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

How can cognitive load theory be applied to the teaching of history?

14 November 2018 | Blog

As a follower of a variety of educational blogs and their Twitter accounts, I became aware of a large number of people talking about the development of cognitive load theory and the impact it could have for teaching. When Dylan Wiliam tweeted... [...]

Phonics ‘first and fast’… but at what cost?

29 October 2018 | Blog

Reading is one of life’s profound joys. According to reading expert Maryanne Wolf, reading changes the very structure of our brain and neural pathways; the act allows us to go beyond our own thought processes (Wolf, 2008). Reading is a way of... [...]

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