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Kathy Ring

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Dr Kathy Ring has extensive experience in the field of Early Years Education. Following full-time positions as an infant teacher, deputy head teacher and lecturer, she now combines her part-time role as a Senior Lecturer in Early Years Education at York St John University with independent consultancy and training.

Kathy researches and writes about how young children (aged between 3 and 7) develop and learn and how this can best be supported in educational settings. She is the co-author of ‘Making Sense of Children’s Drawings’ (OUP, 2003) and contributed to ‘Mark Making Matters’ (DCSF, 2008). Kathy regularly presents papers at international research conferences, contributes articles to academic journals, and chapters to early years books.

Her work focuses upon:

  • Children’s everyday experiences of exploring and making;
  • Children’s development of skills, knowledge and understanding as they use tools, media and materials
  •  Children’s movement within and across 3D and 2D representation
  • Practitioners’ decision making about why, how and what they make available to children
  • The breadth, richness and possibilities of young children’s multi-modal, interwoven responses to their experiences.

Kathy’s presentations and workshops combine theory and practice and she is particularly interested in developing small-scale practitioner research projects. Practitioner research collaborations with Local Authorities have included Hampshire, Lancashire, Hull, North Yorkshire and York. She has been a keynote speaker at many local authority early years conferences.'s picture

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