In today's episode of SEND Tutoring's podcast, we have the pleasure of hosting Lourdes Keer, an inspiring QTLS Early Years Teacher and Lecturer in childhood development at Middlesex University. With over 25 years of experience and a passion for providing an exceptional student experience, Lourdes shares her insights into the world of early years education.
Career Journey and Expertise:
Lourdes provides a glimpse into her rich career history, from managing White Rose Childcare as an Ofsted Registered childminder to her current roles as a lecturer at Middlesex University and Area Lead for the Department for Education (DfE) Childminder Mentor Programme. Her commitment to supporting childminders and mentors across England, particularly in the challenging aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic, highlights her dedication to the field.
What does being a lecturer in Education and Child Studies entail?
Lourdes sheds light on the intersection of theory and practice in her role. She emphasises the significance of Attachment Theory, as proposed by John Bowlby and Mary Ainsworth, in shaping the Early Years Foundation Stage. The course she lectures covers a comprehensive spectrum, including children's rights, sociology, health, policy, theory, and management skills.
What do you think are the three most important issues that face children today?
Lourdes delves into pressing issues, such as mental health challenges, the impact of technology on play and development, and the need for a holistic approach to education that goes beyond academic achievements. Her insights reflect a holistic understanding of the complexities children face in today's world.
If you could change an area for the better, what would it be and why?
Lourdes envisions positive transformations in the recognition and support of childminders, emphasising the crucial role they play in children's development. She advocates for increased understanding and acknowledgment of the valuable contributions made by childminders.
It was a privilege to have Lourdes Keer on SEND Tutoring's podcast, sharing her wealth of knowledge and passion for early years education. Her dedication to creating a positive impact on the lives of children and supporting those in the field is truly commendable.
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Thank you, Lourdes, for being a valuable guest on our podcast.