Meet the team

Early Years Educator magazine encourages reflection and discussion, and provokes thinking and debate amongst the early years community.

 

Editor

Angelica Celinska

Angelica became editor of EYE in April 2021, after working as the early years editor at resource company TTS, where she was the first editor at the company. Her career prior to this has been in the early years sector over the course of 10 years, where she worked in various settings ranging from private nurseries, childminding settings, primary schools, local authority childcare settings and outdoor learning provision.

Angelica is passionate about reflective practice, promoting children's voice, outdoor learning and the multimodality of early writing. Angelica's action research project at University College London (UCL) Institute of Education action research project looked into the complexities of children’s early writing, including the multimodality of writing and the opportunities of taking writing outside.

Angelica's focus for EYE magazine to act as a community of practice for the sector; where early years practitioners and teachers can go to for a safe space where their voices are heard, they are represented and feel that it is their resource, not only to use but to influence with their say. The aim is to ensure EYE provokes readers’ thinking, encourages reflection, challenges views and supports you as readers in being critical consumers of content.

Angelica is always happy to hear from EYE readers and anyone else interested in editorial.

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Sales team

George Hogg joined MA Education in 2017, working across Early Years Educator and Children & Young People Now, delivering campaigns for clients who wish to reach out to senior members of local authorities with an over-arching responsibility for education. Martin Watchorn spent a decade at the Daily Mail group before joining us to deliver traditional and bespoke marketing campaigns for suppliers in the early years sector. With over 15 years experience between them in media they are well versed in delivering tailor made solutions, to match your needs, from print and web advertising to bespoke media solutions,  ensuring your campaign has impact, engagement and the desired outcome.

 

Martin Watchorn - Sales Manager

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George Hogg - Commercial Manager

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Consultant editor 

The consultant editor is part of the editorial board, acting as the first point of contact for supporting the editor with important decisions regarding the editorial content of the magazine. 

Dr Sue Allingham

Sue’s career started as a teacher, finally becoming a Senior Early Years Lead in a Primary School and Lead Teacher for her Local Authority.  Moving into research Sue gained an MA then a Doctorate, both in Early Childhood Education, from Sheffield University.   This led to becoming a Local Authority Early Years Adviser enabling her to develop her practice working with provision across the EYFS.   As an Independent Consultant, Author and Trainer, Sue is known for her practical style of working through coaching, mentoring, modelling, training and working alongside.

As Consultant Editor of EYE her writing is familiar to many and she has written two books that support practice across the Early Years and into Key Stage One – Transitions in the Early Years and Emotional Literacy in the Early Years.  Both published by Practical Pre-School Books.

Find Sue on: 

Twitter: @DrSue22 

Instagram: @EYOutoftheBox

Facebook: @EYOutoftheBox

LinkedIn: Dr Sue Allingham 

Website: Early Years Out of the Box Consultancy

 

Editorial board

The role of the EYE editorial board is to support the editor; collectively ensuring the content is relevant, of the highest quality, diverse and representative of the sector. EYE's members of the editorial board are there to challenge the editor, and hold her accountable for delivering high standard, relevant, representative content to EYE’s readers.

The editorial board’s active involvement with EYE will support shared understandings, experiences, insights and reflections, to ensure they and the editor are supporting the early years sector together in the best possible way.

 

Aaron Bradbury

Aaron Bradbury is an Early Childhood academic, paying close attention to all aspects of Early Years and Child Centred Practice, Workforce development, Child Development and Early Help. His current role is Principal Lecturer for Early Years and Childhood at Nottingham Trent University. Aaron is the Chair of the LGBTQ Early Years working group and manages his own website and community called Early Years Reviews.

Find Aaron on: 

Twitter: @AaronEarlyYears

Instagram: @aaronearlyyears

Facebook: @Aaron Bradbury

Website: Early Years Reviews  

 

Adam Marycz

Adam is a qualified Early Years teacher who has worked in Early Years for many years with children from birth to 5. He currently manages a privately owned Pre-School and Out of School Club at a school in Cheshire. Adam is also a writer and has written for a number of prominent Early Years organisations including Early Years Educator. Adam also co-hosts a podcast called 'The Early Years Edit.' Adam passionately believes in supporting children to become anti-racist, unprejudiced and confident young people to enable them to build a brighter future for all. 

Find Adam on:

Twitter: @adameyleader

Instagram: @adameyleader

Website: http://adameyleader.co.uk 

 

Beth Thomas

Beth has been leading practice in Early Years settings for almost 20 years, from working solo as a childminder to being part of a large nursery, and more recently as the manager of a pack-away preschool. During this time, Beth has developed a series of story books for young children experiencing transitions, based largely on the situations of the children she has worked with. She is an associate lecturer on the Early Childhood programmes at the University of Chichester, with a passion for equipping the next generation of the workforce with the knowledge and skills to be outstanding practitioners.

