I am a senior lecturer teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood, Education and Care (Employment based), the BA (Hons) Early Childhood, Education and Care (Employment based) and BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies programmes. My teaching interests are sociological and historical perspectives of childhood drawing on a range of bio ecological systems theories and sociocultural models of child development.
I am interested in how practioners work with children, young people and families and how catalytic leadership models can be used for non-hiearchical approaches to leadership and leading practice. My professional heritage is early childhood education and care settings, nursing and social work. I established and led the first school based multi-agency team in the Canterbury District.
Research and knowledge exchange
My research interest is in practitioner cognitions. Recent papers presented at conferences include studies of undergraduate understanding of attachment theory and practice and applying bio ecological theories to explore practitioner cognitions in the early years.
More recently my focus has turned towards imaginal pedagogy and recognising children's imaginations as an expression of their spirituality.
Teaching and subject expertise
Sociological and historical perspectives of childhood; Professional practice and career development; Exploring the concept of eing, belonging and becoming in the early years; Pedagogy, andragogy and identity.
Working with children, families and communities; Safeguarding a risky business;
Leadership and management in the early years; Power, Protection and Participation - the continuum from safeguarding to protection that establishes the centrality of rights of the child, the voice of the child and the participation of the child.
Registered Social Worker with The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC)
Publications and research outputs
2014 ““It is more than care but do they know it?” Early childhood studies students’ voices on the role of attachment and implications for pedagogy”, paper given at the 24th European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference, Crete, Greece 7th - 10th September.
2014 “The role of attachment theory in education and implications for training: Is “love” a forbidden disposition in education?” Paper presented at the 10th Annual Conference of the British Education Studies Association (BESA), 26 – 27 June, University of Glasgow”