Jennifer is the programme lead and teaches on our Foundation Degrees for Early Childhood Studies and Teaching Assistants, and the BA Working with Children and Families. She has previously worked in both early years and primary school settings as well as teaching on a Foundation Degree for Leeds Beckett University. Jennifer has recently completed her MA in Childhood Studies and Early Years, focussing on the provision of funded places for two-year olds for her research.


She is currently a member of TACTYC, the Association for Professional Development in Early Years, and has previously represented the Private, Voluntary and Independent early years sector on Bury School’s Forum, helping to devise the local authority’s Single Funding Formula for early years settings in Bury. Jennifer is currently working towards assessment for Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy.

Courses that I teach on

BA Working with Children and Families

FdA for Early Childhood Studies

FdA for Teaching Assistants

Level 3 CACHE Diploma in Early Years Education and Care

Modules that I teach

FdA for Early Childhood Studies: Safeguarding; Reflective Practice; Independent Study

FdA for Teaching Assistants: Reflective Practice; Reflection on the Workplace

BA Working with Children and Families: Personal and Professional Development Level 4; Personal and Professional Development Level 5; Child Protection; Challenges to Childhood

Research interest and publications

Jennifer is currently undertaking research with FE students focused on the design of assessments, with a view to improving their independence in study. This also links to her work within the FE department in supporting students in preparation for HE study.

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