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Dr Jackie Musgrave

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Programme Leader, Early Childhood & Primary Education
  • Faculty of Wellbeing, Education & Language Studies
  • School of Education, Childhood, Youth and Sport
  • Education
  • jackie.musgrave

Professional biography

Jackie started her working life as a Registered General Nurse and then trained as a Registered Sick Children's Nurse.  She worked as a Ward Sister for several years and then moved into practice nursing in inner-city Birmingham.  She became involved in nurse education and taught a range of subjects to practice nurses before moving to a college of Further Education to teach Early Years students.  Following the introduction of Foundation Degrees, Jackie taught for several years on the programme, working in partnership with Oxford-Brookes University, eventually becoming Course Leader.

Jackie moved to the University of Worcester in 2012, working in the Centre for Children and Families, she became Course Leader for the Early Childhood (Professional Practice) degree and also was appointed Assistant Head of Centre.

Jackie moved to The Open University in October 2017 to be the Programme Leader for Early Childhood. In October 2018, she also became Programme Lead for Education Studies (Primary).


Research interests

Jackie's doctoral and post-doctoral research brings together her interests in early childhood education and child health.  Her research has explored how early years practitioners support the health of young children in early years settings, this research has culminated in a book published by Sage, Supporting Children's Health and Wellbeing. She is currently conducting research into Children's Health Promotion.

Following her move to the OU, Jackie started to play a bigger role in the work of the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network (ECSDN), a national organisation and she was appointed joint Vice-Chair for the Research and Knowledge Strategy, she shares the role with Nikki Fairchild from the University of Chichester. The aims of the R and E aspect of the ECSDN are:

  • To build a coherent and supportive strategy for developing and sharing research amongst member institutions

  • To seek opportunities to publicise research undertaken by member institutions, maximising its impact and raising the profile of the research and the ECSDN

  • Advocate for ECSDN research to inform policy and practice in the sector


Teaching interests

Besides her deep interest in teaching matters relating to children's health and wellbeing, Jackie is interested in teaching contemporary issues in early childhood education, such as professionalism, practice-based learning,


Including Children with Chronic Health Conditions in Early Childhood Education and Care Settings (2019)
Musgrave, Jackie and Levy, Rachael
Journal of Early Childhood Research ((In Press))
The role of practitioners in supporting children's health and wellbeing (2018-04)
Musgrave, Jackie
Parenta(41) (pp. 12-13)
Educating the Future Educators: the quest for professionalism in early childhood education (2010-12-01)
Musgrave, Jackie
Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood, 11(4) (pp. 435-442)
Supporting Children's Health and Wellbeing (2017-03-27)
Musgrave, Jackie
ISBN : 9781473930315 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Early Years Placements: A Critical Guide to Outstanding Work-based Learning (2015-03-09)
Musgrave, Jackie and Stobbs, Nicola
Early Years
ISBN : 9781909682658 | Publisher : Critical Publishing | Published : Northwich
Utilising strengths in families and communities to support children’s learning and wellbeing (2018-11-15)
Prowle, Alison and Musgrave, Jackie
In: Cheeseman, Sandra and Walker, Rosie eds. Pedagogies for Leading Practice.. Thinking About Pedagogy in Early Childhood Education
ISBN : 9781138577428 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : London
Supporting Children's Health and Wellbeing Masterclass Interview (2018-02)
Musgrave, Jackie
In: Brodie, Kathy ed. Interviews from the SAGE Early Years Masterclass 2018 (pp. 52-62)
ISBN : 978-1-52644-622-0 | Publisher : Sage | Published : London
Introduction in Studying for Your Early Years Degree: skills and knowledge for becoming an effective practitioner (2017)
Musgrave, Jackie
In: Musgrave, Jackie; Savin-Baden, Maggi and Stobbs, Nicola eds. Studying for Your Early Years Degree: skills and knowledge for becoming an effective practitioner (pp. 1-9)
ISBN : 9781911106425 | Publisher : Critical Publishing | Published : St Albans
Studying for Your Early Years Degree: Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner (2017-03-01)
Musgrave, Jackie; Savin-Baden, Maggi and Stobbs, Nicola
Musgrave, Jackie; Savin-Baden, Maggi and Stobbs, Nicola eds.
Early Years
ISBN : 9781911106425 | Publisher : Critical Publishing | Published : St Albans
Supporting children with chronic medical conditions in the Early Years Foundation Stage: a case for discrimination? (2014-11)
Musgrave, Jackie
In : TACTYC 2014 Conference and AGM (1 Nov 2014, Birmingham, UK)
Does our preparation of early years students for work-based learning (WBL) align with practitioners’ expectations? (2014)
Stobbs, Nicola and Musgrave, Jackie
In : TACTYC 2014 Conference Successful Pedagogy: Advocating for strong evidence to support early learning (1 Nov 2014, Birmingham, UK)
Research Brief: working in partnership with parents to create inclusive environments for children, aged 0-3 years, with chronic health conditions: parents’ perspectives (2013-11-01)
Musgrave, Jackie
In : TACTYC Conference & AGM 2013 - The Early Years Continuum: Exploring And Valuing High Quality Practice And Research In Early Years (01-02 Nov 2013, Birmingham)


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