early years Research

CREC is an international player in the early years research arena.

The CREC research community is active, dynamic and operates for young children and families in the very real world of policy and practice. It aims to inform, develop and improve the quality of early childhood provision.

We have been undertaking national and international, large and small-scale research for more than 20 years and have a clear objective to generate knowledge which has applications for early years policy and/or practice.

We are always open to receiving research enquiries and discussing collaborations.



We have a strong reputation for undertaking reviews, reports, evaluations and consultancy work with many UK local authorities, NGOs, and countries, including:
- Birmingham
- Gloucestershire
QCDA (Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency - dissolved in October 2011)
- The OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)
- The British Council
- Portugal
- Qatar
- South Australia 

For the UK Government, CREC delivered the four year National Evaluation of the Early Excellence programme , a study of Black, Minority Ethnic communities’ take-up of Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) services and a smaller study on Food and Nutrition with the Schools Food Trust (now the Children's Food Trust).

The output of this research is made available through reports, journal articles and books; a selection of which can be found below:

Recent Early Years Publications & Current Research:


Cross-National Early Years Projects:


Early Years Research and Evaluation Work:


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