Mrs Emma Twigg

Position: Lecturer in Early Childhood

College: College of Arts, Humanities and Education

Department: Education and Childhood

Subject area: Early Years

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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. 

Teaching responsibilities

Stage 1

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

Stage 2

I teach on the Child Protection module.

I also tutor a group of students on the Developing Practitioner module

Stage 3

I tutor on the Critically Reflective Practitioner module and have a small group of students who I support through their Independent Study.

Professional interests

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  

Research interests

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. 

Membership of professional bodies

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.

Recent conferences

Myself and my colleague Carol Fenton presented 'Safeguarding - It's Everyones Business' at 'A Child's World - Next Steps' conference in Aberystwyth, Wales (2014).

Experience in industry

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.   

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