Hello! I’m Adam (he/him)…
I am a highly experienced early years teacher, manager, podcast host and writer currently based in Cheshire. My current day-to-day role is as the Manager of a school-based but privately owned Pre-School and Out of School Club. I have worked for my settings’ parent company for over 12 years.
I am a member of the Early Years Educator magazines editorial board. I have also recently launched a campaign together with Helen Bartle (@theartofearlyyears_ over on Instagram) for more representative bookshelves via our social media @whatisonyourbookshelf.
I have a BA (Hons) in Childhood and Youth Professional Studies and Early Years Teacher Status and I’m currently completing an MA Early Childhood. I have extensive experience providing care and education to children aged from 0-11. During my career to date I have held several different roles and managed settings across that age range, including having previously been part of a hugely successful management team based in the toddler room at an ‘Outstanding’ nursery.
What I believe…
I believe the Early Years is absolutely vital for children. I believe their experiences during these years impact them for the rest of their lives. I believe that this is not limited to their academic experiences.
First and foremost my fundamental belief is that it is our responsibility to ensure children are prepared for life. For the journey. For the challenges as well as for the highlights.
If I were to pinpoint the single most important thing I teach children, it is to be good people. Anti-racist people. People without bias’, conscious or unconscious. Unprejudiced people. Understanding people. Empathetic people. Confident people. Strong characters. I want children to become people who at their core have strong morals and values, who understand the need for these and who will stand up for what they believe in.
I believe this will enable the children to be resilient, to achieve their dreams and to help make the world of tomorrow better than the world of today.
I also intensely believe in the importance of books. Books are important for all, no matter your age or expertise. We should never stop learning. We should never stop growing. The work is never complete.
Books are also one of the most important tools to achieve all of the above, to spark the conversations required, to introduce the vocabulary and to build a child’s understanding.
However books are more than that. I challenge you to show me a skill that can not be supported by a suitable book. That’s why in my blog posts, my social media posts and the recommendations page on this website there will be links to plenty of books. Books for children. Books for adults.
In addition to all of this, I strongly believe the role of the adult and the environment are irreplaceable in Early Years, all of which will become apparent over time on my blog. I look forward to sharing many more of my thoughts with you all.
My current roles…
I began my role in its current form in 2017, I was already the manager of a separate Pre-School and Out of School Club when we merged them in September 2017. This was also when we moved to a specially adapted facility on the site of a Primary School in rural Cheshire. From there we provide care and education for children aged 2-11 on a daily basis throughout the year.
Alongside this full-time position I am at university part-time completing MA Early Childhood.
I am also actively involved in a number of projects including as a member of the editorial board for Early Years Educator magazine, guest writing for blogs, writing for organisations, and co-hosting a podcast called ‘The Early Years Edit’.
I have recently co-founded a campaign for more representative bookshelves with Helen Bartle called @whatisonyourbookshelf over on Instagram.
I aim to encourage conversation amongst professionals and I am striving to help shape the Early Years sector of the future. I aspire to be at the forefront of the latest Early Years research and modern practice, engaging with Early Years experts from across the field to improve the outcomes for all children.
With this in mind, I am always looking to connect with new professionals, Early Years or otherwise. In addition I am currently looking for new opportunities to share practice, to write blog posts or articles or to collaborate with other people or organisations from the sector. Please visit my contact page for more information.