Early Years Enquiry Research Hub
The Early Years Enquiry Research Hub (EYE) aims to promote enquiry that expands opportunities for children in their early years to reach their full potential. Such enquiry is founded on respect for the rights, dignity, worth, and views of children. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child is a foundation document for the activities of the group. EYE is an interdisciplinary forum for enquiry into children's issues in the early years.
Members of the EYE research hub are involved in collaborative writing, research, supporting early years education in the Canterbury region, and hosting regular events for professionals interested in early years education.
Members of the group are from the University of Canterbury, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Canterbury Westland Kindergarten Association (Kidsfirst), Te Tari Puna Ora o Aotearoa/New Zealand Childcare Association, New Zealand College of Early Childhood Education, CORE and the Ministry of Education.
Each year the EYE hub hosts THE GATHERING, a one-day event for teachers to talk together about investigating teaching and learning in the early years. See The Gathering.
Other activities have included hosting international visitors and their presentations, running one-day workshops, and establishing a reading group. See Activities.
Joint writing and promotion of early years education in Canterbury has also been a recent initiative within the group. See Activities.