Working in partnership
The Centre is the result of a unique partnership between the Watercliffe Meadow Primary School, Save the Children UK, Sheffield City Council and Sheffield Hallam.
Initial funds to establish the Centre were secured through a £345,000 grant from the Department for Education’s School Nurseries Capital Fund.
The Centre is managed alongside our existing nursery in Broomhall, Sheffield, to provide much-needed nursery places.
Opportunities for our students
Students across the University are involved in the development of the Centre. Early Childhood Studies and Architecture students came together to design an innovative outdoor space for the nursery.
Second year Architecture student, Jade Tickle, worked alongside Early Childhood Studies students to create designs for a natural playground at the Nursery.
“This has been a great opportunity for me, it will set me apart from others when applying for placement next year, as well as being able to give back to the community.”
The Centre also provides further opportunities for students through placements and research.
The Centre is a hub for innovative early years learning and care, alongside multi-disciplinary on-site research, bringing together academic research capacity, community-focused education and care, and expert knowledge from the children’s charity sector.
The Sheffield Institute of Education is developing a range of initiatives to explore and support early years practice, including a CPD network for practitioners and creation of an active group of early childhood researchers to implement innovative practice within the Nursery.
Through our partnership with Save the Children UK, this research will benefit children across the country through the dissemination of research findings and best practice in the early years sector.