Dr Sharon Colilles

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  • Qualifications:Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), MA Early Years, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Early Years Teacher (EYTS), Senior Fellow HEA
  • Position:Senior Lecturer
  • Department:ACE - Education and Childhood
  • Telephone:+4411732 81759

About me

I joined UWE as a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood in April 2021, having had nine years' previous experience in this role. Prior to that I had a diverse career background, working initially for the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) as a policy manager, then owning my own private day nursery, whilst also undertaking an assessor role for the award of EYPs. Recent work has been project assistant for the development of Birth to Five Matters guidance for the early years sector. 

I am a Trustee on the Froebel Trust Council and an External Examiner at University of East Anglia.

Area of expertise

I am a passionate advocate of play, child's voice, and anti-oppressive practice. My research interest is concerned with play based participatory pedagogies and its role in developing children's mixed ethnic identity - especially learning and development informed by child-led perspectives.


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