Donna joins Nesta as a resident early years consultant for the fairer start team.

Donna is a teacher that brings 30 years’ experience of working with children, young people and adults to enable them to be resilient lifelong learners. She has worked across a wide range of settings, such as schools, private, voluntary and independent nurseries, charities, local authorities and in private practice. Donna specialises in working with children and their parents who have encountered significant challenge in their lives and continues to work in practice to support young children who are struggling with their social, emotional, and mental health, alongside their parents and early educators.

Prior to Nesta, Donna was a member of the Inclusion and Equalities working group for the Birth to 5 Matters document and was the Birth to 5 Matters project co-ordinator. She will be taking up the post of senior lecturer in Children Young People and Families at the University of Gloucestershire.

Donna has a B(Ed) Hons (2:1), an MA (Early Years) (with distinction), an NPQICL and is currently completing her PhD which is concerned with the lived experiences of very young refugee children. She is a member of the National Education Union (NEU) and is part of the NEU Early Years Reference group.