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Pinvin Community Preschool

Nurturing hearts and minds on a path of possibilities

Practitioner Research

We support all educators to engage in research whether this be informal or formal as part of their studies.

Below we share some of their work and findings.

What is childhood

As part of Jenny's foundation degree in Early years she has been exploring what it means to be a child and what actually is childhood?

Independent Research: Powerpoint

Safeguarding Development and learning

This essay aims to critically reflect on the role of the practitioner in safeguarding and advocating for children, young people and families and the ethical implications to this.

Link to Essay

A small scale study

This small scale study considers 'What are the Professional Development Needs of a Changing Early Years

Workforce (2018). This interest was ignited by my acknowledgement of the disparity between early years qualifications and the consequence needs of the team. It must be noted that qualifications have since been reviewed and much improved but this study still holds some relevance in regards to leadership.

Link to research 

Link to research

Independent Study (2019)

How do I best support a collaborative learning culture

within an early years setting through effective 


 As early years practitioners we hold critical knowledge, insights that are often dismissed, overshadowed by policy and prescribed outcomes designed by greater powers. Yet we are the experts, working daily alongside children and families. We need to stand up and be counted, dare to be different, take control and have

confidence in who we are and what we do.

This study  follows the journey of a small rural setting and its engagement as research partners in collaborative research. Designed to nurture, empower and inspire early years practitioners we consider how we best support a collaborative learning culture within an early years setting.