Childhood Research Cluster

What we do

The Childhood Research Cluster is a cross disciplinary, inter-professional collaboration between staff at the University who have a research interest in childhood. The aim of the cluster is to facilitate a broadening of knowledge about established and current thinking, research and practice in the field.

The cluster welcomes colleagues from across the University in an effort to motivate and encourage critical dialogue, research collaboration and active dissemination of research ideas and findings for staff and students, both in the University and outside. The cluster aims to meet on a termly basis, using a themed approach to provide a forum for guest speakers, collaborative working and the presentation of research at all levels.

For further information, please contact the cluster leads: Dr Ruby OatesDr Kay Owen, Dr Marco Delgado-Fuentes or Alistair Turvill.

What we're working on

Earth, Water, Air

This project involves young children and University of Derby Early Childhood Studies students and staff. It focuses on bringing children, community and cultural institutions together through engagement in a collaborative arts project. It involved Royal Crown Derby museum and other cultural institutions. The project has exhibited at Derby's Arboretum and The Museum for All People in Madrid.

The objectives of the project are: 

For more information, contact project leaders Ellen Yates at e.yates1@derby.ac.uk or Judith Szenasi at j.szenasi@derby.ac.uk.  

Publications

These are publications from members of the Childhood Research Cluster.

Twigg, E. and Yates, E. (2019) Student reflections on the place of creativity in early years practice: Reflections on second year work placement experiencesThinking Skills and Creativity, 31, pgs. 335-345.

Yates, E. Twigg, E. (2016) Developing Creativity in Early Childhood Studies Students, Thinking Skills and Creativity 23C, pp. 42-57. DOI (digital object identifier) information: 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.11.001

Twigg, E. (2018) ‘Safeguarding Children’, in Johnson, J., Nahmed-Williams, L., Oates, R. and Wood, V. (eds.) Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice. (2nd edn) Abingdon: Routledge. 

Doctoral research

Simmons, H. (2013- Current) Surveillance of Modern Motherhood: An exploration of the experiences of mothers that have attended a Universal Parenting Course. Doctor of Education Thesis: University of Derby. (Status: Post-Viva).

Publications

Nahmad-Williams, L. and Simmons, H. (2018) ‘Early Education’, in Johnston, J., Nahmad-Williams, L., Oates, R. And Wood, V. (ed.) Early Childhood Studies. London: Routledge, pp. 308-343.

Simmons, H. & Yates, E. (2014) Leadership in Early Childhood: Leaders’ Views on Their Role in Thomas, M. (2014) A Child’s World: Contemporary issues in Education. Centre for Educational Studies. Wales, UK.

Yates, E. & Simmons, H. (2014) The Student Practitioner as a future leader in Oates, R. & Hey, C. (2014) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies. Routledge. London, UK.

Conference delivery

Simmons, H. (2018) Problematizing Motherhood: Oppression, Empowerment and ‘Being Good Enough’. Early Childhood Studies Degrees Network (ECSDN) Conference, Hamilton House, London (January).

Simmons, H. (2015) Exploring modern motherhood: the motivations and experiences of mothers of children aged 0-3 years who have attended universal parenting classes. BERA Conference, Queen’s University, Belfast (September).

Yates, E. & Simmons, H. (2012) Leadership in Early Childhood: Leaders’ Views on Their Role. A Child’s World: Working Together for a Better Future Conference. Aberystwyth University, Wales (June).

Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 (Ed) Early Childhood Education in Mexico, in Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Digital Resource. 

Alcántara A; Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 (Eds) Childhood in Mexico, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Digital Resource.

Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 Overview, in Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 (Ed) Early Childhood Education in Mexico, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Digital Resource. 

Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 Overview, in Alcántara A; MA Delgado-Fuentes (Eds), Childhood in Mexico, Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Digital Resource.

Mendoza-Zuany, G, MA Delgado-Fuentes (2019) Bilingualism and Multilingualism, in Delgado-Fuentes MA 2019 (Ed) Early Childhood Education in Mexico, in Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies, Digital Resource.

Marco is one of the editors of the digital resource (e-encyclopedia) Bloomsbury Education and Childhood Studies.

