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Doreen joined the University of Huddersfield in July 2021 as a Senior Lecturer in the School of Education and Professional Development. She previously worked in a further and higher education institution in the City of Bradford for over a decade as a lecturer in Early Years. In addition to this role, Doreen worked as the Early Years Professional (now Teacher) Status Lead Mentor as part of the Early Years Teacher Status Northern Alliance team from 2009 to 2014.

Prior to moving into education, Doreen worked in Early Years practiceand has over 19 years industrial experience of supporting young children's learning and development. She has worked in the capacity of early years practitioner, deputy and childcare manager in local authority early years settings, focusing on providing inclusive quality care and education for children aged from birth to 5 years.

From 2006-2008 she worked as part of a collective of local authority Early Years professionals where she worked to support, guide and monitor the childcare practice and environments of early years settings with the implementation of the quality evaluation tool Infant/Toddler Environment Rating Scale (ITERS) and the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS).

Research Expertise and Interests

The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) on young children’s social and emotional development and trauma informed practice.

The role of storytelling in early literacy development.


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