Angela Hodgkins


Course Leader in Integrated Working with Children and Families

Children and Families

Contact Details

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 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 The University of Worcester in 2014, where she now leads the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families. 

UW Teaching Award 2016

  • Shortlisted for the Deputy Vice Chancellors 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
  • D32/D33/A1 Assessor awards
  • ADCE
  • NVQ3 Playwork

Teaching & Research

Teaching Interests

  • IWCF 3003  Professional Practice and Inquiry
  • IWCF 3004  Safeguarding Learning and Development
  • FDEY 2503  Reflecting, Responding & Learning

Research Interests

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

Professional Bodies

  • Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


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       


Hodgkins & Reed (2019) Navigating Complex Systems in Gibbs, L. & Gaspar, M. (2019) Challenging the Intersection of Policy with Pedagogy, Pedagogies in Early Childhood series, London: Routledge

Hodgkins, A. (2019). Advanced empathy in the early years – a risky strength?  NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 22(1), pp. 46-58

Boddey, J. and Hodgkins, A. (2018) – “Playwork Practice as a Person-Centred Approach”, Journal of Professional Playwork Journal of Playwork Practice, Vol 4, No. 2 Policy 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


EECERA European Early Childhood Education Research Association Conference – Budapest (August 2018) “Advanced Empathy – a Risky Strength?”

“A Child’s World” Conference, University of Aberystwyth (July 2018) “Advanced Empathy in the Early Years”

UW Centre for Early Childhood Partnership Research Conference: “Children in Crisis” (June 2017) “Practitioners in Crisis: the emotional impact of working with young children”

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


External Roles

  • External Examiner for Buckinghamshire New University