Louise Kay is a lecturer in early childhood in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified teacher and has worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of her career spent teaching in the early years. Her current work is in collaboration with Monash University and the Australian Catholic University exploring learning-rich leadership in the early years workforce. She is also involved in the Makerspace project which aims to engage young children and marginalised groups in science, engineering, technology and mathematics. Her research interests include pedagogy in the early years, curricular and assessment frameworks, and the impact policy has on children and teachers. She is also interested in the utilisation of cultural-historical activity theory as a methodological framework.