Children’s Visible Voices Project

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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 and interacting. The project reflects a key principle of early childhood education and care in that it aims to capture children’s views of their experiences, environments and relationships in natural and respectful ways.

Aims

The project aims are twofold; firstly to create high quality video footage alongside teaching materials which can be used as a resource for students on Bath Spa University’s undergraduate and postgraduate programmes. Secondly, the unedited footage will be used by staff at Oak Tree Day Nursery to inform planning, resourcing and staff development. The footage will also be shared with the children and parents to generate reflection and discussion.

Timescales

The project team and Oak Tree staff have met on a number of occasions to plan the filming and discuss ethical considerations. Parents have been informed about the project and invited to an open day to discuss any questions. The team plan to start the filming in April 2017, with the edited footage and teaching resources completed in May 2017.

Ethics

Ethical processes have been followed according to Bath Spa University Ethics Committee and the British Educational Research Association.

If you have any questions about this project, or would like to get involved please contact Kerry Edwards, Nursery Manager at: k.edwards@bathspa.ac.uk