Studying for a PhD with CREC (Early childhood research)

CREC is currently supervising 12 PhD students in conjunction with the University of Wolverhampton and Birmingham City University.

We are currently at capacity with our PhD student body, however approx. 1/3 will complete in 2020, therefore we remain open to any expressions of interest from individuals who would like to consider completing a PhD with a focus within the field of early childhood studies starting late 2020/early 2021.

We are able to offer either full-time or part-time routes in collaboration with two UK universities with early childhood specialisms (Birmingham City University and University of Wolverhampton).

To find out more, we would encourage prospective candidates to join our monthly Learning Circle Community of Practice where many of our past and present PhD students gather, alongside CREC staff, to discuss the current challenges and successes of early childhood research. We will be happy to discuss the possibilities of PhD study at Learning Circle meetings, alternatively, please send a speculative email to for an informal discussion.

PLEASE NOTE: All PhDs are charged at the prevailing rates advertised by the accrediting university. CREC is not currently offering any bursaries for PhD study.


Research Completed at CREC

Over the past 20 years, CREC Directors, Professors Chris Pascal andTony Bertram, have supported 30+ students to the successful completion of their Doctoral Research.

You can access copies of some of our past PhD students' research in our Research Paper Archive*, including the following:

Practitioners and parents; living in a 'third space'? A study of perceptions of 'British Asian' parental involvement in their children's nursery education - Dr Nicola Smith, 2011 (Supervised by Prof. Chris Pascal)

The Influence of Professional Cultures on Collaborative Working in Children’s Centres - Dr Wendy Messenger, 2012 (Supervised by Prof. Chris Pascal)

How do practitioners create inclusive environments in daycare settings for children under the age of five years with chronic health conditions? An exploratory case study - Dr Jackie Musgrave, 2014

* With the agreement of the authors, the papers in our research archive have been made openly available for other early years practitioners and researchers to access and, hopefully, use to inform their own practice and academic study.  We kindly ask that ANY use of these research papers is correctly attributed.

CREC’s research students are a key component of the voluntary, free, and supportive
CREC Learning Circle, a community of practice which usually meets 4:00 - 6.30 PM, once a month. Join our Facebook group to keep up to date.

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