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  • Chris Pascal Opens New Goodway Nursery School Building in Great Barr 

    29-Jun-2017 

    Yesterday, CREC Director, Chris Pascal, had the honour of overseeing the official opening of the brand new Goodway Nursery School building in Great Barr. Goodway Nursery School is a long-standing local authority maintained nursery s..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - May 2017 

    19-Jun-2017 

    The May 2017 instalment of Learning Circle Reflections comes from Helen Lyndon: Elisabetta Biffi joined us from Italy to share her research; her visit was part of an Erasmus exchange organised through Ioanna Palaiologou. There are further n..

  • Praise for the CREC Early Years Partnership Teacher Training Programme 

    12-Jun-2017 

    As we near the end of another academic year, our current cohort of SCITT students have been reflecting on their teacher training journey and have begun to look to the future, graduation, and the start of their NQT year in September. We tho..

  • #studywithCREC - Being Two 

    15-May-2017 

    Continuing our #studywithCREC series, Helen Moylett, lead tutor for our Leading Learning with Two-year-olds MA module, explains a bit about what it means to be two and sheds some light on the importance of this pivotal stage in our development. ..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - April 2017 

    09-May-2017 

    The April 'Learning Circle Reflections' come from Donna Gaywood. This month's session on 26th April focused Children's Rights and was led by Alison Moore and Aline Cole-Albäck. During this session, we were able to look ..

  • #studywithCREC - Learning Outdoors Module Returns 

    27-Apr-2017 

    We're delighted to announce that our popular Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood MA module is back from this September! The renewed module will be led by Kathryn Peckham who shares some of her thoughts on the importance of Outdoor Learning be..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - March 2017 

    30-Mar-2017 

    The March 'Learning Circle Reflections' come from Faye Stanley. This month's Learning Circle on March 23rd focussed on preparing for a PhD viva (defending your doctoral thesis). Doctor Jenny Worsley from Wolverhampton University offered..

  • How to Get Your First Teaching Job: Advice from CREC's Successful Teacher Trainees 

    24-Mar-2017 

    Find out what it takes to secure your first teaching job from two of our trainees that have done just that, before they've even completed their teacher training! Clair Sammons, CREC SCITT Trainee, 2016/17 ..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - February 2017  

    24-Feb-2017 

    This pre-BECERA (http://www.becera.org.uk/) session, held on 16th February, was run by Faye Stanley. The February 'Learning Circle Reflections' come from Aline Cole-Albäck (https://twitter.com/AColeAlbaeck). In preparation for the BECER..

  • CREC joins forces with Scalechemy to run EEL and BEEL for more settings  

    14-Feb-2017 

    Scalchemy Training and Development (http://scalchemy.co.uk/) are working in partnership with CREC to offer more settings the opportunity to undertake the Effective Early Learning (EEL) and/or Baby Effective Early Learning (BEEL) ..

  • Action to 'Save Our Nursery Schools' must intensify! 

    31-Jan-2017 

    Newspapers and websites across the UK have been reporting on the imminent threat to our nation's maintained nursery schools for the last few months: The Sun - 22/09/16: Hundreds of nurseries to shut if Government’s free childcare plans go ah..

  • Cheers to 21 Years! 

    26-Jan-2017 

    Next week the team at the Centre for Research in Early Childhood are celebrating 21 years of raising the quality of early childhood education and care through research, training and consultancy. To mark such a wonderful occasion, we’re reun..

  • Train to become a teacher with CREC Early Years Partnership 

    23-Jan-2017 

    Recruitment for all the teacher training courses starting in September 2017 is well underway and we’re thrilled to have already received a lot of interest in our school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT). Why study with us? Ou..

  • Becoming a teacher - a personal perspective 

    22-Dec-2016 

    If I had to sum up my experience of the programme, I would say it was very much hands-on. Being in placement each week allowed me to build connections between theory and practice, and develop a better understanding of the profession. A w..

