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Stephanie Harding was originally an archaeologist. After three years living in Papua New Guinea, having children, working in a playgroup and undertaking voluntary work at a primary school she made the decision to train as an early years teacher. She taught in the Nursery School at Earlham Early Years Centre in Norwich, Norfolk where she moved on to become the Pedagogical Team Leader and then Head teacher.
As part of an MA in Early Education and Care she completed a research project which looked at how children used bikes in the outdoors and later used a Leadership Research Bursary to consider how the children were developing new skills and strategies to manage their own learning in the outdoor environment.
She is interested in curriculum development and as part of further research she considered practitioners response to implementing a curriculum based on Learning Dispositions She has published work on children and learning outdoors. She enjoys supporting other practitioners has supported students studying at HND, BA, PGCE and MA level courses. Her interest in the role of observation, naturalistic outdoor learning environments, children as active agents in their own learning and the history of early years education has led her to embrace a Froebelian approach to young children’s learning.
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