Children and Childhood

Our research interrogates the ways babies, children and their families are constructed and perceived in contemporary theory, policy and practice.

This group engages with strategic, applied and interdisciplinary research and evaluation, as well as knowledge exchange projects.

Our research interrogates the ways babies, children, and their families are constructed and perceived in contemporary theory, policy and practice.

Our work is committed to developing intellectual, professional and public debates about mental health and bullying; school readiness and two-year-olds in nursery education settings; art gallery and museum work with under 5s; early childhood literacy and communicative practices; behaviour and reputation; and early childhood policy and leadership.

We are dedicated to providing ‘real-world’ benefits for young children their families and early years practitioners. Current and recent funders of our research include the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Economic and Social Research Council, the British Academy and the Leverhulme Trust. 

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