Parenta Live Webinar

Thank you so much for those of you who attended our Parenta webinar “one month in – how our world in childcare has changed” – it was a HUGE success!


Allan Presland

Allan is the CEO of Parenta and author of the Amazon best-selling book “Improving the Business of Childcare”. Parenta has enjoyed significant success in its 20 years of existence and is now the UK’s largest supplier of services to the early year’s sector. It works with around 6,000 childcare businesses, providing them with software and training solutions. In 2013, Allan was inspired to create the Parenta Trust – a charity which aims to support disadvantaged children across the world by providing them with the opportunity to receive a quality pre-school education. To date, five schools have been built and more are on the way! Allan is also Chairman of MBH Corporation Plc, a Frankfurt listed company with interests in education, construction leisure and health.

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National Day Nurseries Association (NDNA) is a national charity which aims to enhance the development and education of children in their early years, through the provision of support services to members. It seeks to develop, encourage and maintain high standards in education and care for the benefit of children, their families and their local communities.

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Jacqui Mann

Jacqui Mann is the Founder of J Mann Associates and HR4 Nurseries, HR Expert, Company Culture Specialist and Author of ‘Recruit, Inspire and Retain, How to create a company culture to grow your business.’ She is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and a member of The British Psychological Society and a certified DiSC trainer.  Jacqui has worked with hundreds of business owners in various sectors - including day nurseries, tech, hospitality, manufacturing and retail. Her company provides SMEs across the UK with HR advice from ad hoc support to fully outsourced HR services.

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Jackie Musgrave

Jackie trained as a General Nurse and afterwards, she did post-registration training to become a Sick Children’s Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital.  More than 20 years ago, she started teaching NNEB students and then foundation degree students at a college of further education before moving to the University of Worcester where she became course leader for the Early Childhood degree.  In October 2017 she joined the Open University as Programme Lead for Early Childhood. Since October 2018, Jackie has also led the Education Studies (Primary) programme.

Jackie’s research brings together her background, experience and deep interest in babies and very young children’s health and education.  Her doctoral research explored how practitioners create inclusive environments for children with chronic health conditions.  Her post-doctoral research has looked at how practitioners in early education settings support and promote children’s health and wellbeing.

For more details about Jackie’s publications and other areas of professional interest, please see her profile on her Open University webpage.

Tonya Meers

Tonya Meers is the Chief Storyteller at Little Creative Days and co-founder of ScribblerZone. Tonya believes that stories are the most versatile and powerful educational tool you can use and there isn’t anything that you can’t teach through a story. She is co-author of the multi-award winning Pojo series of educational creative storytelling kits which have won awards for their promotion of communication and language skills for early years and primary school aged children. In addition, she and her sister/business partner also deliver training and workshops for early years practitioners, local authorities and primary schools.

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Rachel Macbeth-Webb

Rachel Macbeth-Webb is founder of the Award Winning nursery that is totally outdoors – in the UK – Beatle Woods. Rachel has an extensive and varied early years work experience, including managing a local pre-school for 6 years. She has an Early Childhood Studies degree, Early Years Teacher Status and has completed her Level 3 Forest School qualification. Rachel has a deep-rooted belief that children need to be outdoors.

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Alison Bates

A former Bank Manager, Alison went into childcare 12 years ago following the premature birth of her son who has severe complex needs, as no nursery would accept him. She vowed that her setting would be inclusive. She passed her Level 3 whilst pregnant with her 4th child and started her degree when she was born. She now has 3 settings based in rural Leicestershire, 2 of which are rated as outstanding with OFSTED and she also lectures for Coventry University, for their Early Years Degree programme, whilst nearing completion of her MA, Education. All three of her settings are now closed, and with 20 staff and over 150 families, their priority is still to ensure their children have the best outcomes possible.

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