Early Years Hub has provided lots of training and consultancy to the early years community drawing upon experienced and skilled trainers who are experts in their field to empower and equip others.

With a decline in face-to-face training and an increasing demand for online learning experiences, we have created the perfect solutions providing our existing and new customers with ways to engage in relevant and meaningful training.

Designated Safeguarding Lead – Early Years Masterclass

This popular blended learning course combines online elements with an hour live session facilitated by Rachel Buckler. The masterclass offers 5 modules that consider the role of the designated safeguarding lead, and how leads identify, help, protect and manage in order to fulfil their safeguarding responsibilities.

This interactive course offers:

  • Masterclass Presentations
  • Downloadable Resources
  • Film Clips
  • Certification on Completion of the Course
  • 5 Hours of CPD Training
  • An hour long, live safeguarding conversation with the trainer
Screenshot of the Designated Safeguarding Lead Masterclass training course
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Safeguarding Children Level 2 blended course – coming soon
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For those who need to take their safeguarding training on to the next level but are finding it hard to source training and advice during the ongoing pandemic – don’t panic! We will shortly be releasing a new blended learning Safeguarding Children Level 2 course, with the same mixture of online self-guided learning and live support from Rachel as featured in the DSL Masterclass.

Both online courses can be offered to individuals via the training website or can be done as a group with an in-house option available on request – get in touch to enquire about this.

Training Testimonials

Rachel has been delivering our safeguarding training for a number of years now, and we are really pleased with how every course has been delivered.  She is incredibly knowledgeable and entirely up to date with the latest research and issues, and combines this with being an approachable and really likeable person with a great presenting style.  Our team have always been really positive in their feedback after attending courses run by Rachel.  She has been able to tailor the courses so that they are specific to us which adds real value.  We would recommend her without hesitation.

Joanne Kinloch, Director, Mulberry Bush Nursery Group

At Kids Allowed we have used Early Years Hub to deliver our safeguarding training and Designated Professional training for the past few years and have always found the courses quick paced, highly interactive and very informative. Inevitably the courses have contained upsetting content, due to the nature of safeguarding children, but this has been introduced and delivered sensitively to the needs of the team. The courses have been easy to organise and have always worked around the needs of the business.

James Crosswell, Managing Director of Childcare, Kids Allowed

Rachel’s work as both trainer and facilitator is outstanding. Her attention to detail and ability to draw on substantial safeguarding, child-centred and multi-agency experience across all sectors allows for well-informed and nuanced delivery, which enriches the learner experience considerably. Participant satisfaction in her sessions has been unanimously favourable. I would have no hesitation in commissioning her again or recommending her as a high quality deliverer of up-to-date and well-informed safeguarding, child-centred and multi-agency practice training and development.

Ian Currie, Senior Lecturer and Early Years Pathway Leader, Edge Hill University


Rachel and colleagues provide a wealth of experience to support all areas of early years policy and practice. Colleagues with previous inspector experience for both Ofsted and the Care Inspectorate offer their advice and support on a whole range of topics. Consultants have delivered on a wide range of areas including:

  • Inspection audits – Support for early years inspections in England (Ofsted) and Scotland (Care Inspectorate)
  • Writing and creating specifications for procurement of early years provision for a large corporate organisation
  • Due diligence activities that support the acquisition of nurseries and early years provision
Inspection Audit Testimonials

Rachel came into our out of school club setting and carried out an ‘inspection audit.’ Rachel was detailed and through during her visit-she followed the inspection handbook and covered all aspects required. We were given a fully comprehensive report several days later, again following the Ofsted requirements. The report highlighted areas of strength and identified actions that needed to be addressed. The whole process was conducted professionally and fully prepared us for our imminent Ofsted inspection. For any setting due an inspection I would highly recommend the services provided by Rachel and her team.

Kelly Macadam, Headteacher, Woodbank Primary School

Early Years Hub carried out a quality audit across our five nurseries. When preparing for the audit Rachel listened and took onboard our requests and specific areas we would like the audit to focus on. Rachel kept in contact with us throughout the process until the audits were complete and reports received. Our auditor Hilary came across as professional, experienced and knowledgeable throughout the process as she spent time within the nursery with our children, staff and our management team. Hilary provided detailed verbal feedback in each of our nurseries as well as a written report highlighting our strengths as well as areas for continued development which also considered Care Inspectorate requirements and current Scottish documents and guidelines for i.e. Curriculum for Excellence and How Good is our Early Learning and Childcare. Our nurseries and the company as a whole have benefited from the quality audit and I would highly recommend using Early Years Hub for an inspection/quality visit.

Lisa McGarry, Operations and Training Manager, Enchanted Forrest Nurseries, Scotland
Due Diligence Testimonials

Early Years Hub provided Apiary Capital with early years due diligence for our investment in Bertram Nursery Group (“Bertram”). Knowledge and experience of the early years curriculum and framework covering both England and Scotland were important elements of the due diligence exercise. The Early Years Hub team’s work focused on auditing the quality of Bertram’s early years provision, as well as assessing leadership and management practice within the business. I can recommend the Early Years Hub to others who are engaging in due diligence processes that support potential investment into the childcare sector.

Jeniv Shah, Investment Director, Apiary Capital

Having worked directly with Rachel for a number of years, I can say it has always been a pleasure. Rachel’s knowledge, expertise and delivery style has been a huge support to us along parts of our own company journey to excellence. In addition, Rachel has also produced some important quality due diligence reports, which were fundamental to our decision to move ahead with the acquisition.

Cary Rankin – Managing Director, Bertram Nursery Group