Viki Bennett-Kane BA (Hons), PGCE, MA - Principal Lecturer in Early Years

Viki has worked in early years since qualifying as a teacher in 1992. She first taught in Reception and KS1 classes where she enjoyed working alongside parents and liaising with local early years settings to enable smooth transitions for children into school.

Her career then moved into support and improvement as an early years consultant at both Wiltshire Local Education Authority and Bristol City Council. In these roles, Viki collaboratively ran local networks of early years settings and practitioners in order to facilitate sharing of practice alongside monitoring quality and inspection outcomes.

Viki has extensive experience of higher education, having been a Senior Lecturer in Early Years at Bath Spa University for 15 years. Alongside lecturing, she was Programme Leader for foundation degrees in early years, early childhood studies and education studies. She led the design of degrees that successfully enabled students to develop their principles and academic understanding into careers with young children. She also managed a team of lecturers and held a range of external examiner posts. Viki has a Master’s in Early Childhood Studies in which her dissertation focussed on practitioner reflections on the importance of play for young children.

 

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