About the Researcher

Elizabeth (Beth) Thomas BA (hons) EYTS MRes

Elizabeth has worked in a variety of early years settings over the past fifteen years; an out of school play club, as a teaching assistant in a Reception classroom, as a childminder (for six years), as a lead practitioner in a busy day nursery and as a practitioner in a pack away preschool. She also writes regularly for practitioner magazines.


Elizabeth studied her BA (hons) Early Years with The Open University for six years before embarking on Early Years Initial Teacher Training at the University of Brighton. She continues to study and has completed a Master's Research degree in Childhood Studies.


Elizabeth's main area of focus is children's transitions. She has seen first hand how children can struggle when faced with change and seeks to find out how to best support children in their unique situations. Her 'Transition Story Books' range has been born out of this interest and each book was written specifically for particular children Elizabeth was caring for at the time.

Thomas, B. (2013) 'Sensing Children's Lives', Child Care, Vol. 10, No. 7, pp 2-3


Thomas, B. (2013) 'Democratic pedagogy', Child Care, Vol. 10, No. 8, pp 2-3


Thomas, B (2014) 'Inspiration from Reggio Emilia, Child Care, Vol. 11, No. 3, pp 12-13


Thomas, B (2014) 'Understanding children', Child Care, Vol. 11, No. 4, pp 2-3


Thomas, B (2015) 'Connecting with children', Child Care, Vol. 12, No. 4, pp 4-5


Thomas, B. (2015) 'Positive relationships', Child Care, Vol. 12, No. 5, pp 4-5


Thomas, B. (2016) 'The hunt goes on', Practical Preschool, Vol. 2016, No. Sup185, pp 9-10


Thomas, E. (2016) 'How residential mobility affects children in settings', Early Years Educator, Vol. 18, No. 6, pp 43–45


Thomas, B. (2016) 'How important is play?', Childcare Expo blog, September 2016


Thomas, B. (2016) 'The importance of communication', Childcare Expo blog, November 2016


Thomas, E. (2017) 'Strategies for sharing free hours between providers', Early Years Educator, Vol. 18, No. 12, pp 35-37


Thomas, E. (2017) 'Ethical considerations in social research with children', Early Years Educator, Vol. 19, No. 1, pp 36-38


Thomas, B. (2017) 'Moving house: Supporting early years children through transition?', Early Years Educator, Vol. 19, No. 6, covermount booklet


Thomas, E. (2017) 'Exploring residential mobility: learning about how young children experience the transition of moving house and how adults can best support them', conference briefing paper, TACTYC conference 2017


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