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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 (FDeg and Top up) within several further education (FE) colleges. Amanda has opened and managed a successful day care nursery, catering for children from birth to four years old. During her appointment she led a small team of staff through curriculum delivery and several OFSTED inspections. She also specialised in play therapy and taught English as a second language. Her subject specialism is early years, child psychology and emotional care pedagogies.


Peer Reviewed papers

Norman, A and Byrne, J. (2019) Symbolic Gesturing and Emotions. Care and Development in early years Journal. Progress

Byrne, J and Norman, A. (2019) Symbolic Gesturing as a transformative approach to professional development. Teacher Education Journal. Review.

Published Book and Chapters

Norman, A (2019) Historical perspectives and Contemporary Practicesin infant Care. London. Bloomsbury. Initial approved Proposal.

Norman, A (2019) Symbolic Gesturing. A Case Study. Palgrave McMillan. Forthcoming

Norman, A (2019) From Conception to Two: Development, Policy and Practice. London. Routledge

Norman, A (2019) Obituaries and life writing. Chapter. in New and Experimental ways of writing lives. London. Palgrave McMillan

Published in Practitioner magazines

Norman, A (2017) Taking a Risk with Froebel. Early Years Educator

Norman, A (2016) Observing infants. Early Years Educator

Norman, A (2015) Baby Signing. Early Years Educator

Norman, A (2015) Camcorder and observations. Early Years Educator

Norman, A (2015) Froebel and Finger Rhymes. Early Years Educator.

Norman, A (2014) Heuristic Play. Early Years Educator


Amanda is a member of the All Parliamentary Party Group (APPG) Fit and Healthy Childhood and has contributed to several reports, including;

Mental Health in Childhood

Mental Health; Interventions, Strategies and Support.

Mental Health and Movement


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