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 Siter 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.
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.
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,