I joined the Early Childhood Studies teaching team in October 2015. I have worked in a range of early years settings in my career to date. Within these settings I have worked as a Learning and Development Co-ordinator, improving practice and inspiring practitioners to achieve the best outcomes for children. Whilst working in this role I completed a Masters in Early Years and gained Early Years Professional Status, on the New Leaders in Early Years Programme. I then joined a new setting and worked as a senior practitioner based in the pre-school but worked with practitioners across all rooms, then as the setting's Early Years Teacher and Deputy Manager before I moved into the field of Further Education. In 2012 I spent time in Ghana where I worked in school evironments assisting headteachers and their teaching teams to improve practice, working with them on a range of projects within the schools. Prior to beginning work as a lecturer at the university, I taught in Further Education colleges across a range of programmes.
Currently within the university, I teach on a range of courses, across Levels 4-6 and on a variety of modules. I am also a link tutor for Early Years Teacher Trainees who are on Early Years Initial Teacher Training (EYITT) programmes and am also 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.
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.
'How academic support prepares students for the workplace experience' presented at the World Organisation for Early Childhood Conference, Croatia, June 2017.
‘Strategy in early learning and preschool education: case study of a childminder in England’ at ‘Scents of Childhood’ conference, Croatia, 2016.
'Foundations for Early Childhood Education for Sustainable Development in England’ presented at the Education for Sustainable Development – activities undertaken in Europe and Scandinavia Conference, Poland, September 2016.
'To Bridge the Gap' presented at the Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference, UK, September 2016.
'Children's favourite places: What do these mean in terms of their personal, social and emotional development?' poster presented at the European Conference for the World Organisation for Early Childhood, UK, May 2016.
Publications and research outputs
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 https://doi.org/10.1080/0309877X.2020.1762170.
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 https://doi.org/10.1332/204080517X15090107362612.
Co-author of two chapters in Hryniewicz, L. and Luff, P. (eds) (2020) Partnership with Parents in Early Childhood Settings: Insights from Five European Countries, Routledge. This book is due for release in November 2020.
A research project exploring the value of volunteers in children's centres.
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.