Mrs Helen Simmons

Helen Simmons

Position: Senior Lecturer BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Early Years

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Assistant Programme Leader, Stage 1 Lead and Lecturer: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

Module leader for: Wellbeing from Birth (Stage 2) and Leadership in the Early Years (Stage 3). Also teach on The Growing Child (Stage 1), Research in the Early Years (Stage 3). Tutor for The Emerging Practitioner (Stage 1), The Developing Practitioner (Stage 2), The Critically Reflective Practitioner (Stage 3) and The Independent Study (Stage 3)

Professional interests

Development in 0-3 year olds, specifically wellbeing from birth, social and emotional development.

Research interests

Social and cultural pressures that new parents face. Leadership in the Early Years.


  • BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Liverpool John Moores University
  • PGCE: Post Complsory Education , Wolverhampton University
  • MA: Education Studies, Warwick University

Recent conferences

  • 2012: Leadership in Early Childhood: Leaders views on their roles. (Presentation at Child's world: Working together for a better future conference at Aberystwyth University) With colleague Ellen Yates.

Additional interests and activities

  • 2013- began part time EdD here at the University of Derby.

Experience in industry

  • Worked within nurseries and as a Nanny.
  • Worked as a Lecturer in Further Education - Vocational Early Years courses.

In the media

2012/2013 Radio interviews on Radio Derby on the subjects of: Online Parenting, behaviour of 2 year olds and television for very young children.

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