Ms Sioned Saer BA
Tel: 01267 225188
As part of my responsibilities, I organise timetables for the School of Early Years. I am the coordinator of the Safeguarding and Leadership modules and support the teams of staff for these modules. I organise study visits abroad. In September, I will begin the responsibility of Link Tutor to the Gamfa Wen, the University’s day nursery on the Carmarthen Campus. I also have overall responsibility for ensuring that the School’s Safeguarding procedures are updated annually as well as providing staff training. I am also a member of the University’s Safeguarding Forum.
My previous responsibilities have included organising induction week within the School, Link Tutor for students with Student Services and a Study Week to Sweden.
My background has followed two very different pathways: Business and Child Protection/Safeguarding. I have been fortunate to have had over 25 years’ experience in setting up and running day nurseries between the early 80’s up to the end of 2014, when I sold my day nursery to concentrate on my full time post and my research interests. During the 90’s I changed course and career and joined the Dyfed Powys Police Force, where I trained in Family Protection. These experiences lead to a personal interest to improve practice and policy in safeguarding in the early years. In 2001, having left the Police Force and by then running a large day nursery, I returned to higher education and completed a BA in Early Years Education here at Trinity. This was possible through the evening Flexible Learning Route and in 2004, I was awarded a first class honours degree. In 2005, I was privileged to join the School of Early Years, initially as a part time lecturer.
Then in 2006, I joined the School as a full time staff member focusing on Safeguarding Children as well as having a role within the Leadership and Management modules. In 2013, I completed the Training for Trainers course at the NSPCC headquarters and have recently completed my accreditation as a Safeguarding Consultant. I am now continuing to develop my expertise in Safeguarding and extending my activities within the School as the Safeguarding Champion.
I am about to complete my MA in Early Literacy.
- Children in Wales
- UWTSD Early Years Special Interest Group
- Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol
During the last ten years, I have been part of many different modules. Below are a range of modules which I taught in the last academic year and these range from Level 4 to Level 6 modules. They are:
- Young Children: Creative Thinkers
- Working with young children and families: principles
- Working with young children and families: practice
- Keeping Children Safe: well-being and safeguarding
- Research for Learning
- Talking Together
- The Reflective Adult
- Social Justice and Inclusion in the Early Years
- Leadership in Early Years Provision
I am about to complete my MA in Early Literacy and have an interest in bilingualism, ‘code-switching’ and how music, rhythm and rhyme enhances early language and literacy development.
I also have an interest in children’s rights and have recently been part of an all Wales training project, through the Welsh Government to deliver training on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child to the childcare sector across Wales.
In 2013, I completed the Training for Trainers course at the NSPCC headquarters and have recently completed my accreditation as a Safeguarding Consultant. I am now continuing to develop my expertise in Safeguarding and extending my activities within the School as the Safeguarding Champion.
My background in business has enabled me to develop the Level 6 Leadership module and provide guidance to students wishing to set up and run their own day nurseries.
I also provide training opportunities for students to gain additional certificates in Safeguarding alongside their degrees. These training courses are delivered in Welsh and English during the final year of study. I have also participated in Professional Development activities including young children’s well-being.
Gealy, A. a Saer, S. (2010) ‘Y Plentyn Creadigol’ yn Siencyn, S.W. (gol), Y Cyfnod Sylfaen 3-7 oed Athroniaeth, Ymchwil ac Ymarfer. Caerfyrddin: Cyhoeddiadau Prifysgol Cymru Y Drindod Dewi Sant
Tinney, G., Darby, P. and Saer, S. (2017) Developing a fast track flexible programme for students working in the early years education and care sector. HEA Annual Conference, Manchester, July 4th, 2017.
Welton, N., Saer, S. and Tinney, G (2017) Evaluation of UNCRC training. BERA Conference