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Dr Karen Boardman

Head of Early Years Education

Early Years Education

Department: Early Years Education

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

I have been working in the ECEC field for 40 years as a practitioner/teacher/researcher. 

As Chair of TACTYC, 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.


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