Alison Featherbe


Orange Caterpillar

Hassocks, England - South East


Alison has a wealth of experience in the Early Years sector. As a Nanny, Childminder, Special School Teaching Assistant, Nursery Practitioner, Pre-School SEN Advisor, Ofsted inspector training, Early Years Professional, EYP leader, Early Years Development Officer and a Governor.

As an NNEB she worked as a family nanny before working as a teaching assistant in a special school. Continuing her passion for Early Years as a nursery nurse in a child development centre and then became part of an area SENCO team. Alison studied for a BA in Professional Learning and Development and gained EYP status in 2010. Alison started Orange Caterpillar in 2014, after leaving her role as a local authority development officer.

Alison offers a ‘bespoke’ service to all providers of the EYFS and prides herself on offering advice, support and training that is reflective and focused; her approach will allow you to develop skills in leadership and management, self-evaluation and staff development. Alison is a mentor for Early Years Teacher Training students, and a Chair of Trustees for a Nursery in Brighton.

Alison is currently working as an associate trainer for a safeguarding charity, mentoring Early Years Initial Teacher Training students and focuses the rest of her time on the development of Orange Caterpillar. Alison is also Chair and ‘nominated person’ on a board of Trustees for a Nursery.

She is committed to enthusing and inspiring the Early Years workforce to provide a quality learning environment for babies and children.

Alison enjoys training, supporting settings to overcome challenges (no matter how big or small!) Alison is able to quickly identify ways forward and uses the skills already in place to do this.


  • BA (HONS) Professional Studies in Learning Development
  • NSPCC Trained Safeguarding Trainer
  • SSTEW (Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing) Trainer
  • Early Years Teacher (EYP)

Organisations and Collaborations

Owner – Alison Featherbe Learning and Development
To work with others to develop expertise in EY through my advice, support & training. To ensure I continue to develop personally and professionally.

Owner – Orange Caterpillar
EYFS Advice, Consultancy and Training across Sussex since Spring 2014.

Joint Trainer – AA Connecting Across the Early Years
Alison joined forces with Amanda Harkey to ensure that all those working within the Early Years Foundation Stage have access to high quality face to face continued professional development.

Joint Organiser of Minding the Gap Conferences and CPD.
Alison works closely with Rebecca Martland, an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ Registered Childminder and an independent Early Years Trainer and Consultant based in West Sussex, arranging an annual conference and CPD training days throughout the year.

Rebecca and Alison are honoured and delighted to have been awarded ‘Highly Commended’ in the category ‘Trainer of the Year’ in the prestigious Nursery World Awards 2017


Alison is part of #BrewEdEY Sussex team, along with Pebbles Childcare (Bridgit Brown & Chloe Webster), Beth Thomas and Rebecca Maitland (Children at Heart) organising the regular Events with a range of inspirational and informative speakers.

Past #BrewEdEY Sussex Events

Business Information

EYFS Advice, Consultancy and Training across Sussex since Spring 2014.

Managed and led by Alison Featherbe, who has a wide range of experience in the field of early years. Our ethos demonstrates our commitment to sharing our knowledge and experience with providers of the Early Years Foundation Stage.

We are committed to providing an effective service that inspires, motivates and develops you and your EYFS business. Through social media we will keep you fully informed allowing you time to get to know us and demonstrate our professional approach. Working together to develop your expertise, we will challenge and support you and your provision to make a difference to children aged birth – five.


Amazing training, huge depth of knowledge and experience. Always happy to help and go the extra few miles. I would highly recommend her.

Rebecca Mitchell

Alison has been a strong supporter of EY Matters and her contribution, support and advice have been invaluable. I have personally recommended Alison to work with several of my clients and other colleagues within the sector and have always received heartfelt thanks as they have been so pleased with her work and services.

Juls Davies


Alison’s Events

Wellbeing for All in Early Years Conference

The Date: Saturday 29th February 2020
The Time: 9.30 am – 4.30 pm
Venue: Michael Tippett Centre, Bath Spa University, Newton Park, Newton St. Loe, BA2 9BN.
Keynote: The Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scales

Alison is one of the eight Keynote speakers at the first EY Matters Conference, where the aim is to look at all areas of well-being for those involved in the sector. There is also two workshops, stalls and networking throughout the day.

For more information and to book, please visit our dedicated webpage

Transforming Eco Values Into Everyday Early Years Practice with SNAP

The Date: Saturday 7th March 2020
The Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
Venue: Young Friends Nature Nursery, 89 Holland Road, Hove. BN3 1JP
Workshop: Linking the EYFS to our Eco Values

Alison will be delivering one of the two workshop sessions at this inspiring event hosted by Louise Lloyd Evans at her setting, Young Friends Nursery.

For more information and to book, please visit the Event page in our Early Years Events and Training Directory.

The Date: Saturday 6th June 2020
The Time: 10.00 am – 4.00 pm
The Venue: The Grand Central, Surrey Street, Brighton. BN1 3PA
Ticketing opens on 14th March 2020 but in the meantime you can register on Eventbrite for the updates and to be sure you get a space. 

#BrewEdEY Events are open to all who work in the Early Years sector and to those working in other education phases; their focus is on early education but welcomes anyone with an interest in that particular phase of education.

Alison is a regular contributer to the #EYMatters #EarlyYears #TwitterChat and co-hosted the following Sessions: 

Is it a good idea to undertake a Mocksted? (September 2019)

Developing Pedagogy in the EYFS (January 2019)

Should we provide and encourage opportunities for children to play with real food? (November 2018)

How Can We Continue Our Professional Development in the Current Climate? (September 2018)

Alison has written the following articles for us

#BrewEdEY – A New Phenomenon for Early Years (April 2019)

Ofsted Education Inspection Framework 2019 London Launch Event (January 2019)

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