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Professor Cathy Nutbrown appointed President of Early Education

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Wednesday, 24 January, 2018

We are delighted to announce that Professor Cathy Nutbrown has taken on the honorary role of President of Early Education, taking over from Professor Tony Bertram who has stood down after a three year term.

Cathy Nutbrown is a Professor of Education at the University of Sheffield where her teaching and research focuses on Early Childhood Education. Cathy began her career as a nursery teacher and has since worked with children, parents, teachers, and other early childhood educators, in a range of settings and roles.  She is author of over fifty publications on aspects of early childhood education, including 10 books.

She chaired a year-long Nutbrown Review - providing independent advice for government on early years and childcare qualifications in 2012.  Her work has been recognised by the Economic and Social Research Council, with the prize, in 2013, for Research with Outstanding Impact on Society. In the same year, her commitment to the early years was recognised by the Nursery World Lifetime Achievement Award.

Having been a member of Early Education for many years, and more recently one of its Vice Presidents, Cathy is looking forward to supporting the organization and its members during her time as President.

Accepting the role, Cathy said:

It is a great honour to be invited to work with Early Education as its next President. There is much work to do to ensure that all young children experience high quality education and care which meets their needs and upholds their rights. There are many major issues to address, including Baseline Assessment, the future of Nursery Schools and the disgrace of child poverty. I look forward to working with the Early Education team and its members on these and other challenges in the coming years.

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Early Education (The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is the leading independent national charity for early years practitioners and parents, campaigning for the right of all children to education of the highest quality. Founded in 1923, it has members in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and provides a national voice on matters that relate to effective early childhood education and care of young children from birth to eight. The organisation supports the professional development of practitioners through publications, training, conferences, seminars and access to a national and regional branch network. For more information on the work of Early Education visit