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Fennies Development Hub

Our teams learn best when supported with a range of styles of training. A combination of in-person training, virtual classrooms and an engaging community application means that our practitioners can select the type of training that is best suited for their different learning requirements. See below for a taster of some of the sessions we offer our practitioners;

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Meet Jamie our early years trainer

Jamie Atkins

Like many in the Early Years Sector, Jamie has a naturally inquisitive approach towards child development whilst tailoring his facilitation to meet the needs of all learners. Jamie is passionate to help other’s develop and is an expressive, interactive facilitator who encourages collaboration. This was recognised when his team achieved the 2019 Training and Development Award at the NMT Awards. With a background as a Primary School teacher, topics important to him include schemas, wellbeing and outdoor learning as well as a love to coach, enabling others to be confident about making progress. He also loves to share about his life as a father of two year old twins!

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During our onboarding programme we will ensure that you have a thorough and comprehensive start to your new role with touch-base sessions that include Safeguarding and Mealtimes, a Welcome to Fennies, Importance of Attachment and the Key Person Approach, an introduction to the EYFS and Fennies Framework, how to create Positive Relationships and a celebration when graduating.

An Introduction to the EYFS

If you are new to the Early Years or in need of a refresh, this is the best place to start. Reflecting on the Statutory Framework from 2017, the latest reforms and the importance that difference guidance document play in our understanding of child development. Our session of course includes examples to bring the documents to life!

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Age Appropriate Sessions

Here at Fennies, we have Explorers (0-2), Discoverers (2-3), Creators (3-4) and Inventors (4+) rooms that all require specific knowledge and experience to understand how children develop best. So whether you are look to hone your knowledge on brain development, understand how to be better attuned to babies, learning about the differing needs of toddlers or how to provide pre-schoolers with opportunities to develop as independent learners, we will have the right course for you.

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Meet Ruth our Learning and Development Lead

Ruth Mottram

We bring the upskilling of our teams to life; we provide in action training, spending one on one time with our practitioners in their individual settings nurturing their creativity and building on their passion by sharing new ideas, role modelling advice, excellent activity setups and interactions. Our inspiring approach supports staff members, confidence, development and career progression.

“I have worked in Early years for over thirty years and have had a varied and interesting journey throughout that time. I headed up an outstanding Reception department in an independent school for many years, I’ve lectured at college and also worked in several day nurseries both as a nursery teacher and in an advisory role. My passion is children’s play and the learning which comes from it, I also have a passion for teaching creative processes to children and I am constantly researching new ideas and sharing these with our early years practitioners” 

Line Manager Support

Nursery Managers Role in Training 

A constant eco system of support through our continuous internal training and an extensive well-being program, allows each Manager to provide motivating and high-quality training for their teams. Training is cascaded through different ways and environments: 

  • Regular team meetings where bitesize training modules are delivered  
  • 121 meetings for focussed targeted support 
  • Room observations and audits providing staff with constructive feedback to build on their skills 
  • Ongoing on the job training from their management team


Our values are accountability, diversity, quality and leadership and our practitioners thrive within this forward-thinking practice with added support offered from our wider collective of experts in areas such as education, communications, and HR. 

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Are you driven, ambitious, with solid experience and looking to take your next step in your career? Join our outstanding teams with an exceptional culture. 

We pride ourselves on the talented individuals we hire. We empower our teams to provide excellence in early years education, 

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Take a look around our award-winning nurseries, view our visionary environments, meet the Managers and experience the Fennies difference.