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Dr Jackie Musgrave

Senior Lecturer in Centre for Children & Families

Institute of Education

Contact Details


tel: 01905 85 7548


Jackie is the Course Leader for the BA (Hons) in Early Childhood (Professional Practice), she also has responsibility for coordinating students’ practice-based learning experience as part of her role as the Professional Practice Consultant within the Centre for Early Childhood.

Jackie joined the Centre for Early Childhood in April 2012. She is a qualified Registered General Nurse and a qualified as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. Her nursing experience included working as a sister on the Renal Unit at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham. After 10 years in hospital nursing, Jackie moved to work in the community as a Practice Nurse in inner-city Birmingham. Her professional interests as a Practice Nurse included chronic disease prevention programmes, childhood immunizations and women’s health promotion. Jackie specialised in asthma care and she worked in a commercial pharmaceutical company as a Paediatric Asthma Nurse Specialist. Her next move was to a teaching role in a college of Further Education.

Jackie graduated with a Masters degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of Sheffield. She gained a distinction for her dissertation as well as being awarded the Rutland Prize for Early Childhood Education. Her doctoral research brings together her professional and personal interests in children’s health and early education. Her research explored the effects on inclusion of chronic health conditions. Her thesis for her doctorate was successfully completed in April 2014.

Jackie has a deep interest in inclusion and as a result of this interest, in January 2013, she was elected to be the Academic Representative for the Diversity and Equality Committee for the University. This role contributes towards the University’s aim of inclusive education for students as well as helping to ensure that peoples’ diverse needs are addressed within the university



Registered General Nurse
Registered Sick children’s Nurse
Royal College of General Practitioners National Asthma Respiratory Training Centre Asthma Diploma
Certificate in Education (FAHE) University of Wolverhampton
Post Graduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education
Masters in Early childhood Education University of Sheffield
Doctor of Education (EdD)



Teaching & Research

Teaching & Research

Jackie’s teaching interests include issues relating to children’s health and wellbeing. She is also interested in exploring ways of teaching students theory into practice using problem-based learning approaches.

Jackie’s current research explores the ways that practitioners support the health and wellbeing of children and babies in early years settings. This research builds upon her doctoral research which explored how practitioners created inclusive environments for young children with chronic health conditions.

Professional Bodies

Professional Bodies

Jackie is a member of several professional organisations, including:

  • TACTYC – a professional organisation which promotes and advocates for professional development for early years educators
  • The European Early Childhood Research Association (EECERA)
  • The Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN) a member of the Research Strategy Group
  • The Royal College of Nursing
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy



Publications for practitioners
Nursery World
: Room For All - Creating Inclusive Environments for Children with chronic health conditions 22nd April 2013
Nursery World: Holding the Baby 16th September 2010
Nursery Manager Today: The use of interactive dolls for teaching. February/March 2011


Educating the Educators: the quest for professionalism in the early childhood education workforce. Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Journal. December 2010

Research Briefings

Reflections paper (2014) Supporting children with chronic medical conditions in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a case for discrimination? Available at (peer reviewed)

Policy Advice and Research Agenda Collaborative Publication BERA SIG/TACTYC (2014) Early Years: Policy Advice and Research Agenda Accessed 27 March 2014 from
Contributed as Working Group Leader for Broader Policy Issues

Working in partnership with parents to create inclusive environments for children, aged 0-3 years, with chronic health conditions: parents’ perspectives.  Accessed 6 May 2014 from

How are inclusive environments created in day care settings for children aged 0-3 years with common chronic conditions (anaphylaxis; asthma; diabetes, eczema; epilepsy)? TACTYC Conference November 2012 Research Briefing Paper available from (25/1/2013)


Musgrave, J. and Stobbs, N. (2015).  Early Years Placements: A critical guide to outstanding work-based learning. Northwich: Critical Publishing

Musgrave, J. (forthcoming 2016).  Supporting children' health and wellbeing. Sage: London

Book chapters

Child Health and Wellbeing (2014) in Reed, M. and Walker, R. (Eds) A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. London: Sage

Good Practice for the Welfare of the Child (2013) in Beckley, P. (Ed) The New Early Years Foundation Stage: Changes, Challenges and Reflections. Maidenhead: Oxford University Press

A Health Professional’s Perspective: Children’s Nursing (2013) in Waltham, C. and Davies, C. Well being in the Early Years: Critical Perspectives. St Albans: Critical Publishing

Unpacking children’s health and welfare issues (forthcoming) in Reed, M. and Walker, R. (Eds) A Critical Companion to Early Childhood. London: Sage

Book Contribution

Salmon, G (2011) 3rd Edition. Emoderating: the key to online teaching and learning. Abingdon: Taylor and Francis


Reviewer for Children and Society Journal; for Sage and Taylor and Francis
Reviewed book for Sage Publications

External Responsibilities

External Responsibilities

External examiner London Metropolitan University BA honours Early Years Teaching  2011