About : Sonia Mainstone-Cotton

Early Years and participation trainer and consultant.- Seeing the world through the eyes of children and young people


Until June 2014 I worked for a national children’s charity for 20 years. During this time I managed participation work for a local authority, managed Gypsy and Traveller play work and led on participation training across the country. My background is in early years, I started out with an NNEB and then went on to achieve a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies and an MA in Early Years Education. I have a wide range of experience in working with children and young people across the ages; from working closely with nurseries and children’s centres advising them on their practice to working with older teenagers around issues of mental health. I am also a qualified Paws b mindfulness teacher for primary aged children.

I now work as a freelance trainer and consultant and a nurture consultant working with Brighter Futures supporting 4 years olds transitioning into school.

I have written two books- Mummy’s Got Bipolar, a children’s story book gently explaining Bipolar- This is available from January 6th 2016 from my website

Promoting young children’s emotional health and well-being- a practical guide for professionals and parents. Published by Jessica Kingsley Publishing. Available from end March 2016

My website has more details of my experience and what I offer



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