Dr Mandy Andrews

Dr Mandy Andrews

Lecturer in Education

Plymouth Institute of Education - School of Society and Culture (Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Business)



Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies


Background: I came out of University with a joint honours comparative degree in Literature and Art and have continued playfully comparing experiences ever since! I came to Plymouth from a varied career background and range of experiences mostly involving children, young people, arts, environment and education. After completing my BA Arts degree I progressed to youth work, then ran play services and an adventure playground in Aylesbury Vale, Buckinghamshire, before entering the world of education in the more formal sense, both learning at a higher level myself whilst also teaching adults. My dissertation for my first MA was on Public Provision of Play Services for Children, and my second MA on Power and Leadership in Children's Centres. Included in my life journey are periods of time running pre-school, nurseries, play services and a Children's Centre. I have also spent time as a private consultant supporting business development in the Arts and Voluntary Sectors and as an Environmental Projects Manager. From 2007 I was a Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood at the University of Worcester but headed West to join Plymouth University in January 2014. I am currently researching Children's Outdoor Play Close to Home for my PhD. 

2013   PgCert Mentoring and Coaching for Leadership in Education. University of Worcester Institute of Education.
2009   PGCert Learning and Teaching in Higher Education/SEDA. University of Worcester Institute of Education.
2007   MA Integrated Provision for Children and Families. Pen Green Research Centre & Leicester University Faculty of Medicine and Biological Sciences  
2006   PGCert Education. Plymouth University Faculty of Education.
2006   National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership (NPQICL). Plymouth University/NCSL
2001   Approved Playwork Trainer & Everyone can Play Tutor Trainer National Centre for Playwork Education SW.
1993   MA Public and Social Administration. Brunel University Department of Government.
1989   Certificate in Adult Education. Regional Advisory Council for Further Education (London and South East).
1986   Certificate in Working with Young People. Buckinghamshire County Council Youth and Community Service.
1985   BA Hons. (2:1) Literature and Art History and Theory (Joint Degee). Essex University School of Comparative Studies    

Professional membership

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.




Andrews, M (2015) Children at Play: Evolution, Playfulness and Creativity Ch2 in Parker-Rees, R and Leeson, C (Eds) Early ChildhoodStudies. London: Sage. pp 29-42.

Andrews, M and Wickett, K (2015) Observing Children: The Importance of Personal Insight and Reflective Action, Ch5 in Parker-Rees, R andLeeson, C (Eds) Early Childhood Studies. London: Sage. Pp73-84

Chanda-Gool, S and Andrews, M (2015) Language, identity and belonging Ch 9 in Parker-Rees, R and Leeson, C (Eds) Early ChildhoodStudies. London: Sage. Pp129 – 142.

Andrews, M. (2012) Exploring Play for Early Childhood Studies. Exeter: Sage/Learning Matters.

Whittenbury, J., Russell, K., Lillyman, S. and Andrews, M(2011) Undergraduates’ experiences of reflection as a learning tool for ‘being’ and ‘becoming’ a professional: Aninterdisciplinary research presented at UoW Learning and TeachingConference in June 2011.

Andrews,M (2011) Whose Knowledge? Co-constructing a Mentoring Programme for EarlyChildhood Professionals. Paper presentedat BECERA, Birmingham 24/02/2011

Appleby, K & Andrews, M (2011) Reflective Practice is the Keyto Quality Improvement in Reed, M & Canning, N (2011) ImplementingQuality Improvement and Change in the Early Years. London:Sage.

Andrews, M (2010) Understanding the Mentoring Experience: Learning andDeveloping Together . Worcester Journal of Learning andTeaching July 2010

Andrews, M & Popova, A. (2010) Evaluation of Worcestershire CC Children’s Centres Worcester:University of Worcester.

Andrews, M (2010) Including and Enabling all Children as Individuals in Canning, N.(Ed) Play and Practice in the EYFS. London: Sage

Andrews, M (2010)  The Role of Play in Supporting Positive Relationships in Canning, N.(Ed) Play and Practice in the EYFS. London:Sage

A. Popova, C. Solvason, M. Andrews, J. Murray and L. Tyler (2009) An Integrated Early Year Professional Status Pathway Pilot Project Journal ofLearning and Teaching December 2009.

Andrews, M & Baylis, S (2009) Male Status Symbols: Men in Early Childhood. Early Years Educator (EYE) Magazine Vol. 11, Iss. 3 , 01 Jul 2009, pp 18 - 22.

Andrews, M. (2009) ‘A Healthy Child – Direction, Deficit or Diversity’in Reed and Canning (Ed’s) (2009) ‘ReflectivePractice in the Early Years’  London:Sage.

Andrews,M. (2008) “Managing change and pedagogical leadership” in Callan, S & Robins, A. (eds.) Managing Early Years settings: Leading and Managing Teams.London: Sage: 45-64.

Andrews,M & Champion, J. (Authors for editorial group) (2007) Cornwall Play Strategy  Truro: Cornwall County Council.

Andrews,M (2006) Turning the Curve to ImproveFamily Play Sessions paper presented at Pen Green Research and EducationCentre Turning the Curve Conference with Mark Friedman,Corby

Gill, T., Andrews, M., Melville, S., Januarius, M., Kelleher, C.,Cuell, S., and Knight, G (Eds) (1995)Playing for Local Government: How Local Authorities Can Enhance their CorporateStrategies and Service Planning by Supporting Children’s Play. London:NCB/NVCCP