Early Years Network

Who are we?  

The SERA Early Years is network is forum for promoting professional development alongside best practice for the Early Learning and Childcare profession in Scotland. We focus on the interdisciplinary aims of education, health and social care for early education and childhood studies, as well as concerns of social justice and tackling poverty by encouraging innovation within ELC research. We also aim to sustain and forgnew links with policymakers, practitioners and the public 

The members of this network are committed to expanding research-informed practice by building international partnerships: network members have established partnerships in Spain, Norway, Iceland, Sweden, Italy, Australia and New Zealand. Members are currently involved/working within the SSSC, the Scottish Government, Early Years Scotland and third sector organisations. The network recognises the need to involve current students, as well as graduates working within the early education field, to learn more about the impact of sector developments on children’s outcomes, as well as promoting and critiquing practitioner research. 


Key dates for 2020 

All with an interest in ELC are welcome to eventsincluding those working within relevant policy and working in practice. All ELC staff, as well as all students, including undergraduate and postgraduates are welcome. Those undertaking independent research in settings are particularly encouraged to attend.  


Thursday 27th February 2020 – SERA Early Years Network: Spring Event “Evolving practitioner identities” 

Guest speakers includeLiz Latto on ‘Changing roles and professional identities within Early Learning and Childcare in Scotland?’ and Shaddai Tembo on ‘Gender and Heteronormativity in Early Learning and Childcare’. 


Monday 8th June 2020  

Symposium  ‘Pedagogy and Play’ 

Guest speakers include: Professor Paul Ramchandani, University of Cambridge, Professor Jayne Osgood, Middlesex UniversityDeirdre Grogan, Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Strathclyde 

October 2020 

Speakers and discussion on ‘Creativity and Digital Play’ 

Speakers TBC 


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Email to join our mailing list sera.early.years@gmail.com  

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