  • CREC office closure over the Christmas period 

    19-Dec-2016 

    In celebration of the holiday season, CREC office will be closed 24th December - 3rd January 2017. From all the team here at CREC, we wish our friends, colleagues and students a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing you and worki..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - December 2016 

    19-Dec-2016 

    The session on Informant Groups, held on 13th December, was run by Paola Pedrelli. The December instalment of 'Learning Circle Reflections' comes from Aline Cole-Albäck (https://twitter.com/AColeAlbaeck). "At tonight’s Learning Circle..

  • BECERA Advent of Play 

    15-Dec-2016 

    This December, to highlight the upcoming BECERA conference (http://www.becera.org.uk/) on the topic of Play, we created a special advent calendar to highlight and celebrate the importance of play in early childhood. Everyday in the run up to..

  • Connecting All Children to High-Quality ECE: Promising Strategies From the International Community 

    09-Dec-2016 

    Commissioned by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (http://www.rwjf.org/) (RWJF), American Institutes for Research (http://www.air.org/about-us) (AIR) approached our directors, Professor Chris Pascal and Professor Tony Bertram to ga..

  • We're taking part in Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day!! 

    22-Nov-2016 

    We've just signed up to Save the Children's Christmas Jumper Day! On Thursday 15th December everyone in the CREC office (including our trainee teachers on the SCITT programme) will be donning their favourite festive knitwear ..

  • School Direct Teacher Training with CREC - Trainee Blog 

    10-Nov-2016 

    Onkar, one of our wonderful trainee teachers enrolled on the School Centred Initial Teacher Training course at CREC (http://www.earlyyearsteachertraining.co.uk/), shares his experience since starting his training in September 2016... Before..

  • ​Help Us Save Our State Funded Nursery Schools! 

    07-Nov-2016 

    We NEED YOUR HELP! The government is proposing drastic funding cuts for all state run Nursery Schools (https://www.tes.com/news/school-news/breaking-news/hundreds-nursery-schools-could-close-under-funding-changes) across th..

  • BECERA 2017 - Call for Papers NOW OPEN 

    04-Nov-2016 

    The 'Call for Papers' for the BECERA 2017 conference is now open! All interested parties are invited to submit an abstract (http://www.becera.org.uk/my-account) in line with this year's theme: PLAY-BASED PEDAGOGY: (http://www.becera...

  • Leadership Development Programme - Funded Places for BME and/or Male Teachers 

    20-Oct-2016 

    We are pleased to announce that the Teachers Leadership Development Programme that we ran last November, in partnership with the Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching Schools Alliance, will be running again in January 2017. The DfE is once aga..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - October 2016 

    17-Oct-2016 

    The second Learning Circle meeting of 2016/17 was last Thursday and we were delighted to welcome some new members to the group. This month's meeting focused on 'Publishing Platforms' and we heard from a number of Learning Circle members about..

  • MERYC England (formerly MERYC-UK) awarded charitable status - confirms CREC as headquarters 

    13-Oct-2016 

    Music Educators and Researchers of Young Children (MERYC) UK (http://www.meryc.co.uk/index.html), now MERYC England, has recently been awarded charitable status (http://apps.charitycommission.gov.uk/Showcharity/RegisterOfCharities/CharityFramewo..

  • Learning Circle Reflections - September 2016 

    22-Sep-2016 

    The new academic year is upon us which can only mean one thing... The CREC Learning Circle (http://www.crec.co.uk/Learning-Circle) is back! The first meeting of 2016/17 took place last week and it was great to see everyone again after, what w..

  • CEYP SCITT 2017/18 Pre-Registration Now Open 

    15-Sep-2016 

    The CREC Early Years Partnership School Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme for 2017/18 is now open for pre-registration. If you would like to express your interest in enrolling on our SCITT programme in the school year 2017..

  • CREC & HAWWC Boys on the Early Years Podcast 

    22-Aug-2016 

    CREC directors, Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram, joined the folks at the Early Years Podcast (http://earlyyears.academy/crec-high-achieving-white-working-class-boys-research-project-013/) last month to talk about the HAWWC Boys Research Project (h..

