Jeanne initially gained a Certificate in Education (Teaching) and B Ed degree in Movement Studies and Education with the University of London and taught in London and Northampton. Although primary trained, after a year working in a primary school in South London Jeanne moved to work at an MLD School in North London before moving to Northampton where she became Head of PE at a Northampton School for Girls.
After running her own Childcare Business for 12 years, providing full day care for children aged 0-5, holiday clubs, mobile crèches as well as training and consultancy, she was offered a short term consultancy project for BUPA Childcare within a newly formed Early Years team. The project developed as BUPA became one of the larger providers of childcare in England and Jeanne became Quality and Development Manager overseeing 44 Daycare Settings. She had also worked for UK Out of Schools Director for Kinderquest, working predominantly with London based government contracts for departments such as the Dfe and MoD.
For a time, prior to having a family Jeanne worked in the commercial sector for a steel stockholder and a textile company. In both of these organisations Jeanne’s focus was initially in sales and then progressed towards induction and training.
Jeanne also had the opportunity to be involved in ‘Fairplay East Midlands’ which, through association with Chambers of Commerce, was a part of a national project which supported the developing role of women in the workplace during the 1980s.
During this time Jeanne has maintained her role as an Associate Trainer for National Children’s Bureau for a number of years delivering their PEAL training which is based on parental engagement within Early Years Provision.
Jeanne joined University of Northampton in 2006 and since gained MA in Education (Educational Leadership) with the Open University and was also an Associate Lecture in Early Years for the OU. She went on to gain PGCTHE through the University of Northampton and became a Fellow of the HEA. Jeanne became Lead Assessor for Early Years Professional Status/Early Years Teacher Status and was responsible for managing the Assessment Process and Assessor Training for 5 years. She has also taught on Childhood and Youth and International MA in Education.
Jeanne’s main interest and area of focus is quality provision through pedagogical development and leadership and management in order to support EY settings to develop their teams to achieve better outcomes for children and families.
Jeanne has also represents the University of Northampton in a consultancy capacity for ECCEA and Ministry of Education and HR in Mauritius. She has had a long standing commitment to Mauritius (since 2007) working freelance initially, providing training and consultancy for hotel ‘Kids Club’ employees.
Jeanne is currently module coordinator for ECS Leadership and Management and the Specialist Education route and is the Course Leader for the Graduate Employment Based route for Initial Teacher Training Early Years (0-5). In addition Jeanne holds responsibility for Work-Based Mentors and developing and presenting associated training.
Jeanne’s areas of research have included ‘Multi-site Module Delivery – Quality and Consistency’ and ‘On-line Assessment through a Blended Learning approach’ and presented papers on these (unpublished)at international conferences in Switzerland and Croatia.
Currently supporting dissertations: Year 3 Early Childhood Studies (BA) Students.
Further to the work in Mauritius Jeanne has developed an interest in teacher development in multi-lingual countries and is looking to research this further.