Including Children’s Voices in a Multiple Stakeholder Study on a Community-wide Approach to Improving Quality in Early Years Setting

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Including Children’s Voices in a Multiple Stakeholder Study on a Community-wide Approach to Improving Quality in Early Years Setting

Recorded in 2018

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Contributors

Author: Dr Shirley Martin, Lynn Buckley

Publisher: Taylor and Francis Online

Date: 2018

Geographic Coverage: Worldwide

Type of Resource: Article

Sector/setting: Early Years

Vulnerable groups: Children

Developed with children and young people? Yes

Type of participation: Research

Availability: Restricted Access

Keywords: Early intervention, Participatory research with children, Photo, Voice

Introduction

This article will explore the use of visual participatory research methods with young children. These methods have been utilized to add young children’s voices to research on the impact of a quality improvement strategy in an early years’ settings involved in a community-based prevention and early intervention programme.

Children were offered the opportunity to share their views with the researchers through a variety of participatory rights-based approaches including drawing, photo-elicitation, photography, and conversations. Adding children’s voices to the programme evaluation can help us to understand children’s experiences and produces better policy and better services and also to interrogate the adult-centric quantitative data and adult perspectives generated in the ongoing project evaluation.