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Research interests

I am a qualitative reseacher with a particular interest in biographical methods. I have conducted research on my own and with others, primarily related to relationship based roles between professionals and young children in full day care provision. Joint projects have been developed from my well established affiliations with national and international scholars in the field of early childhood care and education. I enjoy working with early years partner organisations and value these connections. I disseminate my research through a varety of mediums including peer reviewed journals, books and book chapters as well as via early years practice publications including the popular and well respected Nursery World magazine

Supervisory Interests

  • Infants, toddlers & children under 3 years of age
  • Attachment based relationships -  Love, Care and Intimacy
  • Theory, policy and practices with infants and toddlers
  • Quality and learning/ policy, practice and pedagogy
  • The Rights of babies and young children
  • Professional adult roles – e,g primary caregiving/key person approach
  • Parent roles

 

Scholarly biography

Dr Jools Page is a Senior Early Years Lecturer in the School of Education at the University of Brighton. She was previously a Lecturer at the University of Sheffield. Before taking up her academic role, Jools was employed in both policy and practice roles. For over three decades she worked closely with young children and their families and it is from these humble beginnings that Jools maintains she first gained her unique insight into the importance of fostering careful, respectful, reciprocal and genuine relationships between infants, toddlers and their key adults in professional early years contexts. 

 

Jools is committed to research and practice that places the rights of infants,toddlers and young children at the centre and it is this view of children which inspired her academic research into the complex notion of attachment, intimacy, care and love in the earliest years of life. Jools PhD was a life historical study with mothers to examine their views on returning to work when their baby was under a year old and the complex issues of 'love' and 'care' in day care provision which she conceptualised as ‘Professional Love'. Following on from her doctoral research, Jools has developed further studies to examine the discourse on intimacy, care and Professional Love within the context of contemporary international debates on adult-child pedagogical relationships in the early years.

Jools’ research on attachment based relationships between adults and children under three years in group day care provision has brought national and international recognition.  Most notably it is her characterisation of ‘Professional Love’ which is gaining worldwide traction, capturing the interest of contemporary scholars and practitioners alike. Due to her vast knowledge and understanding of babies and young children, Jools’ expertise is much sought after in the UK and overseas. Jools is regularly invited to give keynote talks, seminars and workshop sessions on attachment and love. In her role as visiting scholar at the University of Huddersfield it was her work on Professional Love that inspired colleagues to engage with her ideas and to interrogate the boundaries of love and professionalism within the context of childhood studies and youth.

Approach to teaching

Jools teaches early childhood care and education at undegraduate, postgraduate and doctoral level. She is particularly experienced in student-staff relationships, ethics, assessment, presentation, individual tuition (both face to face and at a distance) and group teaching. Jools has taught in the UK and overseas. She teaches sessions both on the substantive areas of her own research: infants, toddlers and children under three, policy issues and international perspectives of childhood and in academic study skills including approaches to research; methods, methodology, ethical issues, library and referencing skills. Jools always aims to lead teaching and to advance understanding in the field of Early Childhood Care and Education by constructing supportive teaching contexts and to be an sensitively inclusive educator, recognising and supporting the challenge which students often face during their academic journey. She is committed to striving for excellence, underlined in her approach to teaching. Students have commented on their regard for Jools’ academic knowledge of early childhood care education as 'excellent' and on her skill in imparting that knowledge through different learning approaches as 'really inspiring'. Students have also recognised her ability 'to treat each individual as unique'

Knowledge exchange

My research feeds directly into my teaching. I have drive, passion, creativity and importantly have had extensive experience of working with a range of people including stakeholders in both the public and private sector. I have research-based, practice-based and policy-informed knowledge of current issues in early childhood care and education with a particular specialism in the age range of birth to three years. This is evidenced in my thirty plus years as a practitioner and policymaker in which I have significant experience of working with babies, children and families and in my academic role. I have sound knowledge of early childhood care and education and the issues that arise from these debates within education more broadly. I have supervised the work of undergraduate and postgraduate students including research based dissertations and 7 students to successful completion of their doctorates

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Sheffield

20042009

Master, University of Sheffield

20002002

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Research Output 2011 2018

Characterising the Principles of Professional Love in Early Childhood Care and Education

Page, J. 5 Apr 2018 26, 2, p. 125-141 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

early childhood education and care
love
parents
parent-child relationship
devaluation
Open Access
File
love
infant
childhood
narrative
intimacy

Educators’ perspectives on attachment and professional love in early years settings in England

Page, J. 20 Oct 2016 Under-three Year Olds in Policy and Practice. White, E. J. & Dalli, C. (eds.). Singapore, p. 131-142 12 p. (Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three Year Olds: Cross-disciplinary Insights and Innovations)

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

love
educator
intimacy
online survey
childhood

Pedagogy with babies: perspectives of eight nursery managers

Elfer, P. & Page, J. 27 Apr 2015 185, 11-12, p. 1762-1782 21 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
File
baby
manager
staff
parents
interaction

The Legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory

Page, J. 14 Oct 2015 The Routledge International Handbook of Philosophies and Theories of Early Childhood Education and Care. David, T., Goouch, K. & Powell, S. (eds.). London, p. 80-90 11 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Open Access
File
love
experience
time

Activities 2007 2018

Permission to love them…. but not too much!

Page, J. (Keynote speaker)
19 Oct 2018

Activity: Invited talk

Is it Care? Is it Concern? No! It’s love actually!

Page, J. (Invited presenter)
16 May 2018

Activity: Invited talk

EdD

Page, J. (Examiner)
26 Jan 2018

Activity: Research degree

PhD

Page, J. (Examiner)
19 Mar 2018

Activity: Research degree