Jeanette Hiatt

Jeanette Hiatt

Early Education Associate

Jeanette’s career in early years education spans more than 30 years. She has taught in Nursery and Reception classes and was a Foundation Stage Lead, before becoming a Local Authority Senior Advisor for Early Years. This role enabled her to support schools and settings in quality improvement and best practice, as well as lead on the CLLD project in Warwickshire. Jeanette then spent five years as a maintained Nursery School Headteacher in two establishments, each with a Children’s Centre supporting children and families in the area. As well as teaching across the primary age range, Jeanette has also had been in role as Headteacher in one infant and three primary schools, and has been Executive Headteacher in two organisations, one of which included leadership of a Nursery School. She has supported beyond her own school as an LLE, and a Pupil Premium Reviewer, and has worked with the DfE on a Recruitment & Retention tailored support programme. Since 2018, Jeanette has worked as an independent consultant, with particular expertise in leadership and the EYFS. This role affords her the opportunity to work with schools and settings in a number of Local Authorities and Multi Academy Trusts. Most recently, she has worked as Senior Advisor Birth to 5 within Coventry Local Authority. Jeanette has particular expertise in working with schools and settings to provide bespoke programmes of professional development, especially in the areas of leadership, workforce development, and curriculum development. She is passionate about supporting others through the key mechanisms of building knowledge, motivating practitioners, developing pedagogy, and embedding practice

Areas of expertise​

  • Leadership and management

  • Workforce development

  • Closing the gap

  • Curriculum development

  • Quality improvement

Sample courses

Bilingualism in Children with Delayed Language - delivered by Carla Cornelius

Aims and objectives:

Is bilingualism a barrier or an advantage for children with delayed language? This course aims to answer the question by exploring the current research studies on multilingualism in children with delayed language.

We will:

  • Dispel some of the myths surrounding bilingualism
  • Understand the principle of language development in the dominant and second language
  • Consider the cultural aspects of language development and their influence on language mastery
  • Look at practical ideas to promote bilingual language development
  • Share useful tips to work alongside parents to enhance children’s language.

The course is based on current research in the studies of bilingualism, language development and neuroscience. The course also considers the influence of attachment on language development.

Links to Early Years and SEND guidance: Birth to 5 Matters 2021 (Personal Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language; Understanding the World); SEND Code of Practice 2015 (‘The Graduated Approach’ points 5.36-5.46 and 6.44-6.56).

Audience: All Practitioners in Early Years PVI Settings and Schools

Breaking Language Down - Listening and Attention Skills - delivered by Carla Cornelius

Language development is a central concern in the education field, particularly following the recent pandemic. The new curriculum guidance and government priorities focus on language development as a precursor of children’s academic progress and a foundation for better life outcomes.

Attention and listening skills are the base of communication and allow children to successfully access new skills and thrive in a social environment. In this course, we will look at the different levels of attention and how to support their development with practical ideas.

Links to Early Years and SEND guidance: Birth to 5 Matters 2021 (Personal Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language); Statutory Framework for the EYFS 2021 (‘Managing Children’s Behaviour’ points 3.53-3.54); SEND Code of Practice 2015 (‘The Graduated Approach’ points 5.36-5.46 and 6.44-6.56).

Audience: All Practitioners in Early Years PVI Settings and Schools  

Breaking Language Down - Promoting Children’s Understanding - delivered by Carla Cornelius

Language development is a central concern in the education field, particularly following the recent pandemic. The new curriculum guidance and government priorities focus on language development as a precursor of children’s academic progress and a foundation for better life outcomes.

Understanding is a major component of language processing, both on a curriculum and social level. However, many children who have difficulty in this area of language are often not promptly identified in our educational settings, particularly when they are verbal.

During the course, we will:

  • Look at the role of understanding in language development
  • Consider some of the main difficulties and behaviours that children with delayed understanding  present
  • Plan support strategies to enhance understanding
  • Investigate what services to refer to for further support and guidance

Links to Early Years and SEND guidance: Birth to 5 Matters 2021 (Personal Social and Emotional Development; Communication and Language); SEND Code of Practice 2015 (‘The Graduated Approach’ points 5.36-5.46 and 6.44-6.56).

Audience: All Practitioners in Early Years PVI Settings and Schools  

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