Our Research

Oak Tree believes that opportunities for learning and pedagogy are enhanced when they are informed by research. Being part of the wider Bath Spa University research community provides opportunities for the nursery to become research active and involve staff, children and families in making insightful contributions to the field of early childhood education and care.

The nursery aims to work across the University on multi-disciplinary projects and has significant links with The Centre for research into Early Years, Childhood and Youth based in the Institute for Education. This research centre’s overarching research theme aims to question assumptions in relation to the role of the adult and their interaction with children and young people.

Oak Tree believes the benefits of setting-based research include:

• The promotion of shared reflective dialogue between practitioners, children, parents and academic staff
• The development of practitioner understanding of the role of the adult and environment
• Engaging children in the process of their own learning, competencies and interests
• Provoking new understandings leading to quality improvement

Forest and outdoor research project

Oak Tree nursery participates in Institute for Education’s research into outdoor forest experiences Vicky Towell, Deputy Manager at Bath Spa University’s on-site setting, Oak Tree Day Nursery, joined Senior Lecturer Dr Lone Hattingh and a group of undergraduate and postgraduate...

Children’s Visible Voices Project

As part of the Year of Digital Citizenship, academic staff from the Institute for Education are working in partnership with the staff, parents and children at Oak Tree Day Nursery to create high quality video footage of the children playing...