  • #studywithCREC - Multilingualism in the early years 

    29-Jul-2016 

    We continue our exploration of the exciting new MA modules at CREC (http://www.crec.co.uk/ma-in-education) , with this piece from Rose Drury. Rose will be heading up the Leading Multilingual Settings module and has a wealth of experience studyin..

  • Cardiff settings embed CREC EEL Programme to improve practice 

    25-Jul-2016 

    Multiple Cardiff settings to embed Effective Early Learning (EEL) Programme to improve practice Last month we had the pleasure of hosting an EEL training session for a group of dedicated practitioners from Cardiff. We were approached by ..

  • #studywithCREC - Leading Literacy and Phonics 

    23-Jun-2016 

    The third instalment of our #studywithCREC series comes from Sally Teare, who will be delivering the new Leading Literacy and Phonics MA module, starting in September 2016. Year 1 Phonics Screening Check - What does it really test and how use..

  • Embrace Euro 2016 with these Early Years Resources 

    17-Jun-2016 

    Well, it's been a week since the Euro's kicked off in France and with England currently sitting top of their group there's no sign of 'Football Fever' dying down any time soon! But far from being a distraction for the kids in your class, Euro..

  • #studywithCREC - Physical Activity in Early Childhood 

    06-Jun-2016 

    The second instalment of our #studywithCREC series comes from Pete Sturgess, lead tutor of the Physical Activity in Early Childhood module (http://www.crec.co.uk/physical-activity-early-childhood), another of the new MA modules coming to CREC (ht..

  • EYN Partnership: Panel of Experts - Chris Pascal 

    26-May-2016 

    The Early Years Nutrition (EYN) Partnership (http://www.eynp.org/) has been established as an independent social enterprise with the ambition that every child in England aged under five will have access to expert nutrition support within their ea..

  • #studywithCREC - Digital Technology in the Early Years 

    23-May-2016 

    To highlight some of the exciting new MA modules on offer at CREC (http://www.crec.co.uk/ma-in-education), we've asked a few of our fantastic tutors to tell us a little bit more about the modules they'll be teaching to help you decide whether you..

  • GCSE Requirements for Level 3 EYE's - Our View 

    25-Apr-2016 

    CREC’s view is that the best early years system, which has the highest outcomes for children, is one which supports and develops a highly qualified workforce. There has been much discussion recently about GCSE Maths and English requirements ..

  • IEA ECES Early Childhood Policies and Systems in Eight Countries 

    18-Apr-2016 

    Since 2013 CREC has been working with the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA) on an international study on early childhood education (ECES). The first ECES report (Early Childhood Policies and Systems in E..

  • All Party Parliamentary Group on Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes 

    23-Mar-2016 

    The next APPG meeting on Nursery Schools and Nursery Classes has been booked for Tuesday 17th May at Westminster! We received the following invitation from the secretariat: Dear Colleagues and friends, There has been an enormous flur..

  • Educational Excellence Everywhere – White Paper Response 

    17-Mar-2016 

    As I’m sure many of you will have already seen, today the Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has presented the white paper – ‘Educational Excellence Everywhere’. The paper sets out the government’s plans ..

  • Tune Into Listening - Nicola Burke 

    14-Mar-2016 

    Tune into Listening was a Mac Makes Music (https://macbirmingham.co.uk/project/mac-makes-music/) yearlong action research project involving Hillfields Children’s Centre in Coventry and Allens Croft Children’s Centre in Birmingham. Early Childhood..

  • BECERA 2016 Round-Up 

    24-Feb-2016 

    Well it's been just over a week since the BECERA Conference wrapped for another year and we're just about coming down from a jam-packed day of early years conversations and lively debate! We would like to extend our thanks, once again, to ou..

  • Recruitment for 2016/17 SCITT Now Closed 

    22-Feb-2016 

    Please note that recruitment for our 2016/17 SCITT course has now closed. This is due to the fact that we have filled our quota of available places. The scheduled open evenings that were advertised for Monday 29th February & Thursday 17th Ma..

