Portrait of  Amanda Crow Amanda Crow

a.crow@hud.ac.uk | 01484 478100



Qualifications: BA (Hons), MA, PGCHE, NPQICL, FHEA

Amanda Crow is a Senior Lecturer working in the School of Education and Professional Development and currently teaches on the BA (hons) Early Years, BA (Hons) Childhood Studies and Early Years Teacher programmes. She joined the University of Huddersfield in September 2014 after working for many years in the field of Early Childhood Education and Care. Amanda has a strategic responsibility for placements which involves developing and maintaining partnerships with schools and settings. Her role also involves preparing students for placement and offering support to ensure they have the best possible opportunities to gain the experiences needed for future employment.

Prior to joining the team in Huddersfield, Amanda was a part-time visiting lecturer at York St John University and worked full-time in Integrated Services in North Yorkshire. Amanda has developed community based services and project managed Children’s Centres including developing buildings and recruiting staff from a range of professional backgrounds. The role involved working at a strategic and operational level developing universal and targeted services with partner agencies to support vulnerable children and their families. Amanda facilitated multi-agency team work with health, education, social care and private and the voluntary sector agencies and had responsibility for leading ‘Common Assessments’ for children and young people.

In her early career Amanda developed childcare and family support for the first Sure Start Local Programme in Seacroft Leeds. She was responsible for recruiting, coordinating and mentoring parents and local volunteers; creating a childcare team that was responsive to the needs of the children and families accessing support through the programme. Amanda developed and delivered a bespoke training programme enabling the volunteers to become qualified for their childcare role. In 2005 she became the manager of East Leeds Integrated Children's Centre responsible for a full day care nursery, early education, integrated family support and coordinated parenting programmes in the community.  Previous positions include roles with children and families including full day care, sessional pre-schools, maintained schools, special educational needs and also as a self- employed Registered Child-minder.

Research and Scholarship

Research and scholarship

Amanda is currently working towards her Educational Doctorate and is researching the relationships between children, parents and nursery practitioners. Her particular research interests include:

  • Working with parents and carers to develop children’s early home learning
  • Improving quality practice for ‘2’ year olds including developing experienced practitioners to support the most vulnerable children
  • Multi-agency working, supporting coordinated services to create a ‘team around the child’ approach
  • Early intervention and family support
  • Supporting students to develop peer relationships

Publications and Other Research Outputs


Crow, A. and McMahon, S. (2017) ‘Working in partnership with placement’. In: Work-based Practice in the Early Years: A guide for students. : Routledge. . ISBN 978-1138673656


Crow, A (2016) ‘Introducing a peer learning approach to assessment preparation’. In: Inspire Conference 2016, 21st June 2016, University of Huddersfield


Crow, A (2015) ‘Assessment through simulated safeguarding scenarios’. In: Inspire – sharing great practice in Social Science teaching and learning, 3rd - 4th December 2015, The Studio, Manchester


December 2010 Workshop delivered in London for National Conference - 'Sure Start: Changing Children's Lives'.

2008  Visited Finland with a team of nationally recruited professionals to evaluate Early Years Education producing a collaborative report for the National College of School Leadership.

2009-10  Integrated Service development in North Yorkshire responsible for the management and Chairing of ‘common assessments’ for families with complex needs.

2011  Case study published in Whalley (2008) Leading Practice in Early Years Settings (Achieving EYPS Series) Exeter:Learning Matters Ltd.

2012-13  Chaired review panel for implementing the 2013-Co-delivery of North Yorkshire conference ‘Being Two’ working in partnership with Early Years.

2013  Successfully led the Children’s Centre team in their first Ofsted, gaining good overall with outstanding areas of practice in creating a nurturing environment for children and their families.

2014  Visiting Lecturer at York St John University, specialising in ‘Working with Parents and Families’.

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA)

December 2015 HEA Inspire Conference paper presentation, at the annual Social Sciences Conference.

2016 External examiner for University of Central Lancashire, FDA Early Years programme.

Research Degree Supervision

Research degree supervision

BA Early Years and BA Childhood Studies research topics include

  • Teaching phonics
  • Working with children who have emotional and behavioural challenges
  • Supporting inclusion in Early Years
  • Working with parents/carers
  • Supporting vulnerable children and families

Further information is available about Research Topics and Supervision within the School of Education and Professional Development.

Teaching and Professional Activities

Lead tutor for placements

Personal tutor BA (Hons) Early Years

Module lead for Advanced Professional Practice and Safeguarding