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.
Outside of my academic duties, I am a member of OMEP UK (World Organisation for Early Childhood) and sit on the executive committee for this charity where I am the membership secretary.
Research and knowledge exchange
Currently I am working on a piece of research with a colleague at the University of Northampton. We are exploring how academic support prepares our Early Childhood Studies students for their work place experience - with the aim of sharing good practice in HE, improving our own teaching and learning techniques, and seeking student input on how we can improve their experiences.
Teaching and subject expertise
I am the Treasurer of the UK Branch of OMEP (World Organisation for Early Childhood).
'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
Body, A., Hogg, E. and Holman, K. (2017) 'Voluntary Action in Primary Education – To Bridge the Income Gap', Voluntary Sector Review, Policy Press.
Holman, K. and Richardson, T. (2018) How academic support prepares students for the workplace experience
Holman, K. (2018) Children’s favourite places – how do they impact on personal, social and emotional development?
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.