Senior Lecturer in Early Childhood
Institute of Education
tel: 01905 542780
Nicola graduated in 1987 majoring in Philosophy, before teaching briefly in the primary sector. She then went on to train and practice as a solicitor working predominantly in the area of family law. During this period Nicola became interested in Alternative Dispute Resolution and trained as a Lawyer Mediator working for many years with separating couples; enabling and facilitating them to reach agreements themselves rather than resorting to court proceedings.
In 2001 Nicola returned to teaching working mainly in Early Years but also in Key Stage 2, Art and SENDI. During this time Nicola drew on her experiences as a mediator and became particularly interested in pedagogy regarding social development. This formed the basis of her dissertation during her M.A. studies.
Nicola is the Student Course Representative Co-ordinator for the Centre for Children and Families within the Institute of Education.
Higher Education Academy (FHEA)
PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE
Modern Studies B.A. (Hons) (North Staffordshire Polytechnic)
PGCE Primary Education (West Midlands College of Higher Education)
CPE (Diploma in Law) (Staffordshire University)
Law Society Finals (Wolverhampton University)
PGCE S.E.N. (Middlesex University)
M.A. Early Childhood Education (Sheffield University)
- Teaching & Research
Teaching & Research
Working with parents
Creativity in education
Enabling environments for children, families and practitioners
Optimising agency in education
Supporting social and emotional development in children
- Professional Bodies
Higher Education Academy Fellow (FHEA)
Watson, N. (2018) By Choice. Nursery World 8-30 January pp30-31
Watson, Nicola (2017) Can Early Years’ Practitioners Facilitate Social Development During Conflicts Between Young Children? NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 21 (1). pp. 17-34. ISSN 2537-7191
Watson, N. (2014). Looking for trouble. Teaching Times. 4.2, 44-52
Hodgkins, A. and Watson, N. (2017). ‘Learning to learn in the higher education context’, in Musgrave et al. (eds.), Studying for your early years degree St.Albans: Critical Publishing, pp. 27-41
Watson, N. (2017) In the Moment. Nursery World 18 September pp.26-27
Presentation of paper at the UW CEC Partnership Research Conference June 2015 on supporting young children’s social development during conflicts with peers.
Presentation of paper at the TACTYC conference held at the NIA Birmingham in October 2015 on supporting young children’s social development during conflicts with peers.
Presentation with Angela Hodgkins at the UW CfCF Partnership Conference June 2016 ‘ Making our voices heard, children, families and practitioners’.
Workshop at the UW CfCF Partnership Conference June 2016 ‘Finding a voice as a new researcher’
Workshop at the UW CfCF Partnership Conference June 2017 ‘What can I say? Managing difficult conversations with parents’
- External Responsibilities