Early Childhood Education and Care

The mission of the British Educational Research Association 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.

Latest SIG Content

SUMMER 2019

9 May 2019 | Publication

How inclusive of children are our educational research methods?
Research Intelligence issue 139: Marking 30 years of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child This special issue of Research Intelligence, guest-edited by Carmel Capewell and... [...]

The competing discourses of school readiness

3 May 2019 | Blog

BERA’s 2019–2020 research commission on the early years – entitled Competing Discourses of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC): Tensions, Impacts and Democratic Alternatives across the UK’s four jurisdictions – is focussing the... [...]

Changing culture, changing early childhood curriculum in China

22 March 2019 | Blog

School-based curriculum development (SBCD) has been advocated in order to enhance the quality of early childhood education within the context of modernisation and globalisation (Li, 2005). However, few studies have examined how social change and... [...]

BERA Blog highlights from 2018

21 December 2018 | Blog

A seasonal welcome to all our BERA Blog readers in the UK and around the world in this, our third end-of-year-highlights special edition. And what a year this has turned out to be. (I really will try not to mention either the ‘T’ or the... [...]

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