CREC MA in Education TUTORS

Find out more about our MA in Education (Early Years) tutors.


Prof. Chris Pascal, CREC's director , has done extensive work at government level to support the development of early years policy; sitting on a number of national committees. She has served as a ministerial advisor and as an Early Years Specialist Adviser to the House of Commons Select Committee on Education . She has written extensively on early childhood development and the quality of early education services. She is the President of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) Chris teaches on our Leadership in Early Years , Research Methods and  Dissertation pathways.



Prof. Tony Bertram, CREC's Director , has been a member of the Ministerial Early Education Advisory Group (EEAG), which advised the government on the development of the Foundation Stage curriculum. He has a particular interest in cross-national, European early childhood projects and has worked extensively abroad for the British Council and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation & Development (OECD). He is the Co-ordinating Editor of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) . Tony teaches on our Leadership in Early Years , Research Methods  and Dissertation  pathways.

    Helen Lyndon is the Postgraduate Programme Lead at CREC. She taught initially in primary-school education, then undertook a Master’s degree in early years education whilst teaching in children’s centres. She went on to work in higher education on undergraduate and postgraduate courses relating to early childhood education. Her doctoral research, almost complete, focuses on pedagogic mediation. Helen is Country Coordinator for the UK for the European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA). Helen teaches on CREC's School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) programme , as well as the Leadership in the Early Years , Research Methods and Dissertation MA pathways.



Helen Moylett is an independent early years trainer, consultant and writer. She has been headteacher of an early years centre, as well as working in schools, and as a primary and early years lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University. She was centrally involved in developing the Early Years Foundation Stage and was the national lead for the Every Child a Talker programme. She's CREC in Birmingham TrusteeVice President of Early Education and a qualified infant massage teacher.

Helen teaches on our
one-day CPD course.



    Peter Sturgess is the National Foundation Phase Lead for the Football Association (FA). His first degree is in English Language and Literature and he completed his MA looking at Creativity and Pedagogy as it relates to the development of young children. He is a qualified teacher and has worked across the game of football at both professional and grassroots levels. He is a FIFA instructor for Futsal and for the past 20 years has worked with coaches, parents and volunteers championing the rights of our youngest participants to high-quality sporting experiences.

Pete teaches on our
MA Physical Activity pathway .



    Aline Cole-Albäck has worked with children for over 20 years in settings and schools in Germany and the US, before leading practice as a teacher in an Early Years Teaching Centre in Oxfordshire. She has taught on the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Oxford Brookes University and supervised undergraduate student dissertations. Aline’s particular interest in the past 10 years has been on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with a particular focus on the very young child’s rights in public provision. Aline is currently at the completion stage of her PhD, a transnational study on young children’s rights in England and Finland.

Aline will teach on our brand new MA pathway,
Children's Rights in Early Childhood .



    Debi Keyte-Hartland is an independent consultant working directly with teachers and senior leadership teams exploring approaches to education that create fertile conditions for creativity and enquiry, of both children and educators.

Her specialist experience is in the use of the visual arts as a tool for creative and critical thinking.

Debi teaches on our Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Year 1 and Year 2



    Peppy Hills has worked internationally for major dance and theatre companies and as a creative practitioner, trainer, evaluator and lecturer.

Her art form specialism is dance and movement, and her approach is primarily play-based, using choreographic devices in a spontaneous way to support movement experiences and interactions.

Peppy teaches on our
Creativity and the Arts in Early Childhood Year 1 and Year 2 pathways.



    Jessica Pitt is a very experienced early childhood music educator and researcher. She lectures in Music Education at the Royal College of Music and is a sought after evaluator and researcher. She is a Trustee of MERYC-England and a Research Fellow at the University of Roehampton. Recent publications include a co-authored textbook: “Taking a Learner-Centred Approach to Music Education: pedagogical pathways”.

Jessica teaches on our
MA Early Years Music Education pathway. 



    Dr Julia Partington is a prominent music education researcher with a particular interest in early childhood music education and development. For a number of years she was Programme Leader for Early Years at Sage Gateshead where she was responsible for creating participatory performance and educational musical experiences for young children and families across the North East. It was here that she became interested in developing research and theory to explore her own early childhood music education practice and the practice of others.

Julia teaches on our
MA Early Years Music Education pathway.



    Elaine Johnston is the CEO of Parenting Project, a growing children’s charity, and an experienced senior manager who has provided inspirational leadership to a range of multi-disciplinary teams and developed innovative programme models.

She has worked collaboratively with a range of partner agencies to influence their focus, identify need, develop projects, and achieve improved outcomes for children.

Elaine teaches on our
Mentoring and Coaching pathway.



    Dr Shannon Ludgate is currently an Assistant Lecturer in Early Years at Birmingham City University and has recently completed her PhD on children’s experiences using touchscreen technology in the early years.

She has experience working with both undergraduate and postgraduate students and has been involved in training sessions as part of
CREC’s School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) Programme.


    Kathryn Peckham has taught across undergraduate and postgraduate programmes at three universities and worked within early years practice for many years, directing care and education at senior management levels. With keen research interests in outdoor play and the effects of early experiences on children’s lives, Kathryn presents at national and international conferences, is an active member of the Learning Through Landscapes network and the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on A Fit and Healthy Childhood.

Kathryn teaches on our
Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood pathway.




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