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Angela Hodgkins

Course Leader in Integrated Working with Children and Families; Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood

Institute of Education

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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, leading a pre-school and setting up and managing 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 in private practice. She also worked as a volunteer counsellor for Childline Birmingham. Angela taught in F.E. Colleges for 12 years and has spent 5 years as the Course Leader of the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Halesowen College before moving to UW, where she now leads the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families. Angela is delighted to be working with this inspirational team at UW.               

UW Teaching Award 2016

Shortlisted for the Deputy Vice Chancellor’s Award for Excellence in Teaching 2017



PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
MA in Education
BA (Open) Degree
NCFE Diploma in Counselling
Cert HE/FE

Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests:

Childhood & Child Development
Reflective Practice
Professional Practice & Inquiry
Integrated Working        
Safeguarding Children and Young People

Research Interests:

Children’s Self-Concept / Self Image
Self Esteem and Personal Development
Emotionally Intelligent Teaching & Management

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy




June 2017- “Practitioners in Crisis? The Emotional Impact of Working with Children” UW Centre for Children and Families Partnership Research Conference: “Children in Crisis”

June 2017 – “An Investigation into ways of Encouraging more Male Students on to Courses in Working with Children and Families” - A ‘Students as Partners’ Project’, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Worcester

September 2016 – “Advanced Empathy”, EECERA European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference - Dublin

June 2016 – “Advanced Empathy in the Early Years”, UW Centre for Early Childhood Partnership Research Conference: “Making our Voices Heard: Children, Families & Practitioners”

June 2016 – “Teaching on the Edge of Chaos” – Angela Hodgkins & Alison Prowle, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Worcester

July 2015 – “Working collaboratively to develop a strategy for marketing Early Childhood Programmes At the University of Worcester – A ‘Students as Partners’ Project”, Learning and Teaching Conference, University of Worcester

February 2015 – “Making Visible the Impact of the FdA Early Years on Practice”, Angela Hodgkins and Samantha Sutton-Tsang, BECERA conference

April 2014 – “Good Practice in UK Pre-school Provision” presented by Angela Hodgkins and Sue Raisin-Jones at round table talks for the project “Caring for Children as a Bridge across Generations”, Praha 4, Czech Republic



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

Prowle, A. & Hodgkins, A. (2016) Cosy Up, Nursery World, 12th December 2016

Boddey, J. and Hodgkins, A. (2015) – “The Importance of Emotional Intelligence in the Management of a Playwork Setting”, Journal of Playwork Practice Vol 2, No. 1, Policy Press

Forthcoming Publications

Hodgkins, A. & Reed, M. (2019), Preparing those who educate for interagency working: navigating complex systems, in Fleet, A. and Reed, M. (2019) Thinking About Pedagogy: Volume 6:  Thinking about Pedagogy in Early Education: Policy Intersecting Pedagogy, Routledge      

Prowle, A. and Hodgkins, A. (2019) “Making a difference in the children and families workforce: A guide to practitioner efficacy in a changing landscape” Palgrave MacMillan       


External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External Examiner for Buckinghamshire New University