Before becoming a freelance consultant, Kym Scott was Strategic Lead for Early Years in the London Borough of Lewisham. She worked in this borough as School Improvement Advisor for Early Years for 15 years, following a successful teaching and senior leadership career in London schools. Her advisory role enabled her to work closely with many schools and settings in a variety of circumstances and she has a proven track record of helping leaders to raise the quality of their EYFS provision and improve outcomes for children. Lewisham has recently been named as one of the top places in the country for children's development due to how well children in the borough consistently achieve at the end of the EYFS.
Kym is an associate consultant for Early Education and has worked with national training organisations such as Early Excellence. In the past she has been a maths trainer for the BEAM organisation (Be a Mathematician) as well as Strategic Lead for the Communication, Language and Literacy Development programme. Her international work has taken her to Shanghai, Singapore, Tokyo, Chicago, Kazakhstan, France and Switzerland and she is becoming a regular visitor to Finland, in order to develop her own professional understanding of the education system there, which she has a particular interest in.
Kym is also one of the admin team and keynote speakers behind the highly regarded Keeping Early Years Unique Facebook group, a vastly growing support network with a membership of more than 30,000, created for those wishing to develop child led, play based learning further in their schools and settings.
Kym sits on the editorial board of Early Years Educator magazine. As well as contributing articles for professional journals such as this she has co-authored a number of books including the widely acclaimed publication 'A Place to Learn' which has sold extensively both in this country and overseas.
In 2013 Kym was commissioned by the Department for Education as an external moderator for the EYFS Profile and has sat on working parties responsible for the development of materials linked to the Profile. She has also been involved in two All Party Parliamentary Groups; those for Conception to Age Two, and for Parents and Families.
She has appeared in a variety of short educational and parenting films, for Teachers TV, Ladybird books and Parentchannel.tv and has advised film companies on educational content.
In 2014 she was commissioned by a Children’s Centre Board to research, write and appear in ‘The Power of Parents,’ a short film for parents focusing on the importance of tuning into babies.
Kym works nationally and internationally, providing consultancy, training, workshops and keynote speeches on a number of subjects related to early years, but is especially passionate about children leading their own learning and how adults can best support this.