Early Years Practitioners to Present Research at European Conference

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Three Early Years practitioners from Herefordshire will be presenting their research at a European conference later this month.

Karen Campbell, a childminder in Much Dewchurch, Jo McLellan, a Centre Worker at Widemarsh Children’s Centre in Hereford, and Gaynor Corrick, Early Years Rural and City Pre-School Manager in Hereford, are all students on the University of Worcester’s Early Years Foundation degree.

They have been invited to share their research at the European Early Childhood Research Association Conference (EECERA) in Portugal on August 29th. Their research explores how diverse Early Years settings share the same values, aspirations and aims, and how they ensure quality.

Gaynor said: “We all work in very different Early Years environments, but we share the same values and beliefs that education starts at a very early age and we need to ensure young children get the same quality of education as they do when they reach school age.

“This research explores and draws on our own experiences and we are really excited to be able to share it at such a prestigious conference. It will also be a great networking opportunity for us”

The trio were each awarded £550 from the University of Worcester’s Scholarship Panel to assist with the costs of attending the conference.

All three are mature students who have been working in Early Years for a number of years before deciding to embark on a degree. Their studies are being funded by Herefordshire Council. All three are planning to top up to a full degree upon completion of the foundation qualification.

“I decided to do the degree because I wanted to enhance my knowledge and understanding,” said Jo. “We have all been studying part time, fitting in around our work and families but it has been fantastic. We have learned so much that we can put into practice and are able to share our own views and good practices with those working in a host of other settings.”

Karen added: “The degree has been so interesting and useful to me in my work. It allows me to learn new skills and think about things differently. But has also given me more confidence in what I’m doing.”

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