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.

Session schedule for 2020-21 consists of virtual meetings, webinars (similar to those we've held already on Hybrid Pedagogy and Play and Language in Transition) and face-to-face networking / PhD peer-to-peer discussions*.
Find out more about CREC Learning Circle membership and annual pass here.
Note: Future CREC events, like the Hybrid Pedagogy webinar, will be charged but LC members will have free access included in their annual pass.
*Attendance on the face-to-face days is limited to 12 participants and therefore those wishing to join any of the LC sessions at CREC (4:00-6:00 PM) will be required to confirm they're coming a week in advance.

As always, the first session of the new academic year is an opportunity to catch up after the summer and contribute ideas for LC session themes and topics for the year. 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 and answering the questions (please note, if you do no answer the questions we are unable to admit you to the group) or by emailing Helen Lyndon

2020/2021 Schedule:

23 September 2020, 4.30 - 5.30pm – closed Learning Circle session via Zoom - introductions and planning for the year ahead
13 October 2020, 4.30 - 5.30pm – closed Learning Circle session via Zoom - The Fusion of Theory and Practice: Reflections on the triquetra relationship (Alison Moore, University College Cork, Ireland)
11 November 2020, 4 - 5.30pm – Birth to Five Matters – CREC open consultation event
10 December 2020, 4.30 - 5.30pm – closed Learning Circle session via Zoom – Creativity in EY (Pete Moorhouse) and CREC Christmas Jumper Day
14 January 2021, 4.30 - 5.30pm – closed Learning Circle session via Zoom – Developing Ethnic Identities in the EY (Sharon Colilles)
16 & 17 February 2021BECERA Annual Conference

– 16 March 2021, 4:30 - 5:30pm – closed Learning Circle session via Zoom - Musical Play (Kate Comberti, Sophie Fox and Monica Cognoli)



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