Early Years settings working in partnership with parents and carers is central to the Early Years Foundation Stage (EYFS). Educational Psychologists are involved in supporting the development of children at home and at school. As practice psychologists working with young children, we use psychological theory to underpin advice and support to parents and educational staff.
Dr Frances Parker
Dr Frances Parker is a senior educational psychologist and designated safeguarding officer with 15 years' experience in educational psychology practice.
During her previous teaching career as a secondary English teacher, Frances introduced a scheme where mentors working in industries supported disaffected year 11 pupils leading to improved exam outcomes. One of these pupils is now her friend on Facebook aged 32! This sparked a life-long interest in supporting vulnerable pupils with social, emotional and behaviour difficulties and she has continued to develop this area of special interest. This has included further study in Cognitive Behaviour Therapy and extensive work in Pupil Referral Units and specialist settings.
Frances enjoys professional growth and has recently completed her doctorate in Educational Psychology. Her thesis presented an intervention programme that she completed in a secondary school to support girls with risk factors for Child Sexual Exploitation. Other specialist interests include consultation processes and the power of groups in making change.
In her spare time, Frances is a busy mother who loves interior design and collecting vintage furniture!
Frances Parker has written 2 posts
Pre-school Autism Communication Therapy or PACT, is a one year intervention designed to improve social communication skills in children with ASC. It was developed for children aged between two and seven years of age who are at either the pre-verbal stage, or early stages of language development.