Before teaching at the University, I worked within the voluntary sector caring for young children under 5 years old. My working life as a childcare practitioner began in the late 1980’s/early 1990’s as a nursery nurse.
Throughout the years I have always been interested in children’s health and wellbeing and how a child’s early experiences can impact upon this, and have a passion for working closely with parents to help improve outcomes for children.
Consequently, I undertook research at masters level focusing on the mental health and wellbeing of primary aged school children and how strategies within schools foster this. A journal article has been published as a result of the study.
When I have down time, I like to spend it with my family and walking the dog.