Childhood, Education and Family

We are well known on the international stage for being the first institution to run the Early Childhood Studies degree programme in the UK, and for hosting the biennial International Children and Childhood Conference. As experienced as we are passionate, we draw on our own research to support your learning and help you to explore your passions and interests.

Our values are founded on the principle that education is for everyone. Education is a right, and has the potential to transform lives. We believe that children, young people and adults all deserve the right to a high-quality education as a foundation for a more secure future. We are committed to developing knowledge and skills that are transferable and necessary to succeed in a changing world.


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BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies

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BSc (Hons) Child Development and Developmental Therapies

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BA (Hons) Early and Primary Education Studies

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BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

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BA (Hons) Early Learning (Progression Route)

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BA (Hons) Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies

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Your Teaching Team

Sarah is a Senior Lecturer in Childhood in the School of Social Sciences and Humanities. Sarah began her career as a Registered Nurse at the Leeds General Infirmary. Subsequently, she graduated from the Open University with a BSc (Hons) in Psychology and began a career in teaching. ...

Sarah is Associate Dean for research in the School of Social Science and Humanities. Sarah is an Associate Professor in social policy specialising in childhood. She has over twenty years of teaching experience in higher education and international primary education. At the Universit...

Dr Wendy Lecluyse began her career as a Paediatric Speech and Language Therapist. She obtained my graduate degree in Speech and Language Therapy and Audiology in 1998 at Ghent University (BEL) and subsequently worked as an SLT specializing in hearing impairment and specific language...

Career Overview & Research Interests Ferran is an HCPC registered Clinical and Health Psychologist. Ferran’s research interests focus on the following areas: Dual diagnosis in intellectual disability and Family burden; Schizophrenia; Bipolar disorders, Addictions and Child and...

Qualifications Medical Degree, University of Medicine and Pharmacy Carol Davila , Bucharest, Romania (1998) MSc in Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis, USA (2004) PhD in Human Development and Family Sciences, Oregon State University, Corvallis,...

Carolyn is a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and the Special Educational Needs and Disability Studies programmes. In 2015 Carolyn qualified with an Advanced Diploma in Psychotherapeutic Counselling, Hypnotherapy and counselling skills. From 2016, Carolyn worked in student servic...

Dianne lectures across the Childhood Routes degrees. In 2014, Dianne graduated from University Campus Suffolk with a BA (Hons) in Early Childhood and Youth Studies, receiving the Best Dissertation of the Year Award. In 2015, she received her MA in Childhood and Youth Studies from Un...

Maureen is a sociologist whose research centres on constructions of the body, reproductive politics, and subjectivity. She graduated with a MA Sociology at University of Essex and BAs in Sociology and Political Science at Marian University. She is currently completing a PhD at Unive...