Marie Potter was, for 15 years, manager of an early years setting offering provision based on elements of Steiner Waldorf education. Following this she became a freelance lecturer and consultant specialising in behaviour management, attachment and emotional development. Marie spent a number of years contracted as consultant, adviser and CPD trainer to Leeds education authority, social services and Leeds hospitals. She later worked extensively for the University of Leeds continuing education department, delivering courses and supporting communities across the city, including work with absent fathers and families with troubled children who were excluded from nursery and school. She is now associate principal lecturer in the institute of childhood and education at Leeds Trinity University.