Dr Ioanna Bakopoulou is a lecturer in psychology in education and an educational psychologist by background with 20 years applied educational psychology experience. Her research interests include language inequalities in the early years, parenting support and education, and early intervention. Last year, Ioanna worked with the early years team of Bristol city council on a project that investigated the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the transition from the early years into school. Her follow-up study aims to understand the experiences of children attending reception classes in the academic year 2020/2021 from the perspective of teachers and their parents. Ioanna is experienced in mixed methods research.