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Ms Jennifer Worsley

Ms Jennifer Worsley

Head of Childhood and Family Studies

  • Email address
  • Phone number 01902 32 3374
  • Location University of Wolverhampton Sister Dora (WP) Building Walsall Campus Gorway Road Walsall WS1 3BD WS1 3BD
  • Faculty Faculty of Education Health & Wellbeing
  • Institute Institute of Education
  • Areas of expertise Childhood and Family Studies

My background is embedded in early year’s education and care, primarily as a practitioner working in community day care, family support, schools, nursery and playgroups. I have worked at the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer teaching across early childhood studies. I am now Head of Department in Childhood and Family Studies which spans from early years care and education, youth work, family support and community work. My teaching involves working with families with complex needs, youth culture and identity and exploring risk in society.

My research interests are varied and centre on access and participation in higher education, lifelong learning and part time adult education and how this is mediated by social class and gender. I have also explored how blended learning can enhance teaching and learning, social care and families and social inequality in general. I have also have research interests in early childhood education including play, assessment and development.

Member of the National Network for Sector Endorsed Early Years Foundation degrees.

  • Master’s in Education, July 2004
  • BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies (First Class)
  • Advanced Diploma in Childcare and Education
  • NVQ level 3 Teaching in Further and Higher Education
  • NVQ level 3 Early Years Education and Care, July 2000

In association with Professor Iram Siraj-Blatchford and the early year’s team; The published chapter in ‘Team around the Child’ (2007) published by Trentham relates to investigating the perceptions of early years practitioners when adopting a multi-disciplinary approach using a case study of a children’s centre.

Published Chapter by OUP in ‘Making Sense of Theory and Practice in Early Childhood: The Power of Ideas, entitled ‘Developing Communities of Practice: placing professional individual identity in group interactions.

Chapter published in 2014 by Sage in ‘A critical Companion to Early Childhoodedited by Michael Reed and Rosie Walker, entitled Developing Critical Thinking Skills.

Date from: 09/2000 - 04/2004

Employer: Birmingham, College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies

Address: Summer Row, Birmingham

Job Title: Lecturer

Outline of duties/responsibilities

Lecturing across all levels of undergraduate programmes in Early Years; this involved teaching, assessment, and curriculum review, the development of teaching and learning resources. I also was responsible for module leadership, personal tutor for students and attended assessment and award boards. I was also responsible for the development of the Foundation degree, including the writing of modules, validation and curriculum evaluation in terms of quality improvement. As part of this I was also required to ensure equality and diversity was embedded into the programme. I also managed the Foundation degree and was responsible for recruitment, marketing, enrolment and the development of sustainable systems in terms of the above areas.

I also managed APEL procedures in line with College systems and assessed APEL claims.

Date from 09/1999 -07/2000

Employer: Temping Agency

Address: Newhall Street, Birmingham

Job Title: Teaching Assistant / Nursery Practitioner

Outline of duties/responsibilities

As I was a student on the final year of my honours degree, I undertook a range of temping roles, both short and long term. I worked in primary schools with different age ranges from reception to year six. This involved assisting the teacher by working with small groups of children across the curriculum and I was required to assess their progress. I was also required to develop teaching and learning resources and communicate with both parents and other professionals within the school. I also worked in full day care provision with children aged 0-5years. This involved assisting nursery practitioners with the planning and delivery of learning activities, both in the indoor and outdoor environment and assessment of progress. Also day to day routine activities, such as caring for the physical needs of the children, communicating with parents, wall displays, health and safety and promoting equality of opportunity for all children.

Date: from 09/1995 - 07/1999

Employer: Josiah Mason College

Address: Marsh Hill, Erdington, Birmingham

Job Title: Nursery Practitioner

Room leader responsibility for both 2-4yrs and also 0-2yrs; this involved the care and education of children, including physical needs, as well as the development of learning activities and assessment of children's progress. I also undertook parent consultations and worked to improve parental collaboration. I was also responsible for mentoring level three students, observing and assessing their practice and providing support and guidance. I was also involved in writing and reviewing policies, including equal opportunities and safeguarding and the development of a curriculum that promoted diversity.