Margaret Woods started her career as an early-years teacher afterwards becoming a lecturer in Early Childhood Education at Suffolk College. Her research identified significant benefits to young children of quality education-cum-care where their needs and development were supported through an inter-disciplinary holistic approach by well-qualified early-years professionals.
This motivated Margaret to gather together a team of enthusiastic colleagues from relevant university disciplines to create a pioneering Early Childhood Studies (ECS) degree. In 1995 the Higher Education sector of Suffolk College (which evolved into UCS) produced the very first ECS graduates in the UK. The initial MA programme in ECS was also inspired and co-ordinated by Margaret.
Today ECS is a well-established university subject, successfully recruiting at the University of Suffolk whence its influence has spread world-wide.