Olivia Coxhead was born in Oxford in the UK but moved to China when she was four years old! She spent many years at schools in Shanghai. She returned to the UK and became very interested in Early Years educational philosophy. This led her to undertake a degree in Early Childhood Studies. After some time teaching in Oxford and London, she returned to Shanghai to teach in an IB school before starting teaching Year 1 EAL at Dulwich College Beijing.