Ms Helen Perkins

Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Family Studies

Email address: Phone number: 01902 322219 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Early Years workforce


I have been teaching Early Childhood Education and Care in further and higher education since 2002, I started  my career in FE as a tutor, then course leader for  Higher education programmes and more recently as Head of School for Early Childhood Studies. I joined the University of Wolverhampton in July 2015 as senior lecturer in Childhood and Family studies. I have experience working in the Early Years Foundation Stage and with children with additional needs. I have recently completed research on the impact of HE on practitioners professional and personal development and a project for the HEA on creative teaching of research methods. I have an MA in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield and am currently studying for a Doctorate in Education. My research interest is centered on the professionalisation of the ECEC workforce. I had the privilege of serving as an expert panel member for the recent Nutbrown Review of Early Years qualifications.

I teach a selection of modules in Childhood and Family Studies including, Language and Literacy in the Early Years, Working with Individuals and Groups, Rights, Responsibilities and Advocacy, The Role of Play and Professional Roles.

Research interests

Early Years workforce.

Membership of professional bodies

TACTYC – Association for Professional Development in Early years

CREC (Centre for Research in Early Childhood) – Learning Circle


MA in Early Childhood Education  (University of Sheffield), 2008.

Post Graduate Certificate in Education FAHE), 2004.

Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education, 2001.

C&G 730 Certificate in Teaching Further & Adult  Education, 1991.

Doctor of Education (EdD) University of Sheffield, tbc.


The Nutbrown Review:  Foundations for Quality: The independent review of early education and childcare qualifications

Kendall, A. & Perkins, H. (2014) Creative Research Methods in College Based Higher Education (2014) Higher Education Academy, York

Alexandra Kendall, Danielle Carey, Andy Cramp & Helen Perkins (2012): Barriers

and solutions to HE progression for Early Years’ practitioners, Journal of Vocational Education & Training,

Salmon, G. (2011) E-Moderating. Case Study      

Various contributions to Nursery World

Previous professional experience

Head of school for Early years and Childhood Studies in FE: 2005 to 2015.

To provide academic leadership in relation to people management, student recruitment and carry out staff appraisal, probationary meetings and overseeing staff the management of staff including workloads. To develop the curriculum offer to include FE, Adult learning, Apprenticeships and HE.

To work collaboratively with HE partners to develop the HE offer. To maintain quality and standards in HE and FE programmes. This included validating the courses and keeping abreast of changes in the field, ensuring the curriculum offer was in line with current policy and practice. In addition I have developed an HE research group and contributed to the staff development programme

I have collaboratively written and developed Foundation Degree in Special Educational Needs, Disability and Inclusive Practice

I also supported level 6 dissertation supervision. I gained Senior Fellowship of the HEA and  mentored colleagues through their HEA applications

Lecturer in Early Years and Childhood Studies: Planning for teaching, learning and assessment across a range of programmes for full time, part time adult and HE learners. 2002 to 2005.

Personal tutor

Programme leader for Teaching Assistants Certificates Programmes, the Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years and Playwork Certificates.

Responsibility for the resources and the learning environment

Foundation Stage Senior Practitioner: 1996 to 2002.

Assessing and managing learning for children 3 -5yrs

Running parent group

Training and developing team of TAs

Student practitioner mentor

Managing resources