Amanda Tayler

Senior Lecturer

Institute of Education

I am currently the course leader for the full time BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree.  I teach on several undergraduate modules and supervise both undergraduate and post graduate research projects.  I am currently involved in a research project with a colleague relating to our Forest Schools area.  I am also involved in supporting the Institute of Education at Staffs with our recruitment and outreach activity.  I have held external examiner roles with a number of universities. 

I have been at Staffordshire University since 2015, prior to that I was Course Leader for the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Studies at a partner college for 5 years. Before that I held various roles in a range of early childhood education and care settings from starting out as a parent helper in a local pre-school spanning 10 years.

Professional memberships and activities

BERA (British Education Research Association)

Higher Education Academy (SFHEA)

Academic qualifications

Current study- Professional Doctorate in Education

Senior Fellow of the HEA

MA Early Childhood Studies

Early Years Professional Status

BA (Hons) early Childhood Studies Top-up

FdA Early Childhood Studies


Early years workforce reform

Speech and language delay and difficulty in young children

Care and education of 0-8

Early years practitioners professional development

Research interests

Early years workforce reform

Early years educators’ professional development

Professional identity


Child development

Research projects

Children, family and society


Ball, T., Brammer, H. and Tayler, A. (2023) in Bradbury, A. Musgrave, J. & Perkins, H. (2023) A Practical Guide To Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner Competencies. London. Learning Matters.

Tayler, A (2023) in Hayes , C., (Ed) (2023) (2nd Ed) The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioner. An Essential Guide for the Foundation Degree and Levels 4 and 5. London. Routledge.

in the UK for Quality Education

Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Facilities

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

for Social Inclusion

The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

of Research Impact is ‘Outstanding’ or ‘Very Considerable’

Research Excellence Framework 2021

of Research is “Internationally Excellent” or “World Leading”

Research Excellence Framework 2021

Four Star Rating

QS Star Ratings 2021