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ECSDN Research Conference 2021- Session One

22 January 2021 @ 9:30 AM - 1:30 PM


Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network Research Conference

Contemporary Issues in Early Childhood Research:
Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care

We are pleased to announce that the popular ECSDN Research Conference will go ahead in 2021 albeit in a different format. We are conscious of the difficulties presented by the pandemic, not only the travel and social gathering restrictions but also the financial constraints in many HEIs. We are keen to support members and their students therefore the conference will FREE.

The conference will take a different format. It will be online, via ZOOM and will be held over two days:

  • Friday 22nd January 2021 9.30 am – 1.30 pm
  • Friday 26th February 2021 9.30 am – 1.30 pm

Please use the link above to register for your place at the Conference and we will contact you to confirm your place and also how many places you would like to reserve.

Day One Schedule 

Time Session Title Presenter(s)
9.30 – 9.45 Welcome Intro & Purpose of Conference

ECSDN Co-Chairs:
Philippa Thompson & Alex Sabine

9.45 – 10.25 Keynote 1 Bringing the Early Years Expert out of the Shadows Dr Carla Solvason, University of Worcester
10.25 – 10.30 Comfort Break
10.30 – 11.30 Block 1 Presentations Theme: School readiness and ‘schoolification’ Chair: Dr Jackie Musgrave
Duration of each presentation: 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes Q & A session
Presentation 1 An exploration of the main influences on assessment practice from the perspectives of Reception teachers in England Angela Barley
Bishop Grosseteste University
Presentation 2 A study into the impact of the attendance at morning or afternoon sessions on the Baseline assessment scores of children in nursery settings in Wales’. Jane Dorrian
The Open University
Presentation 3 Educating from a care(-ing) about children perspective: The problem with the key person approach in early years. Rachael Summerscales
York St John’s University
11.35 – 11.55 Keynote 2 The Birth to 5 Matters Project:
Research-informed Practice
Chair: Pamela Calder
Dr Sharon Colilles
Project Assistant, Birth to 5 Matters
11.55 – 12.00 Comfort Break
12.00 – 12.40 Block 2 Presentations Theme: New Perspectives on Play Chair: Helen Perkins
Duration of each presentation: 15 minutes followed by 5 minutes Q & A session
Presentation 4 A historical review of the anthropology of play, games and toys. Are we ready to welcome everyone in nurseries? Dr Marco Delgado-Fuentes
University of Derby
Presentation 5 An analysis of outdoor pedagogy: is it all about health? Sarah Davies-Walter
Bath Spa University
12.45 – 12.55 Plenary What are the messages from our presentations for the child/families/practice/pedagogy/policy government and policy in settings Chairs:
Dr Jackie Musgrave & Helen Perkins
12.55 – 13.20 Questions to the Panel
(All Delegates)
Asking the ‘so what?’ question, from the presentations this morning, what are the implications for practice? Chair of Panel:
Philippa Thompson
13.20 – 13.30 Final Comments The Way Forward
Next Conference
Thanks to All
Philippa Thompson
Dr Jackie Musgrave
Helen Perkins
13.30 Close of Conference




22 January 2021
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
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