Lecturer in Early Childhood Studies
School of Education
Telephone: (01792) 602161
Room: Office - 979
First Floor
Talbot Building
Singleton Campus

Dr Tyrie is a Lecturer of Early Childhood Studies at Swansea University School of Education. Jacky has worked for 10 years as HEI lecturer and researcher, with posts in Cardiff Metropolitan University and Swansea University. Jacky’s research explores early childhood from sociological and geographical perspectives and focuses on research around children’s rights within early childhood care and education settings. 

Jacky is a national leader in children’s rights and co-ordinates the Children’s Rights in Early Years Network (CREYN). The CREY Network draws together, academics with policy makers, NGO’s and practitioners to share knowledge and work together. Having completed her PhD in 2010 examining children’s access to their rights in Wales and the impact of gender on access to rights, Jacky then developed her research focusing of researching children’s rights in Wales and rights to play more specifically.

Dr Tyrie has published articles around rights within some of the following journals The International Journal of Children’s Rights, The British Journal of Sociology and theWales Journal of Education. Jacky has been principal investigator on the following projects ‘Home Based Support: Pop in and Play’ and ‘Participation in Early Education’. Jacky is currently exploring ways of examining young children’s ‘lived’ experiences of human rights.

Areas of Expertise

  • Researcher at The Centre for Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Swansea. Specialist subjects: mixed methodology research
  • sex work
  • gender and children’s rights.

Publications

  1. Lewis, A., Sarwar, S., Tyrie, J., Waters, J., University, S. Exploring the Extent of Enactment of Young Children's Rights in the Education System in Wales Cylchgrawn Addysg Cymru / Wales Journal of Education 19 2 27 50
  2. Tyrie, J., Beauchamp, G. Children’s Perceptions of Their Access to Rights in Wales: The Relevance of Gender and Age The International Journal of Children’s Rights 26 4 781 807
  3. Beauchamp, G., Haughton, C., Ellis, C., Sarwar, S., Tyrie, J., Adams, D., Dumitrescu, S. Using video to research outdoors with young children (Ed.), Using Innovative Methods in Early Years Research 124 137 Taylor & Francis/ Routledge
  4. Tyrie, J., Sarwar, S., Dumitrscu, S., Mannello, M., Haughton, C., Ellis, C., Connolly, M., Tyrie, J. Power, rights and play: control of play in school grounds, an action research project from Wales Education 3-13 47 6 627 636
  5. Tyrie, J. Extended rights for children and young people in Wales? A focus on gender (Ed.), The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child in Wales University of Wales Press

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Teaching

  • EDC101 Family and Community Engagement in the early years

    Making links to foundational understandings regarding children¿s social worlds, this module reaches further into children¿s social worlds with a specific focus on their position in a family and community context. Consideration of the diverse needs of families and the value of community engagement for the holistic care of the child are introduced, along with the impact of socio-economic situations on children¿s health and well-being. The complexities of family situations and the importance of securing authentic relationships with family members for children¿s holistic health are presented, with a particular emphasis on a Welsh context which considers Welsh language.

  • EDC102 Early Childhood rights, policy and safeguarding

    Policy documents underpin the practices within children¿s services, and as such are presented and examined in context in this module. The module will discuss policy document design and presentation in local services, such as early childhood centres and schools, and then move more broadly to national policies in Welsh services for children, to more global policies that recognise children¿s rights such as UNCRC. Issues around children¿s rights and hearing the voices of children will be discussed, along with what these mean to children, their families and to the services that are provided for them. The importance of having such governance will also be explored in relation to securing the health and well-being of children and families with ALN and for sustaining and supporting Welsh language in the national context.

  • EDC107 The Social Construction of Childhood

    This module will introduce `childhood¿ as a unique stage of life in its own right, and as a socially constructed concept. Histories of childhood will be discussed in relation to societal images of the child. Issues concerning the social process of being an infant, toddler and young child, belonging and becoming an adult, and what this might mean for policy and provision nationally and internationally will be explored. Current perceptions of children and childhood will be presented with a focus on how societal perceptions of children influence the provision of services, and how this might relate to children with additional learning needs and languages other than English.

