Viki Veale leads Early Years on the Foundation and Undergraduate programmes here at St Mary's as well as coordinating the Work Based Route One Year Pathway.
She began her career as a class based teacher before moving into senior leadership, mentoring, consultancy and advisory roles. She has also worked extensively with home-based childcare providers, independent preschools and sure start centres.
An active early years researcher, Viki has presented her work on the importance of outdoor provision in the digital age at several international conferences. She is head of the early years research cluster her at St Mary’s where she endeavours to bring experienced practitioners and trainee teachers together to develop grounded theory about the pedagogic practices which best support learning and development in the early years.
Viki is part of the executive committee for TACTYC, the association for professional development in the early years. In this capacity she promotes and advocates for the highest quality professional development for all early years educators in order to enhance the educational well-being of the youngest children.