  • BECERA WILL BE A ONE-DAY CONFERENCE THIS YEAR 

    25-Jan-2016 

    Having had feedback from quite a number of regular BECERA attendees regarding the increasing difficulties of attending conferences due to finance and work commitments, we have for this year only, decided to condense the programme into one intensive d..

  • How can we use recorded music effectively in Early childhood settings? 

    07-Jan-2016 

    Ex-CREC MA Student and Early Childhood Music Specialist, Nicola Burke, has led a yearlong piece of research into auditory environments in early childhood settings and the use of recorded music (CD’s, MP3 players). The overarching question h..

  • CREC Office Closed for Christmas 

    22-Dec-2015 

    The CREC office will be closed over the Christmas period from Wednesday 23rd December and will re-open on Monday 4th January 2016. From all the team here at CREC, we hope you have a very Merry Christmas and we look forward to seeing C..

  • What makes a powerful outdoor environment for young children? 

    01-Dec-2015 

    Learning through Landscapes and CREC present: What makes a powerful outdoor environment for young children? This high-level course, which will run in April 2016, is a special development day to enhance and extend your current qualific..

  • Birmingham Nursery Schools Teaching School Leadership Development Programme 

    27-Nov-2015 

    Are you a male or BME teacher working in the early years in Birmingham or Solihull? Interested in a free, fully accredited leadership programme to develop your career? We are currently accepting applications for a new Leadership Devel..

  • Enabling Environments: Outdoors - In full swing 

    26-Oct-2015 

    Sue Duglan, an MA student who studied Physical Development at CREC, has had her action research project featured in Nursery World this month. The project helped to develop a nursery garden to better provide open-ended opportunities for learni..

  • EEL & BEEL Training Featured 

    16-Oct-2015 

    This week our EEL & BEEL training has been featured on the Astec Solutions blog, where they discuss it's value for early years settings. The folks from Astec Solutions attended our two-day training earlier this year and have been busy..

  • High Achieving White Working Class (HAWWC) Boys Project Update 

    09-Oct-2015 

    The HAWWC project aims to addresses the policy of how we might enhance the educational achievement of young, white working class boys to close the gap in their attainment on entry to compulsory schooling, improve access to the free early educatio..

  • 2016/17 SCITT Open Evening 

    07-Oct-2015 

    The CREC Early Years Partnership will be holding an Open Evening on Thursday 15th October, 4.00-6.00pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Early Years Teacher Training on offer for 2016/17, ask questions and meet s..

  • CREC Post-election Statement 

    22-May-2015 

    Read CREC's Post-Election Statement here (http://www.crec.co.uk/docs/Post-election%20statement%202015.pdf)..

  • Early Education Open letters asks for Quality not Quantity in Early Years 

    30-Apr-2015 

    In an Open Letter from Early Education yesterday, Early Years experts including CREC Co-Director Tony Bertram (Early Education President) ask for Quality not Quantity in Early Years. You can read the letter here (https://www.early-education.org.u..

  • CREC wins DfE Grant 

    26-Mar-2015 

    We are pleased to have been awarded a grant for £97,00 by the Department for Education to undertake a national 12 month project to identify how the achievement levels of white working class boys can be improved. At the end of the proje..

  • Leading Localities Training - 21st April 

    27-Feb-2015 

    21st April 2015 Centre for Research in Early Childhood, St Thomas Children’s Centre, Birmingham, B15 2AF 9.30. – 3.30 Leading Localities – challenges and chances This day will be facilitated by Mike Gasper an..

  • CREC EYP Open Evening 

    26-Feb-2015 

    The CREC Early Years Partnership will be holding a second Open Evening on Monday 9th March, 4.00-5.30pm. This is a great opportunity to find out more about the Early Years Teacher Training on offer, ask questions and meet some of the ..

  • EEL/BEEL Training - Book your place! 

    11-Feb-2015 

    Are you an Early Years practitioner who wants to become a practitioner researcher in your own setting? You can now book your place on the next EEL/ BEEL Training, being held at CREC on 3rd & 4th March 2015. For more ..

