Dr Anita Soni

Dr Anita Soni

School of Education
Academic and professional tutor to Applied Educational and Child Psychology Doctorate programme

Contact details

School of Education
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham
B15 2TT

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.


  • Professional Doctorate in Educational Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2010
  • Member of British Psychological Society (BPS) and Health Professional Council (HPC)
  • MSc in Educational Psychology, University of Birmingham, 2002
  • BSc in Psychology, Open University, 2000
  • MA in Education, University of Central England, 1999 
  • PGCE, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1991
  • BA in History and Social Policy, University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, 1990


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.


Anita teaches on the Doctorate in Applied Educational and Child Psychology programme

Postgraduate supervision

Anita is interested in supervising doctoral research students in the following areas:

  • early years;
  • Children's Centres;
  • personal social and emotional development in young children;
  • key person approach;
  • supervision and group supervision


Research interests

  • The use of group supervision
  • EP role in Children’s Centres
  • Children’s views and voices

Other activities

  • Director of Early Years Solutions Ltd 
  • Member of the Executive for TACTYC - Association for the Professional Development of Early Years Educators


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