My professional career has been varied and involved being involved in a wide range of educational perspectives. My teaching career began as an early years teacher in a range of infant and primary schools leading to Senior Management level and guiding three Early Years departments to achieve an OFSTED grade of 'outstanding'. I spent three years travelling and working in Australia and South East Asia working in a range of services such as Outdoor Education (7-19 year olds), Hong Kong Chinese kindergartens teaching English and a class teacher in an International School following an North American Curriculum. On my return I worked in a local Family Centre supporting children and families with a range of health, social care and educational needs.
I was then appointed by the Local Authority as an Early Years Advisor to the private, voluntary and maintained sectors which involved supporting head teachers, teachers and teaching assistants to become engaged with action research and develop excellent early years practice. I also ran community learning groups, supporting parents to understand key early years concepts which led them to be significant contributors to record keeping within the settings.
I secured the post of Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Education with a responsibility for the education strand of the course in 2006. My responsibilities include teaching, planning and developing new course materials on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree and liaising with schools and settings across South Yorkshire to develop meaningful work-based learning opportunities for students. I am also part of the National Early Childhood Studies Degree Network raising the profile of our highly skilled graduates.
play, pedagogy of play
outdoor learning, forest schools
children with high learning potential (gifted children) in mainstream school
children with anaphylaxis
young children's literacy development using popular culture
young children's motivation and self-confidence within the learning environments
learning environments for young children, the role of the adult in early years