CREC in Birmingham (charitable trust)
CREC in Birmingham Charitable Trust (Reg. No. 1121861) was established by a board of trustees in March 2007, following more than a decade as a university research centre.
Based in the heart of Birmingham, Professors Christine Pascal & Tony Bertram serve as Honorary Directors and the team is dedicated to raising the quality of early childhood education and care.
It aims to work collaboratively to pursue research, evaluation, scholarship, professional development and research related consultancy within the field of early childhood, in order to raise the quality, status and visibility of this crucial area of national policy and practice.
The charity’s objective is: TO PROMOTE AND CARRY OUT FOR PUBLIC BENEFIT, RESEARCH INTO ISSUES RELEVANT TO EARLY CHILDHOOD PROVISION.
It does this by endeavouring to:
- encourage a clearer articulation of the links between research, policy and practice in ECEC
- raise the visibility and status of ECEC research through its rigorous, interdisciplinary and academic development and its dissemination activity on the national and international stage
- explore topical, theoretical and empirical research and encourage new methodologies which have applications for policy and practice
- facilitate collaboration and cooperation between researchers, policy makers and practitioners working in this field
- offer high quality, evidence based, multi-professional, university level accredited, development and training courses in ECEC across the UK’s wide range of providers
- raise the level of critical understanding and reflection amongst the UK’s ECEC workforce
- develop ECEC setting improvement and quality assurance strategies
CREC in Birmingham Charitable Trust is overseen by an independent Board of Trustees who have a wide ranging knowledge of the Early Years sector.
As a registered charity, CREC in Birmingham is required to submit annual reports and accounts to the Charity Commission. These can be viewed
on the Charity Commission website.