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.
Evaluation and support implementation of the speech/language and communication pathway across GMCA Deborah James & Julie Marshall. (HPSC) DfE Early Outcomes Fund
£200 - £300K (August 2019 - June 2020)
Hackett, A., Holmes, R., Macrae, C., & Procter, L. (2018) Young children's museum geographies; spatial, material and bodily ways of knowing Guest Editors Introduction. Children’s Geographies 16(5) pp 481-488
MacRae, C., Hackett, A., Holmes, R. & Jones, L. (2018) Vibrancy, repetition and movement: posthuman theories for reconceptualising young children in museums Children's Geographies. 16(5) pp 503-515