  • BECERA Abstract Book online 

    06-Feb-2015 

    You can now view the BECERA Conference book online (here (http://www.becera.org.uk/CONFERENCE%20BOOK%20BECERA%2015%20UPDATED.pdf)) to view the timetable of the conference and read abstracts in order to decide which presentations you would like to..

  • Early Years Teacher Training Open Evening 

    14-Jan-2015 

    The CREC Early Years Partnership will be holding an opening evening on Tuesday 27th January, 4.00-5.30pm. Come along to find out more about the Early Years Teacher Training Programme on offer. This will be held at the St. Thomas Centre N..

  • CREC office closed for Christmas 

    23-Dec-2014 

    The CREC Office will close over the Christmas period from Christmas Eve until Monday 5th January 2015. We look forward to seeing CREC friends and colleagues in the New Year. Merry Christmas to everyone!..

  • BECERA 2015 Conference 

    15-Dec-2014 

    The BECERA 2015 Conference will be held at MAC Birmingham on 17th & 18th February 2015 Conference theme: We are now accepting papers for presentation at the conference - the deadline is 31st December 2015. Yo..

  • CREC Early Years Partnership SCITT launched 

    26-Nov-2014 

    CREC are delighted to announce that St Thomas Centre Nursery has gained DfE accreditation to be a School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider and that from September 2015 up to 50 Teacher Trainees will be able to gain Qualified Teach..

  • Integrated early years services must go back to the top of the agenda 

    07-Nov-2014 

    Press release taken from: https://www.early-education.org.uk/press-release/integrated-early-years-services-must-go-back-top-agenda Wednesday, 5 November, 2014 A literature review by leading early years experts has found that curren..

  • 6TH ESRC RESEARCH METHODS FESTIVAL, 8-10 JULY 2014 

    08-Apr-2014 

    National Centre for Research Methods is organising the 6th ESRC Research Methods Festival, once again at the St Catherine's College in Oxford. The Festival offers a varied programme (http://www.ncrm.ac.uk/RMF2014/prog.php) with over 50 sessions a..

  • Joint response to Michael Wilshaw's letter to Early Years Inspectors 

    03-Apr-2014 

    Last week (20th March 2014) Sir Michael Wilshaw issued a letter to Early Years Inspectors. The content of this letter was of concern to many in the sector, so CREC, Early Education, and TACTYC have issued the following joint response . ..

  • Pre-order Chris Pascal's & Mine Conkbayir's book  

    26-Nov-2013 

    Having a good grasp of theories of child development and what these look like in practice, can make a positive difference to how you understand babies and children and the ways in which they learn. This guide offers easy access to a wide range of..

  • Win copy of Jan White's book 

    12-Nov-2013 

    We are running a competition on twitter. All you need to do is follow us and tweet an original photo about learning outdoors using the hashtags: #janwhite and #learningoutdoors. Jan is one of the MA in Education (Early Years) tutors at CREC...

  • ESRC day was a success 

    06-Nov-2013 

    The 'Participatory Research Methods in Early Childhood' seminar, part of the Festival of Social Science was a success. The group met in Birmingham and the session was led by Professor Chris Pascal, Director of The Centre for Research in Earl..

  • What makes for great early years education? New study seeks to find out 

    04-Oct-2013 

    This week sees the launch of an exciting new partnership project for the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) working together with NFER and IEA in Hamburg to develop the ‘Early Childhood Education Study (ECES)’ – an impor..

  • FREE event on Participatory Research Methods  

    01-Oct-2013 

    CREC and the ESRC co-organised an event on participatory Research Methods in Early Childhood, part of the Festival of Social Sciences. This is a seminar for Early Years Practitioner Researchers who want to learn more about participatory resea..

  • CREC is looking to recruit a Communications & Events Officer 

    18-Sep-2013 

    CREC is looking to recruit a Communications & Events Officer. The role is full-time and permanent. Some of the duties include: Responsibility for organisation of CREC conferences and training events throughout the year including..

