Dr Jane Waters-Davies is an Associate Professor in Early Childhood Education at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David. Originally a teacher in London, she has worked in higher education in Wales for over 20 years, leading programmes in Early Childhood Studies, and Initial Teacher Education. Jane now works with postgraduate research students in the field of education and sits on the Welsh Government advisory panel for early years. Her doctorate explored the affordances for interaction and child agency in the outdoor and indoor spaces of the early years at school. Her research interests lie in young children’s play and learning, outdoor play and early concept development, and the professional education of those working with young children. She is passionate about the importance of early childhood educators understanding the complexities of the work they do, being able to advocate for playful learning on behalf of children, and being respected for the tremendous work they do.