Personal profile


Judith Hunter was a Senior Lecturer in the Early Years team at the University Centre Barnsley (UCB), appointed in November 2010 and in August 2014 joined the Childhood Studies team at the University of Huddersfield. Her extensive teaching career began in 1982, working in a variety of high schools in Leeds and Wakefield followed by a move to a College of Further Education in 1995. Whilst at Wakefield College in 2008, she was appointed Advanced Practitioner in Early Years, with responsibility for the Foundation Degree and the collaborative provision with the University of Huddersfield BA Early Years with Early Years Professional Status (EYPS). Since moving to the University teaching interests include play and learning, language development in the early years, the reflective practitioner and professional practice. Judith is also the Admissions Tutor for BA Hons Childhood Studies and is heavily involved in admissions and recruitment for both Childhood Studies and Early Years programmes.

Judith has a Masters Degree in Educational Improvement Development and Change programme. Research interests focused on the role of an Early Years Professional and managing change in their leadership roles in any capacity; from changing staff,  through to changing settings and practice. Looking at the process of change and how it is managed, the relationships and processes that happen during any change, the impact that professionals have on line management, leadership and practice within the setting and the changes in professional identity during a period of change.

Research Expertise and Interests

  • Investigating the outcomes for young children of participation within a Forest School pedagogy and context
  • To explore the children’s and practitioners’ views concerning the learning potential of the outdoor environment
  • To identify and discuss the kinds of activities and pedagogical approaches available

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participation Social Sciences
school Social Sciences
learning Social Sciences

Activities 2015 2015

  • 1 Oral presentation