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), Child Protection (Stage 2) and Vulnerable Children and the Law (Stage 3) modules.

I am Stage 1 tutor and also co-ordinate the Stage 1 placements for the programme. 

I have recently started teaching on the MA in Childhood.

Teaching responsibilities

BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies: 

Stage 1 -

I teach on the Emerging Practitioner module. 

I also tutor a group of students on the Emerging Practioner module

Stage 2 -

I teach on the Child Protection module and the Developing Practitioner module.

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

Stage 3 -

I teach on the Vulnerable Children and the Law module module.

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


MA Childhood:

I teach on the module Children and Young People's Participation and Agency

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 
  • The impact of domestic violence and abuse on Children

Research interests

I am at present undertaking some phase 2 research with my colleague Ellen Yates, focussing on students reflections regarding the place of creativity within early childhood practice. 

I am also conducting some research titled 'Safeguarding - It's Everyones Business' with Carol Fenton and Su Wall.  This is focussing on the confidence of students in recognising and responding to child protection concerns in the work place.

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)
  • MA Childcare Law and Practice (Keele University, 2017) 

Recent publications

Yates, E. and Twigg, E. (2017) ' Developing Creativity in Early Childhood Studies Students',  Thinking Skills and Creativity, pp. 42-57.  DOI information: 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.11.001.  

Recent conferences

Delivered a presentation titled 'Safeguarding - It's Everyones Business' with my colleague Carol Fenton 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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