Heather Macdonald

Programme Leader MA Early Childhood.

Heather Macdonald has been working at the University of Chester since 2008 and is currently the Programme Leader for the MA Early Childhood.




Heather began her career as a Primary School teacher working mainly in the Early Years.  She has taught across Early Years and Key Stage One but the majority of her teaching has been in nursery and reception classes in Northern Ireland.  Heather also spent 18 months teaching in an International Primary School in Malaysia where she had the opportunity of working with children from a wide range of different nationalities.

In 2001 Heather began lecturing in Early Childhood in Northern Ireland and was part of the team to develop Northern Ireland’s first foundation degree in Early Childhood Studies.  During this period, Heather also completed her Master’s Degree through Queen’s University in Belfast and was engaged in research into appropriate training for staff working as Teaching Assistants in the Early Years. 

Heather moved to Chester in 2008 to take up the position of Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and she teaches on a wide range of modules on the BA Early Childhood Studies Programme as well as on the MA Early Childhood.  She is currently working towards her Doctor of Education award and her current research interests are in the area of the impact of the media, technology and popular culture on young children.


Heather teaches on the MA Early Childhood and on the BA Early Childhood Studies Programmes.  Her teaching interests are related to

  • Young Children's Emotional and Social Development
  • Young Children's Behaviour
  • The Use of Technology by Young Children
  • Ethical Approaches to Working with Young Children


Heather is currently engaged in research on the views of Early Years practitioners on the use of technology with young children.