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ChildsSide - the People

Elizabeth Ranson, Director

R.N. & R.M.

Liz's professional practice as a midwife has led her to believe that there is often a gap between the establishment of prenatal into postnatal bonding and attachment.


"As a senior midwife I have extensive experience in antenatal, post-natal and delivery suite care. I seek to empower and support women, babies and families through their birth, embracing both holistic and high-risk management approaches. I passionately believe in the right of women to choose their birth experience and aim to empower them to make informed decisions. My core values are to believe in and enhance positive parenting and relationships with innovative ideas to increase the overall health and emotional wellbeing of the family.

New Qualifications:

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Course

Restorative Practice Awareness Training

and now Trained in The Incredible Years - Basic including Toddler and Early Years.

Judith Shalkowski, Director

Associates Degree in Applied Sciences

Diploma in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care for Children

NVQ in Early Years

Judith, as an early years specialist and training provider, is infusing her positive parenting training provision with recent research on the brain and its application to early years development. Parents, and parents to be, are finding this fascinating and it's inspiring their parenting approaches.


As an Early Start tutor and Children's Centre staff member, Judith understands the practice and managerial issues facing professionals and uses innovative resources to apply this learning to the critical period of a child's early development.


"As an advocate for children everywhere, I commit my time and energy to uphold their rights and entitlements, supporting them to learn, flourish, and reach their full potential. I've focused my professional career on investing in families, empowering them to remain resilient to challenges and embrace opportunities in their lives. Across twelve years of voluntary sector experience in Leeds, I have led and managed the delivery of local and national contracts to vulnerable children and families across a range of practice areas in Leeds, including disability, troubled families and migration. My delivery of specialist training, including parenting, disability, vulnerable groups, safeguarding and safe practice, has received wholly positive feedback. I promote the empowerment of children, offering enough support to families to help children thrive on their life journeys. Liz and I are setting about inspiring aspiring families, where everyone benefits from listening, modeling, and enabling enough support to make emotional connectivity become a reality."

New Qualification:

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) Training Course

Restorative Practice Awareness Training

and now Trained in The Incredible Years - Basic including Toddler and Early Years.

Fiona Duncan, Director

MA (Hons) French, MBA

Fiona comes to ChildsSide with a background in management, education and training.


"During my career, I have gained wide experience in both the public and private sectors and have also spent time overseas. The completion of an MBA while in my last full-time position helped me to consolidate much of the business knowledge acquired during my working life. As a senior manager in a Non-Departmental Public Body in Scotland, I liaised closely with schools, teachers and pupils. In particular, I was responsible for the development of teaching resources and training materials for teachers. More recently, I have worked independently as a free-lance consultant and have completed a variety of projects which combined my understanding of the education sector, with my organisational and marketing skills."


"I am delighted to be involved in ChildsSide which will give me the chance to promote the vision of Liz and Judith - two outstanding champions of children and their parents. I hope that my operational and marketing expertise will prove useful in furthering the objectives of the organisation. I wholeheartedly endorse the aims of ChildsSide and lend it my full support in its drive to improve the emotional health of families in the region."

New Qualification: Recently undertaken Restorative Practice Awareness Training.

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