Dr Helen Perkins

Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Family Studies

Email address: H.Perkins@wlv.ac.uk Phone number: 01902 322219 Location: Walsall Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Early Years workforce

About

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 a Doctorate in Education (EdD,ECE). My research interest is centered on the professionalisation of the ECE workforce. I had the privilege of serving as an expert panel member for the recent Nutbrown Review of Early Years qualifications and am a member of teh Early Childhood Studies Degree Network Excutive..

I teach a selection of Under Graduate and Masters modules Leading Quality in the Early Years, Working with Individuals and Groups, Rights, Developing Professionals and Professional Studies and Representation of Childhood.

 

My Role

Involves teaching, learning and assessment, planning and preparing lectures and marking of assessments. I supervise level 6 students through their project and am module leader for Working with Individuals and Groups, Developing Professionals and Leading Quality in the Early Years. As well as leading the Developing Professionals module, I have responsibility for work placements for Early Childhood Studies students and I visit students in their work placements. I am a personal tutor, supporting students through their Childhood and Family studies courses to enrich the student experience.  

Research interests

Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer & Consultancy 

Early Childhood Studies Visions and Values project in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Wolverhampton’s  Early Years Employer Exchange Forum

Developing Apprenticeships: Lead advisor for a London Children’s Centre

Early Years Educator Consultant for BTEC /Pearson

HEA funded Project: Creative Research Methods in College Based Higher Education collaboration with Prof. Alex Kendall BCU

QAA funded project ‘Transitions’ collaboration with  Prof. Alex Kendall BCU

 

Membership of professional bodies

ECSDN - Early Childhood Studies Degree Network

ECEERA - European Early Childhood Education Research Association

BERA – British Education Research Association

TACTYC – Association for Professional Development in Early years

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

Qualifications

Doctor of Education (ECE), 2017.

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.

Publications

 

Brown, Z. Edwards, T. and Perkins, H. (2017) The placement journey: Do year one placement modules support Childhood Studies students’ professional development? Journal of Adult and Continuing Education Volume: 23 issue: 2, page(s): 162-177

 

Perkins, H. (2017) From Training to Qualification: The journey of Level 3 early years student-practitioners. EdD thesis, University of Sheffield.  http://etheses.whiterose.ac.uk/17308/

 

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

 

Conference Presentations

 

2018  ECSDN Research Conference, London: The Value of Placement in developing students’ professionalism.

 

2017 EECERA Conference, Bologna, Italy: Early Childhood Education Beyond the Crisis: Social Justice, Solidarity and Children’s Rights . A work in progress: The developing level 3 practitioner

 

2016 University of Wolverhampton Early Years Conference: Conference theme: ‘Parent Partnerships in the Early Years’ Developing Professional Identity

 

TACTYC Birmingham: Oxford Brookes ACP Conference: Creative Methods in teaching Reasearch Skills

 

Presentation: Early Years Student Journey to Practitioner Status

 

Higher Education in the Globalised Age - A One Day Research Conference

University of Sheffield

Listening to old wives tales: small stories as the stuff of professional learning – identity

 

HE and FE Collaboration: Commensalism, partisanism or mutualism (2014)  Key Note speaker to West Midlands Post 1992 forum. HEA Social Sciences Workshop: Developing a Research-led culture with in post 1992 education departments.

 

Pearson /Edexcel  Early Years Conference: Professionalisation of the Early Years Workforce

 

IPDA International Professional Development Association July 2013, Aston University:

Listening to old wives tales: small stories as the stuff of professional learning

 

Birmingham City University Research Conference June 2013

Listening to old wives tales: small stories as the stuff of professional learning: Research Methods

 

Men in Childcare (2013) London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)

Developing the Early Years Workforce (20113) Capita Conference: London

 

Higher Education Academy - Research Methods in Social Sciences Conference, Liverpool June 2013.Listening to old wives tales: small stories as the stuff of professional learning: Research Methods

 

BECERA (2013) The Phenomenon of Placement as a Vehicle for Professional Development.

 

Birmingham, Black Country and Solihull Lifelong Learning Network Conference

Progression: towards a ‘fit for purpose’ progression model for early years Practitioners:  Final report of the Barriers and Solutions project

 

Quality Improvement Agency Conference London

 Presentation of research: Learners as researchers.

 

 

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

Further information

 

 

Member of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Executive and Strategy Group

 

Member of the Employer Exchange Forum. University of Wolverhampton

 

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

Reviewer for Edexcel / Pearson Qualifications

 

External Examiner role for an academic programme (give University, programme title, level of award and duration of appointment)

 

Periodic Review for the Foundation Degree in Early Years: Teeside University: External Academic Expert

 

Validation of HND Early Years for Solihull College: Academic and subject knowledge expert

 

Attended:

BRIC International Project Gothenburg June 2017: Preschool teachers, young children and parents in exploring democratic engagement in public and civic spaces.

 

ISSA International Conference  October 2017: “Local Responses, Global Advances: Towards Competent Early Childhood Systems

 

Provided Development training for:

Managing Behaviour

Questioning Techniques

Schemas

 

Attended:

Enhancing the Quality of the Student Experience

Developing Supervision Skills

Safeguarding Training

Safer Recruitment Training

Working with Babies and Children 0-5

Domestic Violence Awareness

Behaviour Management

Planning for Learning

Developing Early Literacy

Equality and Diversity

Disability and Inclusion