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Eleanor Hadfield

School of Education

Faculty of Arts Professional and Social Studies

I am part of the Primary team working across the Initial Teacher Education programmes at LJMU and have responsibility for the PGCE 3-7 (Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1) route. I am also subject lead for Primary Foreign Languages across the Primary programmes. I co-ordinate the foundation subjects provision on our undergraduate programme as module leader for foundation subjects modules at level 4 (Year 1) and level 5 (Year 2).

My undergraduate degree was in French and Italian, after which I spent some time teaching in Italy before completing a PGCE in Primary specialising in French. I then went on to work as a Primary teacher with responsibility for French across KS1 and KS2, before moving in to teaching Early Years and completing my MA in Early Years in 2013. My Masters studies opened up the opportunity to work as a Lecturer on the Early Childhood Studies programme at Canterbury Christ Church University, and then as Senior Lecturer on the Teach First Primary and Early Years programme in London with Canterbury Christ Church University. I joined the team at LJMU as a Senior Lecturer in 2016.

I hold Trauma Informed Schools UK (TISUK) Practitioner Status having completed the Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools (Practitioner Status), and maintain this through regular supervision.

My current research interest is pre-service teachers' understanding of how to develop young children's self-regulation skills, focusing specifically on emotional regulation.

I am an external examiner for Sheffield Hallam University.




2013, Canterbury Christ Church University, United Kingdom, MA Early Years (New Leaders in Early Years)
2006, University of Manchester, United Kingdom, MML (Undergraduate Master of Modern Languages)


Trauma Informed Schools UK, Level 5 Diploma in Trauma and Mental Health Informed Schools (Practitioner Status).

Academic appointments

Senior Lecturer in Teacher Education (Primary and Early Years), Liverpool John Moores University, 2016 - present
Senior Lecturer in Education: Teach First, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2015 - 2016
Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2014 - 2015

Postgraduate training

Postgraduate Certificate in Academic Practice (PGCAP), United Kingdom, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2014 - 2016
Early Years Professional Status, United Kingdom, Canterbury Christ Church University, 2011 - 2012
PGCE Primary specialising in French, United Kingdom, Manchester Metropolitan University, 2007 - 2008

Journal article

Carroll-Meehan C, Bolshaw P, Hadfield E. 2017. New leaders in Early Years: making a difference for children in England Early Child Development and Care, 189 :416-429 DOI Publisher Url Public Url

Hadfield ER. 2016. Mixed Age Grouping and the Emotional Development of Two Year Olds Childhood Remixed, :34-44 Publisher Url

Hadfield ER. 2012. Local Learning Studies: an action research project looking at whether Forest School and natural learning experiences could be incorporated into a childminder’s routine Early Years Educator (EYE), 14 :16-18

Conference presentation:

Curriculum for wellbeing: year 2, growth, findings and reflections, Students at the Heart Conference, Liverpool John Moores University, Oral presentation. 2024

The Role of Citizenship in Mixed Age Grouping and the Emotional Development of Two Year Olds, OMEP European Conference 2016, Canterbury Christ Church University, Poster presentation. 2016

New Leaders in Early Years: Making a Difference for Children in England, 67th OMEP World Assembly and Conference, Washington DC, Other. 2015

Mixed Age Grouping and the Emotional Development of Two Year Olds, Children and Childhoods Conference 2015, University Campus Suffolk, Poster presentation. 2015

External committees:

Early Years Network Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Co-ordinator. 2023

Primary Languages Network Group, Liverpool John Moores University, Co-ordinator. 2023

External Examiner, Sheffield Hallam University, Course External Examiner in the Department of Teacher Education. 2020


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