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Debra Laxton

Early Childhood Lead & Senior Lecturer in Education | 01243 793526


Debra has spent the whole of her career, spanning over thirty years, involved in the care and education of young children. She worked in schools and nurseries within the London Borough of Hounslow before moving to West Sussex and working in a Nursery School and Children Centre. She then moved to the Further Education Sector within the Childhood Studies department and now works at the University of Chichester as Early Childhood Lead & Senior Lecturer.


Debra is passionate about the importance of reflective practice and supporting trainee teachers and education studies students to develop the knowledge, skills and experience to develop practice and improve the experiences and outcomes for children in their care. Debra takes a keen interest in the areas of attachment theory and engaging all parents and carers, aware of the positive impact this can have on children and families.


Laxton, D. (2012). Confusion Reigns: Key person approach or key worker system. Early Years Educator. Vol. 14. No.1. pp. 38-44.   

Laxton, D. (2016). The Future of Teachers. Early Years Educator. Vol. 18. No.4. pp. 14-16.    

Laxton, D. (2016). Everyone Gets Better. Early Years Educator. Vol. 18. No.5. pp. 14-16.    

Laxton, D. (2017). Trainee Teachers Really Can Be Change Agents. Early Years Educator. Vol. 18. No.8. pp. 18-20. 

Laxton, D. (2018). We Are Beginning to Hear the Male Voice in Childcare. Early Years Educator. Vol. 19. No.9. pp. 18-20.    

Laxton, D. & Leask, M. (2019). Early Childhood Education in Emergencies MESH guide. [online]. Available from

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