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Nicky Shaw


  • United Kingdom

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Personal Statement

I joined Strathclyde University in April 2019 as a Teaching Associate (Early Years). After graduating with an honours degree from Strathclyde University I worked as a play leader in out of school care, preschool and playgroup settings. I have been a primary teacher, nursery teacher and children’s centre manager, teaching across local authority and private sectors. I have worked in both Scotland and England during my teaching career.
I was appointed team leader for the Building the Ambition team within North Lanarkshire Council (NLC). I completed a secondment as a Quality Assessor with the ELC Expansion Team in NLC, supporting the delivery of the government funded 1140 hours of ELC. I was also a member of the NLC 1140 Hours Quality Steering Group. I contributed to the National Practice Guidance document for early learning and childcare "Realising the Ambition" (Education Scotland, 2020). 
BA Sociology/Psychology (1995)
CREDL(Religious Education)(2000)
PGCE(Early Childhood Education)(2001)
MEd Early Years Pedagogue with Distinction (2018)
Dissertation Title “Emotion Coaching: Moving from Behaviourism to Nurture in a Nursery Class.”
PhD:Current research project relates to ELC workforce empathy, emotion regulation and personal emotional constructs.
Teaching and Learning:
BA Childhood Practice Tutor, Module Leader and Shadow Course Leader
BA Primary Education Placement Learning Module Leader (Early Years)
PGDE Placement Learning Module Leader (Early Years)
MEd Early Years Pedagogue Tutor and Module Lead
BA4 and MEd Dissertation Supervisor
Columba 1400 Early Years Facilitator


  • Early learning and childcare
  • Early Years
  • Primary teaching
  • Emotion regulation
  • Empathy
  • Wellbeing


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