I have worked as a volunteer, paid member of staff, lead service provision and lectured in Early Years, Children and Family Services for the last 30 years both internationally and within the United Kingdom. I am very interested in lifelong learning and the importance of empowerment. I strongly believe that a holistic approach needs to be taken and no aspect of our lives can be segmented. Therefore my personal and professional identity influences, the way I interact and work with students and colleagues. The same is true for the students, they bring their personal and previous educational experiences to university. The interest in being part of this research is how can we engage with the students so that it is a mutually beneficial relationship and at the same time, it helps me reflect on my practice and continue to be a reflective professional and improve my practice.