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Special Interest Group

Early Childhood Education and Care

The mission of the Early Childhood Education and Care SIG is to promote and disseminate high quality theoretical and empirical research on teaching and learning, development and well being, in national and international contexts, in order to enhance the lives of all young children, their families and communities, as well as their educators. The SIG brings together all those seeking to generate substantive, methodological and ethical knowledge that will have an impact on the early childhood policy to professional practice context. It aims to:

  • construct and interpret relevant theoretical frameworks;
  • analyse critically the foundational disciplines as well as inter-disciplinary links that underpin the early childhood field;
  • interrogate the boundaries between education and care;
  • contribute to debate about on-going changes in the political, social, cultural and moral landscape that impact upon professional practice in the field;
  • encourage and provide mentor support for peers as well as new researchers in the field;
  • consider the practical applications and implications of research that will contribute to professional training and practice in the service of young children and their families;
  • inform key stakeholders of the expanding knowledge base;
  • forge strong links between existing early childhood research groups, both nationally and internationally.

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SIG Convenors

Louise Kay, Dr

Lecturer at University of Sheffield

Louise Kay is a lecturer in early childhood in the School of Education at the University of Sheffield. She is a qualified teacher and has worked across all three primary key stages, with the majority of her career spent teaching in the early...

Nikki Fairchild, Dr

Senior Lecturer at University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is a senior lecturer in early childhood and is associate head (research and innovation) in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership,...

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