School of Education

  • Early Childhood Studies (BA) Year 1 and 2

    Induction Week (Week 0) Diary

    Here is a list of the main events involving Early Childhood Studies students in Induction Week (17-21 September). Events in bold are COMPULSORY.

    Once you've had a look at your timetable for the week, click on our Welcome page, which contains lots of other useful information. Everything you need to know about Harcourt Hill Campus is here.




    Monday 17 September

    Opportunities to visit the Harcourt Hill Library and to attend any Workshops and Events that interest you. All Day Harcourt Hill Campus / Headington Campus

    Tuesday 18 September

    Induction/Welcome Meeting Start at 10:00
    Finish at 12:30
    B1.01 (Main Lecture Theatre), Harcourt Hill Campus

    Wednesday 19 September

    Freshers' Sports Fair 10:00 to 16:00 Centre for Sport, Headington Campus
    Enrolment. Please note that enrolment commences at 16:30. You must arrive by this time at the very latest. Start at 16:30
    Finish at 17:30
    Abercrombie Building (Ground Floor), Headington Road site, Headington Campus

    Thursday 20 September

    Subject Meeting Start at 13:00
    Finish at 14:00
    BG.26, B Building, Harcourt Hill Campus
    All students must attend this meeting.
    Meet Your Academic Advisor Drop-in from
    14:00 to 16:00
    Check on your PIP page when you print your timetable for their name and room number.
    PIP Helpdesk (First Years only) Drop-in from
    14:00 to 17:00
    G126, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries

    Friday 21 September

    Freshers' Fair 10:00 to 16:00 John Henry Brookes Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    PIP Helpdesk (All students) Drop-in from
    11:00 to 17:00
    G126, Gibbs Building, Headington Road site, Headington Campus
    For timetable and programme queries.

    All Days

    Various Workshops and Events See Workshops and Events page for details.

    Subject Codes

    All subjects within the university have a unique code. EL is single honours Early Childhood Studies i.e. students study only Early Childhood Studies. Students will be studying for a BA.

    Key Contacts

    Here is a list of Key Contacts for your course:


    Contact Details

    Head of School Professor Mary Wild
    Programme Lead Mrs Mary Briggs
    Subject Coordinator Dr Elise Alexander
    Student Support Coordinator Mr Michael Barringer
    Academic Liaison Librarian Ms Hazel Rothera
    Programme Administrator Mrs Christine Cuthbertson +44 (0)1865 488617

    Recommended Reading

    Here are some of the recommended texts for the first year Early Childhood Studies modules. Please note that you are not required to get these books in advance. They are shown for those students who want to make a head start on the reading. Full reading lists for each module will be given in your lectures.


    Book Details

    U70106 Research and Professional Practice Cottrell, S. (2017). Critical Thinking Skills: Effective Analysis, Argument and Reflection. 3rd edn. Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan
    Parker-Rees, R. and Leeson, C. (eds.) (2015). Early Childhood Studies: An Introduction to the Study of Children's Lives and Children's Worlds. 4th edn. London: Sage.
    U70107 Working with Children 1 Bruce, T. (ed.) (2013). Early Childhood: A Guide for Students. 2nd edn. London: Sage
    Sambell, K., Gibson, M. and Miller, S. (2010). Studying Childhood and Early Childhood: A Guide For Students. 2nd edn. London: Sage
    U70108 Growing up in the 21st Century Gabriel, N. (2017). The Sociology of Early Childhood: Critical Perspectives. London: Sage
    McDowall Clark, R. (2016). Childhood in Society for the Early Years. 3rd edn. London: Learning Matters

    Academic Advisors

    This is a list of all the Academic Advisors for Early Childhood Studies. You will be notified of who your Academic Advisor is when you enrol. You should meet your Academic Advisor in his/her room on Thursday Week 0 between 2pm and 4pm. If there is any change to this, it will be shown in the Alternative Arrangement column.




    Alternative Arrangement

    Dr Elise Alexander B1.24 48 8529  
    Dr Carol Brown A1.06 48 8576  
    Dr Catharine Gilson B1.27 48 3167  

    Important Documents to Bring with You

    As a student on our Early Childhood Studies programme you are very likely to undertake some study within an Early Years setting. You will be required to have a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check (previously CRB check) in order to be able to do so. We will assist you in putting together the application once you have arrived here but we will need you to have some documentation with you to make an application possible. Please click here for a full list of appropriate documentation for the DBS check.