Janet Harvell

lecturer sitting back in her chair

Course Leader - FdA Early Years (0-8) Flexible and Distributed Learning

Children and Families

Contact Details

email: j.harvell@worc.ac.uk
tel: 01905 542626

Having originally trained as a junior/secondary teacher Janet became interested in the early years when she became involved in the local preschool setting as a parent, volunteer helper and committee member. This then led to becoming an Associate Manager of a 44-place day nursery. During this time Janet became an assessor and verifier for NVQs in Early Years and also worked as a freelance Ofsted Early Years Inspector. In 2000 she was lucky enough to become involved in one of the first Sure Start trailblazer initiatives, and set up the first accredited Childminding Network in the county before working at an FE college for 11 years in which she was a Quality Reviewer and Advanced Practitioner. In addition she was the Programme Manager, lecturer and personal tutor on the HND in Early Years, the FdA in Early Years (Sector Endorsed) and the BA (Hons) Early Years Care and Education. During this time she became very involved in supporting the delivery of the EYPS programme and the emergence of a graduate-led early years workforce. This is something she is passionate about, gaining immense pleasure at seeing the transformation this has made to the lives of students and the children they work with. She was also Project Manager of a Teaching Centre attached to the college, modelled on the Penn Green Centre, and supporting collaborative practice across a cluster of early years settings. As a registered Nursery Inspector until 2015, Janet was able to use this facet to guide and inform practice within early years settings and provide a different perspective for students on early years courses. 

Having lived, studied and worked abroad (Zambia, Malawi, Hong Kong, USA and Saudi Arabia) Janet has also developed a passion for gaining a greater awareness and understanding of the impact that different societies and cultures have on children and families. This is reflected in her specialist teaching areas and, in 2009 and 2010 she was awarded two grants to further research into preschool provision in China. A commitment to the value of experiential learning resulted in her planning and leading an early years residential for students to Beijing in 2012 and a trip to Amsterdam in 2017. Janet is also committed to supporting an understanding of the refugee predicament and following visits to the French refugee camp and written a number of articles within this area.


  • Worcester Teaching Award and Worcester Team Teaching Award (2017)
  • Academic Leadership Programme (2016)
  • Fellowship Higher Education Academy (FHEA) (2015)
  • PG Certificate in Learning and Teaching in HE (Distinction) (2015)
  • Certificate Team Leader (2015)
  • MA in Education: Early Years, Plymouth University (September 2013): 'The same or different? A comparative study of preschool provision in England and China.' 
  • Postgraduate Diploma: Education (Plymouth)
  • PGC CPD Early Years (Exeter)
  • BSc (Open)
  • City & Guilds 7307 Further and Adult Education Teachers Certificate
  • Assessor/Internal Verifier Awards D32,D33,D34
  • Diploma in Preschool Practice 

Teaching & Research

Janet is currently  the Course Leader for, and teach on, the FdA EY (0-8) Flexible programme – module lead for FDEY1502 Supporting Learning and Development in Practice, and FDEY2502 Evaluating & Developing The Curriculum For Young Children .

Janet also teaches on the BA(Hons) Integrated Working with Children and Families – module number IWCF3003 Professional Practice and Inquiry.

Teaching Interests

  • Current Curriculum Issues in the Early Years
  • International EY Curricula
  • Social Policy and Legislation
  • Professional/Reflective Practice
  • On-line teaching and learning

Research Interests

  • International Early Years Education
  • Refugee focus
  • Student as Partner’s Project – research into Peer Buddying (2016-17)
  • Student Transitions within HE
  • Supporting effective online learning

Professional Bodies

  • Fellow of Higher Education Academy
  • Member Sector Endorsed Foundation Degree in Early Years Midlands Region


Recent Publications

Harvell, J. & Prowle, A. (2019) Reflections on the lived experiences of refugee children in a French refugee camp. In Jain, P. & Savvides, N. (Eds) BERA Special Edition Research Intelligence.

Pence, A. & Harvell, J. (Eds) (2019) Volume 3 - Thinking About Pedagogy in Early Education: Pedagogies for Diverse Contexts. London: Routledge.

Xu, Q. & Harvell, J. (2019) Childcare. In Ritzer, G. & Rojek, C. (Eds) Wiley Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Sociology,3rd Edition 2019

Harvell, J. & Ren, L. (2019) It’s a new dawn, it’s a new day … developing an Early Years workforce for a 21st century China. In Pence, A. & Harvell, J. (Eds). Volume 3 - Thinking About Pedagogy in Early Education: Pedagogies for Diverse Contexts. London: Routledge.

Harvell, J. & Prowle, A.  (2018) Supporting children's development in refugee camps, through play based provision. In Sengupta, E. & Blessinger, P.(Eds) Refugee Education: Integration and Acceptance of Refugees in Mainstream Society. US: Emerald Press

Harvell, J. (2017) The commitment of early years educators. Seekers Monthly Newsletter (November). Available here 

Prowle, A. and Harvell, J. (2017) ‘Still Human’. In Nursery World–26.6.17 – 9.7.17 

Interview Education Today – 31.5.17 Supporting refugees in the classroom 

 3 x Guest editorials during 2017: Prowle, and Harvell, J. in International Journal of Birth & Parent Education (January, April, July,):

Stobbs, N., Harvell, J. and Reed, M (2017) Chapter 3: Developing pedagogical documentation within the EYFS curriculum framework in Fleet, A., Patterson, C. and Robertson, J. Eds. (2017) Pedagogical documentation in early years practice: Seeing through multiple perspectives. London: SAGE– Sage Publications.

