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Caron Carter

Dr Caron Carter BEd(Hons), NPQH, MA, Phd

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education


I am a researcher and teacher in the field of Early Childhood Research, focusing on children’s friendships. I teach undergraduate and postgraduate students within the Sheffield Institute of Education in the department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion.

I came to teach at Sheffield Hallam University having been a teacher in Primary and Nursery Infant Schools since 1996. During this time, I had leadership area responsibilities including English, Special Educational Needs, Inclusion and IT.

  • About

    For two years I was an Assistant Headteacher in a Primary School, five years as a Deputy Headteacher in two Nursery Infant Schools and a year as Acting Headteacher. These experiences together with post-graduate study for the National Professional Qualification for Headship and an MA in Early Childhood Education from Sheffield University inspired me to apply to Sheffield Hallam University for a lectureship in 2007. I teach Early Education, Leadership and English modules on the undergraduate Early Childhood Studies Honours Degree. I also teach in postgraduate education courses. My University of Sheffield PhD research funded by Sheffield Hallam University investigated children's friendships.

    Previous roles include:

    Acting Headteacher in a Sheffield Infant School

    Deputy Headteacher in two Sheffield Nursery Infant Schools

    Assistant Headteacher in a Sheffield Primary School

    Class teacher in a Sheffield Primary School

    Teaching interests

    Children’s Friendships

    Quality and Effectiveness in Early Childhood Education

    Literacy, including Digital Literacy

    Leadership and Management in the Early Years Contexts

    International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education

  • Teaching

    Department of Education, Childhood and Inclusion

    Social Sciences and Arts

    I completed my doctoral research into children's friendships. I collected my data with children aged five to seven years. This is a research interest area that I have continued to pursue.

  • Publications

    Journal articles

    Carter, C., & Bath, C. (2016). The pirate in the pump: children's views of objects as imaginary friends at the start of school. Education 3-13, 46 (3), 335-344.

    Carter, C., & Nutbrown, C. (2016). A pedagogy of friendship: young children's friendships and how schools can support them? The Journal of Early Years Education, 24 (4), 395-413.

    Book chapters

    CARTER, C.A.R.O.N. (2019). Children's friendships. In FITZGERALD, D., & MACONOCHIE, H. (Eds.) Early Childhood Studies: A Student's Guide. (pp. 95-112). London: Sage Publishing


    Carter, C. (2018). Successful Dissertations The Complete Guide for Education, Childhood and Early Childhood Studies Students. Bloomsbury Publishing.


    Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Carter, C., ... Willis, B. (2020). Children’s Communities final evaluation report. Save the Children, UK.

    Batty, E., Harris, C., Leather, D., Pearson, S., Wilson, I., Coldwell, M., ... Willis, B. (2018). Children's Communities programme evaluation 2018 report. Save the Children UK.

  • Other activities

    • Recently a member of the editorial board for the Journal of Early Childhood Research.
    • Regular reviewer for journals including the Journal of Early Childhood Research and Education 3-13.
    • I am a School Governor (Vice Chair) at a Junior School in Sheffield.

  • Postgraduate supervision

    Aimee Quickfall: Mothers Returning to Teaching after Maternity Leave (EdD Co-supervised with Dr Ning Tang).

    Arwa Omar: The Overlapping Relationship between Theory of Mind, Executive Functions and Mathematics Achievement (PhD Co-supervised with Professor Tim Jay).

    Hatti Sambrooks: Exploring the Function of Classroom Wall Displays (PhD Co-Supervised with Dr Rebecca Mallet).

    Margaret Donoghue: The Implementation of Aistear (Early Childhood Curriculum Framework) in Ireland (EdD Co-supervised with Professor Mike Coldwell).

    Ruby Brooks: Gendered Childcare: The Female Domination of the Early Years Workforce. (Phd Co-supervised with Dr El Formy and Dr Lynne Truelove).

    Sally Pearse: Young Children’s Emotional Development – Thrive (EdD Co-supervised with Professor Mark Boylan).

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