Alice through the looking glasses… it’s not what is in front of you that matters but how you see it.

Alice employs her love of people and what makes them tick to approach the world of the child and the journey they take in a truly unique way. She is all about encouraging and inspiring the best possible outcome for each individual both professionally and personally.

Nationally and internationally recognised as using a dynamic and innovative approach to children. Alice uses an experiential approach in her role as early childhood influencer, keynote speaker, mum and writer. She is waiting to uplift and inspire in a sensitive and thought-provoking way.

Alice uses her 30 years of practice to create inspiring training to encourage rich, experiential professional and personal development. She is an established educational consultant specialising in the education of children in the early years.

Meet Alice

Here I am, this is me!

“Being surrounded by children asking the questions only children ask is such a joy. Being able to see the world through their eyes is an honour and a privilege. The ideas they come up with and express so openly and easily never cease to amaze me. I have spent years watching and observing their interactions and engagements. I am always eager to watch adults too, as they try to ‘listen’ and ‘see’ the thinking of the children they engage with. Of course, I can only see what others see, I don’t have x-ray specs but what I have done, is gathered all those reflective thoughts and packaged them up for you!!”

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What We Do

Conferences

Put your reading glasses on…

Alice approaches every keynote, masterclass, and seminar or conference workshop with humour, insight and enthusiasm. She merges the theory, research and thinking of the day and translates it into how it should influence, shape and develop the play we share.

We are, each of us, the source of infinite possibilities for a child’s future but to inspire we must first feel inspired, to lead we need to be led and to give every day, we must find that which fills our own hearts and minds. Let us help you start your journey.

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Training

Whatever the subject, if it’s a tiny consideration such as ‘building vocabulary’ or ‘improving your play around numeracy’ we create sessions that always consider the research, the thinking and the play.

We will help you look inwards at what is already in place, we will signpost looking outwards to seek new ideas and then support you moving forwards by modifying, adapting and changing your practice.

“A day with Alice put hope in my heart and ideas in my head! I know I will never look at a potato masher in quite the same way again – who knew the infinite possibilities it would hold for a child’s development?” — Ben Clay, London

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Projects

Sometimes you need a pair of binoculars to see the Big Picture… Alice to the rescue!

Superman took his off but Alice puts on her superhero glasses!
Are you working on a big project that feels like something is missing? Do you need inspiration? From one day fixes to longer projects we can help you make some magic happen. From child development, enriching environments, provocative learning experiences and so much more

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Products

Depending on where you are on your journey, you probably can’t go for a walk without collecting a bag full of nature’s delights, and your ideal Sunday includes searching for the hidden treasures to be found in car boot sales and junk shops.

But sometimes it’s good to buy something new; something that has been thoughtfully created to provide open-ended play and endless possibilities. We have a range of resources available — for more information please get in touch.

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Collaborations

From good to outstanding! Develop and inspire your whole team. Feel the impact and effects of change within hours of beginning your Adventure journey.

Generate powerful proof of practice with the evidence you generate as you motivate your team. Together weave current theory, research and thinking into your play.

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Testimonials

We have begun trialing the new “Adventures with Alice” at two of our nurseries where we have welcomed very new teams and managers. LEYF are very aligned to the Alice Sharp approach to Early Years and have sent many of our teachers up to Glasgow to receive her training in person.

When we saw this new resource for staff CPD we couldn’t wait to try it out, it seemed obvious that having a virtual Alice attending our team staff meetings and training sessions might be a great approach to enhance our teachers CPD.

We have been delighted with the progress that the trial nurseries for Adventures with Alice have made so far, I have seen teacher’s knowledge and skills grow from participating in the staff meetings which Alice has virtually led through the training films. Teachers have deepened their understanding of pedagogy and are beginning to appreciate the importance of why we do what we do in an outstanding Early Years setting. The think and discuss prompts really help the teachers to understand and apply the theory and information that Alice shares.

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Benjamin Clay
Senior Pedagogy Manager at LEYF
We started our Adventure with Alice at the beginning of 2019 with the Curiosity Adventure. Quite quickly our staff were finding interesting provocations, parents were collecting keys, mashers and different textured balls for us. The nursery was buzzing with items of curiosity. Staff were enjoying watching clips from the training video in their weekly room meetings. The videos have been easy to access on nursery I pads. This has encouraged reflection and more specific discussion on what they are learning each day on the adventure. Parents quickly became involved on our adventures with our Superhero Family Day this was a suggestion from this excellent training Resource, that was new , quirky and full of learning but most importantly motivates all our practitioners. We are now about to finish adventure three and so far we have introduced wow moments, bonding bags, more individual welcome songs, provocations which promote Curiosity , Inquiry and Discovery, plus many more exciting and unusual ways to promote child development in the nursery setting. New staff that have started have enjoyed using the adventures as part of their induction. Being able to use this resource throughout induction has been a perfect way to encourage what we expect to see at our nursery. The Adventures with Alice so far, has encouraged our practitioners to be inspired, have fun and see what a difference they are making to the care and education they are providing within our setting. From my point of view as a manager leading this training, I have found this to be exciting motivational and a fantastic tool to be able to continue my staff’s learning every day. What other training tool can get a full staff team “wearing teddy bears” to work.
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Pamela Stein
Nursery Manager, Big Bird Nursery, Whitburn