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
  • Radio Host for Childhood Chatter on Teacher Hug Radio

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 Publications

  • Bradbury, A. & Murdoch, J. (2018) Above and Beyond: Widening Participation for Apprenticeship Learners within Health and Social Care. 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. (2019) Conference Paper – Working together through an apprenticeship framework for Early Childhood Professionals. Macao, China.
  • Bradbury, A. (2020) Why Universities need to work more closely with Training providers and how it can be achieved. FE News.
  • 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. & Wynne, V. (2020) The Apprentice’s Guide to End Point Assessment. London. Learning Matters (Published September 2020)

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. 

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Coaching and Mentoring - Early Years and Education Leaders 

Starting from September 2020 I am available for bookings to Leaders and Managers in the Early Years, Schools and Children's Services. I have been offering Coaching and Mentoring sessions privately and now I am able to offer these services to you, whether of an evening, morning or weekend. I have times to suit you. If you think that you would benefit from a session, weekly monthly or adhoc then please do get in touch.

All discussions remain confidential, you will sign an agreement with myself, plus I am able to help with supporting your leadership journey and discuss elements of your role. So, if you think that this sounds like a good idea. Please contact me for further information.

Special Offer: You first 30 mins absolutely free. During this time I will explain how the sessions work, discussing safe spaces and also your coaching and mentoring agreement. If you do not want carry on that is fine.

A bit more info

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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 the following organisations

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