  • Two new fully funded PhD students join CREC 

    18-Sep-2013 

    CREC in Birmingham (Charitable Trust) is pleased to announce that it has selected two new students who they will support to complete a PhD in conjunction with University of Wolverhampton. The Board of Trustees have selected to fund Menna Godfrey,..

  • CREC partners with NFER and IEA in major research project 

    12-Sep-2013 

    The IEA International Early Childhood Education Study (ECES) (http://www.iea.nl/eces.html) is a new comparative research program of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The purpose of ECES is to explo..

  • The importance of Physical Development 

    13-Aug-2013 

    From sitting up on their own to throwing a ball, children gradually develop the physical skills needed for their adult lives. Physical development includes both growth and the ability to use muscles and body parts for particular skills. Both..

  • Why aren't children playing outdoors?  

    12-Aug-2013 

    A recent report by Play England, Play Wales , Play Scotland and Play Board Northern Ireland, found that more than 50% of adults played out at least seven times a week when growing, conmapred to less than a quarter of children today. The report hi..

  • Comparisons of International Childcare Systems 

    02-Aug-2013 

    The Department for Education commissioned CREC to produce ‘Comparisons of International Childcare Systems’ drawing on data gathered from an earlier study for the Economist Intelligence Unit entitled ‘Starting Strong: Benchmarkin..

  • Ofsted commissions CREC to conduct research 

    02-Aug-2013 

    In late 2012, CREC was commissioned by Ofsted to evaluate the available evidence (published within the past 10 years) on what Early Years interventions made a proven difference in closing the gap in educational attainment caused by socio-economic..

  • Two PhD places up for grabs! 

    21-Jun-2013 

    With the support of the University of Wolverhampton, CREC in Birmingham is very excited to announce that we will be funding two more PhD's, following the success of our latest intake. In view of supporting the development of outstanding res..

  • 'Shaking the foundations of quality' 

    19-Mar-2013 

    Professor Cathy Nutbrown's reflection on the relationship between the final report of the Nutbrown Review and current policy proposals can be downloaded here (http://www.crec.co.uk/docs/Shaking_the_foundations_of_quality.pdf). -- Intere..

  • 'Different but equal' 

    14-Mar-2013 

    Following an interesting roundtable discussion led by three UK universities at the recent BECERA conference, Professor Denise Hevey from The University of Northampton has put together a statement in response to the EY Teacher proposal in Mo..

  • Action Research Day Conference at CREC 

    04-Mar-2013 

    Over the past few years there has been a massive growth in the number of Children’s Centres which are being operated on a ‘cluster’ or ‘locality’ basis with one leader having responsibility for several multi-agency t..

  • CREC in Birmingham launches PhD bursary 

    23-Nov-2012 

    We are pleased to announce that CREC in Birmingham Charitable Trust (Reg. No. 1121861) is launching a PhD bursary in the field of Early Years Education. Have a look at this fantastic new opportunity to study at CREC for a full-time PhD or MPhil w..

  • St Thomas Children's Centre responds well to demographic changes  

    11-Oct-2012 

    Europe is constantly changing and evolving and these developments happen at every level - local, regional, national & European. In the EU the main trends in demographic change include an ageing population, low birth rates, changing family and..

  • Our own Professor Chris Pascal wins Lifetime Award 

    01-Oct-2012 

    CREC's Director Professor Chris Pascal has won the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Nursery World Awards 2012. Chris has had an impressive career so far and although the award recognized the achievements to date, Chris says that she certainly h..

  • EECERA Conference in Porto 

    10-Sep-2012 

    Have you been to the 22nd EECERA Confreence in Porto, Portugal? The theme of the conference was 'Pre-bith to three: identitiies, learning, diversities' and the CREC Directors Professor Tony Bertram & Professor Chris Pascal ha..

  • CREC has new office intern  

    18-Jul-2012 

    Meet Alice Bennett Currently studying Psychology at The University of Lancaster, Alice Bennett is now on work experience with us for 6 weeks. Alice wants to work as a clinical psychologist or in human resources. Her favourite sport is..

