An early years specialist who has had considerable practical experience in the field. Has been involved with Early Years Professional Status since its conception and has co authored the EYPS Handbook. I led the undergraduate pathways to EYPS when the new programme commenced in January 2012. Now leads the Foundation Degree in Early Years Education and Leadership and BA(Hons) Early Years Leadership and BA(Hons) Early Years Education.
A constant interest has been the use of ICT in education, from the youngest children to mature students and my thesis is based on the use of technology in the Early Years. I focus on the pedagogy of early years and how technology can be integrated into this, enhancing children's learning experiences and giving innovative opportunities to support, consolidate and extend their knowledge, skills and understanding. I have developed a variety of online programmes and researched the use of peer observations to support online teaching and use of mobile technologies to develop learning opportunities in economically challenged environments.
I am passionate about outdoor learning and have trained as a Beach School practitioner and currently engaging in a Forest School programme. I am paricularly interested in the use of technology to enhance outdoor experiences for young children. The title of my thesis is 'Technology in the Early Years - a tool not a substitute' and I believe that taking this approach improves children's understanding and use of technology, widens their experience of digital resources and leads to more in depth learning experiences which supports children to use technology effectively and constructively as they grow.
e Research and TEL, PhD, Lancaster University
1 Jan 2012 → 31 Oct 2018
Award Date: 8 Apr 2019
Education, MA, Edge Hill University
1 Sep 2014 → 1 Dec 2015
Award Date: 9 Dec 2015
TLSHE, PGCert, Edge Hill University
1 Jan 2009 → 23 Jul 2010
Award Date: 23 Jul 2010
Mathematics and Education Studies, BSc, Lancaster University
1 Sep 1994 → 17 Jul 1998
Award Date: 17 Jul 1998
External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University
1 Sep 2018 → 31 Aug 2022
- L Education
- Early Years
- Outdoor Learning
- Technology Enhanced Learning
- T Technology
- Blended Learning
- e learning design