Michelle Wisbey

Course Leader, Early Childhood Studies

Faculty:Faculty of Health, Education, Medicine and Social Care

School:Education and Social Care

Location: Chelmsford

Areas of Expertise: Education and teaching

Research Supervision:Yes

Michelle’s expertise in early childhood education and practice. She has a particular interest in children risk taking and the Montessori Approach.



Michelle has over 25 years running her own Montessori nurseries and pre-schools, working with teachers, children and parents. Michelle works within the Early Years community to increase knowledge and support practice with Early Years teachers in settings to ensure the opportunity for all children to develop to their full potential.

She has mentored and tutored students in Early Years education for the last 8 years, and has supported Early Years settings to achieve the best outcome possible in Ofsted inspections. Her opportunity to work in settings with newly qualified Early Years teachers and leadership has led to the development of an interest in creating best practice models of practice both in the UK and in Malawi.

Research interests

  • Montessori approach to education
  • Sustainable early years education
  • Children and their risk taking
  • Early Years education in Malawi

Michelle is currently researching into the introduction of the Montessori Approach into early years centres in Malawi for the completion of her doctorate. With increasing interest in the Sustainable Development Goals and the importance of early years education to change lifetime outcomes for children. Michelle believes her research can inform change for early years education in developing countries.


Michelle teaches on our BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies and the FdA Early Years and Education degrees, along with continued involvement in the delivery and assessment of the new Graduate Additionally, supervising undergraduates with their final year major projects and providing support to students throughout their studies.


  • Educational Doctorate, Anglia Ruskin University (completion due 2019)
  • MA Early Years Leadership and Management, Anglia Ruskin University
  • PG Cert In Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University
  • BA (Hons) Early Years Education, Open University
  • International Diploma in Montessori Pedagogy

Memberships, editorial boards

  • HEA Fellowship

Recent presentations and conferences

  • Presentation at CARN, Manchester
  • Presentation at Montessori Leadership Conference