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Past event Part of series: Contemporary curriculum debates in Early Childhood Education and Care

Contemporary curriculum debates in Early Childhood Education and Care – 1

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With the revised Early Years Foundation Stage guidance being used by early adopters we argue that now is a good time to focus on revisiting the function of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC). Current debates have focused on the reforms and the ways to develop suitable curriculums to meet the development goals of the EYFS. This series of events provides a space for a wider democratic conversation that we proposed in our blog (Fairchild & Kay, 2020) around the purpose of ECEC and how this is enacted. To facilitate this, we have invited a range of speakers which we feel will allow us to broaden the debates around democracy and the problematisation of schoolification and ECEC; activism within the ECEC profession; and the collaborative nature of the development of Birth to Five Matters exemplification documents.

We recommend that participants read chapter 1 and chapter 4 of
Transforming Early Childhood in England Towards a Democratic Education Edited by Claire Cameron and Peter Moss in preparation for the discussions. Open access to the book can be found here: 

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Liz Chesworth, Dr

Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at University of Sheffield

Liz Chesworth is a Senior Lecturer in early childhood education at the University of Sheffield. Liz’s research focuses upon contemporary play cultures and dynamic approaches to curriculum in early childhood. In recent years she has led two...


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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...

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Nikki Fairchild, Dr

Associate Professor in Creative Methodologies and Education at University of Portsmouth

Nikki Fairchild is the associate head (research and innovation) in the School of Education and Sociology at the University of Portsmouth. Her teaching and research explore professionalism, leadership, pedagogy and practice in early child...

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