Mrs Helen Simmons

Position: Programme Leader and 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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Programme Leader, Senior Lecturer and Mediterranean College Link Tutor: BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies.

Teaching responsibilities

Module Leader for: Study Skills (Stage 1), Wellbeing from Birth (Stage 2), The Developing Practitioner (Stage 2).

I also teach on The Critically Reflective Practitioner (Stage 3) and 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, Wellbeing from Birth and Leadership in the Early Years.

Research interests

Modern Motherhood, Wellbeing from Birth and Leadership in the Early Years.

Membership of professional bodies

Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN)


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

Recent publications

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

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

Recent conferences

  • 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

  • I am currently part way through my doctorate which explores social and cultural pressures within modern motherhood. 

Experience in industry

  • Early Years Practitioner
  • Lecturer in Early Years - Further Education 

In the media

Radio interviews on Radio Derby on the subjects of: Online parenting, behaviour of 2 year olds, school starting age and television for very young children.

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