Beth has worked in a variety of early years settings over the past fifteen years; an out of school play club, as a teaching assistant in a Reception classroom, as a childminder (for six years), as a lead practitioner in a busy day nursery and as a practitioner in a pack away preschool. She also writes regularly for practitioner magazines.
Beth studied her BA (hons) Early Years with The Open University for six years before embarking on Early Years Initial Teacher Training at the University of Brighton. She continues to study and is having completed a Master's Research degree in Childhood Studies, she is now working towards a PhD.
Beth's main area of focus is, of course, children's transitions. She has seen first hand how children can struggle when faced with change and seeks to find out how to best support children in their unique situations. The 'Transition Story Books' range has been born out of this interest and each book was written specifically for particular children Beth was caring for at the time.
The current research project is regarding children moving house. The literature review has shown that there is plenty of information available about children's health, behavioural and cognitive outcomes several years after moving house, showing detrimental effects for some children. However, there is no qualitative research which goes in depth into children's experiences in order to find out how we as practitioners can support children best at the actual time of transition. Beth is keen to learn practitioner, parent and children's stories about their experiences and intends to incorporate this project in her PhD program. This also includes experiences of living in temporary accommodation. For more information, please see the research website at www.movinghouseresearch.co.uk.