Tracie is the Strand leader for Early Years and a lecturer on the Joint Honours in Education programmes, predominantly teaching on the Early Years subject strand. She is the Module Leader for Values and Principles of Best Practice and Leadership and Management in the Early Years. Tracie also teaches on the Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programme at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Prior to coming to NTU Tracie worked within the Early Years sector as a practitioner and a leader/ manager for over 25 years. Tracie worked for the Preschool Learning Alliance Development as a Development Officer supporting early year' s settings within the private, voluntary and independent sector. She also worked as an Early Years Foundation Stage Quality Improvement officer for the local authority where she was responsible for developing and delivering a range of courses to early year's practitioners and jointly led on the city's quality improvement scheme. Alongside this Tracie had joint responsibility for coordinating the use and moderation of environment rating tools, as a means to measure quality across the local authority.
Tracie has previously undertaken associate lecture posts at Sheffield Hallam University teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Years and BA Hons courses, as well as working as an assessor for the Early Years Professional Status.
Tracie's teaching interests are:
- Early Years Childcare and Education
- Leadership and management
- Outdoor Play
- Child Participation
- Reflective practice
Tracie worked on a collaborative project with a teaching alliance school researching into the impact of Early Years Hubs for the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This involvement will continue to support the on-going development of the Early Years Hub.
Tracie is involved in the Early Years Hub developing communities of practice supporting a broad range of areas.