Angela Hodgkins

angela May Hodgkins

Senior Lecturer & Course Leader for BA (Hons) 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, a Learning Support practitioner, a pre-school leader and manager of 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 spent 5 years as the Course Leader of the Foundation Degree in Early Years at Halesowen College before moving to UW in 2014, where she now leads the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families.

Angela is currently studying for a PhD, investigating the practice of empathy in the early years profession.

UW Teaching Award 2016

Shortlisted for the Deputy Vice Chancellors Award for Excellence in Teaching 2017



  • MA in Education
  • BA (Open) Degree
  • NCFE Diploma in Counselling
  • PG Cert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education
  • Cert HE/FE
  • CACHE Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • NVQ3 Playwork
  • NNEB


Teaching Interests

  • IWCF 3003 Professional Practice and Inquiry
  • IWCF 3004 Safeguarding Learning and Development

Research Interests

  • Empathy
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Reflective Practice
  • Staff Wellbeing

Membership of Professional Bodies

Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy


Hodgkins, A. (2022), Exploring early childhood practitioners’ perceptions of empathy with children and families: initial findings, Educational Review

Hodgkins, A. (2022), Chapter 5: Empathy, Compassion and Emotion, In: Richards, H. and Malomo, M. (2022), Developing your professional identity: a guide for working with children and families, St Albans: Critical Publishing

Solvason, C., Hodgkins, A. & Watson N., (2021), Preparing students for the ‘emotion work’ of early years practice, NZ International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal, 23(1), pp. 14 – 23.

Hodgkins, A. (2021), Early Years Practitioners need emotional support too, Nursery Management Today, 21 (2), p33

Prowle, A and Hodgkins, A (2020) Making a Difference with Children and Families - Re-imagining the Role of the Practitioner, London: Palgrave Macmillan

Hodgkins, A. (2019) With Feeling, Nursery World 1st April 2019

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 


Early Childhood Studies Degree Network Research Conference (2022) ‘Preparing students for the emotion work of early childhood practice’

EECERA European Early Childhood Education Research Association – International online festival (August 2021). Chair of symposium ‘Workforce support and development’ Presentation – ‘Empathy and Compassion in the early years’

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”

External Roles

External Examiner for University of Chichester 2022-