  • EDE101 Family and community engagement in the early years

    Making links to foundational understandings regarding children¿s social worlds, this module reaches further into children¿s social worlds with a specific focus on their position in a family and community context. Consideration of the diverse needs of families and the value of community engagement for the holistic care of the child are introduced, along with the impact of socio-economic situations on children¿s health and well-being. The complexities of family situations and the importance of securing authentic relationships with family members for children¿s holistic health are presented, with a particular emphasis on a Welsh context which considers Welsh language. Issues of health and equality will be woven throughout the module.

  • EDE102 Early childhood rights, policies and safeguarding

    Policy documents underpin the practices within children¿s services, and as such are presented and examined in context in this module. The module will discuss policy document design and presentation in local services, such as early childhood centres and schools, and then move more broadly to national policies in Welsh services for children, to more global policies that recognise children¿s rights such as UNCRC. Issues around children¿s rights and hearing the voices of children will be discussed, along with what these mean to children, their families and to the services that are provided for them. The importance of having such governance will also be explored in relation to securing the health and well-being of children and families with ALN and for sustaining and supporting Welsh language in the national context.

  • EDE107 The Social Construction of Childhood

    This module will introduce `childhood¿ as a unique stage of life in its own right, and as a socially constructed concept. Histories of childhood will be discussed in relation to societal images of the child. Issues concerning the social process of being an infant, toddler and young child, belonging and becoming an adult, and what this might mean for policy and provision nationally and internationally will be explored. Current perceptions of children and childhood will be presented with a focus on how societal perceptions of children influence the provision of services, and how this might relate to children with additional learning needs and languages other than English.

  • EDN105 Education in Other Countries

    The module will introduce students to the policies, contexts, practices and methods of educational systems locally, nationally and internationally. It will develop understanding of the international context of education at the beginning, will then look at education as practiced in different countries, and then draw conclusions about approaches that may be applicable outside those countries that are utilizing them. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their educational experiences whilst looking at the various educational systems / processes, and to assess the extent to which policies from outside the UK could be appropriate either locally and nationally.

  • EDN202 Protecting and Promoting Wellbeing in Education

    This module will focus on promoting and protecting wellbeing in the context of education. It will consider policy and legislation based on rights to, and within, education. The increased emphasis on emotional health and wellbeing in education will be highlighted using contemporary research to critically evaluate evidence based practice. Safeguarding issues, processes and a multi-agency approach in professional practice will be explored. Students will be encouraged to reflect on their own educational experiences in relation to rights, safeguarding and wellbeing.

  • EDPM20 Research Methods

    This module will provide an overview of research methodology in preparation for the research aspects and requirements of the Masters programme. It will cover the main aspects of social science research and will guide participants through research design, data collection, data analysis and data representation. The course will offer a guide to the main steps involved in planning and designing a research project and will offer advice on how to practically manage this process. It also will include consideration of how to select and refine research questions, how to conduct a literature review and the ethical considerations that may arise within a social science setting.

  • FY-019 Social Science

Administrative Responsibilities

  • Academic Mentor coordinator

    2019 - Present

Career History

Start Date End Date Position Held Location
2014 2019 Lecturer Cardiff Metropolitan University
2012 2014 Researcher Swansea University
2009 2012 Tutor Swansea University

Key Grants and Projects

  • Exploring Foundation Phase teachers’ understanding and enactment of children’s participation rights in Wales 2018 - 2021

    , with Jane Waters, Jennie Clement, Sian Sarwar, Sarah Chicken, Alison Murphy

  • Open all Hours: school grounds 2015 - 2015

    , with Sian Sarwar, Marianne Mannello, Chantelle Haughton, Sandra Dumitrescu, Mark Connolly, unfunded

  • Discovery: 4 year olds Woodland explorations 2015 - 2015

    , with Sian Sarwar Chantelle Haughton, Sandra Dumitrescu, Gary Beauchamp, Cheryl Ellis, Dylan Adams , unfunded

  • Principal Investigator on Evaluation of home based Play scheme (part time) 2012 - 2012

    , Swansea Council

Research Groups

  • Children’s Rights in Early Years Network (CREYN)

    Network coordinator of the CREYN based in South Wales.