD.

We also provide guidance and consultancy for any aspects of childcare provision which includes start up businesses and pre and post OFSTED.

We believe in building an atmosphere of mutual respect, trust and honesty within every environment. Encouraging the team to work together to safeguard, providing effective quality provision which consistently nurtures positive identities, and sustain partnership working with one another what ever age, culture or ability.

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Mandy Monk

A qualified Early Years Practitioner with over 25 years of experience working within a range of early years settings. She has extensive experience from working in a number of roles including Nursery Practitioner, School Practitioner, Child-minding Network Coordinator, College Lecturer Early Years & Health & Social Care, Trainer for CACHE & CITY GUILDS Child Care & Young Peoples Workforce, Safeguarding and Child Protection Officer, Safeguarding Facilitator for Levels 1 & 2 and Foster Carer.

Mandy has worked with, and alongside, a number of local authorities including Lancashire, Wigan, Salford, Tameside, Trafford, Blackpool and Blackburn with Darwen, delivering a wide range of training and staff development packages including Safeguarding, Child Protection, Behaviour Management and many other current aspects of the EYFS.

She has also worked as an associate Safeguarding Trainer and consultant working for a number of training providers throughout the North West, including being an Approved Safeguarding Level 1 & 2 Trainer for Lancashire County Council in 2012.

Professional Qualifications

Safeguarding Levels 1 & 2

NNEB- National nursery Nurse Diploma Level 3/4

CWDC -Health & social care children and young people -Level 3

EYPS- Early year’s professional status Level 6

City Guilds –Higher Education Adult Learners Teaching -7307

City Guilds –A1- Assessing Vocational achievement- Level 3

Child Exploitation – PACE

Education Training and Certificates:

September 2014 -A1 Assessor certificate

October 2014 Child-Exploitation

January 2014- Impact of Domestic Violence

September 2013 – Attachments in early years – training development x 4 day

September 2013 -Parent and child assessments and placements- training x 4 day

February 2013 – Understanding the implications of Self harm

January 2013-Train the trainer

September – Reforms to the EYFS 2012

May 2012 Safeguarding level 1 & 2

January 2012 -Observation assessment and recording

November 2011- Paediatric First Aid

September 2011- Aiming High Disabled children

July 2011 – Promoting Positive Behaviour

June 2011 – Child Protection…Latest developments

May 2011 – Psychiatry v Psychology

May 2011 – Integrated Working

March 2011- Knowing me knowing you -Promoting Identity

February 2011- CWDC- Health and social care level 3

November 2010 -I Exist…inclusive practice

July -2010– Common Assessment Framework

October 2011 – Safeguarding Children updated guidance

May 2011 – Alcohol Identification

December 2010 – Skills to Foster

October 2010 – Information Sharing

September 2010 -How Children Learn in the wider environment

December 2009 – Safeguarding vulnerable children

November 2009 – Challenging Behaviour

November 2009 – Separation Grief and Loss

November 2007 – Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS)

October 2006 – St John’s First Aid

November 2005 – Common Core of skills and knowledge

Training @ Blackburn with Darwen Council

September 2005 – Derbyshire Language Scheme: Registered User.

Special needs in communication & language

January 2005 – Every Child Matters

Autumn 2003 – Manchester Metropolitan University

Professional Studies Advanced Early Years Specialism up to Level 6

October 2001- Life Long Learning Tutor Training Programme

February 2000- Promoting your Learning Environment & Effective Display

September 1999 – June 2001: City and Guilds 7307 – Adult -Education Teaching Certificate

September 1994 – February 1995: Open University Modules: “Working with Young Children”

February 1992 -1999 -Social Services Foster Carer Training including:

Management of Challenging Behaviour – Introduction of Independence Skills

September 1988 – June 1990 – N.N.E.B. Certificate in Nursery Nursing Level- 3

Cheryl Valentine

Throughout Cheryl’s career she has worked together with a range of professionals and supported babies, children, young people and their families in a range of settings.  This has also included being a personal assistant for a special needs adult, with a range of complex special needs.

In 2006 Cheryl moved into the area of child protection and was employed by Wigan Local Authority being responsible for up to 30 schools in the area.  Cheryl, through consultations, provided support, knowledge and guidance on how to promote effective safeguarding and child protection for children and young people.  This role also included safer working practice, information and advice for ‘whistleblowing’ so the team understands the importance of their roles and duty to reduce the likelihood of mistakes and unsafe practices which can lead to complaints and allegations.

She was promoted in 2011 with a new position in the newly established Gateway Team to work more directly with the families in specific local areas (Leigh, Lowton and Golborne) to provide advice guidance and implementation of early help/intervention CAF and work with other agencies to promote and support integrated working and services.

Cheryl has also worked as an associate Safeguarding Trainer and consultant working for a number of training providers throughout the North West, including being an Approved Safeguarding Level 1 & 2 Trainer for Lancashire County Council in 2012

Professional Qualifications

Safeguarding Levels 1, 2 and 3

CAF Training with Wigan Council

Graded Care trained with Wigan Council

TWL: NVQ Level 3 in Early Years Education

Glen Marsden

Glen is a qualified Practising Counsellor to Diploma level.  She has worked within the Private, Public and Voluntary sector for over 20 years.  Glen specialises in working with children, young people and their families to address issues relating to Mental Health and emotional difficulties.

With a Certificate in Education and TDLB qualification; she has moderated courses for MOCN and developed training courses along with the programme manager.

