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The Early Childhood Studies Degree Network has been in existence since 1993 / 1994 and in it's current format exists as a membership body.

ECSDN Executive

Carolyn Silberfeld


Helena Mitchell

Deputy Chair / Treasurer / Membership Secretary

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Pamela Calder

Honorary President


Minutes Secretary

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Juliette Davies


Philippa Thomson

Vice Chair
Early Childhood Academic Field and The Student Experience 

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Juliette (Juls Davies) provides Support to the ECSDN Network including Administration, Events, Website and Accounts via her Virtual Support Company. More well-known for her work within the sector under the name of EY Matters, she has introduced regular networking via Twitter (#EYMatters and #EYECFC) free resources and CPD including #BrewEdEYOnline and the Continual Online Conference and many other initiatives.  In addition she provides Admin and Website support to the Ofsted Big Conversation (Nationally) and is the Co-Chair of The Early Years Academy. 

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Philippa Thompson is a Senior Lecturer and Placement Academic Lead for BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies at Sheffield Hallam University which she joined in 2006. Her professional career has been varied and involved teaching in a wide range of educational settings. She has worked in educational fields in England, Australia and Hong Kong. As a Community Teacher and local authority early years adviser she supported parents alongside early childhood settings, schools and childminders to develop practice. Current doctoral research is designed to hear the voices of parents of children with anaphylaxis in early childhood settings. Published research and book chapters span a range of subject areas but all are underpinned by an interest in young children's and parental well-being.

Jackie Musgrove

Vice Chair
Research and Knowledge Exchange (Student Development)

Helen Perkins

Vice Chair
Research and Knowledge Exchange (Professional Development)

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Jackie Musgrave is Programme Lead for Early Childhood and Education Studies (Primary) at The Open University.  Her research brings together her experiences as a Registered Sick Children’s Nurse and as a teacher of early childhood and explores the intersection of health, early education and inclusion. Jackie has published extensively, a sole authored book, several co-authored and co-edited books, as well as many chapters.

See Jackie Musgrave's publications here: http://www.open.ac.uk/people/jm39645#tab2

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Helen Perkins is senior lecturer in childhood and family studies at the University of Wolverhampton. She began her early years career working in nursery and reception. Following 13 years as head of school for early childhood education in a college of further and higher education Helen joined the University of Wolverhampton as a senior lecturer working on undergraduate and postgraduate courses. Helen’s doctoral research predominately focuses on agendas and policies in the early years with a focus on the workforce and their qualifications. Helen served as an expert panel member for the Nutbrown Review of Early Years qualifications and is a member of the Executive for the Early Childhood Studies Degree Network focusing on workforce issues and professionalism.

Helen has co-edited a book recently with Routledge Using Innovative-Methods in Early-Years Research-Beyond the Conventional (Brown & Perkins 2019) and has published peer reviewed Journal articles

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