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.  

All with an interest in ELC are welcome to events, including 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.

Upcoming Events

  1. SERA Early Years Network Autumn Event: ‘Creativity and digital play’.

Date and time: Wednesday 7 October 2020 16:30 – 18:00pm

Our October event will feature two presentations of current research into children’s digital play. The presenters will draw on their findings to explore the way in which children and adults can approach digital learning as a creative experience within play environments. Each session will be followed by a moderated discussion with an opportunity for questions.

See full details here

  1. SERA Early Years Network Event: Race in Early Years.

Date and time: February 2021

Speakers TBA

  1. SERA Early Years Network Event: Symposium – ‘Pedagogy and Play’

Date and time: Wednesday 2nd June 2021 14:00-18:00pm

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

Title: “Play between parents and infants”

Synopsis: The importance of the early relationship between parents and infants has been long established. Key aspects of the early interactions between parents and very young children are strongly linked with children’s subsequent development. But what of early parent-child play? In this talk I will explore different aspects of playful interactions between mother, fathers and their young children and their links with later child development.

Speaker Bio

Professor Paul Ramchandani, Professor of Play, University of Cambridge

Paul Ramchandani is LEGO Professor of Play in Education, Development and Learning at Cambridge University, UK. He also works as a Consultant Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist in the UK National Health Service and was previously Professor of Child and Adolescent Mental Health at Imperial College London. Paul trained as a doctor in Southampton and then in public health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in London and in child and adolescent mental health in Oxford. Paul’s research has focussed on mental health and he has a particular interest in the development of play and the prevention of emotional and behavioural problems in the early years of life. He directs the PEDAL Research Centre and details of the current work of the PEDAL team at Cambridge, and recent publications, can be found at the PEDAL Hub website (www.pedalhub.net).

Professor Jayne Osgood

Professor of Education at Middlesex University

Title: TBA

Synopsis: TBA

Biography: TBA

“Lights, Camera, Action, Play”

In this presentation, Deirdre will draw on her current research and training to discuss the implementation of quality play. Deirdre will share case studies from three settings to highlight key points and to examine further the environment as an educator, which plays a key role in the quality of children’s exploration and play. To finish Deirdre will pose key questions and reflect on her own findings.

Speaker Bio

Deirdre Grogan, Principal Knowledge Exchange Fellow, University of Strathclyde

Deirdre Grogan is a Knowledge Exchange Fellow at the University of Strathclyde. Her role is to support the development of effective teaching and learning within the early years. She has a keen interest in creativity and learning through inquiry. Deirdre has worked across Scotland to develop early years education and she is very passionate about her work.


SERA Connects – Moving in, moving on, moving up: Transitions in the early years

Thursday 30th July 2020, 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Transitions are always important, but especially at the moment.  Three guests join us to explore current transitions issues: Marion will talk about her research on starting school and link this to the Realising the Ambition framework for transitions (0-8 years), Aline-Wendy will talk about an integrative model for transitions through education (3-18 years) drawing from her longitudinal study, and Kathleen will share the work that led to the development of the Northern Alliance’s COVID-19 Transitions Framework (0-18 years).

More details here.

SERA Early Years Network Spring Event: “Evolving practitioner identities” 

Thursday 27th February 2020 –

Guest speakers included Liz 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’.

More details here.

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