Carol Hayes has worked in early years for the last 40 years as a teacher and tutor. Before recently retiring she worked at Staffordshire University for 6 years as a principal lecturer and academic group leader. She helped to develop a thriving early childhood studies department with programmes from Foundation Degrees to Masters in Early Childhood. Her specialist area is cognitive development and language, literacy and communication. Her main research interests are dyslexia and communication difficulties and graduate teaching assistants in the workforce.