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    I worked in the field of Early Years for 18 years before joining Higher Education. My work was based in nurseries and children's centres in the main and I undertook roles including Early Years Pedagogue, Senior Children's Development and Learning Co-ordinator and Early Years Professional Co-ordinator. My work took me right from working with young children and their families directly to eventually taking on the role of Early Education Lead for a Local Authority where I had responsibility for overseeing quality assurance in early years services for the borough as well as working strategically with other partners. 

    I had previously worked within Higher Education as an Assessor, Mentor and Visiting Lecturer and I am now a Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education and Programme Lead for our FdA Early Years Education and Leadership, BA (Hons) Early Years Education and BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership.

    I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and I am also a member of the National Advisory Group for Stronger Practice Hubs. 


    I have taught across all programmes within our Early Years Education Department. My current teaching is mainly on the FdA Early Years Education and Leadership and BA (Hons) Early Years Education and BA (Hons) Early Years Leadership. I am also Programme Lead for these 3 programmes.

    Research interests

    My research interests include consultation with young children and enabling early years environments. 

    I am also currently leading on a collaboration with the National Children's Bureau to offer our students the opportunity to be trained in the 'Making it REAL' (Raising Early Acheivement in Literacy) approach as part of their undergraduate pathway. Supporting research will involve reflecting on the impact this will have on graduate's confidence and competence in supporting the home learning environment as well as possible impact on employability. 

    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

    Education/Academic qualification

    Higher Education, PGCert


    Award Date: 1 Dec 2021

    Education, MA, Edge Hill University


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2016

    Early Childhood Studies, BA, Sheffield Hallam University


    Award Date: 1 Jul 2004

    Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


    National Professional Qualification in Centre Leadership, Other, University of Central Lancashire


    Early Years Professional Status, Other, Edge Hill University


    Research Groups

    • Children's Rights and Wellbeing Research Network


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