Research and publications
Our child-centred approach in everything we do remains as bold and creative as when we first started back in 1903. We continually test new ideas and stand up for what we believe in. How we look after children in our nurseries is no different; always based on sound research from visionaries in early childhood.
We also carry out action research ourselves. We take an area of development in a nursery and, by working directly with staff, apply a hypothesis and establish aims and outcomes. Then through practical training we address the development need, while measuring the real impact this particular training is having.
With input directly from nursery staff, the research is then written up and training modules created to share best practice across each of our nurseries. Results are then published as case studies and articles, both in relevant trade publications and online.
Past and present examples include:
- Men in childcare: despite all that had been written about the benefits of men working in Early Years, little had been done to look at the children’s perspective. We were also keen to examine how the Goverment's recently published targets for raising the number of men working in childcare were being met. (see our full report below)
- Science: working initially with the with Benjamin Franklin museum in central London, this project proved a great catalyst re-igniting interest and confidence amongst staff and children alike when it comes to developing and performing exciting physics-based activities.
- Iceland project: children from our nurseries developed relationships with children from nurseries in Iceland, via e-mail, letter and video links.