Members of the MBK Training team are a qualified early years trainer, primary science trainer or primary STEM trainer and we have all worked in a variety of early years & school settings and have an in-depth understanding of child development, best practice, managing people and the business of educating children.
Tricia Wellings, Early Years Director, NNEB, BA (Hons), EYT, ATLS
Early Years Trainer
Tricia has worked in early years for 16 years and prior to that in Customer Services. Having achieved her NNEB and with a BA (Hons) in Early Education Studies she went on to achieve Early Years Teacher Status and is an early years trainer.
During this time she has set up her own nursery business and gone on to develop many training courses for her staff teams. To support this Tricia obtained first her PTLLS (Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector) qualification and then her CTLLS (Certificate to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector).
Tricia is passionate about delivering quality early years provision for children and this is reflected in the development of training courses that support early years practitioners in achieving this.
Matt Stanford, Primary STEM Director, PhD, MChem (Hons), QTS
Primary Science Trainer / Primary STEM Trainer
Matt is a primary science trainer and a primary STEM trainer has been the main driving force behind Primary Practicals since its inception, his passion for science and knowledge of the area being the inspiration behind the training courses. Matt has been working in education for 10 years, teaching science to all ages from preschool to degree. Before he became a teacher he studied chemistry at Masters level and completed his PhD at The University of Warwick. It was during his time at university that he got involved in outreach work in local primary schools and found his passion for inspiring learning.
Matt joined the MBK Training / Primary Practicals team in January 2015 and has been busy adding a range of courses to our calendar. He is our main primary science trainer and primary STEM trainer and is keen to get as many children as possible interested in his favourite subject, science, through creating engaging resources and by sharing exciting and accessible ideas.
Early Years Trainer, NNEB, Assessor
Jo has a broad based childcare career spanning 37 years. She holds the NNEB qualification and has achieved the Assessor Award in Childcare and Education. Jo has obtained her PTLLS Award to support her Training in the Lifelong Learning Sector. She is now undertaking her CTLLS Award to become fully accredited as an ATLS.
Jo has attended many training courses over the years to develop and improve her own knowledge and is now keen to pass on this knowledge to others. Jo enjoys delivering training and facilitating workshops to ensure that everyone can enjoy sharing ideas and work to improving quality of the Early Years for all the children that attend childcare settings.
Early Years Trainer, NNEB, NLP Practitioner
Sam began her career in Early Years over 20 years ago, qualifying with full distinction as an NNEB nursery nurse. Showing an early potential to lead and manage, her first role involved supervising others and within 4 years she was managing her first nursery.
Helping Tricia to set her vision for early years into practical attainable goals, Sam assisted her in creating high quality core values for the business for children, parents and team members. 16 years on, after achieving a Diploma in Early Years Management, an NVQ4 in Early Years Childcare & Education and attending a multitude of training and championing various local and national initiatives, she has built an extensive portfolio of skills – group operations, training, quality assurance, project management, marketing, coaching and health & well-being.
Sam’s passion is people – understanding them and enabling others to get the best from each other and themselves – Sam is an NLP practitioner and thrives in her coaching role. She has created and delivered a multitude of varied training sessions over the years and her recent PTLLS qualification ensures she can continue to share her expertise with our new Training Centre.
Marie Smith, SEND Consultant, BSc Combined Hons- Psychology/ Social Studies, PGCE (Primary), PGCE Autism (children)
Marie has been a qualified teacher for 16 years working in both Early Years and Primary education with a focus on special educational needs, disabilities and a specialism in autism and associated conditions.
Marie has worked as a SENCO and Assistant Headteacher for Inclusion and Behaviour and Safety in addition to spending 7 years as a specialist teacher for Walsall’s Early Years SEN Team working with children birth to five with special educational needs and disabilities and having responsibility for autism. She then went on to spend 3 years developing and leading Dudley Local Authority’s first primary autism base.
She now works as an independent SEND consultant delivering high quality, bespoke training and packages of support within early years settings, schools and groups within the community with an aim to develop the capacity of all staff to provide the best support for children with additional needs in their setting.
Marie is passionate about all aspects of special educational needs and disability. She believes that all children should be offered the highest quality care and education allowing them to achieve to the best of their ability and that we should celebrate the ‘uniqueness’ of every child.