Dr Eunice Lumsden is the Head of Early Years 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 has been awarded 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 and 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 was into 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 standards for Early Years Professional Status and Early Years Teacher Status. She was also on the Expert Group advising the Department of education on the Level Two Early Years qualifications and career pathways. In 2018 she led on the development of new Early Childhood Graduate Practitioner Competencies on behalf of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network, which are being embedded in degrees across the United Kingdom.
Eunice’s research 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 has been on the education panel advising CACHE.
Eunice has contributed to a number of research projects and has a special interest in Early Years 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’.
She is a former Clinical Trustee for the Northampton Infant and Parent Partnership (NorPIP) and was the Academic Early Years Co-ordinator for the 1001 Critical Days, a cross-party campaign aiming to put early years at the heart of policy. Eunice is also a registered Social Worker and prior to joining the University of Northampton, she had over 20 years’ experience as a social work practitioner in the statutory and voluntary sectors.