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Sarah has over 30 years’ experience in the field of early years’ education. After her initial careers as a nursery nurse and qualified primary school teacher she moved into training the next generation of early years practitioners and has spent 25 years teaching, training and lecturing in the post compulsory education sector. This included 4 years coordinating the Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education (FdA EYCE) in a further education college.

Sarah joined the University of Portsmouth in January 2011 as the Course Leader for Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). In addition to this she provided specialist tuition on the Foundation Degree (EYCE) and BA in Early Childhood Studies. Sarah engages in regular professional development to maintain her early years practitioner status which enables her to provide specialist support on a range of undergraduate and post graduate programmes including the newly created Early Years Initial Teacher Training programme leading to Early Years Teacher Status (EYTS) for which she is the Course Leader.

Teaching Responsibilities

• Early Years and Primary Key Stage curricula
• Supporting Children with Behaviour, Emotional and Social Difficulties
• The Role of Play in Human Development
• Early Childhood Cognitive and Language Development

Research Interests

Sarah's research is focused on early years practitioner development. She routinely works with local and regional providers to identify practical application of contemporary theory as well as seeking to inform the field of research from a practitioner perspective. Key aspects of her research include:
• Professional Voice of the Early Years Practitioner
• Personal, Social and Emotional Development of the Young Child
• Outdoor Education
• Factors and Influence of Child Behaviour
Sarah completed the Masters in Learning and Teaching in 2012 and is continuing research in her areas of interest. Current projects include working with a local nursery to explore their unique approach to supporting young children's emotional development in recognition of minimal local and national interventions and research with children under 3 years old. In addition, Sarah is collaborating on a project to determine the influence of adult decision making in young children's lives (primary age range).

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education

Education/Academic qualification

MA, University of Portsmouth

17 Sept 201030 Sept 2012

Award Date: 30 Sept 2012

External positions

Chair of Governors, Hampshire State Primary School

16 Jul 2013 → …


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