Di Chilvers is an advisory consultant in early childhood education having worked in the early year’s sector for over 40 years as a Nursery Nurse, Teacher, Senior Lecturer, Adviser and National Strategies Regional Adviser. Di’s work focuses on children’s creative and critical thinking and following children’s interests, ideas and fascinations through observing children, understanding their development and HOW they learn, listening to their conversational talk and trying to understand their thinking.
Di also leads on professional development initiatives including Talk for Maths Mastery, Talk for Reading, Sustained Shared Thinking and Leading Learning an observational approach. Visits to Reggio Emilia, Denmark, New Zealand, Oman, Ghana and India have all influenced Di’s thinking and philosophy.
She has written several books, many articles and has created an assessment tool called the Development Map – an holistic, child centered way of mapping children’s development and progress.
Her forthcoming book ‘How to recognise and support mathematical mastery in young children’s play – Learning from the Talk for Maths Mastery Initiative’ is published later this year