Aaron Bradbury

Hello and welcome to Early Years Reviews by Aaron.

My name is Aaron Bradbury and I am an Early Childhood academic, paying close attention to all aspects of Early Years and Child Centred Practice, Workforce development, Child Development and Early Help

My current role is the Principal Lecturer for Childhood and Early Years at Nottingham Trent University in the institute of Social Sciences. Currently I am also the Co-Chair of the Early Years Academy, which is an organisation that promotes professional recognition through fellowship awards for the Early Childhood sector.

My other current roles include

  • Chair of the LGBTQIA+ Early Years Working Group
  • Chair of Governors at Washwood Heath Nursery School, Birmingham
  • Podcast Host for Team Early Childhood Podcast

I have worked in a number of Education, Early Years and Social Care settings, including:

  • Children’s Centres, Early Help and Short Breaks for Children with SEND
  • Schools, Nursery Settings including PVI
  • Further Education and Higher Education – Early Years and Education
  • National and local steering groups focusing on a range of policy and practice.
  • Work based Learning, Vocational Education Consultant, Apprenticeships and National Trailblazer for Children, Young People and Families.

I have long been an advocate for developing the Early Years sector, including both the provision for children and families and the role of the professional. I fundamentally believe that the Early Years are the building blocks of child development and that these are the most important years of a child and families life. I have first-hand experience of leading and delivering positive outcomes for all within the sector and I am keen to ensure that this website and my interactive blog are a positive platform for others to share their views and continue to develop the sector as a whole.

Developing the Early Childhood sector is something which I am passionate about and I work in partnership with others to promote this across the United Kingdom. You may be familiar with work I am delivering through organisations including Early Years Matters, Nottingham Trent University, Institute for Apprenticeships and Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network. I have written about the outcomes of this work in a number of books, journals and blogs in key publications

This website will have contributions from a range of professionals working within the sector, including those from health, education and social care. This is a place for all those who are interested in growing their own knowledge and practice and sharing this with others.

Welcome again

Aaron Bradbury

My External Work 

Executive Member of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network

Associate Pen Green Research Base

Institute for Apprenticeships and Technical Skills - Trailblazer Chair

Early Years Reviews  - Website and Blog

Pearson HND Module Writer - BTEC Higher Nationals Early Childhood Education and Care

Socialist Education Association - Early Years Birmingham Branch

School Governor (Chair)  - Washwood Heath Nursery School

Consultant - Apprenticeships and Early Years

Editorial Board - Early Years Educator




News and Articles

Bradbury, A. & Murdoch, J. (2018) Above and Beyond: Widening Participation for Apprenticeship Learners within Health and Social Care. FE News

Bradbury, A. (2020) Why Universities need to work more closely with Training providers and how it can be achieved. FE News.


Bradbury, A. & Wynne, V. (2019) Apprenticeships In Tummons, J. (2019) PCET Learning and Teaching in the Post Compulsory Sector. London. Sage

Bradbury, A. & Wynne, V. (2020) The Apprentice's Guide to End Point Assessment. London. Learning Matters

Bradbury, A. (2020) Early Years Supervision: A Practitoners Guide. Early Years Reviews.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Early Years Guide to the Voice of the Child. Early Years Reviews.

A, Bradbury. (2021) Editor. LGBTQIA Early Years Magazine. LGBTQ Early Years.

Early Years Coalition (2021) Birth to Five Matters. Chair of the Equality and Inclusion Chapter.

Bradbury, A. (2021) Foreword. Early Years Foundation Stage. London. Learning Matters.

Bradbury, A. (2021) From being to becoming - Early years education and research within practice. In: Flood, J. & Brown, C. The Research Informed Teaching Revolution. London. John Catt Publication. pp 17 - 26.
Current: Bradbury, A. & Swailes, R. (2022) Early Childhood Theorists Today. London. Learning Matters (Published May 2022)

Conferences/Key note speaker

Bradbury, A. (2019) Conference Paper - Working together through an apprenticeship framework for Early Childhood Professionals. Macao, China.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Presentation - The changing landscape of the Early Years and its implications on the child. Socialist Educational Association. February 2020. Bristol.

Bradbury, A. (2020) LGBTQ Representation in the Early Years. Early Childhood Conference. University of Derby.

Bradbury, A. (2020) The importance of Nurture and Nurturing environments in the Early Years. Kinderly Learn.

Bradbury, A. (2021) The Early Years Voice. BELMAS. Birmingham

Bradbury, A. (2021) Diversity and Inclusion and Gender Discussion. Sefdey.

Bradbury, A. (2021) LGBTQ Representation in Early Childhood and services. Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network.

Bradbury, A. (2021) The Early Years Child: Nurturing Children through a diverse lens. Early Excellence: A Celebration of Early Childhood Education.


Bradbury, A. & Pemberton, L. (2020) The Early Years Inclusion Revolution. Famly.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Equality, Diversity and Inclusion in the Early Years. Kinderly.

Bradbury, A. (2020) Play, is it a lost word?. Nottingham Institute of Education Blog.

Bradbury, A. & Coffey, G. (2021) Why LGBTQ Representation matters in the Early Years. Famly.

Bradbury, A. (2021) How to nurture children and enhance your environment in the Early Years. Kinderly.


Editor - LGBTQ Early Years

Owner - Early Years Reviews

Executive Member/Vice Chair Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network -

Editorial Board Member - Early Years Educator

Co Chair Early Years Academy

QAA Subject Benchmark writer - Early Childhood Studies - Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education


Work with me

I am available for speaking engagements, consultancy work, training and also writing articles so if you have any requirements, please feel free to contact me via email or social media; I would love to hear from you. 

A bit more information on my current projects

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Panel writer for the QAA Subject Benchmark Statements for Early Childhood Studies 

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Birth to Five Matters Non Statutory Guidance for the Early Years Foundation Stage

Chair of the Inclusion group and supported writing the Guidance which was By the sector and for the sector.

LGBTQ Magazine - Final Pages

Editor - LGBTQIA+ Early Years Magazine 

A magazine for Early Years professionals to reflect on their practices for Inclusion, Diversity and Equity for LGBTQIA+ Children, Families and Society.

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The Early Years Voice
Keynote Speaker at the BELMAS Discussion - University of Birmingham on 19th January 2021

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Derby University Early Childhood Conference

LGBTQIA+ Early Years

Keynote Speaker on 10th November 2020

EYMatters Chair

EY Matters Conference
Wellbeing for ALL in Early Years

I chaired the inaugural EY Matters conference held at Bath Spa University on 29th February 2020

Early Years at the Heart Conf - 19 Sep 2019

Early Years at the Heart Conference
I chaired the first Early Years at the Heart Conference held at University College Birmingham on 19th September 2019

Presentation at World Forum

Presentation at the World Forum of Education and Care 2019

Delivered a Keynote Discussion about Apprenticeships and Early Years Education

Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2018

Spotlight on Great Teacher Award 2018
I won a prize for Outstanding Teacher of the Year 2018

University College Birmingham


I am proud to work with and offer training to the following organisations

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