Nahmed-Williams , L and Fenton, C (2018) 'Language Development ' in  Johnston, J., Nahmad-Williams, L., Oates, R. & Wood, V. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice (2nd edition) Abingdon: Routledge

Johnston, C Johnston, J House, A and Fenton, C (2018) 'Leadership and Management of Early Years Settings' in Johnston, J., Nahmad-Williams, L., Oates, R. & Wood, V. (eds) Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice (2nd edition) Abingdon: Routledge

Yates, E. & Oates, R. (2019)  Young Children’s Views on Play Provision in two Local Parks: A research project by early childhood studies students and staff. Childhood: A Global Research Journal (Accepted Feb 2019 awaiting publication)

Yates, E. (2018) Play in Johnston, J. Nahmad- Williams, L., Oates, R. and Wood,V. (2018) Early Childhood Studies: Policy and Practice (2nd edition) Routledge :London UK

Yates, E and Twigg, E (2016) Developing Creativity in Early Childhood Studies Students Thinking Skills and Creativity 23C (2017) pp 42-47. DOI information 10.1016/j.tsc.2016.11.001

Yates, E and Simmons, H (2014) The Student Practitioner as a  Future Leader in  Oates, R and Hey, C (2014) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies. London: Routledge

Yates, E. & Oates, R. (2019) Students as co-researchers: what can we learn from collaboration? Reflections on a research project on children’s play spaces. International Journal for Students as Partners. (under review)

Publications

Oates, R. & Kahn, T. (2008) Why we need to get more men working in nursery. Nursery Management Today. July/April 2008

Sanders, A. Oates, R. & Kahn, T. (2009) Hard to Reach? Engaging father in early years' settings: final report. Derby: University of Derby & the Pre-school Learning Alliance.

Oates, R. & Sanders, A. Making a little difference for early childhood studies students in Papatheodorou, T. & Moyles, J. (2009) (Eds) Learning Together in the Early Years: Exploring Relational Pedagogy. London: Routledge

Appleby, M., Oates, R., Sanders, A & Sedgwick, R. (2011) Consultancy Report for NACRO Family Project: Assessing the impact of Parenting Courses – Final Report. Derby: University of Derby for NACRO.

Oates, R. & Hey, C. (2014) (Eds) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies: an essential guide to working with children. London: Routledge.

Oates, R. The Student Practitioner constructing a professional identity in Oates, R. & Hey, C. (2014) (Eds) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies: an essential guide to working with children. London: Routledge.

Hey, C. & Oates, R. The enabling practitioner in in Oates, R. & Hey, C. (2014) (Eds) The Student Practitioner in Early Childhood Studies: an essential guide to working with children. London: Routledge.

Oates, R. We are all critically reflective now: the politics of critical reflection in higher education and in the workplace in O’Grady, A. & Cottle, V. (2016) Exploring Education at Postgraduate Level: policy, theory and practice. London: Routledge.

Brownhill, S. & Oates, R. (2016) Who do you want me to be? An exploration of female and male perceptions of ‘imposed’ gender roles in the early years, in  Education (3-13) International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education Pages 658-670 | Received 29 Jan 2016, Accepted 04 Mar 2016, Published online: 24 Mar 2016 https://doi.org/10.1080/03004279.2016.1164215  

Oates, R. & Yates, E. Huthwaite Play Project: Final Report, June 2016, Derby: University of Derby.

Johnston, J., Nahmad-Williams, L. Oates, R. & Wood, V. (2018 (Eds) Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, 2nd Edition. Routledge: London. 

Johnston, J. & Oates, R. Cognitive Development, in Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, (2018) 2nd Edition. Routledge: London. 

Johnston, J., Boldrin, J. with Oates, R. The Early Years Professional, in Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, (2018) 2nd Edition. Routledge: London. 

Nahmad-Williams, L. & Oates, R. Reflective Practice in Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, (2018) 2nd Edition. Routledge: London. 

Yates, E. & Oates, R. (2019) Students as co-researchers: what can we learn from collaboration? Reflections on a research project on children’s play spaces. International Journal for Students as Partners. (under review)

Yates, E. & Oates, R.(2019)  Young Children’s Views on Play Provision in two Local Parks: A research project by early childhood studies students and staff.  Childhood: A Global Research Journal (Accepted Feb 2019 awaiting publication)

Recent conference papers

Ellen Yates and Ruby Oates: July 2018 University of Aberystwyth, Wales, A Child’s World.

Ellen Yates and Ruby Oates: August 2019 European Early Childhood Education Research Association annual conference, University of Debrecen, Budapest, Hungary.

Oates, R. (2016) Welcoming Migrant Children: Challenges & Opportunities. International Week. University College Copenhagen, Denmark. 1 March 2016.

Oates, R. (2015) The European Teacher Championing Children in Europe and Beyond:  Moving Forward Together: Opening Keynote speech of the VOICES Conference of the European Teacher. (September 2015) Institute of Education and Social Studies. Palacký University, Olomouc, Czech Republic.

Johnston, J. & Szenasi, J. Working Together in in Early Childhood Studies: Principles and Practice, (2018) 2nd Edition. Routledge: London.