Kirstine Beeley 

Championing play solutions for pocket and planet

Kirstine Beeley

Kirstine Beeley is an experienced early years training consultant with nearly 20 years of consultancy and training under her belt. She is passionate about child led learning and works hard to raise practitioner awareness of how learning can be planned for within the environment rather than by stand alone “activities”. She has, herself, done many roles within early years including teacher, manager, practitioner and chairperson and hopes that she brings this experience to her practical ideas and training.

She is a multi-published author with titles for both Bloomsbury and her own publishing brand (Playing to Learn). Her books are used by local authorities across the UK and have been specifically chosen by a number to support quality improvement programmes. Her title “This is How We Do It – Characteristics of Effective Learning” was a finalist in the Education Resource Awards.

Kirstine is also the founder of the “Empathy Dolls Approach” to raising emotional awareness in early years, used widely across the UK. She has become known for her “hands-on and feet -in” approach to early years training and believes that practitioners learn best by having a go rather than “death by Powerpoint”.

 

Pennies not Pounds

Kirstine’s work with many settings where funds are stretched means she fully understands the current pressures to provide high quality learning experiences with little to no funds available. This has, over the years, led to her being know affectionately as “the poundland queen” and making a name for herself for being able to seek out a bargain and find treasure in what others might see as trash. She is particularly well known for her popular “£10 challenges” where she regularly sets herself the challenge of setting up an area of early years provision for just £10. You can see the results on her social media channels and her YouTube channel.

Trash to Treasure

Kirstine believes that in a world where too much is going to land fill every year, we can utilise preloved, upcycled and recycled resources without the need to buy new. She has, personally, worked in the education resources industry and seen first-hand how much new, non-recyclable material goes into settings every year.

She uses this heart-felt passion for helping the planet to source resources from charity shops, car boot sales and other places, giving pre-loved items another life within early years environments.

Kirstine choses her resources not by their aesthetics but by their potential to offer access to learning. She is not adverse to plastic in a setting but would prefer to have rescued it from land fill rather than buy new. Her training very much centres around the “why?” behind introducing resources rather than a specific “look”.