  • Starting Well report - CREC involved in research about preschool in 45 countries 

    29-Jun-2012 

    CREC has been part of the research programme Starting Well: Benchmarking early education across the world. The report which ranks the preschool environments in 45 countries was commisioned by the Lieu Foundation and managed by the Economist..

  • Ann Gross & Karen Pearson at CREC 

    15-Jun-2012 

    Ann Gross, Director of Early Years, Extended Services and Special Needs Group, Department for Education & Karen Pearson, Head of Early Years & Service Integration, Directorate of Children, Young People & Families, Birmingham City Coun..

  • CREC re-awarded NPQICL contract for 2012/2013 

    13-Jun-2012 

    We are pleased to announce that the National College has awarded the CREC consortium the contract to deliver the NPQICL programme in the West Midlands again in 2012/13. The National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leade..

  • CREC Directors provide professional development in Dubai 

    12-Jun-2012 

    Professors Chris Pascal & Tony Bertram have visited Dubai in June to provide professional development for early years teachers at Little GEMS International. Little GEMS International pre-schools are part of GEMS Education, the world&rsquo..

  • From Inquiry to Impact - Understanding is not enough  

    06-Jun-2012 

    The University of Wolverhampton is organising its annual reseach conference on 21st June 2012. This free event at the School of Education Futures, will feature various presentations covering all areas of education delivered by the Universit..

  • Learn more about the NPQH- FREE event at CREC 

    24-May-2012 

    You are invited to attend a FREE information evening at CREC about the NPQH. The National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) is for aspiring headteachers and principals. You should be highly motivated to become a he..

  • Children & Nature 

    27-Apr-2012 

    A recent report commisioned by the National Trust, concluded that today's generation of children are out of touch with nature. The report, entitled 'Natural Childhood' by TV producer Stephen Moss, asks parents and grandparents to help reconne..

  • Evaluation & Improvement with EEL and BEEL  

    11-Apr-2012 

    Last week, Nursery World magazine has published an article about Quality Assurance, where the CREC programmes EEL and BEEL got a great review. EEL and BEEL, developed by Professor Chris Pascal, Professor Tony Bertram and Maureen Saunders (Pro..

  • CREC welcomes new trustee Helen Moylett 

    13-Mar-2012 

    The Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) welcomes Helen Moylett as a trustee. Helen is an independent early years consultant, trainer and writer. She has been a primary, nursery and home school liaison teacher, a local authority senior ..

  • Learning Outdoors in Early Childhood Module at CREC from September 

    13-Feb-2012 

    Why does being outdoors matter so much for young children? What does really effective and satisfying outdoor play look like? How can practitioners be supported to provide inspirational learning in the outdoors? Learning outdoors in early chi..

  • CREC hosts visit from the Department of Education 

    30-Jan-2012 

    David Fitzgerald, Deputy Director, Early Education and Childcare Division at the Department for Education and his colleague, Sophie Faber, who has a particular interest in the 2 year old pilot initiative visited CREC and St Thomas Children..

  • Ready for School, Ready for Life!  

    23-Jan-2012 

    CREC's own Professor Chris Pascal was one of the keynotes in the 'Inspection and Regulation in Early Years' Conference on 18th January 2012 Chris questioned: How can children be best supported in early leaning at different ages? What ..

  • Interesting themes at the BECERA Conference  

    11-Jan-2012 

    The 2nd BECERA Conference is only a month away and the team is working hard to put together a programme that delegates will enjoy. Following last years success, BECERA prides itself in giving a space to all practitioners to discuss current early ..

  • Only a few spaces left for our January Outcomes training 

    05-Jan-2012 

    Evidencing Outcomes & Measuring Impact 2 day Training Would you like clear, practical guidance and support on how to measure and demonstrate the effectiveness of your services? Look no further! CREC offers an excellent, bespoke 2..

  • The tools to an Outstanding Evaluation 

    30-Nov-2011 

    Click here (http://www.crec.co.uk/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=View&VID=8953008&KID=13708)to read CREC's November newsletter on Evidencing Outcomes & Tracking Changes...

