Research and Projects

Our research focuses on questioning the assumptions that surround children and their interactions with the human and non-human world.

Members of the centre are early stage researchers and take a ‘ground up’ approach to research.

To date a group of 15 meet regularly to peer review working papers, debate research and policy development and lobby on current issues within the early childhood education and care sector. We also work on a number of funded projects.


Our areas of expertise include:

  • Play and playfulness
  • Cultural perceptions of outdoor play
  • Humour
  • Wellbeing
  • Diversity and social justice
  • Early science and literacy
  • Learner identities of early years practitioners
  • Post humanist/new materialism
  • Access, participation and inclusion.

Funded Projects

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