Find Beth on:

Twitter: @TheBethSarah

 

David Meechan

David joined the University of Wolverhampton in October 2021 having previously worked at the University of Northampton. David Lectures in Early Childhood and draws on his experiences of primary and early years teaching, working and management experience in the private sector as well as international experiences in Asia, Africa and Europe. David has two children currently in their early years and his wife also works within the sector. His previous and current experiences all contribute to David’s ongoing teaching, research and advocacy in the sector.

Find David on:

Twitter: @meechan_d

LinkedIn: David Meechan

 

Dr Sharon Colilles 

Sharon is Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at UWE – Bristol, a Trustee on Froebel Trust Council, and an associate trainer for the Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education (CREC) and British Association for Early Childhood Education (BAECE). She recently worked as project assistant for the development of Birth to Five Matters guidance as well as participating in the review of QAA Benchmark Standards. She is an active member of Early Childhood Education Research Association and CREC learning circle.

Sharon’s research is concerned with play based participatory pedagogies and its part in developing children’s mixed ethnic identity learning and development, she also has a deep interest in work that develops anti-oppressive and anti-racist practice.

Find Sharon on:

Twitter: @sharoncolilles

Instagram: @playfulfoundations

LinkedIn: Dr Sharon Colilles

 

Enya Mooney

Enya Mooney is the Owner and Founder of Enya’s Childcare, an ‘Outstanding’ Reggio-inspired and eco-centric setting in South Lincolnshire. After completing her BA Hons in Childhood Studies at The University of Greenwich, Enya gained experience across the globe and it was while working in Dubai, she made the decision to start Enya’s Childcare in 2016 at the tender age of 27. An advocate of project-based learning and child-led practice, she has since seen her setting grow from strength to strength, becoming an embodiment of the child-led practice she so passionately champions.

Find Enya's setting on: 

Instagram: @enyaschildcare

Facebook: @Enya's Childcare & Forest School

Website: www.enyas.co.uk

 

Jan Dubiel

Jan Dubiel is the Director of Early Years at AISL Harrow International Schools and is a nationally and internationally recognised specialist in Early Childhood Education. He was recently identified by the Times Educational Supplement as one of the ten most influential people in British education and was previously Head of National and International development at Early Excellence. He has worked as a YN, YR and Y1 teacher, Senior leader, Consultant and adviser and national lead on the management of the (Early Years) Foundation Stage Profile with QCA. Jan has written widely on different aspects of Early Years policy, pedagogy and practice. His first book “Effective Assessment in the EYFS” was published by SAGE in 2014.

Find Jan on:

Twitter: @jan_dubiel

LinkedIn: Jan Dubiel

 

Dr Julian Grenier 

Julian Grenier is the headteacher of Sheringham Nursery School and Children’s Centre in Newham, east London. Sheringham is a Research School. He was appointed by the Department for Education to lead on the 2020 revision of Development Matters, the non-statutory guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage in England. Julian has worked in the early years for over 20 years and has a Doctorate in Education from the UCL Institute of Education (University of London).

Find Julian on:

Twitter: @juliangrenier

LinkedIn: Dr Julian Grenier

 

Liz Pemberton

Liz Pemberton (she/her) is the Director of The Black Nursery Manager Ltd - a training & consultancy company which focuses on anti-racist practice within Early Years. With 16 years in the education sector, Liz’s roles have included Secondary School Teacher (QTS), public speaker and up until recently, Nursery Manager, allowing her to teach, manage, support and educate Early Years students, practitioners and professionals in a variety of forums.

Her mission is to promote inclusive practice in the Early Years (under 5’s) education sector, with a particular focus on how race, culture and ethnicity should be considered in this practice. During her career, Liz has developed a fantastic network of likeminded practitioners and professionals, broadening her focus from Nursery Management to sharing her expertise through media. 

Liz was awarded the 2021 Community Unsung She-ro award at the Multicultural Business & Community Champion Awards (MBCC) and is delivering CPD webinars, working closely with Local Authorities to consult on developing anti-racist strategy and collaborating with Early Years organisations to promote this best practice, as she knows that this is important and urgent work that we all need to do.

Find Liz on: 

Twitter @lizpemtbnm

Instagram @theblacknurserymanager

Linkedin: Liz Pemberton

Facebook: @TheBlackNurseryManagerTrainingandConsultancy 

Website: https://www.theblacknurserymanager.com/ 

 

Professor John Siraj-Blatchford

John Siraj-Blatchford is an independent educational researcher and consultant, and an honorary Professor at the University of Plymouth. He is also an executive member of OMEP UK, and co-founded the SchemaPlay CIC. John was previously employed at the University of Cambridge Faculty of Education and served as an Associate Director of the ESRC Teaching and Learning Research Programme. He was commissioned by UNESCO to co-author an ECCE review of the UNESCO Decade for Education for Sustainable development, and chaired the ECCE for Sustainable Development workshop at the 2015 UNESCO 'End of Decade' ESD Conference in Nagoya, Japan. 

Find John on: 

Twitter: @_JohnSB

LinkedIn: John Siraj-Blatchford

Website: https://johnsb.org.uk

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