  • CREC's latest newsletter 

    22-Nov-2011 

    Read our latest newsletter by clicking here (http://www.crec.co.uk/CampaignProcess.aspx?A=View&VID=8953008&KID=12052)...

  • Margaret M Clark OBE at the University of Wolverhampton 

    21-Nov-2011 

    An invitation to an open seminar discussion Tuesday 29th of November 6pm to 7.30pm University of Wolverhampton, School of Education, Walsall Campus, Gorway Road, Walsall, WS1 3BD in room WN002 Margar..

  • Government launches the Early Education and Childcare Consultation 

    15-Nov-2011 

    The Government has launched the Early Education and Childcare Consultation, which reflects commitments made in July's policy reform statement 'Supporting Families in the Foundation Years'. One of the key aims of this work is the extension of free..

  • CREC Directors on why Practitioner Research is so important  

    01-Nov-2011 

    Practitioner Research is, as the name suggests, research carried out by practitioners, but importantly it is ‘for the purpose o f advancing their own practice’ (McLeod 1999). It is about those involved in the delivery of a service not j..

  • A 'one stop shop' for all EY professionals 

    21-Oct-2011 

    Data is now available to all Early Years Professionals on the Foundations Years website, a project led by 4Children and the Early Years Strategic Partnership. The website 'offers professionals who work in the foundation years a 'one stop sh..

  • BECERA Conference Call for Papers 

    30-Sep-2011 

    The 2nd BECERA Conference is taking place at the Midlands Arts Centre (mac), Cannon Hill Park, Birmingham on 15th & 16th February 2012. You can now submit your proposal and book a place online. To read the call for papers click..

  • Dr Susan Young leads Early Years Music Module at CREC 

    19-Sep-2011 

    Dr Susan Young from the University of Exeter leads the bespoke Early Years Music Module at CREC. This module is part of the Post Graduate Study Pathway at CREC that allows Early Years Practitioners to gain Post Graduate accreditation whilst worki..

  • University funded bursaries 

    19-Aug-2011 

    The University of Wolverhampton is planning to invest £1.2M in MPhil/PhD bursaries over the next three years. These bursaries will be invested strategically in areas of research. The University’s aim is to match the very best students..

  • Foundation Years Publications - Department for Education 

    19-Jul-2011 

    The Department for Education and the Department of Health have published a package setting out the Government’s vision for the foundation years. The foundation years are critically important for children and their families, and these publicatio..

  • Congratulations to our NPQICL students 

    15-Jul-2011 

    All of us at CREC would like to congratulate the NPQICL students. To see the end of year video CREC has created please click here (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lPaK6oXTJiE). ..

  • BECERA conference is going ahead in 2012 

    30-Jun-2011 

    The BECERA conference, hosted by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood in February 2011 is going ahead in 2012. BECERA is an independent self-funding organisation run by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) which has ..

  • Prof Chris Pascal on 'Enhancing Young Children's Play and Thinking Skills'  

    24-Jun-2011 

    Enhancing Young Children’s Play and Thinking Skills Conference National Conference - Aberystwyth University Campus Friday 01.07.2011 Professor Chris Pascal from CREC is one of the keynote speakers at the 'Enhancing Young Childre..

  • Spaces left for our 'Equality, Diversity & Inclusive Practice' training - Book Now! 

    23-Jun-2011 

    According to the British Council, the UK's diversity is 'a great asset and part of the fabric of life, but it also brings challenges and recently has given rise to discussion of issues around multiculturalism, immigration and national identity'. ..

  • Some of our training dates have changed 

    08-Jun-2011 

    Please note that the following training dates have changed: Evidencing Outcomes & Measuring Impact cohort 3: Previously 29/09 and 01/11 now 12/10 and 10/11. Leadership & Management day 2: The Skills and Competencies of Effective Lea..

  • CREC Learning Circle Programme 

    07-Jun-2011 

    Learning Circle 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 regul..

  • 2017-18 MA enrolment poster