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Dr Jackie Musgrave

Profile summary

  • Central Academic Staff
  • Senior Lecturer Early Childhood
  • 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 Genral 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.


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.

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,


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
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
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)


Jenny Simpson

Learning from people: the training method bringing service users and social workers together

Jenny Simpson, Head of Social Work (England), as well as students and staff at the OU are involved in an exciting development in relation to social work education. Mend the Gap is a model for the effective involvement of people who are at the receiving end of services, together with those who provide professional support. Read more about Mend the Gap here

18th April 2018
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