Children and Families
tel: 01905 855074
Olivia’s professional experience with children, young people and their families began during her role as a Teaching Assistant in a mainstream school at the age of 20, although she had experienced Early Years settings as a research student on her psychology degree. She supported the educational needs of the children in the classroom whilst also supporting their holistic needs. She provided one to one support and ran numeracy support sessions for groups of children. Olivia also volunteered at a special school and autistic unit. These professional roles enabled her to be involved in multi-disciplinary work with Educational Psychologists, Access and Inclusion Learning Support Team and Social workers who shared their knowledge, advice and expertise to enable her to reflect and improve on her skills and practice.
Her experiences of multi-disciplinary work continued in her role as a Family Support Worker, communicating with local authorities and ensuring she supported the families to meet the needs of their children, some being babies aged only 1 day old, through planned sessions and supporting the health and well-being of everyone in the family unit.
She also worked as a youth-worker, contributing to the planning, delivery and monitoring of projects and programmes for young people. Whilst doing this she was responsible for the promotion of equality of opportunity, participation and responsibility.
Olivia became a qualified lecturer in 2008 and taught in FE colleges for over 13 years. During this time, she has been an Essential Skills Co-ordinator and Lecturer, Course Leader and Lecturer for the National Certificate, National Diploma and Foundation Degree in Health and Social Care and Lecturer in Early Years and Teacher Training. She then moved to the University of Worcester in 2021 and is a Lecturer on the Foundation Degree in Early Years and the BA (Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families.
Olivia is working towards achieving an MA in Education