Dr Jools Page, NNEB, DPQS, MA, PhD

Jools PageLecturer in Early Childhood Education
Director MA in Early Childhood Education (UK & Malta)
Deputy Director Learning & Teaching (Student Matters)

Tel: (+44) (0)114 222 8103
Fax: (+44) (0)114 279 6236
Email: j.m.page@Sheffield.ac.uk
Room: 7.10, The School of Education

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Jools teaches Early Childhood Care and Education online and at weekend study schools both in the UK and overseas. 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 teaches sessions both on the substantive areas of her own research: policy issues, infants, toddlers and children under three and in academic study skills, research methods, library and referencing skills. Jools 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 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'. The University of Sheffield ‘Teaching Excellence in Social Sciences’ panel have noted Jools’ ‘excellent practice’ and regard the quality of learning and teaching she undertakes as ‘impressive’.

Jools teaches on and is the Director of the following postgraduate courses in Early Childhood Education:

• Part-time, distance learning MA in Early Childhood Education in the UK
• Part-time, distance learning MA in Early Childhood Education in Malta 

The part- time mixed mode, distance learning MA in ECE established in 1998, is an internationally renowned course designed for a range of early childhood professionals including: early years practitioners, FE and HE lecturers, teachers, nursery nurses, voluntary and independent providers, advisors, inspectors and managers working in areas relevant to early childhood to undertake postgraduate study while continuing to work in the field of Early Childhood Education. The course covers a broad range of issues but particularly aims to support students to:

  • examine their work within the changing field of early years provision
  • further understand and support children’s learning and development
  • develop research skills and conduct small-scale projects.
  • examine current policies
  • study international developments
  • critically evaluate a range of literature
  • enhance their understanding of early childhood education and care from birth to eight

Jools also teaches undergraduate and postgraduate students on the following programmes:

BA Education, Culture and Childhood is an undergraduate degree which combines two academic subject areas—Education Studies and Childhood Studies. Students on this programme are able to gain a detailed understanding of the themes underpinning current educational policy and practice and critically engage with issues surrounding child development and the meaning of childhood.
MA in Education: Early Childhood Education, is a full-time course and runs from September to August. The content of the course follows that of the internationally renowned, part time mixed mode, distance-learning MA in ECE and is suited to students who wish to study full time for one-year.
EdD Early Childhood Education, a part-time distance-learning, doctoral programme based around residential weekends. This programme incorporates structured modules with a substantial thesis involving sustained research on a particular issue or topic;
PhD (Malta) which incorporates a taught element in Malta to accompany this doctoral qualification which is gained through successful production of a thesis and viva.

Research Interests

Research interests

Jools’ research on attachment based relationships between adults and children under three years in group day care provision has brought her national and international acclaim. Before taking up her academic role at the University of Sheffield, Jools worked in both policy and practice roles with young children and their families. Over three decades, she gained first-hand knowledge of the importance of fostering careful, respectful, reciprocal and genuine relationships between infants, toddlers and their key adults. Jools is committed to research which places the rights of infants and toddlers at the centre. Her 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'. This work led more recently to the development of a mixed methods study ‘Professional Love in Early Years Settings’ (PLEYS). Currently Jools is working with colleagues in Sydney, Australia, researching the presence or absence of ‘Professional Love’ between caregivers and babies from the infant toddler perspective.


Other Experience

Jools has conducted joint research projects, developed from her well established relationships with national and international scholars in the field of early childhood. Jools enjoys working with industry partners and disseminates her research to the early childhood community through various ECE publications including Nursery World. Jools is a member of the Love Research Network which brings together international researchers who are interested in collaborative and contemporary representations of love. She is also the academic advisor for the National Early Years Trainers and Consultants (NEYTCO), which aims to connect early years settings and trainers in a one stop shop.

Jools is the external examiner for MA Integrated Working with Children and their Families in the Early Years, University of Hertfordshire in collaboration with Pen Green, UK.