Harvell, J. and Hodgkins, A.  (2017) Chapter 1: Preparing for University in Reading in Study for your Early Years Degree. Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner (Musgrave, J. Savin-Baden, M. & Stobbs, N. (Eds) Critical Publishing.

Harvell, J. (2017) Chapter 6: Referencing and Critical Reading in Study for your Early Years Degree. Skills and knowledge for becoming an effective early years practitioner (Musgrave, J. Savin-Baden, M. & Stobbs, N. (Eds) Critical Publishing

Harvell, J. and McMahon, S. (2016) Observation.  In Trodd, L. (ed) The Early Years Handbook for Practitioners and Students: An essential guide for the foundation degree and Levels 4 and 5’. Abingdon, Routledge 

Harvell, J. (2008) Chapter: Unit 10 ‘Caring for [Looked After] Children and Young People in BTEC Nationals Health and Social Care: Student Book 3 ISBN-10: 1405868120 

 Book Reviews

  • Routledge Publications 
  • Sage Publications


27 – 28 September 2018 – 2 day workshop at the University of Sussex: ‘Working with marginalized populations: What part can CHASE scholars play?’

14 March 2018 SEFDEY National Conferences and AGM – Exploring International Approaches to Early Childhood Care and Education: Presentation: ‘Reggio  and  Jenaplan;  the  familiar  and  unfamiliar:  Personal  reflections  on  visiting  two  alternative,  child-centred  approaches’.

29 August – 1 September 2017 – EECERA, Bologna; Presenting two papers:

‘A personal perspective on the refugee experience of children and families in the Dunkirk refugee camp’, and ‘Developing a teaching strategy to promote student awareness of the refugee crisis’.

Contributed to: Reed, M., Walker, R., Stobbs, N. and Harvell, J. ‘‘Voices and places of pedagogical documentation – beyond observation.’ – A UK based conceptualisation of pedagogical documentation.

22 June 2017 International Conference: Bridging the Global Education Gap – Chair of workshop:

Exploring the conceptions of disability held by indigenous secondary school students with disabilities Carly Christensen, University of Cambridge* Academics’ understandings and experiences of internationalisation of the curriculum at three universities Dr Nicola Savvides, Kings College, London

20 June 2017 CEC Conference

16 March 2017 – Janet Harvell and Alison Prowle ‘Understanding and supporting the needs of Refugee and Asylum Seeking children in the early years’ – at Education Show, NEC, Birmingham. 

11 February 2017 – Refugee Week Conference – Organiser and Welcome

28 June 2016 - Jackie Musgrave and Janet Harvell: ‘Health and wellbeing of refugee children: considerations for practice’ presented at the CEC Research Conference – Theme: Making our voices heard: children, families and practitioners

11-14 April 2016 - Nijmegen University, Netherlands – International Conference

July 2015 – University Campus Suffolk – Children and Childhood Conference - Identity and Culture: A personal reflection on childhood in China

16 November 2015 – IoE Staff Development Day: Teaching Enhanced Learning Programme: PAT online workbook for flexible learners

2015 Children and Childhoods International Conference, University of Suffolk. ‘Identity and Culture: A personal reflection on childhood in China.

2014 EECERA International Conference (Crete) ‘The same … but different. A comparative study of kindergarten policy and practices in China and England’ (Individual Paper Presentation).

Summer Conference – Student reflections on the value of international residential to China, Bridgwater College (August 2012)

Summer Conference – Workshop: Excellent Teaching and Learning, Bridgwater College (August 2011)

UPC Summer Conference – Pedagogies for a brave new world - Poster Presentation on research activity in China (June 2011)

UPC Summer Conference – Poster Presentation on CPD activity in China (June 2010)

National conference: ‘Healthy Childhoods’ : Workshop on ‘Developing the Outside Environment’. Bridgwater College (2009)

UPC Winter Conference - Presentation: The practitioner’s perspective of undergoing the Developmental Engagement phase of the new IQER process (November 2008)

Learning Technologies and Web Masters Forum, Taunton School – Presentation: The value of ‘Blogging’ (March 2008)

QIA/ALT e-learning conference, Nottingham, ‘Making it Work’ -Collaborative workshop ‘ILT for the nervous: how an Early Years section made the journey from the ‘slate’ to the virtual learning environment’ (October 2007)

External Roles

2014-18 External Examiner: BA (Hons) Childhood Studies, Norwich City College

2016 External panel member for revalidation of BA Childhood Studies, Norland College.

2015 External panel member for revalidation of BA Education Studies, Middlesex  University

2012-2013 External Examiner: FdA Early Years – University of Gloucestershire

Independent Peer reviewer:

August 2017 – Peer Review journal article for:International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy – Historical reflections on the evolution of care and education for Chinese children from birth to three: Exploring implications for enhanced quality.

July 2017 – Peer Review of chapters in Sengupta, E. & Blessinger, P. (Eds). (2018). Refugee Education: Integration and Acceptance of Refugees in Mainstream Society; US:Emerald Press

  • Chapter 1 – A restorative process in managing trauma
  • Chapter 2 - Non-formal Education Tacking the Challenge of Integration of Refugee Children
  • Chapter 3 – Refugee Health Care Professionals

 Pre-Publication proposals reviewed:

Endorsement provided for: Mentoring and Coaching in Early Childhood Education edited by Rosie Walker and Michael Gasper. (2019) Bloomsbury Publishing

‘Global Perspectives in Early Childhood Education – McLeod, N & Daly, A. (2019) Sage‘

Encouraging physical development through movement play’ Archer and Siraj (2015)

Achieving success in your Ofsted Early Years Inspection’ Grenier (2014)

Play in Early Childhood from birth to six years’ Howard & Alderson  (2014)