Mrs Emma Twigg
Position: Lecturer in Early Childhood
College: College of Education
Department: Education and Childhood
Subject area: Early Years
I teach across all three stages of the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies degree.
I module lead on The Emerging Practitioner (Stage 1) and Child Protection (Stage 3).
I am also the Stage 1 Placement Co-ordinator for the programme.
I teach on the Emerging Practitioner, Play and Creativity and the Early Language and Communication modules.
I also tutor a group of students on the Emerging Practioner module
I teach on the Child Protection module.
I also tutor a group of students on the Developing Practitioner module
I tutor on the Critically Reflective Practitioner module and have a small group of students who I support through their Independent Study.
My professional interests are in:
- Childcare Law and Practice
- Play and Creativity within the early years
- Aspects of child protection training - particularly in the preparation of students moving from university into employment within early years and childcare settings
I am at present undertaking research with my colleague Ellen Yates titled - 'Developing Creativity in the Emerging Early Years Educator'.
This focuses on students perceptions of creativity and their own confidence in supporting children with this.
I am a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
- BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (University of Teesside, 2009)
- Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education (University of Derby, 2013)
I am just coming to the end of my first year of the Masters degree in Childcare Law and Practice at Keele University.
Myself and my colleague Carol Fenton presented 'Safeguarding - It's Everyones Business' at 'A Child's World - Next Steps' conference in Aberystwyth, Wales (2014).
I qualified as an N.N.E.B nursery nurse and started my professional career working as a nursery assistant and later as a manager in an early years' setting.
I have assessed and taught students on vocational Early Years qualification courses within the Further Education field both locally and within London.
Prior to joining the University of Derby, I worked for 12 years within local authority as a Childcare Improvement Advisor.