New Early Years Education and Care lecturer appointed at UWTSD


The Childhood, Youth and Education Studies Centre at UWTSD are delighted to welcome Dr Jessica Pitman as a new lecturer.

The Childhood, Youth and Education Studies Centre at UWTSD are delighted to welcome Dr Jessica (Jess) Pitman as a new lecturer.

Jessica will be lecturing on the Early Years Education and Care: Early Years Practitioner Status programmes and will provide significant support linked to subjects including family engagement, wellbeing, outdoor learning, inclusion and children’s rights.

Prior to starting her new role at UWTSD, Jess was working in the Children’s Commissioner for Wales Office in the role of Investigations and Advice Officer where she advised and supported children and young people or those who care for them when they felt that a child had been treated unfairly. She also worked as a Participation Officer which meant she helped the Commissioner to listen, engage and respond to the views of children and young people in Wales. Additionally, Jessica has worked as a parenting worker in Flying Start areas working with parents to prevent crisis on a one-to-one basis and in parenting groups including facilitating domestic abuse groups. She has also worked as a Community Children’s Nurse working with children with life limiting illnesses and their families in homes and in schools.

This experience will be valuable in her new lecturing role where children’s rights form a platform for all activities within the Early Years programmes.  Jessica commented:

"I am very excited to be joining a dynamic and forward-thinking team who really care about students and their learning experiences. The best part of the role will be getting to know and guiding students through their learning journeys. I hope to be able to contribute to the team and to courses with my experience of working with families and professionals, advocacy and children's rights. I am especially interested in some related to disadvantage and inequity for families and children. I hope to be able to engage with further research and work with many specialists that we have in the university."  

Gwyneth Davies the Programme Director for the Early Years Education and Care day time programmes said:

"The Team are looking forward to working with Jess and are confident that her previous experiences will be beneficial to the programmes and to our students.  Her knowledge and understanding of working with families and children in particular will be an invaluable resource."

Natalie Macdonald the Programme Director of the Flexible Learning Route added:

"Jess brings an exciting new dimension to the programme which builds on the already excellent and diverse range of expertise within the early years team. Her research expertise in narrative analysis further develops the qualitative research capacity of the early years team and the university more widely."

Jess has also recently successfully completed her PhD study which explores fathers and fatherhood in areas of disadvantage and their life experiences. It considers how fathers and fatherhood in these areas may be portrayed by society in a negative way but also how fathers use resources gained from relationships with people around them and their community (identity capital) to be the fathers they wish to be. This will support ongoing curriculum developments and the research focus of the Discipline.

You can find our more about the University's Early Years Education and Care provision on our website.

Further Information

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