student publications: January 2019

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Tess Burrows: How gender can influence a child’s ability to thrive in a diverse society
"My name is Tess Barrows and I am a 2nd year undergraduate student at Norland College in Bath. Before I started studying at Norland I worked as an Au Pair in America after completing my BTEC Level 3 in Children’s play, learning and development.

This first sparked my interest in how gender stereotypes affect children after completing a research project during one of my placements. I come from Portsmouth and in my spare time I like running, cooking and travelling"

Catherine Burchall: Inclusion in Mainstream Primary Schools for Children with ASD
"My name is Catherine Birchall and I am in my second year studying for my degree in Early Years Development and Learning at Norland College, I am also currently a qualified Level 5 Childcare practitioner.

Prior to this I have worked in a main-stream primary school as a Teaching Assistant and had been designated the role of one-to-one support for a little boy with high-functioning ASD.

Since that time I have volunteered and had a 6 week placement block in two SEN schools. I have further worked as a nanny in two families that have had children with ASD. I find working with children incredibly rewarding, endearing and brightening.."

Thomas Chambers: An exploration of Peru’s education system within a global context
"I am currently studying an MA in Education at the University of Greenwich. Having previously completed a PGCE at the same university, I returned after several years to further my professional development.

I have experience teaching in several London schools as a reception and nursery teacher and more recently in Peru where I worked at an international school."

Lauren Edwards: What are we really preparing children for
"I am 24 years old. I have graduated with a first class BA (Hons) degree in Early Years from Weston University Centre, partnered with Bath Spa University, and am currently undertaking my Early Years Initial Teacher Training with Bath Spa University. I have worked in early years for 8 years, completing my degree whilst being deputy in my nursery setting and gaining a real critical interest in the sector. Alongside this I have developed a real love for what I do, the ability to have a positive impact on the children I teach is both rewarding and inspiring in itself.

I intend on continuing to masters level in the future, hopefully following an interest in young children’s engagement with stories. "

Beth Wilkinson: Makaton in Early Years
"I am current finishing my degree in Early Childhood Studies at Bath Spa University and on track to achieve first class honours. I had 10 years of experience in Early Years settings before starting my degree which gave me a range of knowledge that I have been able to draw on in my studies.

I am also working in a setting whilst studying which allows me to implement my learning and see the impact straight away.

I am interested in supporting children’s communication and language skills and developing the status and recognition of the Early Years workforce.."

Arianna Ribis: Can disabilities influence a child’s ability to thrive in a diverse society

"Living in several developing countries I have always been immersed in a multicultural environment. This has given me the ability to easily adapt to different situations. With this dynamic environment and my ability to interact with my surroundings, I became interested in understanding the future of society’s children.

My interest was also fuelled by my desire to understand the complexity of child development. For this reason, I applied for an Early Years and Development degree. Currently in my second year, I have been faced with incredible experiences and look forwards to the upcoming future opportunities!"

Natasha Heaney & Rebecca McBride: Gender Inequality in Relation to Global Disparities and Unequal Childhoods
"My name is Natasha Heaney and I am from Derry in Northern Ireland. I am currently a level 5 student enrolled upon the Early Childhood Studies degree in Liverpool John Moores University. This degree offers a holistic overview of children and provides a deeper understanding of their learning and development. This is beneficial as I aspire to become an early years teacher. The knowledge and understanding obtained from my studies has supported me in striving to become an effective advocate for babies, young children and families."

"My name is Rebecca McBride and I am from Derry, Northern Ireland. I am currently a level 5 student of the Early Childhood Studies degree in Liverpool John Moores University. I am immensely enjoying studying this holistic degree. It has highlighted the importance of early years as the foundation of life and stresses the role of early years practitioners in young children’s learning and development. This degree is providing me with the knowledge and understanding to achieve my dream vocation as a primary school teacher."