My early years career started in 2001 when I volunteered as a parent helper at my daughters pre-school. Whilst there the manager employed me and supported me in gaining a level 3 childcare qualification. After that I studied for the foundation degree in early childhood studies with Staffordshire University in one of their partner institutions. I also became the deputy manager at the pre school during this time.
Following the completion of the FD I continued to study with Staffordshire University and completed the BA (hons) top up in early childhood studies at the Stoke campus. During this period I became the manager of a local childcare provider. I continued to study, gaining my Early Years Professional Status in 2012 with Best Practice and Staffordshire University. After gaining this, I was offered the post of Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies course leader at Burton and South Derbyshire College. At this point I was studying for my MA in Early Childhood, again with Staffordshire University. Whilst at the institution I developed a HNC/HND programme and also ensured that the FD at the college was SEFDEY endorsed.
I started at the university in September 2015 and I am currently teaching across all levels and awards on the education programmes.
Professional memberships and activities
Regional Rep for BERA ECR network, Midlands region
Member of the Staffordshire Early Years Professional Network
MA Early Childhood Studies (Distinction) Staffordshire University.
My field of expertise is in the care and education of children aged 0-5.
My previous research interests have focussed on children’s speech language and communication difficulties and the remediation of these difficulties. I am also interested in children lived experiences and I am currently looking at transitions and the complexities of friendship in pre-school and reception aged children.
MA Early Childhood Studies.
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies with EYTS
BA (Hons) Education
FD Early Childhood Studies
I have presented research at two of the universities early years conferences, the first concerned with the impact of pacifiers upon children’s speech and language development and the second was a critical examination of the current state/status of the early years workforce in England.