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    I am passionate about 'all things' ECEC, particularly literacy and early reading and working with under-threes. I am a strong advocate for babies and under-threes. 

    I have been working in the ECEC field for 40 years as a practitioner/teacher/researcher. 

    As Chair of TACTYC, I am able to continue to advocate for the field of ECEC. 

    Research interests

    My research interests are literacy, early reading, policy and pedagogy and under-threes. 

    I am also intersted in child development, play and inclusion.


    I currently teach across all programmes in the Department for Early Years Education - UG, PGCE and MA. 

    External engagement

    I am Chair of TACTYC and a member of BERA and EECERA. I am a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a member of the new Early Years Hub.

    I am also a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

    I have presented at many international conferences on the subject of 'early reading with under-threes'. 

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 4 - Quality Education
    • SDG 10 - Reduced Inequalities

    Education/Academic qualification

    Early Childhood Education, EdD, “I know I don’t read enough or even pick up a book in the baby room sometimes”: Early Years Teacher Trainees’ perceptions and beliefs about reading with under-threes, University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 28 Apr 2017

    Higher Education , PGCert, PGCert in HETL

    Award Date: 21 Dec 2012

    Early Childhood Education, MA, The Use of Young Children's Drawings for Teaching and Learning: A Case Stu, University of Sheffield

    Award Date: 27 Jun 2003


    • L Education
    • early years education
    • early reading


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