Staff profile

Ellen Yates

Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Programme Leader MA Childhood


Working with Children and Young People


College of Arts, Humanities and Education


Institute of Education


Kedleston Road, Derby Campus



  • Programme leader - MA Childhood
  • Senior Lecturer on BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.
  • Stage 3 Leader on BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies
  • Direct Entry Tutor on BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies


Teaching responsibilities

  • MA Childhood- Positioning Childhood
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

Stage 2 :

  • Emerging Literacies in the Early Years
  • Creative Approaches to the Curriculum 0-8

Stage 3:

  • Creative Opportunities and Possibilities
  • Critically Reflective Practitioner


Professional interests

My research interests are play, creativity and leisure in childhood and youth.

Research interests

I completed research into Leadership in the Early Years with my colleague Helen Simmons in 2012. I am currently undertaking research into practitioner creativity and confidence with colleague Emma Twigg.

Membership of professional bodies

HEA Fellow


Recent conferences

Leadership in Early Childhood: Leader's views on their role - A Child's World; Working Together for a Better Future Conference; Aberystwyth University, Wales. June 2012.

Experience in industry

International experience

Additional interests and activities

I am a ceramic artist in my spare time and have had past exhibitions at Derby Museum and Art Gallery; One Step Beyond (2011) Wirksworth Festival (2011) and Royal Derby Hospital; Evolve (2013) I work out of a studio in Alvaston, Derby alongside others and have regular open studio events in November each year.

Recent publications

Yates, E and Twigg, E (2016) 'Developing Creativity in Early Childhood Studies Students.' Thinking Skills and Creativity 23C (2017) pp 42-47 DOI information 101016/j.tsc.2016.11.001

Oates, R and Yates, E (2016) Huthwaite Play Project Final Report. 

Yates, E, and Appleby, M (2014) 'The Emerging Practitioner' in Oates, R and Hey, C (2014) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies. Abingdon :Routledge.

Yates, E and Simmons, H (2014) 'The Student Practitioner as Future Leader' in Oates, R and Hey, C (2014) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies. Abingdon: Routledge. 

Simmons, H and Yates, E (2014) Leadership in Early Childhood: Leaders Views on their Role in Thomas, M (Ed) (2014) A Child's World, Contemporary Issues in Education. Aberystwyth CAA: Aberystwyth University.