Chantelle Haughton

​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​Position:​Senior Lecturer in Educational Studies (Early Childhood Studies)
​School:​ Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
​ Telephone:​0292 020 1587
​Room No:​Q016



Research Groups:
• Education and Social Research Group (ESRG)
• Children's Rights in Early Years Network 
• Outdoor Activities and Leisure Research Group, Cardiff Metropolitan University

• Fellow of HEA
• British Educational Research Association (BERA)
• British Educational Studies Association (BESA)
• Forest School Wales
• Early Childhood Association
• Language and Play, Cardiff Steering Committee
• Woodlands for Learning Forum
• Outdoor Learning Training Network Wales
• Real World Learning Cymru Partnership (RWLCP)
• Black History Wales Steering Committee

Research Interests:
• Forest School
• Outdoor Play and Learning
• Emotional Literacy
• Inclusion for families and children
• Holistic child development


Projects Funding Amount Year Role

​The Concrete Patch Project – a design collaboration between CSE and CSAD students and staff to re-energise an un-used area on campus to generate use for learning, teaching and community engagement.

​Student Experience Fund​£2,0002016​Project Leader

​‘Open All Hours’ pilot project to support 3 schools in Cardiff & Vale to extend use of school grounds to be accessible for community play – An action research collaboration with Play Wales funded by Wales Millennium Charitable Trust.

​Wales Millennium Charitable Trust​£7,500​2015​Co-applicant & Principle researcher
​The Toolkit Project - research & enterprise strands of the project with Play Wales​Get Started Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University​£1,100​2015​Project manager

​Hosting an international research and practice visit from Prof. Julie Burke including the co-ordination of a schedule of visits for four weeks to a range of settings and projects.

​GH Researcher Fund​£1,5002014​Visit planner and co-ordinator
Development & building of Outdoor Learning Centre

Research and Enterprise Funding (REIF), Cardiff Metropolitan University

External Charity Grants from Wales Millennium Charitable Trust and Waterloo Foundation

Simon Gibson Trust




2013 Co-applicant
Development of Outdoor Learning Centre Story Chair Circle spaceSEED funding, Cardiff Metropolitan University £3,000 2012Project Leader
Focus Group event to explore practitioners’ perceptions and experiences in Forest School and Outdoor learning in different settings.Internal Research Fund, Cardiff Metropolitan University£2,0002012Principal Investigator
Strategic Insight Partnership Placement with Forestry Commission Wales Strategic Insight Partnership Fund (SIP) funded by HEFCW. £2,0002011Project Leader
Strategic Insight Partnership Placement with The Winding House MuseumStrategic Insight Partnership (SIP) funded by HEFCW £2,0002011Project Leader
Assessment in primary school science investigates effective assessment of conceptual understanding in science in primary school children with English as an additional language (EAL). Welsh Educational research Network (WERN). £5,0002008-2009Researcher
Cardiff Metropolitan and Cardiff University.
Gender and bullying in the early years: mapping the regulation and resistance of gender norms in the making of young subjectivities.Welsh Educational research Network (WERN).£5,000 2008-2009 Researcher


I am a senior lecturer in Early Childhood Studies. I was recently awarded Student Led Teaching Fellowship for Most Inspiring Teaching (2013) by ECS students. I was also awarded the Vice Chancellor's Staff Award for Excellence (2011) for my Forest School and outdoor learning community and student engagement work through the development of an Outdoor Learning Centre. In addition to my lecturing role; I initiate and co-ordinate related projects within our campus woodlands in partnership with local primary schools and other external partners. I joined the university as a Lecturer in 2008, and previously worked in a diverse range of roles and settings in education and business. My current research interests stem from connecting theoretical perspective and real life practice through current active engagement with external stakeholders on a range of projects providing scope for strategic insight. As an early career researcher I have participated in capacity-building research and enterprise projects, strategic insight partnerships funded by WERN, ESRC and HEFCW which have informed wider teaching, learning, innovation and awareness of knowledge transfer benefits in theory, practice and policy.