My name is Alicia Blanco-Bayo. I am an independent Early Years consultant, lecturer, researcher and writer. I have been a Head of Primary, Curriculum Leader, Parental advisor and Infant and Junior teacher in the UK and internationally. I have been involved in the development of staff training documentation and assessment procedures in Early Years and Key Stage 1.

Over the past four years, I have designed training packs for practitioners in Early Years and Primary. When I engage with practitioners I always ask them, ” Why do you observe children?” “Are the observations you do helping you or the child?” The sessions I deliver vary depending on the answers to these questions. This is what makes my training so personal.

What I do

My ongoing research on the impact of human interactions led me to present at conferences nationally and internationally. Being able to talk in front of an audience gave me a voice in the world of Early Childhood Education. I also write a monthly piece for Education Today Magazine which keeps me in touch with practitioners on the ground floor. I am currently doing a PhD in Education and Social Justice and my journey through research is taking a fascinating route. As I continue to research ways to understand human connections I intend to share my findings with other professionals in this field.

I work with practitioners to develop observation systems. I support them throughout the observation process. The main aim is to highlight individual needs. This way, whatever is offered to children will support individual emotional needs. It is essential to find the approach that best supports the children in your care.

Let’s start the journey together! We can put in place a system that works in your setting. Young children need emotional support to reach their full potential as individuals.

As Mother Theresa worded it, “be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies”.

Presenting at IAFOR Conference 2017Further Education and Current Studies
  • MA in Early Childhood Education
  • Currently studying for PhD in Education and Social Justice

Research Paper

My research paper “Learning to Talk, Talking to Learn” was presented and the IAFOR Conference in July 2017 and published soon after.

I support Organisations such as
  • Bethel Baptist Academy in India, where I have delivered training sessions and coaching to Early Years Practitioners and Primary teachers
  • Nepal ECE

Alicia at Bethel Baptist Academy in India