Dr Eunice Lumsden is an Associate Professor and the Subject Leader for Childhood Youth and Families at the University of Northampton. She is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a Teaching Fellow of the University of Northampton. She is also a registered Social Worker and is a Route Panel Member for Education and Childcare at the Institute of Apprenticeships and Technical Education.
She has received two University of Northampton ‘Changemaker’ Awards, one in 2016 was a lifetime achievement award for her work in Early Childhood and the second in 2018 for her work with Roots of Empathy. In 2016 she was runner-up in the National Infant Mental Health Researcher of the Year award, In 2018 her book ‘Child Protection in the Early Years: A Practical Guide’ was selected as a finalist for the best professional book of the year category in the Nursery World Awards.
Her doctoral research explored the development of a new professional role and status in the early years in England, Early Years Professional Status. As a result of this research, she has been an external adviser to the Department for Education on the professional standards for Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status. She was also on the Expert Group advising the Department for Education on the Level Two Early Years qualifications and career pathways. In 2017 she led on the development of new Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies on behalf of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network these are being embedded in degrees across the United Kingdom. In 2020/21 she was appointed by the Department of Health and Social Care, as an academic adviser to the Health Inequalities Review in the Early Years
Eunice’s research into workforce development in early childhood, led to an invitation by the Mayor of Istanbul and UNICEF to contribute to the debate on ensuring Early Childhood Development was included in the Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals. She has also worked as a consultant on professional standards for Early Childhood with the Professional Association of Child Development and UNICEF in Turkey.
She has had a range of other advisory roles including acting as an academic adviser for Camden Borough Council on their review of Children’s Services. She was a member of a consultative group on Early Childhood Education and Care for Save the Children and a consultant on professional development in the Early Years for the French Administration in Belgium. She has also been a member of the expert panel developing the International Step by Step Association (ISSA) Quality Framework for Early Childhood Practices in Services for Children Under Three Years of Age. She is currently an invited member of the Advisory Group for the Professional Association for Childcare and Early Years (PACEY) and is the elected member on the Parent-Infant Foundation.
Eunice has contributed to several research projects and has a special interest in early childhood professional development, child maltreatment, adoption and poverty. Her work on multi-professional and interagency work has been recognised internationally and cited in Practice Principle 2: Partnerships with Professionals (2011), an evidence paper for the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, Australia as warranting special mention because of its ‘relevance to, and impact on, Australian Early Childhood Education and Care’.