Glen has worked within St Helens Youth Service, delivering accredited training and personal development programmes to adults and young people.  These included a variety of courses and she also set up and delivered a very successful Counselling Provision for the Youth Service.

During her eight years working in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services NHS, Glen has delivered training to a variety of professionals including junior doctors, students at JMU and Edge Hill around Mental Health, Self-Harm and Suicidal Ideation.

Glen currently delivers Safeguarding Children Training to several schools and agencies in Wigan as an associate trainer, as well as working with Bolton Council Children’s Services dealing with young people aged 8-18 years regarding behavioural/emotional difficulties that may impact on criminal behaviour and to address the possible consequences.  This work includes collaboration with their families along with the Youth Justice Service, education, Social Care, Health and CAMHS.

Professional Qualifications

 Safeguarding Update – Training the Trainer

Handling Teenage Behaviour – Training the Trainer

STORM (Suicide & Self harm) – Training the Trainer

CBT Narrative Therapy, Attachment – APT

Grief & Loss Training – Winston’s Wish & Rainbows

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy  – CBT Training Cheshire College

Webster Stratton Parenting course – Training the Trainer

Connexions P.A Diploma (JMU)

Diploma in Counselling (Centra) BACP

T.D.L.B Assessors Training

Certificate In Education (post 16) – Manchester University Cert Ed

Counselling Level 2 – St.Helens College (CSCT)

Counselling Level 1 – St.Helens College (CSCT)

MOCN – Working With Girls

Padgate College – Working with Women – Training the Trainer

National Youth & Community Certificate

Danielle Brown

An early year’s practitioner for over 17 years fulfilling different roles and now the manager of a successful private day Nursery situated in Lancaster.

During these years Danielle has become a parent and also gained an enormous amount of experience and skills working as a team and amongst other services and agencies to support children and effective quality provision.

She is also a volunteer as a school governor and enjoys participating towards a local community school, contributing and supporting the school through Ofsted inspections and promoting community cohesion activities.

Continual professional Development is an important aspect of her role as a manager and Danielle enjoys attending and delivering courses which promote and enhance quality practice and provision which helps to develop practitioner’s skills knowledge and understanding.

Professional Qualifications

NNEB level 3

NVQ level 4

Early years Professional status level 5

Mandatory – CPD

First Aid at work

Paediatric First Aid

Lead Safeguarding Officer Level 1 & 2

Prevent Duty

British values

Channel Training

School Readiness

Sharon Cowan-Stout

A qualified Early Years Leader with 27 years experience of developing and leading early years services. Sharon has worked at a variety of levels, beginning her career as a nursery nurse, moving to Pre-five Senior, Deputy Head and for 16 years successfully undertook several Head of Centre posts, leading services through significant periods of change. Sharon has extensive experience in relation to Additional Support for Learning, having successfully led a large early years provision which effectively supported children with additional support needs, including the leadership of a specialist integrated unit.

Most recently Sharon has worked at a strategic level within a Scottish local authority in an advisory role as an Early Years Education & Childcare Development Officer. Sharon has worked closely with both local authority and private sector early years settings to:

  • Improve quality,  through establishing effective quality assurance processes.
  • Support the development of robust improvement and change management approaches.
  • Develop effective practices which encourage children’s ownership of their own learning.
  • Develop children’s understanding of their rights and responsibilities as a citizen.
  • Develop the quality of the curriculum, early learning experiences and opportunities for children to ensure that the individual learning needs and interests of children are effectively supported, developed and extended.
  • Built staff capacity, knowledge, understanding and skill.

Sharon has developed and delivered a variety of training programmes, including child protection, planning for individual learning, developing an effective partnership with parents, developing a family centred approach to early learning and childcare and at a strategic level.

Sharon is a committed early years professional, who believes passionately in inclusion, children’s rights, quality improvement and in the continuous professional development of a skilled early years workforce, to ensure that children and their families experience the highest quality early learning and childcare possible.

Professional Qualifications

Safeguarding Level 1 & 2

SNNEB Scottish Nursery Nurse Diploma

B.A Social Science

PGD Childhood Practice (Merit)

SVQ 4 Management

Alison Rogerson

Alison is registered with The HCPC and is a qualified social worker; who has worked in the child protection field which has given her an extensive knowledge of current child care legislation; and the experience of working directly with children and their families. She is highly experienced in carrying out both Initial and Core
Assessments; preparing reports and giving evidence to the Family courts.

Alison has run her own training company since 2002 delivering training contracts on behalf of a number of Local Authorities. She is committed to providing reliable, high quality, up to date training on a wide range of topics and specialises in Safeguarding Children; basic awareness of signs and symptoms and national and local procedures, as well as a wide range of related topics covering Integrated Working; CAF Training; Safer Working Practice and Professional abuse; the Child Protection System; child protection legislation, policy writing, procedures; behaviour management and training on more specific area issues such as Domestic Abuse and Disability.

Furthermore, Alison has also been working as an Independent Social Worker for Family Care Group, based at Bamber Bridge, Preston. During this time, she has
undertaken Foster Carer Assessments using both the BAAF Form F and the Fostering Network formats and guidance.

Professional Qualifications
PGCE: Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Further, Adult and Higher)
BA Honours in Social Work and Community Studies
Diploma in Social Work and Higher Education

Employment History
Independent Social Worker
Self Employed Trainer in Early Years & Consultant in Safeguarding from June 2002
Part-time lecturer in Early Years up to and including Degree level at Wigan & Leigh
Full–time Child Care Social Worker Child Protection Team & Full-time Education
Welfare Officer at Lancashire County Council