A team built with experience in early years and childcare; and specialists in training, research and consultancy
What’s more, our team is able to develop local solutions, whilst being on top of current and future national developments, and have a strong drive to achieve the highest professional and quality standards at all times. All members of the team regularly work directly with children, young people, parents, practitioners, partners and local authority officers, which means we have a deep, current and informed understanding of their needs, concerns and goals. In any one week, we could be storytelling in a pre-school group, delivering child protection or EYFS training to childminders, facilitating a local authority network, and meeting with a government minister.
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James Hempsall OBE
James Hempsall is director of Hempsall’s, managing editor of Children’s Centre Leader, and national programme director for Childcare Works.
For thirty years he has worked in the children’s services sector driving service improvement, effecting change, and leading national implementation of key Government programmes in pre-school learning and childcare. His work has focused on improving learning outcomes for all children with a particular emphasis on least advantaged children, parental employment, equalities and anti-discriminatory practice. His career has been spent supporting organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors to develop high quality and sustainable childcare, and support families to break the cycles and symptoms of disadvantage and poverty.
James was the National Support Director for the DfE Achieving Two Year Olds, the national support programme for the implementation of early learning for least advantaged two-year-olds (2012-2016). After which he became the National Programme Director for Childcare Works, the DfE national support programme for the implementation of 30 hours childcare (2016-2020). Both programmes were delivered in partnership with Mott MacDonald.
In his career, James has delivered training and qualifications in workplace continuous professional development programmes, further education and university. He is a qualified teacher, holding QTLS and is a Fellow of the Society for Education and Training. He writes blogs and regular columns in the early years and children’s services sector press on policy, practice, strategy, and leadership and management. He has MAs in the Ethics of Social Welfare, and Psychodynamic Counselling and Psychotherapy. James maintains a caseload of psychotherapy and coaching/mentoring clients, specialising in supporting leaders and executives to achieve success in work and personal lives. James received the OBE in the Queen’s birthday honours list in June 2015 for services to childcare.
Our Training Manager, Kate Haythornthwaite is a former childminder with a strong track record in adult education and joined Hempsall’s in 2006. Kate holds a Cert Ed and project leads our extensive training programme of CPD training, delivering approximately 100s of events each year. Leading a team of around 15 trainers Kate is responsible for learning outcomes, quality and our safeguarding and child protection work.
Kate is your first contact when you need training designed and delivered.
Barbara Wilson is Director of Social Research Ltd., she supports Hempsall’s work by project managing research projects and by undertaking a Programme Adviser role for 50+ LAs for Childcare Works. Barbara is a national expert in childcare sufficiency assessment and oversees research activities and reporting and has worked on a wide variety of projects including: evaluation of children’s centres, value for money studies, assessment of traded services, qualitative and quantitative research and numerous childcare sufficiency and demand assessments. Barbara was lead for childcare sufficiency for several regional government office projects implementing Childcare Act (2006) duties for DfE, and one of four region leads for Achieving Two Year Olds (A2YO). Barbara also works as a Local Government Association early years social mobility peer reviewer for local authorities and DfE.
Our Strategic Consultant, Jo Pringle, has a thorough knowledge of the business and funding aspects of early years and childcare development. She has project managed various early years entitlement pilots and trials both for local authorities and regional government. Jo leads on our business and management training and engagement with schools. Jo is a Childcare Works Programme Adviser covering the North of England and leading on provider work, and provides one-to-one support for local authority and provider implementation. Jo also leads on our business and management training.
Jo Chapman, our Business Manager, has worked for Hempsall’s since 2000. Jo is an extremely experienced person in office management and administration having managed several office teams during her career. She is responsible for the business activities within the organisation and supervision of administration. Jo contributes to continuous improvement and development of processes and procedures. She leads our commitment to a systems approach benefiting internal and external service delivery, including our Quality Management System ISO 9001 2015.
Sufiyan Khalifa, Administrative Assistant, joined Hempsall’s through an apprenticeship placement, and college studies in 2015. He officially joined the team as a full time staff member in 2017. Sufiyan assists with the day to day smooth running of the organisation. His work includes assisting the training manager with quality assurance of documents, helping run our websites, as well as supporting one with the administration of the Lambeth Paths to Work employability project.
Kay has worked for Hempsalls since 2010
She has more that 30 years experience working in the early years sector as a nursery nurse, setting manager, Ofsted inspector, early years advisor and freelance trainer. She currently works for the London borough of Camden as an EYFS team manager. Kay holds a BA (Hons) degree in early childhood studies aswell as an adult teaching qualification.