Staff profile

Andrew Sanders

Senior Lecturer, Early Childhood Studies


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



My main roles at the University of Derby are to do with parts of our BA Early Childhood Studies (ECS); working mainly with students in their final year. More recently, I lead our rapidly emerging collaborative partnership which offers some ECS modules to students at Mediterranean College, Athens and Thessaloniki.

Teaching responsibilities

Professional interests

My work centres around studies surrounding children and childhood - but this is a big area. So, best say that my particular interests are:

Research interests

See the Publications Section. Current projects include developing the website with particular respect to childhhood and family life in Europe in the 1700s.

Membership of professional bodies

I'm a Member of the European Early Childhood Education and Research Association (EECERA) and the Institute of Public Policy and Research (IPPR). Interests in the International Centre for the study of the Mixed Economy of Childcare (ICMEC). External Examiner for University of Worcester (until mid 2012) and Queens University, Belfast. Oral History Society member


Undergraduate qualifications

Postgraduate qualifications

Recent conferences

The list here shows all events, both as participant and presenter:

Experience in industry

If you cut me in half, I haven't got 'teacher' written there! In the past, I have had a range of industry encounters, these include media, small business consultancy and in a major UK service, business-to-business provider. This has helped in my practitioner and managers roles in the (childcare) sector which is more related to my current work.

This continues in the Rousseau 2016 project where one objective is to enable a 'public, private partnership'; this involves commercial and industry contacts.

International experience

Comenius (EU funded) work in France and Sweden plus Conference Strasbourg last year (2009). Lead (see above) on Early Childhood Studies at Mediterranean College (Greece). Working with Jacques Zonneveld (Den Hague) on Rousseau 2016.

In the media

Television, articles for publication in 'trade' press, editors letters, public launch of research (March 2009). Also see Publications Section.


Recent publications

A selection of letters, articles and features in the trade press: