Angela Hodgkins


Senior Lecturer & Course Leader for BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families

Children and Families

Contact Details

tel: 01905 855261

Angela started her professional career aged 18, as an NNEB qualified nursery nurse, working in special schools and supporting children with special needs in mainstream provision. She has had a varied 20-year career in Early Years, including working as a nanny and a child-minder, as a nursery nurse in a Primary School, a Learning Support practitioner, a pre-school leader and manager of out of school provision.

She has also worked as an inclusion worker for a local SureStart programme and as a Development Officer for Children with Special Needs and Disabilities, where she advised Early Years settings on inclusion.

Angela is also a qualified counsellor and has worked for Victim Support, for a GP surgery, and as a volunteer counsellor for Childline Birmingham. Angela taught in F.E. Colleges for 12 years and spent 5 years as the Course Leader of the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Halesowen College before moving to UW in 2014, where she now leads the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families.

Angela is currently studying for an MPhil/PhD, investigating perceptions and management of empathic interactions within the early years profession.


  • MA in Education
  • BA (Open) Degree
  • NCFE Diploma in Counselling
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Cert HE/FE
  • CACHE Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • NVQ3 Playwork
  • NNEB

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • Professional Practice and Inquiry
  • Reflective practice

Research Interests

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Intelligence

Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Solvason, C., Hodgkins, A. & Watson N.  (2021). Preparing students for the ‘emotion work’ of early years practice.  NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 23(1), pp. 14 – 23.

Prowle, A and Hodgkins, A (2020) Making a Difference with Children and Families - Re-imagining the Role of the Practitioner, London: Palgrave Macmillan 

Hodgkins, A. (2019) With Feeling, Nursery World 1st April 2019

Hodgkins & Reed (2019) Navigating Complex Systems in Gibbs, L. & Gaspar, M. (2019) Challenging the Intersection of Policy with Pedagogy, Pedagogies in Early Childhood series, London: Routledge

Hodgkins, A. (2019). Advanced empathy in the early years – a risky strength?  NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 22(1), pp. 46-58

Boddey, J. and Hodgkins, A. (2018) – “Playwork Practice as a Person-Centred Approach”, Journal of Professional Playwork Journal of Playwork Practice, Vol 4, No. 2Policy Press

Harvell, J. and Hodgkins, A.  (2017) Chapter 1: Preparing for University, in Studying for your Early Years Degree (Musgrave, Savin-Baden & Stobbs, Eds) Critical Publishing

Hodgkins, A. and Watson, N. (2017) Chapter 2: Learning to Learn in the Higher Education Context, in Studying for your Early Years Degree (Musgrave, Savin-Baden & Stobbs, Eds) Critical Publishing


EECERA European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference – Budapest (August 2018) “Advanced Empathy – a Risky Strength?”

“A Child’s World” Conference, University of Aberystwyth (July 2018) “Advanced Empathy in the Early Years”

External Roles

External Examiner for Buckinghamshire New University - 2017 to present