EECERA Convocation

International Narratives about COVID – 19 and Early Childhood

Theme and Rationale

This year’s EECERA Conference in Zagreb has been postponed to 2021 and in its place, EECERA’s Board of Trustees have decided to call ECEC colleagues and friends together for this online event.

This Convocation is being held during a time of extraordinary crisis for the world. The impact of COVID-19 on all aspects of society and on all members of our communities, from the very young to the very old, can be dramatic and life changing. Most countries are still struggling to control the virus which continues to escalate around the world whilst politicians and medics labour to contain it. The experience of COVID is certainly a uniting call for a rethink of the way we have been living, and a reminder that issues such as climate change, our interaction with nature, sustainable economies, and a fairer distribution of wealth and resources confront us all with a demand to change how we have been living. The pandemic provides our EECERA community with both immediate and longer-term questions and concerns. It also provides us with opportunities to rethink, recalibrate and renew our mission and our methods of engaging. This Convocation is intended to stimulate open and illuminative dialogues, the exchange of experiences, and the identification of productive responses to support young children and families as we navigate the profound challenges of this time. It provides a forum to explore contested positions, seeks plurality and multiple perspectives and collaboration not exceptionalism.

In this Convocation we aim to:

  • share actions, research and strategies that have been taken in countries around the world to support young children and families, and those who work with them, during the pandemic;
  • share plural narratives about the pandemic experience from children, parents, practitioners, providers and policy administrators;
  • identify key challenges facing the early childhood sector;
  • engage in critical and constructive dialogues about these responses and experiences which can inform and extend our understanding of the impact of the pandemic and how the early childhood sector might respond to the challenges it brings.

The Convocation is co-chaired by Prof. Chris Pascal (EECERA President) and Prof. Tony Bertram (EECERJ Coordinating Editor) and consists of five webinars over two days; it will focus on the following topics: The New ‘Normal: System Challenges; Perspectives of Staff and Settings; Perspectives of Children; Perspectives of Parents and Family; Perspectives on Pedagogy.

Each webinar comprises keynote presentation, panel discussion and a moderated Q & A session between speakers and attendees.


Part two of the Convocation (which we hope to run early in 2021) will focus on macro-issues: Digital Childhoods, Policy Initiatives; Economic Factors; and Global Sustainability Goals.


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The pass allows you to access all 5 live webinars as well as webinar recordings up to 90 days after the event. EECERA members are eligible for 50% discount.

The ticket price points are consistent for members and non-members (£45 and £90 respectively). However, depending on attendees’ geographical location, legally, VAT application differs:

  • UK individuals and organisations are charged +20% VAT;
  • EU individuals are charged +20% VAT;
  • EU organisations are eligible for 0% VAT application upon successful provision of VAT number while booking;
  • For attendees from the rest of the world (non-EU and non-UK) no VAT is chargeable.

– If you are not an EECERA member, click on Tickets and choose from ‘UK’ pass, ‘EU’ pass or ‘The rest of the world’ pass to proceed to checkout.
– If you are an EECERA member , simply click on Tickets and ‘Enter Promo Code’ to add your 6 digit EECERA membership number for the discounted ticket to be revealed. Then choose from ‘UK’ pass, ‘EU’ pass or ‘The rest of the world’ pass to proceed.

Members can only purchase one pass per transaction. Non-members, multiple per transaction. Paypal and card payments are acceptable. Invoices are autogenerated by Eventbrite upon successful booking and will be attached in your email booking confirmation.


Journal of EECERA – Monograph on COVID-19

Concept of the EECERA Convocation began with a Call for Papers for a Special Issue of the European Early Childhood Education Research Journal (EECERJ) from those undertaking research into the impact of COVID-19 on young children under 8 years. Although only a small selection of these world-wide papers will be published in the EECERJ in January 2021, the overwhelming response revealed a clear need for there to be an ongoing debate.

We are working with our publishers, Taylor and Francis to ensure that EECERJ produces at least one special themed monograph on COVID-19 and early childhood and many of those identified as participants in this programme will also be contributing the(se) Special Issue(s).


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This event is organised by the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) on behalf of the European Early Childhood Education Research Association (EECERA) . For any queries please contact us by email or on social media.

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