Kate Dudley


Kate has worked in a range of settings across the early years sector working with children, young people and their families. Exploring her early career within residential care for young people, and children within the care system, Kate began to hone her interests around children and families experiencing social exclusion.

Kate spent many summers working to support charities and other organisations across the west midlands planning and facilitating workshops, summer camps and summer retreats for children with complex needs. At times providing respite care for their families too.

Having gained experience working within private day nurseries, with sure start centres and within the residential sector, Kate began her teacher training at Wolverhampton University. Upon its completion, she gained QTLS and began teaching, then course leading early years qualifications across level’s 2-5 within FE. Whilst studying for her masters in education.

Kate joined Newman in 2018 as a lecturer in Early Childhood Studies and is currently studying for her doctorate degree with a research focus exploring gender expression in pre-school children. Kate works closely with students on the foundation degree program as course co-ordinator, but lectures across a range of modules on both the foundation degree Early Years and the BA(hons) degree in Early Childhood, Education and Care. Kate is also a reviewer for the Teacher Education advancement network and enjoys supporting peers and students within their research.



PgCert HE (2019) Newman University

Masters with merit: Professional practice and lifelong education. (2018) University of Wolverhampton

QTLS (2015) Society of Education, training and development.

PGCE – Post Compulsory Education (2014) University of Wolverhampton

Diploma in Youth counselling (2013) Institute college of counselling

BA (Hons) Childhood and Family Studies (2012) University of Wolverhampton

CASH Childcare level 3 (2007) City College Birmingham

Other Activities


Dudley, K and Beniston, J. (2020) Chapter 12: Transition in Early Years. In: Early Years for levels 4, 5 and Foundation Degree. Hodder Education: London.

Dudley, K. (2019) How does the BTEC level 3 Children’s Play, Learning and Development course prepare students for higher education?, Teacher Education Advancement Network Journal, 11(3), 95-105.

Dudley, K. (2017) How are changes to assessment in BTEC Early Years perceived as influencing the vocational nature of the curriculum. Masters publication. Available at: https://wlv.openrepository.com/handle/2436/621197