About me

Here I am with my little girl Ella, in Taiwan

I am an British trained Early Years Teacher, based internationally, currently Taiwan. Although trained in the National Curriculum for Primary, my passion has always been Early Years. I discovered this early in my career, teaching Early Years in Egypt for two years. I have one daughter and she, alongside my need to get to grips with a totally different pedagogy, inspired me to complete a Masters in Childhood Studies and Early Years. This course was inspiring and involved an Action Research project where I put my theory into practice by building my own Early Years business in Vietnam. Here I educated both parents and children in the value of play as the most important vehicle for learning in the Early Years. I learnt a great deal on the importance of interactions with both children and their parents. Upon completing the course I was awarded a distinction and it was wonderful to receive this award at the Leeds Beckett Masters ceremony with my daughter watching on. Currently, I am very fortunate to teach in my second year of Reception within an International School in Taiwan. My husband also teaches within Primary (Key Stage 2) and my daughter now is in Year 2.

I love writing, which I began by contributing blogs with the International Teacher Magazine and Early Years Alliance. I also love research, so I have included my a section of my Masters Research. More recently, I have been contributing articles for the Times Educational Supplement (International) and WISEducation. I love reading and writing narrative and am especially interested in qualitative research and studies in Early Years education.

Podcasts

Muddy Puddle Teacher: Teaching internationally and outdoor learning

Published articles:

2021

Positively enhancing respect, reflection and collective responsibility of young learners – WISEducation.

Why I brought a dog, baby and hamster to class – Times Educational Supplement.

Fun and impactful was to promote EYFS Maths learning outside – Times Educational Supplement.

4 ways to support children through experiential learning in EYFS – Times Educational Supplement.

6 ways to make kindness at the heart of an EYFS classroom – Times Educational Supplement.

4 ways to find high quality CPD – Times Educational Supplement.

What makes a happy international school – Teacheroo!

8 great EYFS podcasts worth checking out – Times Educational Supplement.

5 ways to help international staff settle in – Times Educational Supplement.

5 tips to boost language enrichment for EAL pupils – Times Educational Supplement.

A view from Taiwan – Times Educational Supplement.

2020

The Big Move -Consillium Education, International Teacher Magazine.

Finding a Passion for Play – Leeds Beckett Carnegie School of Education.

2019

Story Makers Dialogues – Published Masters Action Research – Leeds Beckett University.

2018

Child centred and led learning – Early Years Alliance.

Working in a temporary toddler-parent setting – Early Years Alliance.

How can we make the transition between Early Years and Year 1 easier? – Early Years Alliance.

To study or not to study? – Early Years Alliance.

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