I am a Tutor for the Early Years and Childhood Studies Degree Programme based within the Faculty of Education here at Manchester Metropolitan University.
I have many years’ Early Years and Childhood Studies occupational experience, which began when I became an Ofsted Registered Childminder and an Out of School and Holiday Club Manager. This experience in Early Years and Playwork led to roles working across local authorities in children’s services as a countywide Sure Start Adviser, Children’s Centre Development Worker and then on to the role of a Governor Support Officer. I have strong knowledge of Ofsted requirements and the Early Years Foundation Stage.
During my career I have set-up and delivered stay and play groups for families with children aged 0-5, designed and delivered story and song sessions, physical activity and dance sessions (Let’s Get Moving), delivered Baby Moves sensory groups, and targeted teenage parent support groups. I have worked in partnership and collaboratively with families, stakeholders and the local community and undertaken outreach work in the local community including providing parenting and safeguarding support.
I teach because I am passionate about Children and Young people and also about Education. I particularly love helping students to achieve their goals and to overcome adversity and barriers.
Previously I have been the unit leader on the BSc (Hons) Health and Social Care and Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care programmes for the following modules:
• Evidence Based Practice
• Multi-Disciplinary Teams
• Contextualising Welfare: The Development of UK Social Policy
• Placement Practice
• Developing Leadership Skills
• Managing Quality and Developing Others
• Practice Project modules.
Furthermore, I have experience and expertise in the design, delivery and development of leadership and management units across a range of programmes including:
• Foundation Degree Working with Children and Young People
• Foundation Degree in Early Year’s Practice
• BA (Hons) Childhood Studies
• BA (Hons) Health and Social Care
I also have experience of teaching a wide range of other Early Years and Childhood Studies units such as:
• Holistic Child
• Learning and Development
• Health and Emotional Wellbeing
• Research and Dissertation Support
• Different Childhoods
• Placement Practice
• Assignment Support and Tutorial
• Pastoral Support
Read widely, seek support, ask questions and always aim high.
Teaching Practice: I like to involve students within the teaching and learning process and encourage active learning wherever possible. I also focus on mentoring, coaching and counselling strategies to support students throughout their Higher Education journey. I am passionate about supporting students to achieve their best and to develop professionally, personally and academically throughout their programme of study.
My academic and professional qualifications include a Master of Arts in Higher Education (Distinction) and a BA (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies (First Class). I am also a Senior Fellow of the Academy for Higher Education (previously known as the Higher Education Academy). My teaching qualifications include a PGCHE and the Diploma in Education.
Previous employment includes:
Teaching in Higher Education within FE in HE Institutions - Higher Education
Governor Support Officer - Local Authority
Children's Centre Development Worker - Local Authority
Childcare Support Officer/Sure Start Adviser - Local Authority
Out of School Club Manager - Charity
NVQ Assessor in Early Years and Education - Further Education
Childminder - Self Employed
Human Resources - Private Sector
I have previously developed:
-Higher Education Personal Tutorial Systems
-Preventing Plagiarism Workshops
-Teaching Research Methods using the medium of Chocolate
-Organised Social Sciences and Student Conferences
Because this is where practitioners and experts can make the biggest difference to children's outcomes, future pathways, social mobility and social policy and to invest in the generations of our future. There are many different employment possibilities that can be pursued and achieved by completing the BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies Degreee within and across education, health and social care.
This year I am teaching on the following modules:
-Constructing Child Development
-Rights and Participation
-Critical and Academic Professional Practice
I am also looking forward to visiting students in placement and to strengthening future graduate employability.
BA (Hons) Early Years and Childhood Studies
External Examiner for Derby University - Foundation Degree Working with Children and Young People
Publications and Professional Practice
2014 Research – Interpretivist, Qualitative Methodology ‘What are
practitioner perceptions of the impact of the Pupil Premium Funding for
disadvantaged children’s educational outcomes and achievements?’
2018 Research – Mixed Methods Methodology ‘An analysis of the
Psychosocial self-concept, self-esteem and academic trust alienation theory in
relation to barriers to student engagement in HE.
2016 Blog, ‘Research and Teaching in British Universities is of
equal importance, Solving the Conundrum’.
2017 Newsletter and Blog, SRHE,’ Exploring a ‘Sense of Belonging’
and Why It Matters in Higher Education’ Conference review.
2018 Newsletter and Blog, SRHE, ‘Preventing Plagiarism’ Conference review.
Jones., C., S. (2017) Barriers to Student Engagement; Exploring
the concept of alienation. CELT:LTiA
I belong to the following professional memberships:
- Senior Fellow of Advance HE (formerly known as the Higher Education Academy)
- Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)
- Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD)
Other research interests include:
- Leadership and management in Early Years and Childhood
- Social mobility and Social Policy
- Risk, resilience and adolescent mental health
- Young Care Leavers
- Early Years and Disadvantage
Edge Hill University – Positive Youth Justice:
Children First, Offenders Second–
16 March 2017
SRHE – Exploring a ‘Sense of Belonging’ and
Why It Matters in Higher Education – 9 June 2017
SRHE - Preventing Plagiarism – 12 January 2018
Reviewer for SEDA International:
in Education and Teaching International - http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/riie20/current ORCiD - https://orcid.org/
- October 2017 - School Alienation – Theoretical Approaches and Educational Research – Literature Review
I am very proud to be a Trustee of Pure Insight (Young Care Leaver Support Charity)https://www.pure-insight.org.uk/. This amazing small charity provides mentor and support services for Young Care Leavers in the Stockport, Trafford and East Cheshire localities. They are always on the look out for new mentors so if you are interested in contributing to the work of this valuable charity, please take a look at the link and get in touch with them. They provide vital services to this highly diverse group.
- Senior Fellow of the Higher
- Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of
Personnel and Development
- Society for Research in Higher Education (SRHE)