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The ECSDN Research Conference was introduced by Dr Jackie Musgrave and Dr Helen Perkins, ECSDN Vice Chairs for Research and Knowledge Exchange, to provide the opportunity for researchers in the Early Childhood field to present the findings from research into contemporary issues.

Jackie and Helen actively encourage the Early Childhood Studies student to present their work, very often it is their first time and it is a fantastic platform for them to showcase their results of their research.

The call for applications to present is sent out around October via our network mailing, newsletters and details are published both on this page and in our news items, along with the application form.

In 2021, in response the lockdowns and restrictions in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has taken on a different format and has been hosted online via Zoom and split up into three sessions. There has been many benefits of moving to a 'virtual' event as it has made the conference more accessible for all and also provided more opportunities for ECSDN members and students to present their work, plus we have been able to record the Keynotes and Presentations and these are available to all to watch at their leisure.

Please feel free to take advantage of these recordings, which can be accessed on their dedicated pages either from our menu or from the links as indicated below. The 2019 & 2020 conference pages do not contain any recordings, but an overview of the days.

ECSDN Research Conference 2021 - Session Three

We were delighted with the response for the ECSDN Research Conference, both for the applications to present and also the number of participants who registered and attended the January and February dates.

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 be online, via ZOOM and this is the third and final session as detailed above. The event, as always, will commence with an inspiring keynote address . There will be a reduced number of presentations on the day as we are fully aware of how tiring it can be with the continual online events and meetings.

To book your place, please click on the button below and then submit your registration.  Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

2021 Research Conference - Session Two


  • Keynote: The Changing Shape of the English Early Years System - Dr Eva Lloyd
  • Presentation: Turning to notice’ a colourful perspective: (Re)presenting two year old children’s lived experiences of School Readiness - Dr Julie Ovington
  • Presentation: An examination of poverty as portrayed in Roald Dahl’s ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ and whether these depictions are reflected in contemporary society in the UK - Sian Tyler Robson
  • ECSDN Funded Research Update: Interim Progress with Research - Dr Nikki Fairchild, Eva Mikuska, Alex Sabine & Sarah Barton
  • Presentation: The first three weeks of lockdown in England: the challenges of detecting safeguarding issues amid nursery and school closures - Eva Mikuska & Dr Tehmina Kahn
  • Presentation: How has COVID-19 impacted upon children in terms of cultural trauma? - Yasmin Stefanov-King 
  • Presentation: Using a dialogic approach to investigate meaning making for pre-school children, older friends, practitioners and researchers within an intergenerational project - Dr Sandra Lyndon & Helen Moss

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2021 Research Conference - Session One


  • Keynote: Bringing the Early Years Expert out of the Shadows - Dr Carla Solvason
  • Presentation: An exploration of the main influences on assessment practice from the perspectives of Reception teachers in England - Angela Barley
  • Presentation: 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
  • Presentation: Educating from a care(-ing) about children perspective: The problem with the key person approach in early years - Rachael Summerscales
  • Keynote: The Birth to 5 Matters Project: Research-informed Practice - Dr Sharon Colilles
  • Presentation: A historical review of the anthropology of play, games and toys. Are we ready to welcome everyone in nurseries? - Dr Marco Delgado-Fuentes
  • Presentation: An analysis of outdoor pedagogy: is it all about health? - Sarah Davies-Walter

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2020 Research Conference

Details of our 2020 Research Day Conference.

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2019 Research Conference

Read about our 2019 Research Day Conference. Includes images and participant testimonials.

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