Jennifer Holly is a lecturer on the Primary Education (3-7) programme, also teaching on other programmes within the School of Education. She has a background in both early years and primary teaching, and for the last four years before joining Leeds Beckett, has led the higher education programmes within the childcare department of a further education college in the north-west of England.
Before teaching in maintained schools, Jennifer led a voluntary pre-school as a graduate leader with EYPS, helping to improve practice and support staff development. During this time she also worked closely with the local authority in devising their response to the single funding formula for early years, raising the profile of private and voluntary settings in the area. She continues to be involved with a local voluntary youth group.
In 2009 Jennifer began to teach part time on Foundation Degrees for early years staff studying part time, before beginning full time primary teaching. She returned to teaching part-time students of early childhood studies and teaching assistants when she went to work for a further education college in 2012. She took up her current position at the university in Sept 2017.