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Aaron Bradbury

School of Social Sciences


Principal Lecturer Early Years and Childhood (Learning and Development, Psychology, Special Educational Needs and Inclusion)

Career overview

I have been working in Early Years and Childhood since I left formal Education. I qualified as  Nursery Nurse completing my Btec National Diploma in Early Years and Education. I completed Higher Education and completed a teaching qualification and PGCE. Since graduating I have been heavily involved in the Early Years and I have worked in Early Years for the majority of my career. I have also taught in FE teaching Early Years and Care. I have been fortunate to work and lead a large team in Sure Start and Short Breaks for Children with Disabilities. I have also been a Children's Commissioner for Public Health and Social Care. My current role at Nottingham Trent Institute of Education is Principal Lecturer for Early Years and Childhood.

More recently I have been a Senior Curriculum Leader in a large University in Birmingham for responsibilities for Early Childhood and Early Years. I also became the lead for curriculum for apprenticeships. My current roles include many areas within the Early Childhood Arena including, an executive member of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees. I am joint Chair of the Children, Young People and Families Level 4 and 5 Apprenticeship Standards and currently supporting the level 6 Apprenticeship degree in Early Years. I am an active member of the Early Years community and I own and run my own website called Early Years Reviews. I also run a blog which is well situated in the workforce, including many researchers and practitioners discussing contemporary topics.

More recently I have become the joint co founder of the Early Years Academy which allows Early Years professionals to gain professional recognition through fellowship awards. Gaining a stronger voice for the Early Childhood Workforce. I am passionate about Work based Learning and how this plays a huge part within the Early Years and Education. I am currently researching about apprenticeship pedagogy in Higher Education and how this may differ depending on the route a learner chooses.

Research areas

Doctor of Education - Submitted February 2023 - Reconceptualising the Third Teacher: A study of trainee experinces of work based learning on Level 3 Early Years Programmes.

Nottingham Trent University (NTU) (England) and Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI) Early Childhood Development Centre (Malaysia). Joint Research Project. Play and Pedagogy - A Global Perspective: Play and Early Childhood Pedagogy; A comparative study investigating Play and Early Childhood Pedagogy between England and Malaysia.

External activity

Executive Member of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network

Associate Pen Green Research Base

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Skills - Trailblazer

Early Years Reviews  - Website and Blog

Pearson HND Module Writer - BTEC Higher Nationals Early Childhood Education and Care

Socialist Education Association - Early Years Birmingham Branch

School Governor - Washwood Heath Nursery School

Consultant - Apprenticeships and Early Years

Editorial Board - Early Years Educator


News and Articles

Bradbury, A. & Murdoch, J. (2018) Above and Beyond: Widening Participation for Apprenticeship Learners within Health and Social Care. FE News

Bradbury, A. (2020) Why Universities need to work more closely with Training providers and how it can be achieved. FE News.


Doctor of Education - Submitted February 2023 - Reconceptualising the Third Teacher: A study of trainee experinces of work based learning on Level 3 Early Years Programmes.

Bradbury, A. & Wynne, V. (2019) Apprenticeships In Tummons, J. (2019) PCET Learning and Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector. London. Sage

Bradbury, A. & Wynne, V. (2020) The Apprentice's Guide to End Point Assessment. London. Learning Matters

Bradbury, A. (2020) Early Years Supervision: A Practitoners Guide. Early Years Reviews.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Early Years Guide to the Voice of the Child. Early Years Reviews.

Early Years Coalition (2021) Birth to Five Matters. Chair of the Equality and Inclusion Chapter.

Bradbury, A. (2021) Foreword. Early Years Foundation Stage. London. Learning Matters.

Bradbury, A. (2021) From being to becoming - Early years education and research within practice. In: Flood, J. & Brown, C. The Research Informed Teaching Revolution. London. John Catt Publication. pp 17 - 26.
Bradbury, A. & Swailes, R. (2022) Early Childhood Theorists Today. London. Learning Matters

Bradbury, A. (2022) Nurturing in the Early Years: What the science tells us? (96), 1, pp. 7-9. ISSN 0960-2816

Bradbury, A. (2023) Chapter 7. Working with LGBT Parents in Early Childhood. In Simmons, H. & Thompson, P. (2023) Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Today. London. Learning Matters

Bradbury, A., Musgrave, J., Perkins, H. (2023) A Practical Guide To Early Childhood Studies Graduate Practitioner Competencies. London. Learning Matters.

Conferences/Key note speaker

Bradbury, A. (2019) Conference Paper - Working together through an apprenticeship framework for Early Childhood Professionals. Macao, China.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Presentation - The changing landscape of the Early Years and its implications on the child. Socialist Educational Association. February 2020. Bristol.

Bradbury, A. (2020) LGBTQ Representation in the Early Years. Early Childhood Conference. University of Derby.

Bradbury, A. (2020) The importance of Nurture and Nurturing environments in the Early Years. Kinderly Learn.

Bradbury, A. (2021) The Early Years Voice. BELMAS. Birmingham

Bradbury, A. (2021) Diversity and Inclusion and Gender Discussion. Sefdey.

Bradbury, A. (2021) LGBTQ Representation in Early Childhood and services. Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network.

Bradbury, A. (2021) The Early Years Child: Nurturing Children through a diverse lens. Early Excellence: A Celebration of Early Childhood Education.

Bradbury, A. (2023) Nurturing Children - What the Science Tells Us. Nursery World Show.

Bradbury, A. & Swailes, R. (2023) Early Childhood Theories Today. North West Early Years Stronger Practice Hub.


Bradbury, A. & Pemberton, L. (2020) The Early Years Inclusion Revolution. Famly.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years. Kinderly.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Play, is it a lost word?. Nottingham Institute of Education Blog.

Bradbury, A. & Coffey, G. (2021) Why LGBTQ Representation matters in the Early Years. Famly.

Bradbury, A. (2021) How to nurture children and enhance your environment in the Early Years. Kinderly.


Owner - Early Years Reviews

Executive Member/Vice Chair Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network -

Editorial Board Member - Early Years Educator

QAA Subject Benchmark writer - Early Childhood Studies - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education

Press expertise

Early Years


Child Development

Early Childhood Research

Workforce Development

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