After an early career in outdoor education, I found myself working for a children’s charity supporting the development of the first UK National Childcare Strategy.
My interest in the field continued as an independent researcher and
consultant managing and delivering a wide range of projects related to childcare, early childhood education and children’s play.
Slightly frustrated by the restrictions of being a consultant, I decided to try and find answers to some of the questions that seemed to be important in my field by undertaking doctoral research examining why parents make choices between informal and formal childcare.
I now research and write about childcare and early education policy - mainly in Wales - as well as being interested in broader issues including volunteering, civil society and social care within the School of Social Sciences at Bangor University.