Our Team

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Alice Sharp,
B.Ed. (Hons)

Managing Director


Marie Richardson,
BA (Hons) Childhood and Youth Studies

Childhood Practice Training and Development Manager

Brendan McKenna-Nicoll,
SVQ Early Years Care and Education Level 3
BA (Hons) Social Science Psychology with Sociology
Qualifications Manager

Carol Wilson,
BSc Sport and Exercise Science

Business Manager

Laura Gray,
SVQ Children’s Care Learning and Development  Level 4


Lynn MacRitchie,
BA Childhood Studies


Fiona Miller,
SVQ Level 4 Childcare and Education


Linda Robertson
Office Administrator

Cathy Grouchey
Office Administrator

Associate Consultants

Moyra Boland
University of Glasgow

June O’Sullivan
London Early Years Foundation

Nancy Mcgrath
Edenderry Nursery School, Belfast

Penny Tassoni
Author and consultant

Helen Robinson
Northern Ireland Early Years Specialist

Recent Developments

Alice: A busy year this year has seen Alice working with Scottish Government in Aberdeen; deliver over 70 Keynote addresses, across the globe and continue on her project ‘Wee children in the Land of Giants’ with Argyll & Bute Council as well as continuing her long established partnership working closely with June O’Sullivan, CEO of London Early Years Foundation (LEYF).

Marie: continues to develop and deliver a wide range of new in-service courses across Scotland in 15 local authority  areas.  This year Marie has been developing stronger links with practitioners in Northern Ireland.  For the past ten years Experiential Play have been delivering training, conferences and workshops over the water and this year has seen  Marie  drawing up a framework for Experiential Play delivering qualifications for the early year’s sector in Northern Ireland.

Brendan: Having successfully led SVQ Level 4 training and the Aspiring Leaders programme, Brendan has this year been working on approval to offer the Professional Development Award (PDA) in Childhood Practice.  Many of our students have told us they would strongly prefer to stay with us to complete their professional journey rather than going on to University for their BA after level 4.  Brendan has been working with  SQA and the Social Services Council in order that we can provide the PDA qualification for our students.


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