Staff Profile


Mrs Kerry Holman

Senior Lecturer Early Childhood Education and Care

School: Educational Studies - Undergraduate Programmes

Campus: Medway

Tel: N/A

Profile summary

I joined the Early Childhood Studies teaching team in October 2015, from a Further Education teaching post. Prior to this, I worked in a range of early years settings, in a number of different roles. These roles included Early Years Teaching, management and mentoring within the sector.

Currently within the university, I teach on a range of courses, across Levels 4-6 and on a variety of modules. I have also worked as a link tutor for Early Years Teacher Trainees on Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programmes and have also been a mentor development tutor for staff who support these students during their placements. My research interests include the voice of the child in research, and the concept of environments in early years settings.

Research and knowledge exchange

I am currently undertaking a piece of research with a children's centre in Kent, exploring the value of volunteers who support and run family groups within the centre. This research involves the perspectives of the centre manager, the volunteers and the parents and families who use the groups.

With colleagues from the Faculty, I am also undertaking research currently, exploring flexible working. This project is being conducted as a 'Listening Project', due for completion at the end of 2021.

Teaching and subject expertise

I am the Treasurer of the UK Branch of OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood) and a member of the Executive Committee for the charity.

External activities

Conference Presentations

Leonard, A., Clemmey, K. and Holman, K. (2021) ‘Flexible Working Arrangements and a Higher Education Institution’s “Listening project”, presented at the TEAN Conference in May 2021, online.

Holman, K. (2018) ‘Children's Favourite Places - what do they mean?’ accepted at the World Conference for the World Organisation for Early Childhood in Prague, Czech Republic (I could not attend this conference).

Holman, K. (2017) 'Placement Experience: how Academic Support Prepares Students for the Workplace Experience' presented at the European World Organisation for Early Childhood conference in Opatija, Croatia.

Holman, K. (2016) 'Exploring Voluntary Action in Primary Education' presented at the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, in Nottingham, UK.

Holman, K. (2016) 'Children's Favourite Places - what do they mean?' poster presented at the European Conference for the World Organisation for Early Childhood, in Canterbury, UK.

Holman, K. (2016) 'Foundations for ECE for Sustainable Development in England', presented as a keynote at the Education for Sustainable Development: activities undertaken in Europe and Scandinavia Conference, in Warsaw, Poland.

Holman, K. (2016) 'Predskolski Odgoj I Obrazovanje U Engleskoj' at a conference titled Mirisi Djetinjstva - Scents of a Childhood, in Croatia.

Holman, K. (2015) 'What Matters to Children Regarding Their Favourite Places: What do practitioners need to consider?' presented at the South East England Early Childhood Research and Practice Association event, in Sheerness Kent, UK.

Lawrence, K. (2013) ‘Experiences of China: a student’s perspective of ECEC in Shanghai’ presented at the World Organisation for Early Childhood UK Annual Seminar, in London, UK.

Publications and research outputs


Holman, K. and Hryniewicz, L. (2020) ‘Policy: A Divided Context?  Early Childhood Education and Care in England‘ in Hryniewicz, L. and Luff, P. (eds) Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings: Insights from Five European Countries, Routledge.

Holman, K. and Richardson, T. (2020) 'Perceptions of placement experiences of Early Childhood Studies students: the fluency of knowledge and skills', Journal of Further and Higher Education, available at 

Body, A., Hogg, E. and Holman, K. (2017) 'Voluntary Action in Primary Education – To Bridge the Income Gap', Voluntary Sector Review, Policy Press, available at

In Progress

A research project exploring FWA (flexible working arrangements) in Higher Education.

A research project exploring the value of volunteers in children's centres. 

Practitioner publications

Holman, K. (2015) 'Research in action: Outdoor play in a childminding setting', Early Years Educator, 16:12, pp. 46-52.

Lawrence, K. (2014) 'An environment for learning: Children's favourite places', Early Years Educator, 16:4, pp. 38-44.


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