Parents & Carers

Our Team

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Christian Bunting
Bradford Birth to 19, Director

Christian’s passion for education spans a number of years in senior roles, formerly in schools and presently as a Partnership Board member for the Bradford Opportunity Area. He has led the development of Bradford Birth to 19 from inception, building a collaborative alliance of 150 schools, together with the Public Health, community, university research and local government sectors.

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Andrea Layzell
National Early Years Projects Lead

Andrea has worked in Early Years for over 30 years. This includes 20 years working for local authorities, as a consultant supporting practitioners, and most recently with Bradford Birth to 19.

Becca Oberg
Head of Partnerships

Rebecca has worked in Early Years  for over 30 years. She has held leadership roles in both the charitable and private sectors, in the UK and internationally. Her passions for early childhood alongside the value of play and informal learning for all ages has led to her sitting on a number of voluntary advisory boards.

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Verity Sowden
Marketing and Business Development Lead

Verity has been working and volunteering in the charity sector for over 5 years. She is passionate about making learning fun and accessible for all, having previously worked for a disability charity that enables disabled children to actively access engaging movement opportunities and gain functional skills.

Rachael Dennis
50 Things Project Officer

Rachael has been volunteering with families in local communities and beyond for over a decade. Previously a 50 Things Enthusiast, Rachael is bringing that same enthusiasm and more to her role of Project Officer.  


We put children at the heart of everything we do. This includes our vision, mission and values.
Meet the team members that will guide you on your 50 Things journey.
The 50 Things To Do project sprung from the minds of people at the St Edmund's Nursery School in Bradford.
50 Things to Do Before You’re Five helps parents develop their home learning environment so that far more children thrive by the age of five.
The Theory of Change is an approach that defines all building blocks required to achieve long term outcomes and reflects current understanding of how change takes place.
By buildings skills and confidence of parents, this will support improvements for children of all ages - take a look at what different councils have discovered through their use of 50 Things To Do.
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Anna Mykhalchyshyna 
Business Development Officer

After 10 years of work as a Marketing and Sales Director in the automotive industry, Anna moved to work in education. As a Secondary School Manager, Anna was the initiator of various projects for children in financial and media literacy, ecology and public speaking. Anna moved to the UK and joined the 50 Things to Do Team in June 2022, and has since become our Business Development Officer. Anna believes in the power of education to change the world.


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Rosie Gasson
Evaluation Officer

Since 2011, Rosie has volunteered and worked with young people and adults with additional needs across charitable projects, colleges, and schools. Also a parent of 3 young children, Rosie has a particular interest in inclusivity and how we can maximise everyday opportunities to develop communication and interaction.