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Janine Ryan

Janine Ryan

​Current roles

  • Development and Performance Manager, Department of Education, Health and Community Practice
  • Programme Leader, BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies


My background is firmly grounded in early years. I have worked as a setting manger in the Private Voluntary and Independent sector and supported settings to achieve best practice and develop quality provision. I have worked in Yorkshire for the past 15 years as a lecturer, I have a Masters in Early Years.

Current modules taught

  • Effective Pedagogy and Child Development
  • Current Issues and Contemporary Debates in Early Childhood
  • Language, Literacy and Learning
  • Attachment, Trauma and Therapeutic Play
  • Research
  • Innovation and Change in Early Years

Research / scholarly activity

  • Editor of the Early Years Magazine​
  • ​Ryan, J. (2016) The Foundation Years: 2-3 year olds. In Trodd, L. (2016) The Early Years Handbook for Students and Practitioners. Oxon:​ Routledge
  • Paper Presentation ‘Theory into Practice’ at Erasmus+ International Workshop, Dresden, Germany 2015
  • Paper Presentation ‘A Critical Social Analysis of Men’s Experiences Working in Early Childhood Education’ at the EECERA 24th Conference, Crete 2014
  • Poster Presentation ‘Who Says It’s A Man’s World’ at the EECERA 23rd Conference, Estonia 2013
  • ​Publications in UCD Journal of Scholarly Research
  • Publications in EYE peer reviewed magazine
  • Published Book Reviews in Early Childhood Journal
  • MA Early Years

Conference host


  • ​’Two is Too Late’ Understanding the importance of attachment.  Keynote speaker Jill Wallis
  • ‘It Ain’t What You Do It’s The Way That You Do It’- Supporting young children’s development. Keynote speaker Mary Barlow
  • ‘Itsy Bitsy Bider’- Supporting children’s language acquisition. ​Keynote speaker Karl Bowers.
  • Little Children and the Big Outdoors’. Keynote speaker Mindstretchers


  • ​Fostering Children’s Creativity. Keynote speaker Elizabeth Jarmen​
  • 1, 2, 3, 4, 5….Making Maths Fun. Keynote speaker Dave Godfrey
  • Using Technology Outdoors. Keynote speaker Mat Andasun​


  • Supporting Children with Special Educational Needs and Disability. Keynote speaker Shabang

External activity / professional links​

  • ​External examiner for FdA Health and Wellbeing and FdA Young Children’s Learning and Development at Wakefield College, Teesside University (current)
  • External pan​​el member for Derby University at a range of revalidation events (2015-1
  • 6)
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • External examiner for FdA Early Years at St. Helen’s College, Liverpool John Moores University (2010-14)
  • Member of the Early Years Teacher Network in Doncaster
  • Consultant with Best Practice Net
  • work
  • M​​​​​​​​ember of Early Education
  • Member of SEFDEY North and National​