I originally studied the National Nursery Nursing qualification and upon successful completion in 1984 I gained employment as a private nanny. Following this my nursery nursing career led to employment across a variety of early years settings with my final position in 1990 being a Day Nursery Manager for a college based nursery. Alongside this role I undertook some part-time lecturing for the college across a number of early years programmes and with further study I achieved a Certificate in Education and a Masters degree in Education and Professional Development resulting in me successfully securing a fulltime lecturing position at the college in 1999. I joined University College Birmingham in 2005 as a lecturer in Further Education and the Programme Manager for the Diploma in Childcare and Education Level 3 course before transferring to the Higher Education department in 2008 to manage the Early Years Professional Status provision. Currently I teach across a variety of programmes within the School of Education, Health and Community and I am the BA (Hons) Childhood Studies Programme Manager.