ECSDN Research Conference 2022 – Booking is now open!


We are pleased to announce that the booking for our 2022 Research Conference is now OPEN! 

The theme of the conference is ’The Year of the Early Childhood Studies Degrees Student’.

The Conference will be held online via Zoom on Friday 28th January 2022 between 9.30 am and 3.45 pm - the schedule is below:


9.30 - 9.40 Welcome and overview of the programme
9.40 - 9.50 Introduction and overview of the day
9.50 - 10.30 KEYNOTE: ECS Students - Creating a Positive Identity
Philippa Thompson (ECSDN Co-Chair) &  Dr Tanya Richardson (ECSDN Acting Co-Chair)
10.30 - 10.40 Comfort Break
10.40 - 11.40: Presentations from students and academics
Breakout Room 1 Breakout Room 2
Presentation 1
Louise Hannan, University Centre Somerset
Relational pedagogy and its role in the development of academic resilience for students in a higher education institute
Presentation 1
Amanda Sheehy, University of Worcester
Promoting gender equality in primary schools through teacher reflection
Presentation 2
Emma Laurence, University of Worcester
How Early Years students are well-positioned in becoming resilient leaders.
Presentation 2
Catherine Kilburn, University of Hull
"I’m a big boy now, and big boys don’t cry!": Peer reinforcement of gender stereotypes within pre-school settings
Presentation 3
Dr Fengling Tang & Dr Evelyn Corrado, University of Roehampton
Student employability: challenges and implications for Early childhood Studies in higher education
Presentation 3
Despoina Grouni, University of Roehampton
Teachers’ dispositions on children’s mistake-making. A contextual study within Nursery, Reception and Year 1.
11.40 - 11.45 Comfort Break
11.45 - 12.15 Presentation of ECSDN funded research 1
Exploring practitioner, academics and student perspectives of Early Childhood Studies Degrees Graduate Practitioner Competencies in building Professional Identities and Relationship
Dr Tanya Richardson, Su Wall & Sigrid Brogaard Clausen
12.15 - 12.30 Discussion and implications for policy and practice
12.30 - 13.15 Lunch Break
13.15 - 13.45 Presentation of ECSDN funded research 2
The Early Childhood Education and Care sectors perspective on the Early Childhood Studies graduate and the Graduate Practitioner Competencies
Dr Nikki Fairchild et al
13.45 - 14.00 Discussion and implications for policy and practice
14.00 - 15.00: Presentations from students and academics
Breakout Room 3 Breakout Room 4
Presentation 1
Angela Hodgkins & Nicola Watson, University of Worcester
Preparing students for the ‘emotion work’ of early childhood practice
Presentation 1
Shannon Ludgate Birmingham City University
Responding to the pandemic in the early years: A focus on relationships, communication and support
Presentation 2
Dr Kay Owen & Dr Helen Simmons, University of Derby
Living, Learning and Plate-Spinning: The Experience of Student Mothers
Presentation 2
Dr Alex Morfaki, Norland College
The expanding role of Early Years SENDCOS: challenges and implications for policy and practice
Presentation 3
Sarah Davies-Walters Bath Spa, University
An Exploration of the Lived Experience of being a Grandparent in the UK today
Presentation 3
Dr Valeria Scacchi, University of Roehampton
Who am I? Educators’ professional identities discussions in Italy and UK, stories of resilience and feelings of abandonment, where is the love?
15.00 - 15.10 Comfort Break
15.10 - 15.30 Student Publication: A student’s view
Student publishing opportunity with Dr Jo Josephidou (coordinator for the review panel)
15.30 - 15.45 Evaluation and closing remarks

To secure your place, you can register via the following link (opens in new page) and complete the Registration form; each registration is for one person only and details are provided if you are looking to make a group booking.

We look forward to welcoming you! 

Dr Jackie Musgrave & Dr Helen Perkins
ECSDN Vice-Chairs, Research & Knowledge Exchange

Registrations for this event will close at 5.30 pm on Thursday 27th January 2022.