Early Years

About us

The Early Years Group (EYRG) includes lecturers and research students (PhD and EdD), researchers and Early Years Practitioners. It is hoped that this mix of expertise will lend itself to a collegial and supportive environment. Researchers have varying expertise across methodological approaches which will enrich the activities of the group. In the course of our research, we engage with some innovative methods to enable us to work respectfully and ethically with very young children. We also have links with other groups in areas such as humanistic perspectives.

The aims of the group are to:

  • establish and run regular meetings
  • facilitate and support academic writing
  • seek external funding for research
  • begin to work collaboratively within and across groups on the initiation of potential projects
  • contribute to seminars, within and across research groups and within the School of Education.

Bronfenbrenner's Ecological Theory of Development


Linda Shaw

Dr Linda Shaw

Senior Lecturer in Child Development and Education

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Our projects include:

  • Partnership: perspectives on the research, parent, practitioner trichotomy in the early years
  • Child language in preschool settings: support and development
  • Representation of fatherhood in young children’s literature
  • Creative writing for young children
  • Early writing readiness - tensions regarding EYFS/child development approaches/inclusion policies and neuro-diversity
  • Developmentally appropriate approaches to early writing intervention
  • Children’s literature in early reading experiences
  • Supporting parents in the home with reading for pleasure
  • Writing transitions: from doctoral writing to journal publication.


  • Early Childhood Studies Degree Network
  • British Education Research Association Early Childhood Special Interest Group
  • The UK Literacy Association
  • Early Education
  • Collaboration with Leibniz University, Hanover

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