Areas of Expertise in Early Childhood Education:

• Infant-toddler relationships and pedagogy
• Professional [caregiving/leadership/management] roles
• The ethics of Love, Care and Intimacy
• Policies and practices with infants and toddlers
• The rights of infants and toddlers
• Parent roles


Advisory Board Member: Peeple (formally known as PEEP) - An independent charity which supports parents and children to learn together, Oxford.
Advisory Board Member: Policy and pedagogy with under-three-year-olds: Cross-disciplinary insights and innovations for educational research with very young children (Springer Book Series Edited by C. Dalli and E. J. White – New Zealand)
Editorial Board Member: Journal of Early Childhood Education Research, Sage
Academic Advisor to The National Early Years Trainers' and Consultants' Organisation (NEYTCO)
International under 3’s expert to the Resolving Conflict project (Dolby, R. Hughes, E and Freizer, B). Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Expert Member of Baby Room SIG, Early Education, London and North groups
Expert Panel member, Baby Room Research Project (Powell, S. and Goouch, K.) funded by Esmée Fairbairn, Canterbury Christ Church University
Panel Judge, for the Nursery World Industry Awards
Referee for various book and journal publishers including, BLOOMSBURY, MCGRAW-HILL, ROUTLEDGE, SAGE, TAYLOR AND FRANCIS

Notable Keynote Presentations & Seminars

  • TACTYC (London) Annual Conference: Principled Early Years Practice: Valuing our past, debating our present, inspiring our future - ‘Love in a Cold Climate: Constructions of Care, Intimacy and Love within a Contemporary Early Childhood Discourse’ (19th November 2016) 100 delegates
  • What about the Children? Annual National Conference (London): Cracking the Code- young children are born ready to communicate but they need a translator (10 March 2016) 50 delegates
  • Canterbury Christ Church University (Canterbury): 7th Annual Baby Room Conference: The Same Difference: Practitioners’ views of Care, Intimacy and ‘Professional Love’ in Early Years Settings in England (15 April 2016) 100 delegates
  • Macquarie University & Gowrie New South Wales (Sydney, Australia): The Inaugural Infant Toddler Practice, Pedagogy & Research Conference: Practitioners’ Perspectives on Attachment and Professional Love in the Nursery (25 September 2015) 350 delegates
  • Northamptonshire Early Years Research Festival: Pedagogy with babies: perspectives of 8 nursery managers (17 June 2015) 100 delegates
  • Edinburgh 2-year-old Conference: Tuning into 2 year olds: why ‘Professional Love’ matters to learning (27 November 2014) 200 delegates
  • Oxfordshire 2 year old Conference: “I don’t even love you!” Why being 2 years old matters (10 October 2014) 250 delegates


Page, J. Clare, A. and Nutbrown, C. (2013). Working with Babies and Children: From birth to three (2nd Edn). London: Sage. 

Clough, P. Nutbrown, C and Page, J. (2012) (Eds) Researching Early Childhood Education: Voices from Malta. Sheffield, University of Sheffield. 

Journal Articles

Elfer. P and Page. J. (2015). Pedagogy with babies: perspectives of eight nursery managersEarly Child development and care, 185, (11-12),1762-1782 

Page, J. (2013a). Will the ‘good’ [working] mother please stand up?: Professional and maternal concerns about education, care and love. Gender & Education Journal, 25, (5) 548-563

Page, J. (2013b) Childcare Choices and Voices: using interpreted narratives and thematic meaning-making to analyse mothers’ life histories. International Journal of Qualitative Studies in Education, 27,(7) 850-876.

Page, J., and Elfer, P. (2013). The emotional complexity of attachment interactions in nursery, European Early Childhood Education Research Journal 21 (4) 553-567

Page, J. (2011). Do mothers want professional carers to love their babies? Journal of Early Childhood Research. 9(3), 310-323

Book Chapters

Page, J. (2016) Educators’ perspectives on attachment and professional love in early years settings in England. In E. J White and C. Dalli (Eds) Under three year-olds in policy and practice. Policy and pedagogy with under-three-year-olds: Cross-disciplinary insights and innovations for educational research with very young children Series. Springer.

Page, J. (2015). The Legacy of John Bowlby’s Attachment Theory In T. David, K. Goouch and S. Powell. (Eds). Routledge International handbook of philosophies and theories of early childhood education and care. London: Routledge. (pp 80-90)

Page, J. (2014). Developing "professional love" in early childhood settings, In L Harrison and J Sumsion (Eds). Lived Spaces of Infant-Toddler Education and Care - Exploring Diverse Perspectives on Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. International Perspectives on Early Childhood Education and Development Series. Springer Publishing. (pp119-130)

Other Publications

Page, J. (2015) Love, Love, Love. Nursery World Special Edition Let’s begin: The care and education of children from birth to three years, Nursery World 29th June – 12 July 2015. 

Elfer, P and Page, J. (2013) Briefing Paper Response to Coalition Proposals on improving quality of childcare 'More Great Childcare'

Page, J. (2011) Let’s talk about love: the need for professional love in paid childcare: Early Education, no 63, Spring 2011, the birth to three issue