About me


Well hello! My name is James Tunnell and I run NurseryNook Training and Consultancy based in West Yorkshire. 

In 2011 I graduated from Leeds Trinity University with a BA (Hons) in Primary Education in the Early Years and immediately started my first teaching role. I started this blog the following year in response to the lack of CPD available for practitioners. It grew in strength along with my Twitter and Facebook page where I frequently share my practice.

I have worked as Middle and Senior Leader across Early Years (including Assistant Head for Early Years) in Leeds and Central Bradford. I have extensive experience working with children with SEN, PP and EAL. However, I now focus on delivering training and consultancy to staff in person in the local area and online worldwide. I know how tight money is having both taught and led under very strict budgets so all my training is delivered 'on a shoe-string' and my consultancy is charged at a low rate. If you're struggling on a low budget, I can support you to develop your provision and practice at lower costs.


My ethos is all centred around using open-ended resources in open-ended play. This underpins my training and coaching. 

I believe it is essential for every setting to develop their own culture. It is not possible to copy one setting to another wholesale, so children, staff and parents all need to contribute to how a setting approaches learning.

I can support you and your setting through high-quality consultancy on a range of topics including developing independence, routines and developing a rich and supporting environment. 

Would you like to know more? Feel free to drop me an email:


James ;) 

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