what we do

Our mission is simple - to give as many big people and little people as possible the best opportunity to be happy and healthy in life.  We started our mission in 2007 and since then have had the privilege to work directly and indirectly with over 140,000 parent/carer-child pairs. We carry out our work in  four ways:


  • Enabling practitioners to disseminate our carefully-defined clinical programmes with excellence to as many people and grass-roots communities as possible;

  • Supporting these practitioners with high quality training, free resources and processes;

  • Providing direct programme and bespoke service delivery when and where needed supported by funding and donations;

  • Constantly developing our programmes and methods by enriching them with new research and technology.




big toes little toes estimated beneficiaries 2008 - 2018

At the heart of this mission is a core of dedicated and passionate people supported by big toes little toes communities around the world.  We are proud to have established a mighty network of practitioners who share our mission. More details are on our community page and some recent projects are shown below.

Meet the team

Debi is the founder of big toes little toes. She holds an honours degree in Social Sciences from Sussex University and a masters with distinction from Canterbury Christchurch University in Play Therapy. She is the creative originator of our programmes and resources and Principal Researcher.  She is author of many research papers, government briefings, two books for practitioners and a beautiful baby book. She is known for her very human and kind approach to supporting families and children.

Chloe has been involved with the charity since the start and plays an active role in developing our projects and programmes.  She holds a first-class honours degree in Philosophy and Theology from the University of Nottingham. She has several years' direct experience of work with families including specialist expertise in supporting children and young people with complex and profound needs.

Liz heads up our training programme delivery and brings a unique blend of expertise, knowledge and warmth to empowering practitioners in our programmes.  She graduated from the University of Dundee  with a degree in Childhood Studies and has a wealth of direct delivery and strategic management experience working with babies, children and families within local government, education and third sector settings.

Tracy is the big toes little toes coordinator working in our main office whilst completing a  degree in Psychology. She manages our resources, practitioner database and other systems that help our charity tick.  She is the go-to for all things related to the smooth running of the charity.

Peter graduated from the University of Nottingham and has over 30 years' of experience in bringing about positive change in many fields.  With a PhD in artificial intelligence and a history of business consultancy, he manages our IT, operations and external funding and collaborations.

Chloe Loach

Debi Maskell-Graham

Dr Peter Graham

Tracy Hill

Liz Ersoy