Mrs Natalie Macdonald LLB, MA

Lecturer

Carmarthen

Tel: 01267676602
E-mail: Natalie.macdonald@uwtsd.ac.uk

Natalie Macdonald

I am on the module team for BA and Master’s modules.

School of Early Years’ Unfair Prcatice officer.

School of Early Years Health and Safety Officer.

I am a member of the FEC Ethics Panel.

I contribute to the development, writing of lectures.

I support the CAMau for Early Years and the Early Years Special Interest Group.

I am one of the lead researchers for the UWTSD Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scale.

Natalie Macdonald is a Researcher and Lecturer at University of Wales Trinity Saint David specialising in Early Years provision and pedagogy. Natalie has ten years of Early Years sector experience including Flying Start and Foundation Phase, Natalie has extensive experience of working with children and families in areas of disadvantage and has a keen research interest in the impact of early intervention strategies, pedagogy and initiatives to eradicate the impact of poverty.

Natalie holds the Gold Standard international benchmark for the Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scale and is a lead in the SSTEW research team at UWTSD. Natalie is a contributing lecturer on the BA Early Education and Care (Early Years Practitioner) at UWTSD and holds an MA in Developmental and Therapeutic Play, NVQ level 5 in Children’s Care Learning and Development, and LLB degree in Law and Politics. Natalie is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Education.

My academic interests include children’s well-being, attachment, the impact of Poverty in Early Years, workforce development, ensuring quality and Early Years pedagogy.

Natalie lectures across modules at all levels within the following programs:

BA Early Years Education and Care/BA Addysg a GofalBlynyddoeddCynnar

BA Early Childhood/BA PlentyndodCynnar

I jointly lead a research team regarding the use of environmental rating scales as a means of researching in early years settings (SSTEW, ECERS, ITERS). 

I have developed a training program for childcare professionals to support children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties, this has been rolled out to a Local Authority and research around its impact is ongoing.

EECERA 2016 conference paper presentation ‘How can we help Early Years Professionals to recognise attachment difficulties and support children’s emotional and behavioural development? Does specific intervention training make a difference?’

Capita 2017 presentation ‘How can we help Early Years Professionals to recognise attachment difficulties and support children’s emotional and behavioural development?

Forthcoming paper – ‘Social and emotional well-being, and learning readiness: supporting children and practitioners in areas of multiple deprivation’ Macdonald, N., Gealy, A. and Tinney, G.

Principles and ethics of early years care and education, Professional practice and workforce development in Early Years Attachment, Poverty in early years education and care.

Supporting editor for the Wales Journal of Education 2015-2016.

* Sustained Shared Thinking and Emotional Wellbeing Scale Pilot project – Suitability of use of scale in Wales as a research and professional development tool. Numerous research projects in process following gaining of ‘gold standard’ benchmarking.

* Early Years Special Interest Group convener.

* Through Teach First Innovation project – ‘Attachment and me’ pilot – attachment training and resource package for childcare workers. (Paper presented in EECERA 2016)

* Member of End Child Poverty Network.

* Editing support for Wales Journal of Education.

* Organiser for Early Years Matters conference 6th July 2016 and workshop provider.

* Workshop provider for Investors in Families Conference 2016.

* Family and Community engagement research. Case studies undertaken with schools scoping models of family and community engagement including interviews, focus groups, transcriptions and case study write ups.

Development of attachment training and resource pack to support childcare professionals to support children with emotional, social and behavioural difficulties.

Development and facilitation of ‘Talking Science’ training program for early years practitioners

Macdonald, N., Sophocleous, C. (2016). The Business of Eradicating Poverty in Schools, South Wales Business Review, 6 (3):18-19.

Macdonald, N., Battenbough, E., (2016) Attachment and Me: Supporting Childcare Professionals to support children with Social, Emotional and Behavioural Difficulties. Training and resource pack – as yet unpublished.

Macdonald, N. “How can we help Early Years Professionals to recognise attachment difficulties and support children’s emotional and behavioural development? Does specific intervention training make a difference?” (2016) Abstract presented at EECERA

Palaiologou, I., (Ed) (2016) Early Years Foundation Stage: Theory and Practice (3rd  edition), London: SAGE. (Macdonald, N., Contributing Author Chapter 3)

Egan, D. (2017) After PISA: A way forward for education in Wales? Merthyr Tydfil: Bevan Foundation (Macdonald, N. Author of case study).

Forthcoming paper – ‘Social and emotional well-being, and learning readiness: supporting children and practitioners in areas of multiple deprivation’ Macdonald, N., Gealy, A. and Tinney, G.

Organiser of National Early Years Conference in Wales 2016, Village Hotel, Swansea.