Reading, references and links online
Early years practice is deeply embedded in research that has been gathered over years by pioneers and theorists.
Please pick and choose to read at your leisure...
Useful links, reading and references
All these links are accessible and on the public domain.
We will continually update this information. This is by no means intended to be an exhaustive or selective list.
- Bertram, T. and Pascal, C. (2014) Early Years Literature Review, CREC, Birmingham Early years literature review
- DfCFS (2009) Early years learning and development literature review on the Foundation years website is an absolutely rich documents full reviewing early learning theories and connecting them
- DfE (July 2015) Early years pedagogy and policy: an international study
- DfE Nutbrown Review (2012) Nutbrown, C. (2012) Foundations for Quality
- DfE (Dec 2010) Children's experiences of the early years foundation stage
- DfE (2010) Practitioners experiences of the early years foundation stage
- DfES (2003) Birth to three matters: a review of the literature lists and explains the theories and the main key messages
- DfES (2003) research brief Birth to three matters: a review of the literature
- Mathers, S., Eisenstadt, N., Sylva, K., Soukaku, E. and Ereky-Stevens, K. (2014) Sound Foundations A review of the research evidence on quality of early childhood education and care for children under three, Sutton Trust
- Mathers, S. and Smees, R. (2014) Quality and Inequality, do three- and four-year-olds in deprived areas experience lower quality early years provision? Nuffield Foundation
- Melhuish, E. C. (2004) London, United Kingdom: National Audit Office A literature review of the impact of early years provision on young children, with emphasis given to children from disadvantaged backgrounds (Edward Melhuish, University of Wollongong, Australia 2004)
- National College 2012 Leadership of great pedagogy in teaching school alliances: evidence from the literature
- Nutbrown, C. (March 2013) Shaking the Foundations of Quality? University of Sheffield
- NZ Ministry of Education 2011 Quality education for under 2 year olds: what should it look like? A literature review
- NZ Ministry of Education 2010 Literature review: transition from early childhood education to school
- Play England (2012) A world without play: a literature review
- Play England (2006) Free play in early childhood a literature review
- Tickell report 2011 The early years: foundations for life, health and learning (An independent report on the EYFS to Her Majesty's Government by Dame Claire Tickell 2011) and The early years foundation stage review: report on the evidence (March 2011)
REPEY: Siraj-Blatchford, I., Sylva, K., Muttock, S., Gilden, R. and Bell, D. (2002), Researching Effective Pedagogy in the Early Years (REPEY): DfES Research Report 356. London: DfES, HMSO.
SPEEL: Moyles, J., Adams, S., Musgrove, A. (2002) SPEEL Study of Pedagogical Effectiveness in Early Learning: DfES Research Report 363. London: DfES.
The bibliographies of these documents and papers are extensive and are a great resource in themselves.
- Development Matters
- The College of Teaching has a reference and research section for members
- All documentation and supporting information for the EYFS statutory framework can be found on the Foundation years website
- Early Education's Ethics and principles
- Early Education's Journals and others
- Ofsted's early years annual reports (fisrt published in 2012/2013)
Early Education (previously The British Association for Early Childhood Education) is a leading independent national charity for early years practitioners and parents, campaigning for the right of all children to education of the highest quality. Founded in 1923, it has members in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales and provides a national voice on matters that relate to effective early childhood education and care of young children from birth to eight. The organisation supports the professional development of practitioners through publications, training, conferences, seminars and access to a national and regional branch network.