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Dr Joanne Josephidou

Profile summary

Professional biography

Jo is Programme lead for Early Childhood and Co-chair of E110 (Young Children's Play and Creativity). She joined the Open University in September 2019. Before this, Jo was a primary school teacher for many years before entering Higher Education in 2009. Initially she taught on Initial Teacher Education programmes at the University of Cumbria before joining the Early Childhood Studies team at Canterbury Christ Church in September 2014.  Jo has taught on a variety of modules and has a particular interest in supporting students in developing early research skills. Her PhD focused on appropriate pedagogies with young children and how practitioner gender may impact on these.  Currently, Jo is working collaboratively on a piece of research which focuses on babies’ and toddlers’ opportunities to engage with the outdoor environment and nature funded by the Froebel Trust.

Research interests

The key strand in my work is appropriate pedagogies for the very youngest children in the education system (0-5) including issues around gender.

Teaching interests

I am currently co-chairing E110 (Young children's play and creativity).

External collaborations

Co- investigator: ‘A life ‘in and with nature?’ An exploration of outdoor provision in baby rooms’. Froebel Trust Research Grant (March (2019) – March (2021).


Babies and toddlers outdoors: a narrative review of the literature on provision for under twos in ECEC settings (2021)
Kemp, Nicola and Josephidou, Jo
Early Years ((Early Access))

Outdoor provision for babies and toddlers: exploring the practice/policy/research nexus in English ECEC settings (2021)
Josephidou, Jo; Kemp, Nicola and Durrant, Ian
European Early Childhood Education Research Journal ((Early Access))

Engaging children in meaningful charity: Opening-up the spaces within which children learn to give (2020-04-03)
Body, Alison; Lau, Emily and Josephidou, Joanne
Children and Society, 34(3) (pp. 189-203)

A gendered contribution to play? Perceptions of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) practitioners in England on how their gender influences their approaches to play (2020-01-01)
Josephidou, Joanne
Early Years: An international research journal, 40(1) (pp. 95-108)

Understanding gender and early childhood: an introduction to the key debates (2020-02-20)
Josephidou, Jo and Bolshaw, Polly
ISBN : 9780367140182 | Publisher : Routledge

Introducing research in early childhood (2018-10)
Bolshaw, Polly and Josephidou, Jo
ISBN : 9781526408280 | Publisher : SAGE

The role of the teacher and other adults (2018-01)
Ashbridge, Jan and Josephidou, Jo
In: Cooper, Hilary and Elton-Chalcraft, Sally eds. Professional Studies in Primary Education
ISBN : Ashbridge | Publisher : SAGE

Classroom organisation and the learning environment (2018-01)
Ashbridge, Jan and Josephidou, Jo
In: Cooper, Hilary and Elton-Chalcraft, Sally eds. Professional Studies in Primary Education
ISBN : 9781526409683 | Publisher : SAGE

Making connections with their world: outdoor provision for under-twos in early childhood settings in Kent (2020-04)
Kemp, Nicola; Durrant, Ian and Josephidou, Jo
Froebel Trust

Where are the babies? Engaging the under twos with the outdoors (2020-03-12)
Kemp, Nicola and Josephidou, Jo
The Froebel Trust

Our Charitable Children (2019-04)
Body, A; Lau, E and Josephidou, Joanne
University of Kent; Canterbury Christ Church University, UK.