Early Years Enriched Curriculum Evaluation Project

Queen’s University Belfast

As part of the Early Years Enriched Curriculum Evaluation Project, QUB has produced research and resources on Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Years Education. To access these materials, please follow the links below.

EYECEP End-of-Phase 2 Report 1: Overview: Evaluation Strategy and Curriculum Implementation
McGuiness, C., Sproule, L.. Trew, K. and Walsh, G*. (2009)
End-of-Phase 2, Report 1 Overview: Evaluation Strategy and Curriculum Implementation.
School of Psychology: Queen’s University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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EYECEP End-of-Phase 2 Report 2: Inside EC Classrooms and Schools: Children, Teachers and School Principals
McGuiness, C., Sproule, L.. Trew, K. and Walsh, G*. (2009)
End-of-Phase 2, Report 2 Inside EC Classrooms and Schools: Children, Teachers and School Principals. School of Psychology: Queen’s University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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EYECEP End-of-Phase 2 Report 3 Parents’ Views and Perceptions over Time
McGuiness, C., Sproule, L.. Trew, K. and Walsh, G*. (2009)
End-of-Phase 2, Report 3 Parents’ Views and Perceptions of the Enriched Curriculum over Time. 
School of Psychology: Queen’s University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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EYECEP End-of-Phase 2 Report 4: Outcomes for Pupils over Time
McGuiness, C., Sproule, L.. Trew, K., Rafferty, H. and Walsh, G*. (2009)
End-of-Phase 2, Report 4 The Enriched Curriculum: Outcomes for Pupils over Time.
School of Psychology: Queen’s University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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Developmentally appropriate practice and play-based pedagogy in early years education: A literature review of research and practice.
Walsh, G*., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C., Trew, K. and Ingram, G.* (2010)
School of Psychology: Queen's University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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Playful Structure: Six Pillars of Developmentally Appropriate Practice.
Walsh, G*., Sproule, L., McGuinness, C., Trew, K. and Ingram, G.* (2010)
School of Psychology: Queen's University Belfast and *Stranmillis University College.
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Six Pillars of classroom practice with Twelve Cameos of classroom for each of the Six Pillars:

Pillar 1: Establishing Secure Relationships
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Pillar 2: Enjoying Playful Interactions
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Pillar 3: Creating Playful Opportunities
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Pillar 4: Providing Appropriate Structure
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Pillar 5: Respecting Individual Differences
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Pillar 6: Managing Progression and Transitions
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The Quality Learning Framework
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Debating the transition from play-based to formal practice: implications for Early Years teachers and policymakers.
Walsh, G., Taylor, D., Sproule, L.,* and McGuiness, C.* (2008)
Stranmillis University College and * School of Psychology: Queen's University Belfast.
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Summary of the Early Years Enriched Curriculum Evaluation Project
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DAP Guide for Teachers: Resource List
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Archive documentation

Year 5 Reports

EYECEP: Year 5 Executive Summary
478 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

EYECEP: Year 5 Report
408 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

EYECEP: Year 5 Supplementary Evidence
1.7 MB - uploaded 22-02-2014

EYECEP: Year 5 Technical Statistical Data
261 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Final Report Phase 1 - Executive Summary
88 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Final Report Phase 1 - Full Report
559 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Special fourth year interim report
247 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Third year report
617 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Rationale for the Research Design
356 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

Second year Supplementary Report
1.06 MB - uploaded 22-02-2014

First year report
515 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014

A Review of Recent Research
444 KB - uploaded 22-02-2014