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Dr Jennifer Robson


Department of Early Childhood & Education , School of Education and Communities

Jenny Robson joined the University of East London in April 2014 following 26 years of work as a practitioner, manager and leader in children's services and education.

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Jenny has worked across the public and voluntary sector as a senior leader managing change and developing children's services; Jenny has placed the lived experiences and voices of children and their families at the centre of service development. Leading and working within multi-agency and interdisciplinary teams has been a key theme within her practice; Jenny is interested in issues of justice, equality and rights for children and families and these can be addressed through public policy and practice; Jenny has worked with children and families who are disadvantaged by structural, systemic and societal issues including those seeking asylum and from Gypsy Roma and Traveller backgrounds. In 2012 Jenny completed a PhD exploring practitioners' responses to issues of inequality, injustice and breaches of rights for children.

External roles

Trustee: Gingerbread (Charity for Single Parents) since 2010


  • Fundamental British Values in the Early Years, Robson, J.. 2015. Canterbury Christ Church University
  • 'Welcome to the Roma? Education practitioners attempts to resist a dominant negative discourse about Roma Children,' Today's Children are Tomorrow's Parents .  40/41, pp.46-55.


BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies

If you're interested in learning more about children and childhood and you envisage a career working with and for children and their families, this course will give you an excellent foundation.

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MA Early Childhood Leadership and Practice

We have an academic team with experience of early childhood practice, family support, early intervention, child rights services, informal education, policy development, service development and teaching in the early years. Our team has worked in the private, voluntary and public sector in different contexts.

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Jenny teaches on the BA (Hons) Early Childhood Studies on the  following modules:

  • ED3402 Rethinking Children's Behaviour
  • ED5016 Social for Children and Families (Module Leader)
  • ED5005 Advocating for Children in National and International Contexts
  • ED6007 Early Childhood Research Dissertation

Jenny teaches on the MA Early Childhood:

  • Supervision of Early Childhood dissertation
  • ED7503 Policy Issues in Early Childhood Education and Care: National and International Perspectives