Miss Carly Ellicott

Miss Carly Ellicott

School of Psychology (Faculty of Health)



I have 25 years experience of supporting children, young people and their families. I have worked across a broad age range, specialising in Early Childhood and using that knowledge to underpin my work within the higher and further education sectors. I have held leadership, management, consultancy and inspection roles (private education, third sector organisations and on behalf of the Department of Education, Uk). Most recently I coordinated the delivery of a newly recommissioned county wide young carers service which has motivated my area of research focus.
My research interests lie within the fields of Psychology, Early Childhood studies and family science. 
My research focus will provide a voice to young carers in early childhood, an underrepresented group within literature,  utilising qualitative methodologies. 


PhD Psychology, University of Plymouth (2023 – current) 
MSc Psychology, University of Plymouth (2023), Distinction
MA Education, (Integrated Working with Children and their Families), Pengreen Research Base, University of Hertfordshire (2023), Distinction
Early Years Professional Status, SWIFT (2007), Distinction
BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies, University of Plymouth (2005), 2:1

Professional membership

BPS (British Psychological Society) Graduate Status

Roles on external bodies

Young Carers Alliance Forum Member
CREC (Centre for Research in Early Childhood)  Learning Circle Member


Teaching interests

Early Childhood Studies
Developmental Psychology 
Mental Health and wellbeing


Research interests

 Drawing upon my background as an early year’s professional, whilst managing a young carers county wide service, I was struck by the marginalisation faced by our youngest carers and their families, both in policy and practice. Drawing upon storytelling as a paradigm of enquiry, this research programme will provide a polyvocal (Samaras & Pithouse-Morgan, 2020) investigation of young carers in early childhood. Four strands of the programme serve to triangulate an evidence base on which the young carers community and wider education and health and social care sectors can draw from. The outcomes aim to influence change in policy and practice to recognise and include young carers in early childhood consistently in all related strategy. 


Ellicott, C., & Woodworth, A. (2023) Young Carers in the UK. In Routledge Handbook of Child and Family Social Work Research: Knowledge Building, Application, and Impact. Routledge (estimated publication date March, 2024)



Other academic activities

BECERA  ( British Early Childhood Education Research Association ) 2024 Conference - Early Years Education as Political Activity : Access, Choice, Agency and Voice. Presentation and Guest Blog  - Title: Young Carers in Early Childhood - Creating threads of hope through lived experience.