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Case Studies

One of the objectives of this website is to offer an opportunity for sharing case studies relating to research in the Early Years.   Please get in touch if you would like to share your case study with other Early Years practitioners.

The Bristol Standard has published a series of insightful case studies and these are available to view on the Bristol Standard page of this website.

St. Werburgh's Nursery School has announced details of their latest research programme,  details of which can be found below.

Research Paper: Environment

Garden at St Werburghs NurseryInvestigating the impact of the nursery school environment on young children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Researching the effect and responses of environmental changes on children’s play, self-initiated learning and levels of engagement. An element of this reaching will be recording and documenting children’s voice – expressing their thoughts about their environment. Extensive consultation with governors, SLT, staff and parents will also contribute to findings.  A global view of the environment will be gathered, both internal and external environments; physical opportunities; wellbeing and emotional responses; organisation and aesthetics; diversity of resources and opportunity. The paper will document and evaluate concrete changes made to the environment and their impact. Research will also focus on developing a rigorous methodology for auditing early year’s environments. The research is informed by an action research format – Reflecting on the current environment – Planning/ Identifying – Implementation/ trailing – Observation/analysis – Reflecting/evaluation.

Research Paper: Woodwork

Girl woodworkingInvestigating the impact of woodwork on young children’s learning, development and wellbeing. Researching best current practice for introducing woodwork and establishing it safely in nursery settings. This research will highlight how woodwork links to the new EYFS. The research will extend to collaborating with colleagues in other countries where woodworking is established in nursery settings to explore common issues and effective practice.

Setting: St Werburgh’s Park Nursery School, Bristol

Duration: September 2014- July 2015

Author: Pete Moorhouse, Artist Educator

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