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Marie was, for fifteen years, the manager of an Early Years setting which incorporated aspects of the Steiner Waldorf approach, later becoming a freelance lecturer and consultant specialising in parenting, behaviour management, social and emotional development. During this time she took up appointments as adviser and CPD trainer to Leeds Education Authority and Leeds Hospitals, delivering training to paediatric medics, play therapists, teachers and nursery workers.

Marie was part of the team asked to develop a range of courses to support communities across West Yorkshire, later working with the University of Leeds Continuing Education Department and Leeds Social Services delivering these programmes across Leeds. The work involved supporting families with troubled children who were excluded from nursery and school; in addition, and what was innovative at the time, work with male offenders separated from their children whilst awaiting trial.

Before joining Leeds Trinity, Marie worked as Senior lecturer and Programme Leader in FE at Park Lane College and HE at Bradford University Centre (McMillan) delivering a range of programmes in Early Childhood Studies; Post-compulsory Education Teacher Training; Education Studies and QTS. Whilst at Park Lane Marie was involved in overseas training and placements working across France and Majorca, Spain. Whilst at McMillan, she was also involved in the development and oversight of the University Centre’s Research Ethics Committee.

Teaching and Administration

Programme Leader:

MA Childhood and Education


Module Leader:

CYP4162 Unique Child: Social and Emotional Development

CYP6002 Critical Issues and Contemporary Debates

CYP7063 Interrogating Diversity, Marginalisation and Oppression

CYP7083 Critical Debates in Childhood Studies

CYP7093 Introduction to Childhood, Education and Family Support


Undergraduate Research Project Supervisor (CYPF)

Postgraduate Dissertation Supervisor 

Personal Tutor (Levels 6 and 7)



Institute of Childhood and Education Research Ethics Committee

Philosophy of Education Society of Great Britain (PESGB)


Peer Reviewer:

Journal of Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood

Teacher Education Advancement Network (TEAN) Journal

Research interests

LGBT+ Awareness in early years settings 

Professional Ethics: working with young children

Gendered dispositions in the early years workforce

British Families in Lockdown (BFiL)

Education/Academic qualification

Master of Arts, Education, University of Leeds

PGCE, University of Leeds

External positions

Magistrate Trainer, Bradford and Keighley Magistrates' Court and Family Court

Validation consultant 2009-2010, Havering College of Further and Higher Education

External Examiner 2014 - 2018, Middlesex University

Validation Panel Member 2014, Newman University

External Examiner 2008- 2012, University of East Anglia

External Examiner 2010 - 2013, University of Suffolk


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