The CREC learning circle is a ‘community of practice’ (Wenger 2002).

Communities of practice are groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do, and learn how to do it better by interacting regularly.

Over recent years CREC's Directors have supported many students to successful completion of MA , MPhil and PhD degrees.

The Centre is working to establish, regionally and nationally, a research community of scholars who are committed to children and family services.

The CREC Learning Circle has met regularly since 2003 for presentations or discussions on early childhood issues, and includes students, policy makers, local authority leaders and visiting academics.

From this learning community will come the future leaders, tutors and thinkers for this key area of social, educational, health and economic policy.

The meetings usually take place in CREC once a month, 4.30-6.00pm and are free, supportive and open to all with an interest in early childhood studies.

The meeting usually begins with an agreed input from a participant and is followed by a discussion. 

Once a year, in the summer, the Learning Circle has a rural ‘walk the talk’ session, sharing a research paper and a light meal as a group.

Join our group by requesting to join on the group page or by emailing Helen Lyndon


2016/2017 Schedule:

Calendar of events set out by members at the 15th September 2016 learning circle.

Please remember that there is always the opportunity for general discussion too. These events are not formal, please do try and make it to some/all - whatever suits!  

Thursday 15th September 2016:
 Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram - IEA Research Summary: Socially excluded children

Thursday 13th October: Publishing Platforms

Wednesday 16th November:
Liz Rouse - Informed Consent

Tuesday 13th December:
Paola Pedrelli - Informant Groups

Tuesday 17th January: Helen Lyndon - Data Analysis

Wednesday 15th February:
Faye Stanley - Pre- BECERA - This session has been moved to Thursday 16th February

Thursday 23rd March:
 Jenny Worsley - The Viva Experience

Wednesday 26th April:
Alison Moore/Aline Cole-Albaeck - Children’s Rights

Friday 12th May: 
Dr. Elisabetta Biffi (ERASMUS visiting student from University of Milan) - Pedagogic Documentation

Tuesday 20th June:
Donna Gaywood - Refugees

Wednesday 12th July:
Tony/Chris @Hartlebury - Walk the Talk!


NOTE: The Learning Circle schedule for 2016/17 was discussed and decided at the September 15th meeting. If you were unable to attend the September meeting but would still like to put yourself forward for a presentation in the coming year, please notify Helen Lyndon via the Facebook Learning Circle group or email s.overton@crec.co.uk as the presentations stated above are subject to change.


2017-18 MA enrolment poster