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Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network:
Fifth Call for Student Papers – January 2019
Now closed: Latest publications coming soon
Objective: To support and promote the ECSDN student voice and showcase students’ engagement with contemporary childhood and children’s workforce issues.
This is the fifth call from the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) for student papers to be submitted for publication on our website.
We have been very pleased with the response to date, please see the papers that have been published so far on the Student papers published below.
The requirements are for the student publications are as follows:
- L4 Reflection on an aspect of practice/ the role of the student practitioner: Word limit 1000-1500
- L5 View or commentary on a contemporary issue: Word limit 2000 – 2500
- L6 Report on leading practice underpinned by research: Word limit 3000 – 3500
- L7 Report on author’s recent or current research findings: Word limit 4000 – 4500The submission date is Monday 25th February 2019(the dates for future submissions are Friday 28th June 2019)
Criteria for selection:
- Relevance of topic or theme in the context of Early Childhood Studies
- Use of appropriate sources from literature
- Satisfactory quality of academic writing.
- For M level submission the work must be based on a small piece of original research. This can draw upon documentary evidence or original data. The submission must include a brief justification of research methodology used.
- All students must seek approval from their course or programme leader (or equivalent) prior to submission.
- Programme Leaders must confirm with the selection committee that they have approved the submission by signing the application. (See below for the Submission Form)
2018 Published Papers
My name is Samantha Sheath. I have recently completed a BA in Early Years with the University of Greenwich as a top up student, having graduated previously with an HND in Early Years in 1999. I will be graduating with a first-class honours degree.
I have 20 years of experience working with children and families. I have two young daughters and aim to be a role-model to them showing them hard work, dedication and achievement. I currently work in a Montessori pre-school alongside a voluntary role as a breastfeeding peer supporter in my local community. I am passionate about supporting parents and developing their knowledge. I have a strong interest in social policy and neuroscience. I aim to continue my studies to complete a masters.
My name is Zara Khan and I am 21 years old. I have a BA honours in Early Childhood Studies and I am enrolling in my PGCE in September. Studying my degree has sparked a deep interest in wanting to advocate for children, especially children with disabilities. This came from the unique opportunity I received to work in a special needs school where I started to learn sign language (I am still currently learning). I hope my teaching career will make a difference to at least one person’s life and allow them to live life to their fullest.
Liona is a mature 2nd year student at Roehampton University. She is interested in the link between early childhood and mental health later in life. Having worked as a practitioner prior to study she is passionate about creating and developing tangible resources to help both parents and children reach their full potential
I am 24 years old and have just graduated with a first class honours degree in Education Studies at Bath Spa University. Whilst studying I have been working as a respite worker for a variety of children with special educational needs where I provide support in the home and in accessing activities within the local community. I am looking forward to starting a Schools Direct course this year, where I will be training as a primary SEN teacher and intend on specialising to work with children with profound and multiple learning difficulties.
I am 23 years old. While I was born and raised on the island of St. Lucia, I also lived in America, where I earned my Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Psychology. I then moved to England to earn my Master of Arts (MA) in Early Childhood Studies at the University of East London. Now that I have completed my MA, I am working on pursuing a PhD. I would like to be an academic, and to also create an international organisation which works with children according to their needs.
Nina Hajittofi; a second year undergraduate student studying for a degree in early childhood studies at the university of Chichester. She enjoys all aspects of child development and has a strong interest in how early experiences can have a major long term impact on children’s lives. Whilst studying she works as a nanny, looking after two teenage girls. In her spare time she enjoys keeping fit and spending time with family and friends.
My name is Maxime Perrott and I am currently studying a Foundation Degree in Early Years with Bath Spa University taught at New College, Swindon. I will be continuing onto the Top-Up BA in Education Studies at Bath Spa in September. After completing my undergraduate I hope to continue onto a masters in Educational Research. I am also working as a Self-employed Nanny and dog walker in the Marlborough area, looking after a range of age groups from toddler through to teenager.
July 2017 Published Papers
My name is Simmran Singh and I have recently graduated with an BA (Hons) in Early Years and Childhood Studies at The Manchester Metropolitan University. I am currently working as a youth worker where I provide support and implement activities for children and young people, aged 11+. I also volunteer for two charity organisations, NSPCC/ChildLine and 42nd Street where these roles have given me a range of opportunities to gain new skills and enhance my personal development. I am looking forward to progress in further study in an MA in Social Work where I would like a career in children’s social services specialising in children’s mental health.
I am studying an Early Years and Childhood Studies degree at Manchester Metropolitan University. I am hoping to continue my study after completing my degree and look forward to a career as a primary school teacher.
I am 29 years old and have just finished my first year at Roehampton University. I was born in London and spent some years of my childhood in Jamaica. After leaving school I qualified in holistic beauty therapy and by 20 managed a skincare counter. However, at 22, I began experiencing some difficulties with my mental health and had to take some time out. I retrained in childcare and at 25 proceeded to work as a practitioner for a families project. Thoroughly enjoying it and wanting to further my knowledge I decided to start University. Because of my own experiences I am very interested in the link between early childhood and mental health. Studying this degree has already provided me with so much understanding and insight and I look forward to the next two years.
My name is Pollyanna Whitehead and I studied at Norland College from 2013 – 2016, recently graduating with a first class honours degree in Early Years Development and Learning. I am now working as a private nanny in London, whilst completing my Norland Diploma. I am looking to complete further study, specialising in social policy and family services, with the goal of pursuing a career in this field.
My name is Verity Brown; I have just completed my BA honours degree at Norland College, and am currently working as a nanny. My childcare career started 6 years ago when I enrolled at the College of Richard Collyer where I studied CACHE level 3 childcare and education. After completing my childcare course at college I took a year out before starting at Norland College to work part time at a pre-school and to nanny for a little boy, during this time my passion as a nanny really flourished. My childcare career has been a wonderful experience, and I look forward to the many years ahead in my chosen career.
Marianne Adams: I am currently a second year student at Norland College, studying for a degree in Early Years Development and Learning. As part of my course I have the opportunity to experience a wide range of placements, as well as nannying and babysitting in my spare time. This has given me diverse toolset to work with many different ages and developmental stages which I have drawn on in this paper.
Emma McShane: I am a mature part-time student in my final year of a BA Honours Degree in Early Childhood Studies at Stranmillis University College Belfast.
Emma considers the importance of supporting the development of creativity in the young child
Amber Chadwick: I am twenty years old and come from Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire. I have been studying at Norland College since 2015 and prior to this completed 3 A-Levels. I am looking forward to a career as a nanny.
Amber reflects on the role of the student practitioner
Caitlin Richardson: I am a Third Year University Student studying Early Childhood (Professional Practice) at the University of Worcester.
I have always been interested in working with children as they are fascinating yet complex little beings and believe any career involving children is therefore likely to be exciting. I currently work at a Nursery in my hometown with children aged 2-3. Although challenging, this job further confirms my aspiration to ensure I am doing everything I can to make sure children are offered the best start in life.