Carolyn Silberfeld is Chair/Director of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN). She has spent 26 years developing and leading Early Childhood Studies degrees, contributing to all aspects of their development. The ECSDN promotes and advocates education and research for the continuing development of a highly qualified early childhood graduate profession and workforce; and provides critical perspectives on, and a forum for, the advancement of appropriate early childhood policies, initiatives, and legislation. The ECSDN has been at the forefront for the development of quality within ECS degrees, with the development of QAA Early Childhood Studies Benchmark Statements and the Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies at Level 6. Carolyn has participated in all developments within the ECSDN and has been a member of all working groups in different Executive Committee roles. She has a professional background in health (children’s nursing, midwifery, health visiting), social sciences (BSc), Education (MEd, Cambridge) and Practitioner Research (MEd, Institute of Education) and has worked in many different settings, cultures, and contexts. This has all contributed to her pedagogic approach which views childhood as being contextual and holistic. Carolyn has taught in HE since 1988 and her research interests include reflective learning in higher education; the influence of studying abroad; national and international child health and wellbeing; and the impact of the EYFS on professional practice and the subsequent effects on children’s learning and development.
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