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Personal profile

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

  • Professional Love
  • 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 and the Post Graduate Research Co-ordinator 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


Award Date: 12 Feb 2010

Master, University of Sheffield


Award Date: 16 Jan 2003

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Research Output

Open Access
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  • 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: Springer, p. 131-142 12 p. (Policy and Pedagogy with Under-three Year Olds: Cross-disciplinary Insights and Innovations).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNChapter

  • Pedagogy with babies: perspectives of eight nursery managers

    Elfer, P. & Page, J., 27 Apr 2015, In : Early Child Development and Care. 185, 11-12, p. 1762-1782 21 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Activities

    TACTYC (External organisation)

    Jools Page (Member)

    2020 → …

    Activity: External boards and professional/academic bodiesMembership of professional body


    Jools Page (Examiner)

    1 Mar 2019

    Activity: External examination and supervisionResearch degree

    An Leanbh Og. The OMEP Ireland Journal of Early Childhood Studies (Journal)

    Jools Page (Member of editorial board)

    2019 → …

    Activity: Publication peer-review and editorial workEditorial work