Press Release

12 October 2011

Tricia David, Emeritus Professor of Education at Canterbury Christ Church University, has received a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with young children.

From left: Host Gaby Roslin with winner Tricia David (alongside colleague Dr Kathy Goouch and Hayley Harnett of sponsor Kangacrew)
From left: Host Gaby Roslin with winner Tricia David (alongside colleague Dr Kathy Goouch and Hayley Harnett of sponsor Kangacrew)

The prestigious Nursery World award was presented to Tricia at a gala ceremony in London, attended by over 400 guests and peers from the world of Early Years education.

Tricia has been involved in research about young children’s learning since 1974 and her work has succeeded in influencing national and international policy makers on all issues surrounding Early Years education.

Dr Kathy Goouch, Reader in Education at Christ Church, presented the award to Tricia. She said: “I have known Tricia since 1995 when she first came to the University and I can’t begin to express the influence she has had on those who work with and care for children, and the difference she has therefore made to children’s lives. She’s worked with, confronted and challenged the work of national and international policy makers and politicians for the benefit of young children’s care and education. 

 “Her work has always been close to and indeed founded on, practice with young children. It is no exaggeration to say that her work has transformed our understanding of early childhood and care for young children.

“If I were to summarise Tricia’s contributions, I’d focus on two key areas:  first, that her scholarship has been an enormous contribution to the field becoming as powerful and wide reaching as it is, both here and overseas.  And secondly, and of enormous significance, is that Tricia teaches us all, through her own example, that respectful encounters, loving encounters, with children, parents, practitioners, and colleagues matter.”

Tricia said: “This award belongs not just to me but my colleagues, friends and family.  Canterbury Christ Church University is leading the field in Early Childhood Studies, both in terms of the courses offered, and with the standing of my many colleagues nationally and internationally because of their publications, conference papers and involvement in a number of key organisations.”     


Notes to Editor

  • Activities during Tricia David’s higher education career include:
    • Co-founder of the national Early Childhood Forum
    • President of UK national executive committee of l'Organisation Mondiale pour l'Education Prescolaire
    • Founding editor of the Journal of Early Childhood Research
    • Co-founder of BERA SIG for Early Childhood Education
    • Member of steering and working groups, DfES project Birth to Three Matters
    • Chair of Kent Early Years Development and Childcare Partnership

 Canterbury Christ Church University

Canterbury Christ Church University is a modern university with a particular strength in higher education for the public services. With nearly 20,000 students, and five campuses across Kent, its courses span a wide range of academic and professional expertise.

  • In 2010 the Faculty of Education received ‘outstanding’ grades in its Ofsted report for primary, secondary and post-compulsory programmes, together with its employment-based routes into teaching. The University’s primary provision has the unique record of having been awarded the highest Ofsted grades in all inspections since 1996.
  • 94 % of our recent graduates gain employment or are in further study in the first six months after graduating (2009/10 DLHE survey).
  • Along with over a thousand undergraduate, postgraduate and professional training courses on offer, we are also home to world-leading and internationally recognised research in Education, History, Music and Sports Related Studies.
  • Canterbury Christ Church University was founded in 1962 by the Church of England as a teacher training college


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