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GEM Training and Advisory Service  is a One Stop Early Years Solution in providing bespoke and tailormade support, advice and training for Early years managers, leaders and practitioners.

Hot Stones

founded by marcia Tatham who is the principal consultant. she has worked within the early years sector for 40 years, of which 30 years is in education with extensive experience of;

  • curriculum design and development

  • producing, delivering, assessing and moderating a range of training programmes to Postgraduate level.

  • Providing Continuous Professional Development(CPD) to a range of professionals in various Private, Voluntary and Independent settings (PVIs) and schools, 

  • modelling best practice, coaching and mentoring.  Working closely with Early years Leaders and Managers guidance and support are provided in line with statutory framework and policy guidance

  • auditing a range of early years settings to help improve and maintain a high-quality provision, and achieve positive outcomes for children.


Training and support available for  Early  Years Settings

  • Promoting  high-quality provision

  • Ofsted Inspection-be ready, be prepared

  • safeguarding and child protection Refresher

  • Designated safeguarding lead

  • partnership working with parents and carers

  • supporting children with Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND)

  • Leadership and management in the Early years

  • Play, learning and Child development

  • Observation Planning and assessment

  • The benefits of the outdoors and risky play for young children

  • thriving learning environment babies and toddlers

  • prevent duty and the links to Fundamental British Values( (FBV)

  • Understanding  of the Early years foundation stage(EYFS

  • promoting high-quality teaching in the early years and the impact on children's learning

  • quality for success programme-a quality audit review of provision


Training can be tailored to meet the setting's need​ particularly when gaps have been identified from the setting's improvement plan and/or staff training needs

All our training is relevant to current policy framework and guidance such as the Education Inspection Framework (EIF).

if your training requirements are not mentioned on the list, then contact the office.  


Safeguarding training

Training was clear and well presented, the information was up to date and I developed my knowledge regarding new safeguarding information’.

‘Thank-you Marcia for a very informative and up to date safeguarding training. Training covered all areas needed, very interactive and detailed’.

Shannon F                           Soulpfo P   


Outdoor and risky play

"The trainer was enthusiastic and passionate about everything. She spoke about the topic with great energy and knowledge".

Hannah V


Quality review visit

"Marcia was very supportive and friendly which made the staff confident to approach her and to answer questions"

Pre Inspection/quality review

"We found the pre-inspection to be a very positive experience and highly valuable for our setting. Marcia was very accommodating and professional at all times. 


‘Thank you for the pleasant experience and positive feedback given and the motivation to continue to provide quality service for children and families".

Sharon S                          Krystal B and Farzana M


working with babies

"I enjoyed the training and the trainer was dynamic in her teaching and enabled me to ask questions. I also learnt to do more exciting child activities Georgina T

Great and positive training session Marcia was very engaging and felt confident in participating on the course".

Ashley M


Observation, Assessment and planning

"Marcia was brilliant, she really helped us to reflect on what we practise to take positive steps to improve. She responded to our needs as a nursery whilst she conducted the training and tailor-made the course to suit us-OUTSTANDING.  


Marcia was amazing and so positive and inspiring. Thank-you Marcia for such an informative, enlightening and reflective session".  

Penny G                                 Evaginia S  


Quality Review 

"Marcia was a great  and engaging trainer. Highly recommended course which is accessible to all". 

"I have been working on this reasonably, however Marcia put everything into an excellent format and added really good points and ideas". 

Sonam S                                    Julie C


Farhana H


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