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!!”


What We Do


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.



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



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



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.



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.



Thank you, Alice, so much for such a dynamic, interesting, inspirational talk. Given also that you were able to give so much of your wonderful spirit on top of a day of teaching to 190 foundation Stage staff! Thank you! Thank you too, for referencing the pandemic, which figures so highly in all our minds. We all have grief, losses and wounds of varying degrees. We all also know that many young children were particularly harmed and their life experiences limited by this tragic pandemic in a myriad of ways. We couldn't have asked for a better person to do this talk. You are highly respected in this country and abroad and rightly so for all the work you have done and do! Thank you. You always make sure there is very good content and that this is shared in an approachable exciting and informative way. Your communication skills are excellent and your exemplifications were original and exciting. As always, the feedback was excellent. Thank you again so very much! Thank you again too for the care, warmth and professionality of your team.
Sue Hale, Early Education (Oxford)
We run six early years centres in Tasmania. We have been lucky enough to have listened to both Alice and June on many occasions and having spend a couple of weeks in Scotland sharing practice, visiting centres and soaking up the thinking from conversation sessions we were eager to take it back to our side of the world and upskill our staff teams. The films are full of humour, insight and challenge. Pausing them and listening to the thoughts of our team was just awesome. Then noticing how they were changing the way they talked about learning, their planning and their thinking around the play was just brilliant. Our newly qualified staff are travelling slowly, our longer-term staff are focusing in on specific areas for improvement and we are looking to the programme to be our long-term solution over the next few years. We are now keen for Alice and June to come to Tasmania and bring the programme to a wider audience in our network across Tasmania and Australia.  
Chantal Williams and Linda Millucci, Tasmania
As a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, I am always looking for ways to extend my knowledge and motivate myself to be the best I can be. Having been in seminars and workshops with Alice and Marie delivering them, leaving totally blown away I was really keen to join the programme. I invested in the Adventures with Alice just for me but soon realised that everyone of my students were benefitting by my mindset change, new methods I was using and the practical ideas I was now sharing in my teaching. I am massively excited about the next stage of the programme. Can't wait to get started.      
Dawn Reacher
Early Years Lecturer

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.

Benjamin Clay
Senior Pedagogy Manager at LEYF