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ECSDN Research Conference 2021


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 is scheduled over two dates 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 however the conference will kickstart a series of online 'mini conferences' to provide the opportunity for as many members and students to present their work.

We can no longer accept any applications to present at the Conference but you can register to attend from the links below. Places are limited so will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis.

ECSDN Research Conference 2020

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

Conference Keynote J Marsh
Conference Keynote L Chesworth
Conference Keynote J Musgrave

ECSDN Research Conference 2019

Critical Perspectives in Early Childhood Education and Care - Looking Forward to the Next 25 Years.

The second ECSDN conference which took place in London was a resounding success. For this conference, ECS students and academics were invited to submit abstracts based on their early childhood research for peer-review. The standard of the abstracts was excellent, as were the presentations on the day. Of the 20 presenters, half were students who in many cases were disseminating their work for the first time. The content of the research covered a range of subjects, including health, pedagogy, assessment, research ethics and approaches, gender and the workforce. You can access the abstract book which includes summaries of the presentations here. The day commenced with a keynote by Sue Greenfield from Roehampton University. Sue gave a thought-provoking presentation, and we are grateful to her for setting the reflective tone for the day.

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The students' presentations were excellent, they shared their findings from research that they conducted in practice and clearly demonstrated the impact graduate practitioners can have in developing excellent practice. Those members whose students presented have every right to be exceedingly proud of their professionalism, confidence and enthusiasm. In turn, the students expressed their gratitude for being given the opportunity to share their work in an inclusive, friendly and supportive environment. Delegates at the conference who teach ECS students were left feeling that the future of early childhood research in safe in the next generation of practitioners. We are grateful to everyone who attended and already looking forward to next year's conference.

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Feedback from delegates and participants

"All I can say is fabulous!"

"Thought provoking and absolutely amazing"

"... we have some wonderful people making waves in early childhood"

"A very good mix of presentations - all equally interesting"

"Administration and organisation was very effective"

"The admin support was very supportive and efficient"

"Communication was excellent"

" As a Principal Lecturer I will be encouraging students to attend in future, and will incorporate this in to my teaching" Really made me reflect on my research is a tiny project but the many implications it can bring" "Feeling energised, many ideas and lots of rethinking" "making connections with other like minded professionals"

"The students were fantastic! So great to see the next generation of researchers emerging" 

"Thank you for a fabulous day" 

" Encouraging and informative - lots to think about"

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