About Us

We design and deliver bespoke training, support and advice to early years settings. We provide a unique service meeting identified needs in quality improvement and developing positive outcomes for children and families.

Our service is unique to you, which means we will be flexible in our approach. This could involve settings joining together to share the cost of training, it could be delivering full and ½ day training sessions, it could be one to one sessions, it could be attending staff meetings or sessions delivered at weekends and evenings.

Our support can be as short as a one-off meeting or could be a succession of training and support sessions.

Our Values


A passionate and committed team of different, smart, talented professionals who strive to be the best in their field and inspire others to improve outcomes for children and families


A genuine and realistic understanding of our clients built through honest, friendly, respectful and trusting relationships


Delivery of well researches, inspirational and practical training delivered with passion, experience and flexibility to meet the individual needs of different providers


Reputable, enthusiastic customer focussed company with a clear vision to actively pursue growth, learning and development through continuous evaluation of our services

About Us

We are three early years professionals who have a diverse wealth of skills and experience in inspection, childcare, education, mentoring & management.

We can offer training, support and advice to leaders and practitioners in promoting excellent quality childcare. In 2014, we gained an Administrator to help out 'behind the scenes' with bookings, accounts and paperwork.

Denise Hulme

Denise is a passionate and committed director of Quality 4 Early Years responsible for designing and delivering quality bespoke training sessions for leaders and practitioners. She conducts effective mini-inspections identifying key strengths and priorities for improvement and empowers teams to get the most out of their Ofsted inspection. This service has helped to improve inspection outcomes. Denise builds a skilled professional rapport with people and works closely with leaders and managers through networks and a consultation service offering challenge, advice and practical support to provide a strategic direction for improvements to be made.

With 26 years’ experience in childcare, many specialising in coaching and mentoring Leaders and Managers, Denise has previously worked as a development officer and trained mentor with the NDNA and Local Authority delivering training, network meetings, support visits and mentoring sessions for quality assurance frameworks.

Denise is NNEB qualified with Cache Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management, has PTTLS award (Preparing to teach in the lifelong learning sector), NEBS Management, Train the Trainer for Safeguarding and Designated Persons and received intense professional coaching which has supported the delivery of high impact practical support to early years’ providers.

Other successes include: Equality Officer Lead, distance learner support and marker of Equality and Diversity exam papers for Tribal Group.

Mary Lestrange

Mary is a dedicated director and trainer of Quality 4 Early Years, with 23 years’ experience in childcare, 13 of these in quality assurance and training. She has a clear passion in delivering early years training, particularly around children’s learning & development and firmly believes that quality interactions & provision supports children’s’ life-long learning

Mary has a detailed knowledge in quality childcare and has supported many settings across the North West in developing quality practice through her extensive knowledge of the child development, EYFS and the importance of children’s emotional & cognitive growth in their early years.

Mary’s qualifications include; BA hons in Early Childhood Studies 2:1, Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector Award (PTTLS), NNEB, Paediatric First Aid plus a number of one day professional development courses including; Working with 1-3 year olds, Developing High Quality Experiences for Babies and Toddlers, Understanding Schemas, Behaviour Management, Managing the Curriculum.

Mary has developed and delivered a range of training relating to the EYFS, examples include; Treasure Baskets & Heuristic Play, Working with 2yr olds, Tremendous Two Year Olds, Child Development, Understanding Children’s Play through Schemas, Observation, Assessment & Understanding the 2yr progress check, Characteristics of Effective Learning. Mary has delivered a range of courses throughout Greater Manchester and Lancashire venues including in-house supporting the whole team approach.

Deborah Sutton

Deborah is a Director at Quality 4 Early Years. She prides herself in and is passionate about supporting settings to raise standards through developing and delivering high quality training packages and consultation. Deborah has 28 years’ experience of working in the childcare profession, working within a range of childcare settings as a practitioner and manager. This experience enables her to understand the provider’s issues and draw from first hand experiences when working with early years’ practitioners, motivating them to strive for improvement and finding realistic ways for moving forward and making a difference to the children they look after.

Through 8 years’ experience as an early years inspector Deborah has a clear understanding and wealth of knowledge about the Ofsted inspection framework, how inspections are conducted and the Statutory framework for the Early Years Foundation Stage. She uses these skills and her knowledge successfully when conducting mini-inspections for ‘Quality 4 Early Years’, empowering settings to get the very best from their inspection and ensuring that settings strengths and areas for improvement are identified and impact based plans implemented. This service has helped to improve inspection outcomes.

Deborah has worked for Manchester Local Authority as a Development worker, delivering training and mentoring settings through quality assurance schemes. She has been involved in the development and implementation of a quality assessment framework which has been a key driver in ensuring quality across settings. Deborah builds good relationships; you will find her approachable, friendly and always professional.

Deborah’s qualifications include an early year’s foundation Degree with distinction, NNEB, D32 and D33. Shorter courses include train the trainer in safeguarding and designated persons and several 1 day CPD sessions which has supported the delivery of high impact practical support to early years’ providers.

Claire Taylor

Claire is the administrator at Q4EY working together with all directors and associate trainers we have on board, managing bookings and invoicing. As well as producing the training calendar and course directory, she also maintains our website.

Claire studied Graphic Design at College and enjoys being creative this led to work with a large newspaper group producing adverts and eventually helping with the printing process itself.

From there Claire moved to a role within the marketing department of a large wholesaler for 10 years, organising information and people to produce a wide range of marketing material. The experience there has enabled Claire to manage the administrative processes for Q4EY and develop systems to promote best practice.

Whilst Claire has no formal childcare 'work' experience - her 2 boys have given her plenty to contend with at home!

Our Mission Statement

Providing high quality, affordable, accessible early years training at different venues across the North West. Opportunities to network, share ideas and learn from others.

Consultancy Mission Statement

Design and deliver bespoke training, support and advice at your early years setting. Our service is unique to you which means we are flexible in our approach to meet your staffs' continual professional development needs