Melanie Mackinder

Melanie currently teaches on the BA Early Childhood Studies undergraduate degree at Bishop Grosseteste University. She has been teaching Bishop Grosseteste University since 2013 and has taught on a range of undergraduate degree programmes including Education Studies and Professional Studies. Melanie currently teaches on the Health and Well-Being in Early Childhood and Inclusion and Diversity programmes.

Melanie’s career history includes teaching in culturally and socially diverse primary schools across England and Scotland, including children with EAL. With her specialism in early years education, she set up a state funded nursery school and was a founding member of the Norfolk Early Years forum. She also has experience of working with children with SEN in Special school. Melanie also has experience of a range of school-based leadership roles including senior leadership.

Melanie’s research interests are focused on early learning, creativity, outdoor learning environments and the socio-cultural context of learning. Her masters research focused on the impact of socio-cultural factors on the development of language and literacy in young learners.

Melanie worked on the EU funded research project ‘Creative Little Scientists’ which examined the teaching of Science and Mathematics, across 9 European countries, through the lens of creativity. She presented Creative Little Scientists: ‘Using digital technology for the first time in research’ (January 2015) at the CARN study day, BGU.

More recently, as part of her doctoral studies, Melanie has published ‘Footprints in the Woods: ‘tracking’ a nursery child through a Forest School session (2017). She is now working on completing her doctoral thesis that is looking at Forest School in Denmark and England using a Deleuzian perspective.