THE ENVIRONMENT RATING SCALES IN RESEARCH
The ECERS-R is probably best known for its use in the Effective Provision of Pre-school Education Project (EPPE), where it underpinned the research on the relationships between quality provision in the early years and children’s later development. The EPPE team also developed a UK extension to the ECERS-R (the ECERS-E) to provide greater depth of assessment in some of the more ‘educational’ aspects of provision.
The Environment Rating Scales have also been used in other large UK research studies, for example the Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund, the National Evaluation of Sure Start (NESS), and the Evaluation of the Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children.
The Effective Provision of Pre-school Education (EPPE) Project
Sylva, K., Melhuish, E.C, Sammons, P., Siraj-Blatchford, I. & Taggart, B. (2004) The Effective Provision of Pre-School Education (EPPE) Project: Final Report, London: DfES/ IoE, University of London.http://k1.ioe.ac.uk/schools/ecpe/eppe/index.htm
Improving Quality in the Early Years
Mathers,S., Singler, R., and Karemaker, A. (2012) Improving Quality in the Early Years: a comparison of perspectives and measures. University of Oxford, Daycare Trust and A+ Education. http://www.education.ox.ac.uk/research/fell/research/improving-quality-in-the-early-years/
Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund
Mathers, S., Ranns, H., Karemaker, J., Moody, A., Sylva, K., Graham, J. and Siraj-Blatchford, I. (2011) National Evaluation of the Graduate Leader Fund: Impact Study Final Report. London: DfE. https://www.education.gov.uk/publications/standard/publicationDetail/Page1/DFE-RR144
Evaluation of the Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children
Smith, Purdon, Mathers, Sylva, Schneider, La Valle, Wollny, Owen, Bryson and Lloyd (2009) Early Education Pilot for Two Year Old Children Evaluation. DCSF Research Report RR134.
National Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative (NNI)
Mathers, S. and Sylva, K. (2007) National Evaluation of the Neighbourhood Nurseries Initiative: The Relationship Between Quality and Children's Behavioural Development, London: DfES
Quality of Childcare in the Millennium Cohort Study (QCSMCS)
Mathers, S., Sylva, K. and Joshi, H. (2007) Quality of Childcare Settings in the Millennium Cohort Study: Final Report, London: DfES