Kay Mathieson believes in solution-focused work that builds on your current achievements. She has a very “can-do” approach, always encouraging you to think freely and creatively. Kay has a particular interest in the impact of children’s social and emotional learning on behaviour. Her enthusiastic and lively training sessions are well received by all kinds of audiences.
Kay has worked in Early Years and primary education since 1981. She has written extensively about behaviour and social learning and is the author of Social Skills in the Early Years: Supporting Social and Behavioural Learning and Identifying Special Educational Needs in the Early Years. She is frequently asked to speak at conferences in Britain and abroad on these and related topics.
Some evaluation comments from recent training sessions:
Looking at behaviour in a positive way is something I will pass on to my colleagues.
Kay is a great communicator and teacher.
An excellent and really useful session which made me think and made me smile. Kay is a very passionate speaker.
Kay’s targeted work with local authorities includes:
- establishing locality links between day nurseries, schools, preschool and a children’s centre to increase parental involvement
- supporting local authority Early Years teams to moderate their quality judgments about settings
- training practitioners to enable them to understand more about children’s behavioural learning
- setting up joint problem solving sessions with local authority strategic leads to improve their alignment with other local authority teams
Kay supported her link local authorities to significantly improve outcomes and the quality of provision for their children.
For more details visit Kay Mathieson’s website.
Conference feedback comments:
Very exciting and fun and will definitely make an impact on my practice. Wonderful. Loved her sense of awe and wonder about just how great two year olds are. The brain development info and perspective on 2ness was fab –thank you. Excellent motivating presentation.
Northampton, January 2012
Understanding Behaviour in the Early Years by Dr Kay Mathieson
This book provides information, practical suggestions and ideas that enable practitioners to take a positive approach to young children’s learning about behaviour. Linked directly to the revised EYFS, this title includes practical suggestions based on sound theory and effective practice. This guide highlights the importance of working in partnership with parents to understand and support children’s behavioural learning and aims to increase practitioners’ confidence in supporting children’s learning about behaviour.
Print edition available from Practical Pre-School Books
Inclusion in the Early Years
This book provides critical insights and practical approaches to help you support babies and young children with special educational needs and disability (SEND) in the early years. The book starts by briefly considering the current political and legislative context before considering what this means for children with SEND in early years settings. Numerous case studies offer real-world examples to challenge and develop your thinking and there are summary key points, thought provoking questions and ideas for developing practice. In addition the book draws on parents’ and children’s perspectives to assist you in devising an individual and setting action plan for babies and young children with SEND.
Available from Amazon
I Am Two
This publication from Early Education explores effective ways for practitioners to work with the parents of two year olds; early childhood development and the role of early intervention. Working with two year olds in the areas of the prime areas of learning; personal, social and emotional development; communication and language and physical development; the progress check at age two; learning and development of children in the home environment; multi-disciplinary working; health and education working together in early childhood.
Available from the British Association for Early Childhood
Social Skills in the Early Years: Supporting Social and Behavioural Learning
User-friendly book offering strategies and sensible advice, based on what is realistic and achievable in practice. The book offers guidance on the following: social skills; language skills; self-esteem; offering both education and care within the OfSTED Framework; implementing relevant government legislation (Birth to Three Matters, the Foundation Stage Curriculum, the revised SEN Code of Practice, the Disability Discrimination Act); delivering training. Trainers’ notes and photocopiable resources are included.
Class teachers, nursery managers, playgroup workers, SENCOs, EYDCPs, early years students and every professional working with young children aged from 0 to five years in an education and care context will find this book useful.
Print edition available from Sage Publications
Identifying Special Needs in the Early Years
With increasing expectations from parents and practitioners for inclusive early years settings, many practitioners are anxious about identifying and accommodating children’s individual needs as early as possible.
Through simple step-by-step instruction, this book will: increase practitioners’ confidence in identifying individual needs; give practical advice on involving parents; provide clear links to existing guidance and legislation.
This is a valuable guide for practitioners in all early years settings including Day Nurseries, Pre-schools, Children’s Centres, Nursery Schools and infant schools.
Print edition available from Sage Publications