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Julie Fisher is an Independent Early Years Adviser and Visiting Professor of Early Childhood Education at Oxford Brookes University. She held the post of Early Years Adviser in Oxfordshire for 11 years during which time she was chair of the Early Years Curriculum Group and the National Association of Inspectors, Advisers and Consultants Early Childhood Group. In 2001 she became the first elected chair of the independent national Early Childhood Forum. Before moving to Oxfordshire, Julie was lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Reading. She has taught children from 3 to 12 years and has been headteacher of two urban, multi-cultural schools.
Working with a number of schools in Oxfordshire, Julie completed a three year research project on the transition of children from the Foundation Stage to Key Stage 1, culminating in her book Moving On to Key Stage 1: improving transition from the Early Years Foundation Stage. She has recently completed a further research project studying adult-child interactions with children from six months to six years, the outcomes from which have been written up in her forthcoming book ‘Interacting or Interfering? improving interactions in the early years’ to be published by Open University Press in January 2016.
Julie is author of a number of articles on early childhood education as well as her other books Starting from the Child (now in its 4th edition) and The Foundations of Learning. Julie is currently offering training and conference presentations on all aspects of Adult-Child Interaction/The Role of the Adult; on Transition (particularly from EYFS to KS1); and on all aspects of Classroom and Curriculum Management. In all her training she is able to draw on extensive DVD footage gathered during her research projects, to exemplify effective practice with children from 6 months to 6 years.
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