Ms Jayne Daly

Senior Lecturer in Childhood and Family Studies

Email address: Phone number: 01902 323323 Location: Room WP134, Sister Dora (WP) Building Faculty: Faculty of Education Health and Wellbeing School/Institute: Institute of Education Areas of expertise: Safeguarding and wellbeing of children together with leadership within an early childhood /education context


My career in childcare and education has spanned over 25 years plus. My early experiences within the early childhood educare field were as a self-employed registered childminder which I did alongside being a ‘stay at home mum’ with my baby son. I decided to take this opportunity to further my employment goals, and after a

period as a Nursery Officer working with babies and young children, I became Manager of Early Years Services for Walsall College of Art and Technology; managing various onsite and external provisions for a number of years. During this time alongside my team, I developed a new baby room which was funded through my successful bid application of the

then 'Neighbourhood Nurseries' funding. I also developed the nurseries profile in terms of accreditation to the Effective Early Learning process. In 2004, I made a career move and worked as a Nurseries Manager for the National Health Service (Derby Hospitals) in a similar role. It was during these times that I realised the importance of well qualified early years teams to ensure excellent outcomes for young children and families.

In 2007, I decided that I wanted to ‘give something back’ to the education system and made a career change into adult teaching working for Burton and South Derbyshire College (BSDC) on a part time basis, teaching on the Foundation Degree in Early Years (which was being taught in partnership with Staffordshire University). In August 2008, I was appointed full time by BSDC and taught on various childcare and healthcare programmes ranging from level 1 to 5. Throughout my busy career, I undertook various qualifications (listed) to add to my knowledge and skills. I joined the team at Staffordshire University in October 2012 as a Lecturer. My career there expanded greatly, and I was awarded a Senior Lecturer status in July 2014. I went on to become Award Leader for full and part time Foundation Degree Early Childhood Studies awards (FdA) and the level 6 BA ( Hons) EarlyChildhood Studies top up awards.My part time Award Leader role involved my leading and liaising with seven partner Colleges to ensure the effective delivery of the part time FdA awards. I became Disability Co-ordinator for the School of Education and Health and Safety Representative for the school. I had a responsibility as a PA for one of our partner colleges.

I was successfully appointed by the University of Wolverhampton to the Institute for Education in March 2016. As well as my leadership and management duties, I am a member of a close internal teaching team, teaching from levels 4-7 across Early Childhood/Early Teacher Status and Education programmes. I am an experienced personal tutor ( level 4-7 ) and research supervisor ( level 6 and 7).

Needless to say my baby son is not a baby anymore!

Research interests

  •  I consider my main interests to be surrounding safeguarding and well-being of children together with leadership within an early childhood /education context. I also have a keen interest in historical and recent prospective of play, culture and family values and the impact upon child development.. My current PhD research is in response to my passion for excellence in early years pedagogy, particularly in relation to the under 3 year old.
  • Furthermore children’s creativity and variations within curriculum models have been aspects of my recent study focus including an interest regarding other countries adopting the Early Years Foundation Stage (England)
  • For my Masters Degree my focus of study related to the impact of higher education on the female mature learner(undertaking their early childhood degree) in terms of benefits and self-identity.

Membership of professional bodies

I am currently a member of the new SEFDY, Sector Endorsed Foundation Degrees Professional Association and I supported Staffordshire University through their new application for Sector Endorsement showing commitment to the value of Foundation Degrees in early years. I currently have my Senior HE fellow status recognised by Higher
Education Academy and am currently working toward my Principle Fellow status.


  • Masters in Education
  • PostGraduate Certificate in Higher Professional Education
  • BA in Education
  • Certificate in Education
  • Foundation degree in Educare and Early Childhood A1 Assessors D32/33
  • Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education N.N.E.B





Hayes, C., Daly, J., Duncan, M., Gill, R. & Whitehouse, A. (2014) Developing as a Reflective Early Years Professional: A Thematic Approach. Northwich:
Critical Publishing
I contributed to this with chapters in relation to reflective practice in leadership and as a new student reflecting upon undertaking higher education for the first time.

I am currently working on updating my chapters and adding an additional chapter in relation to Reflection upon Creativity and Play for its updated re release early 2017. I am also currently collaborating on research for a cluster publication with the team at the University of Wolverhampton due to be published in 2017.

Previous professional experience

My experience in industry has been long, varied and rewarding. I began my early career as a stay at home mom doubling as a self employed child-minder. This rewarding career gave me an insight into working with young children and families and as soon as my baby son was at school I decided to develop my career and further my education. My early career working, as a nursery officer and manager of early years services, allowed me into the lives of many young children and their families and made me passionate about the importance of quality care and education within the sector. I have worked in nurseries, hospitals and school settings and am passionate about the child centred approach to children's care and education. My many experiences within the sector have meant that I understand policy, issues and controversies in the field and can relate my own experiences to academic and theoretical concepts.