Childhood and Society SIG Current Research Projects

Advancing Early Years Leadership through Digitally Mediated Professional Learning 

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the research aims to build our understanding of how Digitally Mediated Professional Learning can be used to extend and enhance leadership development in the English EY sector.  Objective 1  The research will systematically review research published in the last ten years (2011-2021) focusing on two intersecting bodies of literature: 1)…

Ethnicity and the Early Years Workforce 

This research aims to find out a) how ethnicity in the early years workforce intersects with leadership responsibilities and professional qualifications and b) how the ethnicity of early years professionals compares with the ethnicity of children and families accessing early years education locally. The research takes place in Maintained Nursery Schools across the UK. Dr…

Baby Rooms – Inspiring Leaders 

We are a group of Baby Room Leaders, Nursery Managers and Researchers working together to develop and improve Baby Room Leadership across the UK. We believe that: The experiences that children have between the ages of 0-2 years are vital for their learning and wellbeing in childhood and into adulthood.It is essential that we get…

The Dlala Project

The Dlala Project is funded by the GCRF. It is focused on bringing together an international network of childhood experts to investigate ways to decolonise play through the digital in Sub-Saharan Africa. Professor Jayne Osgood is the International Partner working with colleagues in South Africa, Namibia, Ethiopia, Kenya and Malawi… Find out more here -…

Playful Triangulation

Dr Jacqueline Harding has been working with Fisher Price to explore the benefits of play for children and adult carers. Bio-behavioural synchrony is key to the wellbeing of parents/carers and young children. In simple terms, it’s achieved through being in positive close proximity and maintaining eye to eye contact – that way they share neurobiological…

Social Leadership in Early Years

Social Leadership in Early Years (SLEY) is a research project jointly led by Dr Mona Sakr at Middlesex University and June O’Sullivan MBE, CEO of the London Early Years Foundation. We are working together with international partners to explore: the nature of social leadership in early years practice: what it looks and feels likethe impact that…

Theory and Practice of Child-Initiated Pedagogies

Led by Dr Leena Robertson This international project examines the current early childhood education policies and pedagogical practices in four different countries, Finland, Estonia, England and the United States and constructs a theoretical framework of Democratically Appropriate Practices (DeAP) for child-initiated practices. In spite of differences in history, culture and economic situation in each country,…

Anxiety in Children

DEVELOPMENT AND EVALUATION OF A PROFESSIONAL ONLINE TRAINING COURSE TO SUPPORT TEACHERS IN IDENTIFYING AND RESPONDING TO ANXIETY IN CHILDREN Principal investigator: Rebecca Lerman Anxiety disorders are one of the most common disorders in childhood and are associated with significant distress and impairment. Research conducted in the United Kingdom has shown that teachers report difficulty identifying…