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Dr Karen Boardman

Head of Early Years Education

Early Years Education

Profile

Biography

I am passionate about ‘all things’ Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC), particularly literacy, early reading and working with under-threes. I am a strong advocate for babies and under-threes. 

My research interests are literacy, early reading, policy and pedagogy and under-threes. I am also intersted in child development, play and inclusion.

I have been working in the ECEC field for 40 years as a practitioner/teacher/researcher, initially as an NNEB in nursery settings. Later in a wide range of schools/settings as a teacher/Senior Leader. 

I am Chair of TACTYC and a member of BERA and EECERA. I am a Fellow of the Chartered College of Teaching and a board member of the new Early Years Hub. I am also a Senior Fellow of the HEA.

I have presented at many international conferences on the subject of ‘early reading with under-threes’. 

As Chair of TACTYC and other international organisations, I am able to continue to advocate for the field of ECEC. 

Research Interests

My research interests are literacy, early reading, policy and pedagogy and under-threes. 

I am also intersted in child development, play and inclusion.

Teaching

I currently teach across all programmes in the Department for Early Years Education – UG, PGCE and MA.