The All-Party Parliamentary Group on a Fit and Healthy Childhood
Chair: Steve McCabe MP Co-Chair: Baroness Floella Benjamin OBE. Vice-Chairs: Ian Austin MP, Nic Dakin MP, Nigel Dodds MP, Julie Elliott MP, Diana Johnson MP, Lord McColl of Dulwich, Dr. Philippa Whitford MP, Adam Holloway MP. Formal details of the Group on the Parliamentary website are available at: http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmallparty/150929/fit-and-healthy-childhood.htm
Amanda has worked in the field of early childhood education for over twenty-five years, and has significant experience in both caring for children, teacher training and play therapy roles. She currently leads several modules within Childhood Studies programmes at University of Winchester and is Programme lead for BA Childhood Studies. Prior to this she was part of the Early Childhood Programme team at a London university, teaching a range of professional and learning related modules. She has also played a key role, leading further and higher education programmes in Psychology, Health and Early Years, within several further education (FE) colleges. Amanda has opened and managed a successful day care nursery, catering for children from birth to four. During her appointment she led a small team of staff through curriculum delivery and several OFSTED inspections. She also specialised in play therapy and teaching English as a second language. Her subject specialism is early years, child psychology and emotional care pedagogies.
Amanda’s research interests primarily focus on young children’s emotional relationships with their key adults in group care provision and the rights of infants, specifically those under three. Amanda has conducted biographical interviews with practitioners examining their views about the complex issues of attachment and emotional discourses within group care provision. Recently Amanda has been researching parental perspectives in supporting pedagogies of care specifically through a Froebelian lens. Amanda has publications in popular parenting and early years education magazines aimed at practitioners and parents. She has also published a chapter focusing on biography in an edited creative writing book; New and Experimental ways to writing lives (2019).
Recently she has written and published a book as sole author; From Conception to Two (2019), aimed at supporting practitioners working with infants. In addition to peer review articles Amanda is embarking on some exciting funded projects around infant care from a historical and contemporary perspective, extending her previous work, focusing on twins and multiples. This will be both an individual and joint venture with colleagues from other universities.
She is currently the co-convenor at the University of Winchester and has developed a partnership with an education research centre at Western University, Ontario, Canada to share academic and professional links, working on international projects.
Dr Amanda Norman EdD MEd PGD Psych (conv) PGD (Froebel) EYP PGC/DE PGC (Play Therapy) BSc (Hons)
Research areas: Biography (including narrative enquiry, identity and the affective domain of the self)