Choosing a Consultant

Why the need for a consultant or trainer?

All Early Years providers have a duty to improve the outcomes for young children. To achieve this requires a broad range of business, professional and personal skills. Use a consultant or trainer where you need help, for example to deliver best practice, improve quality or build teams.

Consultant or Trainer?

If you have identified specific areas to be addressed then you can look for a trainer offering the course and experience to address the “skills gap”. However, if you are at all unsure of your precise needs, or suspect you have a number of gaps, then it is wise to turn to an independent third party, a consultant, who can look across the board at how you run your business, the professional skills you have at your disposal as well as the way in which you interact with the children and their parents.

Steps to take when choosing a consultant or trainer

A good Early Years consultant or trainer will share your background and your passion, as well as the formal qualifications, real-world experience and testimonials to give you the confidence they know what they are talking about in terms of both theory and practice.

Professional qualifications

  • Check they are registered with a professional association such as NEyTCO by asking them for their NEyTCO membership number.
  • What qualifications do they have that you can use to reassure yourself they have demonstrated an appropriate level of understanding of their subject?
  • Don’t be afraid to ask them how they maintain and enhance their own Continuous Personal Development.
  • Do they have a formal qualification to teach adults, such as “Pettles” (Preparation for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector) or Certificate in Education (training in teaching at further or higher education level).

Word of mouth

  • What do other providers say about the consultant or trainer
  • Can they supply two references and/or testimonials to support their work
  • Do they supply delegate evaluations

The products on offer

  • Do they offer a wide range of services that might be of use to you
    • E.g. Mystery shopper, First Impressions, Ofsted preparation and follow-up
  • Can you refine their “standard” offering to fit your setting and your requirements
  • How do they support reflective practice
  • Will the cost include documents, certificate of attendance or any reports
  • Clarify the terms and conditions

Clear requirements

  • Be clear about what you are looking for – what are you trying to achieve
  • How does their expertise match your requirements
  • Consider making the training cost effective by splitting the cost with another provider
  • Be clear about costs – are other expenses, such as accommodation or travel, included


  • Check their identity
  • It is vital that they have insurance, for example: Employers Liability, professional indemnity and public/product liability.

Safe Hiring

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