These pages will share details of settings-based research projects taking place in Early Years settings in and around Bristol.Please get in touch if you have a research project you would like to share on this website.
Practitioner led Mathematical Research 2016
Seeing the Maths - Redcliffe
Jack and Jill Pre-School, Wesbury-on-Trym
Practitioners at the Jack and Jill Pre-School in Wetbury-on-Trym have shared details of the research they carried out in conjunction with the 5x5x5 project.
Download the Jack and Jill Pre-School Research Project
Latest Published Research
The Red House Children's Centre, Bristol. (Re)configuring quality: From a hegemonic framework to story telling.
In this brief colloquium, the authors consider a reconfiguring of quality and how this has impacted
on practice in an early years setting. They demonstrate how their move from a formal quantitative
strategic plan for the setting to their current narrative version, known as ‘Violet’s Story’, contributes
to the academic debate of quality framed by post-humanist theory and narrative methods. The
authors explain how this shift reflects a ‘qualia’ understanding of quality and, in doing so, show
how the narrative strategies and techniques deployed embody post-humanist sympathies, taking
the reader beyond the subjective to reveal some of the complexities of entanglement that make
up a shifting, contextualised understanding of quality. Finally, the authors illustrate the theoretical
by representing one practitioner’s reflection on what it can be like to work within a fluid,
contextualised understanding of quality. They conclude that further studies should follow this line
of inquiry for a better understanding of the real impact that such a reconfiguration of quality has
on early years settings, the experiences of practitioners, and children and their families.