I became the manager of the Dept. of Psychology playgroup in August 2016. This post has given me the unique opportunity to combine my background in early years research and teaching with my renewed interest in early learning and childcare as lead practitioner. My identity as an Italian professional working both in academia and in various early years settings has given me an inter-disciplinary and international perspective on child development and related research. I hope to be able to continue the good work Aileen and Sarah have done for the setting, while supporting the research activities that students and staff carry out at the playgroup.