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Martin Needham Manchester Metropolitan University, UK

Martin Needham trained and worked as an Early Years teacher in Nottinghamshire, London and Pakistan. This was followed by four years as an Early Years Development Officer for a local authority working on a range of initiatives including Early Years Development and Childcare Partnerships, and Children’s Centres. During this time he worked regularly with one of the regional parent and child groups as part of the National Children’s Bureau’s Playing with Words project. He became a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies at the University of Wolverhampton in 2003 and a Principle Lecturer at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2014. Martin completed his PhD examining pedagogy and learning with children under the age of 4 at the Institute of Education, London University in 2011. Martin has two children with whom he attended parent and toddler groups. Martin has published work on multi-agency working the ‘Team around the Child’ (Siraj-Blatchford et al, 2007) and applying theory to practice (Waller et al, 2011). Martin was the external examiner for the Peers Early Education Partnership (PEEP) which delivers practitioner training for those working with parents and children together from 2006-2010. Martin has also conducted research into leadership in early years settings (Hadfield et al, 2012 and Needham, 2013).