Norland, the world-famous specialist early years higher education provider, is delighted to announce the publication of the world’s first research journal dedicated to home-based childcare.  

The Norland Educare Research Journal focuses on research that advances and enhances the knowledge base for professional practices and policies for home-based early childhood education and care.   

This international double-blind peer-reviewed journal is published online only and is available to all, worldwide, free-of-charge. It is a genuine academic ground-roots initiative intended to give voice to researchers of high calibre whose work is under-represented in the field of educare and provide a home to experienced and new researchers.  

The Norland Educare Research Journal is a fully open access journal. It offers free publication to researchers and authors and free access to papers for readers, reflecting Norland’s commitment to democratise knowledge dissemination.  

Dr Theodora Papatheodorou, Editor-in-Chief and Research Fellow and Manager, says: “Grounded in the work of researchers and practitioners in the field, the journal is intended to deepen iterations of established early childhood discourses, practices, and policies, and to construct situated knowledge on home-based childcare which is of global relevance and local significance.

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“It is time home-based childcare, especially in the form of in-house childcare offered by nannies, is recognised for what it is: a unique support system for families”, says Dr Theodora Papatheodorou. 

“Despite being a vital service to parents”, she says, “there is limited research available in comparison to extensive research focusing on centre-based provision. The journal intends to fill this gap by bringing together existing research, while encouraging further knowledge production to be disseminated among researchers and academics, professionals, and policy makers.

“It is time home-based childcare, especially in the form of in-house childcare offered by nannies, is recognised for what it is: a unique support system for families – beyond the caring of the child – and to be recognised as such by policy makers and legislated, accordingly. The challenges currently faced by families and young children, due to global socio-economic conditions and in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, necessitate a renewed vision and policy about childcare provision.”

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“The launch of the world’s first journal for home-based childcare plays a part in helping to raise the status and value of early years professionals supporting children in the home”, says Dr Janet Rose. 

Co-Editor of the Journal and Principal of Norland, Dr Janet Rose, says: “The inaugural issue of the journal is a tribute to the legacy of the educational pioneer Emily Ward, the founder of Norland, who recognised the significance of education and care as indistinguishable ingredients of childcare. She argued that young children should be cared for by trained professionals and their care should be structured and centred around the child, offered in a loving and nurturing environment.  

“The launch of the world’s first journal for home-based childcare is a continuation of her vision”, adds Dr Rose, “and plays a part in helping to raise the status and value of early years professionals supporting children in the home.”  

For further information and to read the inaugural issue of the Norland Educare Research Journal, visit the Norland Educare Research Journal webpage.  

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