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Amanda Thomas University of South Wales, UK

Dr. Amanda Thomas is a Senior Lecturer in Early Years education at USW and teaches on the Early Years Education degree and the Working with Children and Families degree. She has taught in both Primary and Further Education before taking up her role in higher Education in 2011. Amanda currently teaches on a range of education modules including play, child development, pedagogy,  and leading and managing others. She competed her PhD in 2018 exploring children’s schemas in the Foundation Phase.  She has had books and research published on Early Years education, Schemas and Transitions within education. Amanda has just completed a suite of materials for the Welsh Government on schemas.  In her spare time, Amanda is a trustee of a charity trying to restore the former miners’ institute in her local village.