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The early learning of children has always fascinated
me. Young children learn by doing things. Children
also learn through having supportive people around
them. My work involves helping children and their
families to ensure children learn in the way most
suited to their understanding.

FUNCTIONAL LEARNING

 

I trained as a teacher (PGCE) in Manchester more than 30 years ago and also hold a Diploma in Therapeutic Skills with Children and Young Adults. I have worked in schools for developmentally delayed children using an approach called Functional Learning. I have also taught in mainstream schools and for many years was a Reception Class teacher in Kent.

I give seminars on BOOK PLAY: How babies learn about the “Bookness of Books” at the University of Glasgow and Workshops on The Waldon and Functional Learning Approach in different venues including Edinburgh, Oxfordshire, Berlin and New York City.

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WRITING

 

I have published on the importance of fathers as well as the response of bilingual children to picture books. 

My other writing includes a picture book for babies, BOOKS ALWAYS EVERYWHERE (Nosy Crow, 2013).

I was runner up for the Early Years Writer-in-Residence for the Scottish Book Trust 2013 and my picture book is in the Booktrust Catalogue for their recommended Children’s Books for 2013.

 

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