Who are these sessions for?

Targeted at Managers/Deputies/Team leaders including those that want to further develop their skills in leadership and management. To be effective takes time and practice.

When and how will they run?

Sessions of this kind have been available for the last year.

Attendees have continued, and new members have joined.

The next block of sessions will run until the end of the year commencing on 30 March 2022.

Sessions will be held for an hour via Zoom once a month (excluding August) cutting out time-consuming travel and enabling staff to be on site at their business premises, should they be needed to deal with an urgent matter. Sessions are scheduled in advance.

The frequency also provides consistency and a chance to form a well-established and trusted small group.

The sessions are targeted at early years professionals, however if you work in a different sector and are interested in the type of content covered (see below), please enquire using the contact form below.

Numbers attending are purposefully kept low to allow full engagement of individuals.

Dates of sessions as follows:

  • Wednesday 30 March 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 27 April 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 25 May 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 29 June 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 20 July 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 14 September 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 12 October 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 9 November 10am – 11am
  • Wednesday 7 December 10am – 11am

Attendees may also wish to join a managers’ network which has a different focus for support. See: link when available

The benefits

During 2020 and 2021 face-to-face training was rarely possible due to Covid.

Online training and remote learning became invaluable. However, what these methods often missed was the opportunity to build valuable relationships and a chance to interact with others in similar roles for meaningful discussions on current challenges and to gain more support and guidance for work issues on a personal level.

The Peer Support pilot sessions of Summer 2021 provided just this, and it was the number one benefit stated by those attending. See testimonials below.

The group number is kept low to enable all attendees to contribute, feel valued, share ideas and to seek solutions to problems and issues that they have.

The sessions provide an environment in which managers feel supported by peers that are working in other settings but doing similar work to themselves and at the same time they receive training, advice and tips from an external experienced professional who also facilitates the sessions. This helps to build attendees confidence in a safe environment.

How the sessions work and what is on offer

  • A ‘getting to know’ session’ with other professionals from different organisations.
  • Structured and interactive sessions but with minimal prescriptive content – topics can be raised by those attending and each session is facilitated to meet the common interests of the majority.
  • A focus on finding solutions to problems; sharing ideas and views.
  • Reminders of the key skills required to be an effective leader and manager, as well as top tips.
  • Discussions on leadership and management topics especially those that create challenge.
  • Exercises and tools are shared to support the individual to develop their personal skills.
  • Emails are sent between sessions covering issues raised – these are short, relevant reads to support ongoing development.
  • Monthly one-hour sessions via Zoom – dates scheduled in advance, and an opportunity to take up additional support between sessions via phone or email.
  • No onerous study time required – just useful practical exercises with feedback at the next session.
  • An enabling approach used by the facilitator to create a positive learning environment and to help everyone develop and build their own self-confidence.

Key topics may include the following depending on the needs of the group

  • Dealing with staff conflict, negotiation, and conciliation skills.
  • Developing ‘soft skills’ – these are personal attributes that enable a person to interact more effectively & harmoniously with others.
  • Creating a positive mindset.
  • Developing good work habits.
  • Managing time in a busy work environment.
  • Interventions to support the needs of a range of team members that may have a different level of skills.
  • Styles of Leadership & Management, when and how to use.
  • Development of coaching skills using the GROW Model.
  • Setting SMART goals for self, and a team.
  • Brainstorming strategies to include mind mapping, reverse thinking, and gap-filling.
  • Applying ‘Situational Leadership’ strategies.
  • Using SWOT analysis (Strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats).

Aims and objectives

There is an emphasis on building strong and trusting relationships within the group.

To build skills in delegation, team building, problem solving, conflict resolution and assertiveness.

To build on existing strengths and to address personal weaknesses in a creative and positive way.

To build confidence and self-awareness to help create an effective and harmonious workforce and to be the leader and manager that gets the best from their team and an understanding of how this can be achieved and why it is important.


£175 covering period from 30/03/22 to end of year – includes training, peer and external professional support, useful reads and exercises to support personal development.

Next Steps

To book your place do not delay. Please book today by completing the form below.

Provide name(s) of those attending and their role and organisation.

Please also provide an email address for the invoice to be sent.

Alternatively, please email Debra McAndrew at: debra@striveservices.co.uk or tel: 07470 235250 providing all the details mentioned above or to ask any questions.

Note: Payment normally required within 30 days of invoice date but by 25 March 2022 latest (prior to start of sessions).

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