BERA seminars on ‘Contemporary Curriculum Debates in Early Childhood Education and Care’

From Dr Nikki Fairchild,
University of Portsmouth. Associate Head (Research and Innovation) Foundation Degree in Early Years Care and Education Course Leader and Partner Link Tutor

“As part of our role as BERA Early Childhood Education and Care SIG conveners Louise Kay and I would like to highlight a series of events we are planning.

The theme is: Contemporary curriculum debates in Early Childhood Education and Care and our short precis of the events is:

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.

There are three planned sessions which will be held on:
14th April 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Liz Chesworth will present her Froebel Research
21st April 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Nathan Archer will present his work on being an activist professional
28th April 2021, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Nancy Stewart will present on behalf of Birth to Five Matters

The events are open to BERA members and non-members (there is a small fee of £10 for non-members) and will be online. If you would like to attend please use the hyperlinks above to register for the sessions.”