Dr Helen Perkins
Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Family Studies
- Email address H.Perkins@wlv.ac.uk
- Phone number 01902 322219
- Location University of Wolverhampton Walsall Campus Gorway Road Walsall WS1 3BD
- Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
- Institute Institute of Education
- Areas of expertise
ECSDN Early Childhood Graduate Competencies
Professionalisation in the Early Years workforce
Men working in Early Childhood
College based Higer Education
Embedding the Early Childhood Graduate practitioenr CompetenciesEarly Childhood Studies Degree Network
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 (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.
I teach a selection of modules in Childhood and Family Studies including, Working with Individuals and Groups, Rights, Responsibilities and Advocacy, The Role of Play and Professional Roles.
Senior Lecturer for Childhood and Family Studies. This 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. I have responsibility for work placements for Early Childhood Studies students and I visit students in their work placements.
I lead on the ECSDN Early Chidlhood Graduate Competencies - developing graduate level practice
I am a personal tutor, supporting students through their Childhood and Family studies courses to enrich the student experience.
Men in Early Childhood Education and Care
Professionalisation of the Early Years Workforce
Early Childhood Studies Visions and Values project in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Wolverhampton’s Early Years Employer Exchange Forum
Enterprise, Knowledge Transfer & Consultancy
Academic Advisor for The London Early Years Foundation (LEYF)
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
Early Childhood Studies degree - Executive member: Research Knowledge Exchange
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
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.
Edwards, Perkins and O'Sullivan (2019)Men in Childcare: Does it matter to children, what do they say? (Stage 2) London Early Years Foundation: read the report here: https://www.leyf.org.uk/articles/men-in-childcare-report-2019/
Perkins, H. (2019) The Use of Identity Boxes as a Research Methodological Tool. (in Innovative research methods in Early Years, Brown and Perkins Eds.) London: Routledge
Brown, Z and Perkins, H. (eds) (2019) Innovative research methods in Early Years: Beyond the conventional. London: Routledge
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 (contributor)
Kendall, A. & Perkins, H. (2014) Creative Research Methods in College Based Higher Education (2014) Higher Education Academy, York
Kendall,A. DCarey, D. Cramp, A. & Perkins, H. (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
2019 EECERA Conference, Thessaloniki, Greece. Gender SIG: Men in Childcare: Does it matter to children, what do they say?
2019 ECSD Research Conference: Men in Childcare, What do the children say?
2018 ECSDN Research Conference: The value of placement in Early Childhood Studies Degrees
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
Oxford Brookes ACP Conference
Creative methods in teaching Research 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 Solhull 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.
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.
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
Various roles in ECEC 1992-2002
Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) Executive member
Memeber 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
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal
Early years : An International Research Journal
Re-approval of BA Early Childhood Studies at the University of Chichester
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
ECSDN Research conference 2020
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:
Enhancing the Quality of the Student Experience
Developing Supervision Skills
Safer Recruitment Training
Working with Babies and Children 0-5
Domestic Violence Awareness
Planning for Learning
Developing Early Literacy
Equality and Diversity
Disability and Inclusion