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An exploratory study into what role, if any, Early Years Educators perceive themselves as having in developmental monitoring of children attending Early Years services.


   Faculty of Science and Health

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About the Project

This is a Masters by Research project.

Supervisors: Dr Karen Patton and Ms Majella Mc Bride

Project Summary:

Developmental monitoring means observing ways that children play, learn, move, speak and engages with those around them and their environment. It gives an inlet into the child’s abilities, potential delays and if further support is needed. A wide body of literature would indicate that children with developmental delays are at increased risk of poor school performance and more frequent health issues. Parents may not always recognize potential delays in development or have the resources /skills to seek support if concerned. Early Years Educators employ a range of assessments to support children’s learning and in theory are in a unique position to observe potential delays in the child’s development. This study will explore what role, if any, Early Years Educators perceive themselves as having in monitoring children’s development. In particular EYEs perspectives on factors influencing their perceived role in developmental monitoring alongside their confidence and knowledge of developmental monitoring will be examined.

Candidate Qualifications/Requirements:

A honours degree graduate or equivalent with a minimum of a 2.1 award classification in any of the following disciplines: Early Childhood Education and Care, Psychology, Nursing, Education, Health and Social Care or Allied Health professions.

Application Process

  1. To apply for this Masters by Research projects, please send your CV and cover letter to the [Email Address Removed] by 5:00pm, Thursday 9th June. Please include "MR.11" in the subject of the email.
  2. Candidates should hold or expect to hold at least an Honours Degree in a relevant discipline and meet the University’s English Language requirements (minimum IELTS Level 6.5 or equivalent).
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