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ECSDN Research Conference 2022

28 January 2022 @ 9:30 AM - 3:45 PM


The 5th ECSDN conference is taking place on Friday 28th January 2022.

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


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 Chair) &  Dr Tanya Richardson (ECSDN Acting Vice-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 book your place, please complete the registration form below

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.

Please note the following regarding registration

  • Please ensure that you provide all details required and note which Breakout Rooms / Sessions you would like to attend
  • Only one place can be processed via this automated registration form and it will be assigned to the email address of the person completing for the form. If you would like to register for more than one place, please email Juls Davies: admin@ecsdn.org providing the name, email address and role of each of the participants.
  • On receiving the Zoom link, you will need to register again via Zoom so we can allocate you to the correct Breakout  Rooms / Sessions as indicated in your initial registration. Please ensure that this implemented in good time prior to the start of the conference, preferably no later than 5.30 pm the day before. 


28 January 2022
9:30 AM - 3:45 PM
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