Anita Soni is an Academic and Professional tutor in the School of Education.
She is interested in working with children and their families in their early years of life, between birth and 7 years. She is enthusiastic about developing the skills of the Children’s Workforce, especially those working in Children’s Centres, and early years provision in the maintained, voluntary and independent sectors. This includes teachers, managers, teaching assistants, Family Support Workers, early years practitioners and childminders. She has used a range of approaches to enable this including training, group supervision and consultation. Anita’s particular interests are early years, Children’s Centres, the Key Person approach, personal, social and emotional development and supervision.
Anita Soni qualified with a BA (Hons) in History and Social policy and immediately trained as a teacher with a specialism in early years at the University of Newcastle Upon Tyne. After teaching in Sunderland for 3 years, Anita moved to Birmingham, and taught at three primary schools before applying to become an Educational Psychologist (EP) on the current Masters in Educational Psychology programme.
After qualifying as an EP, Anita worked within the Educational Psychology Service in Worcestershire Children’s Services, continuing to have an interest in work with children aged 0-5. In 2008 Anita became a Senior EP and worked for the Early Years Childcare Service, and Extended Services to Schools and Children’s Centres. She supervised trainee EPs on placement in Worcestershire, and took on a role as a Core Tutor for Year 1 students, before joining the Academic and Professional Tutor Team in 2010.
Soni, A. (forthcoming) Chapter on PSED in Beckley, P. (ed) ‘The Early Years Foundation Stage: Challenges and reflections’ OUP/McGraw Hill
Soni, A. and Bristow, S. (forthcoming) EAL in the Early Years Bloomsburys
Soni, A. (forthcoming) Chapter on PSED in Moyles, J., Payler, J. & J. Georgeson (eds) Early Years Foundations: An invitation to critical reflection, OUP/McGraw Hill
Soni, A. and Bristow, S (2013) The EYFS: How do I know I am doing it right? 2nd edition Bloomsburys. Book details
Soni, A. (2013) Group supervision: supporting practitioners in their work with children and families in Children’s Centres, Early Years Journal, Routledge/Taylor and Francis. DOI: 10.1080/09575146.2013.777695
Soni, A. and Bristow, S. (2012) The Key Person Approach – How to Support Effective Practice in your setting. Published by Bloomsbury Book details
Soni, A. (2012) 'Promoting emotional well being or mental health'. In Papatheodorou, T. (ed) Debates on Early Childhood Policies and Practices, Routledge. Book details
Soni, A. (2011) 'Multi-Agency Working'. In Beckley P (ed) Learning in Early Childhood: A Whole Child Approach from Birth to 8 Sage Publications. Book details
Soni, A. (2011) 'Early Years'. In Yeomans, J. and Arnold, C (eds) Psychology for Teaching Assistants, Trentham Books.
Soni, A. and Bristow, S (2010) The EYFS: How do I know I am doing it right? Published by AC Blacks