Kath Hickman

Kath Hickman

Lecturer in Education

Faculty and Department

  • Faculty of Arts Cultures and Education
  • School of Education


Kath is a Lecturer in Early Years and teach on the Foundation Degree in Early Childhood Education and Care and also the BA Early Childhood Studies (Top Up) Programme.

She has over 20 years experience of working with children and families in a range of different settings from childminder, community playgroups and developed a number of childcare provisions with Sure Start. Prior to joining the University in 2014, Kath was a Children’s Centre Co-ordinator. She has a keen interest in learning outside of the classroom and is part of the Forest School delivery team on campus.

Modules on the Foundation Degree in Early Years include

Professional Reflective Practice: Listening to Young Children

Professional Reflective Practice: Transitions

Professional Reflective Practice: Learning Journeys

Professional Reflective Practice: Critical Reflection and Alternative Pedagogies

Children's Play and Creativity

BA Top Up Early Years programme

Enabling Environments

Forest School Training Levels 1, 2 and 3

Research interests

Outdoor learning

Forest Schools

Transformational nature of Foundation Degrees for non-traditional learners