Research Findings

Read the latest research happening in Bristol Early Years settings

Bristol Early Years is committed to research-engaged and innovative practice through collaborative practitioner enquiry. ‘Researchful’ practice is recognised as a key driver for setting improvement and professional learning.  Staff are empowered to lead their own learning, and that of others, in response to identified needs, interests and professional curiosities. Currently Research Hubs are being established to provide creative thinking spaces for facilitated professional dialogue and enquiry.

The following article by Professor Graham Handscomb explores the concept of teacher/ practitioner researcher, highlighting the conditions necessary to embed a culture of researchful practice. A good think piece for introducing research-based practice.

Empowering Teachers!  Through Practitioner Research

It is teachers who in the end will change the world of the school by understanding it.

Lawrence Stenhouse, Teacher as Researcher, 1975

Research on this website is organised into the three categories shown below.  Within each of these, each research project will be categorised by the stage of the research.  These stages will be:

  • Announcing
  • Progress
  • Findings
  • Dissemination


We are building a bank of resources to support your early years research project.  Links to suggested further reading in each of the key research hubs can be found below.  Or contact us and let us know how we can make this website more relevant to you and your practice.

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