Fay Childs

Senior Practitioner Lecturer

Faculty of Arts, Humanities, Education and Social Sciences
School of Education
Areas of Expertise:
Education and teaching
Courses taught:

Fay is an experienced teacher with expertise in the development and support of Early Years practice. She has a particular interest in holistic, multi-sensory learning, and drawing this pedagogy into the primary classroom. Fay is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner, working part time with ARU delivering the BEd Primary Education with QTS and part time as a classteacher in a village primary school in Cambridge.

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Fay began her teaching career in 2005, teaching in a Cambridge nursery school whilst gaining many hours of training and CPD. After four years, she then moved into a local authority role as an Early Years Foundation Stage Advisor; sharing expertise, monitoring provision of nursery providers and leading training sessions to practitioners and childminders.

Moving back into a teaching role was crucial to enable Fay to develop her knowledge and skills of the primary curriculum. Whilst at her current school (Bottisham Community Primary) she has moved from the Nursery class and has experience of teaching all age groups to Year 6 and is now settled firmly in 3/4, where she can fully explore her interest of transition from Key Stage 1 to 2. She has extensive experience of mentoring SCITT students, PGCE teacher trainees as well as mentoring students from ARU and Bottisham Village College.

At ARU, Fay is a Senior Lecturer Practitioner. She has responsibility for teaching the PES undergraduate course in Peterborough but will, in September 2024, be teaching and supporting the teacher trainees on the BEd course at the Cambridge campus as well as acting as a tutor and also as Lead Mentor to the school-based providers.

Research interests

  • Drawing EY learning into primary education
  • Using drama as a teaching tool
  • Teacher education and development


  • PGCE Early Years, University of Cambridge
  • BA Hons Performing Arts

Memberships, editorial boards

  • Chartered College of Teaching, member