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