Call for Papers: Special Issue on "Health and Wellbeing in Early Childhood Education Settings"

Call for Papers: Journal Special Issue on "Health & Wellbeing"Special journal issue on "Health and wellbeing in early childhood education settings" 

The New Zealand International Research in Early Childhood Education Journal is an academic journal that publishes local and international research and theory relating to young children in the early years. "Early childhood education" in the journal title is defined as encompassing children's care, health, development, and learning (provided in diverse settings and by a range of people including parents and professional teachers, etc).

The journal is published online.  Full journal issues can be found on the INFORMIT online database (in Australia).  EBSCO will shortly be making full copies available too, supporting the journal to be internationally more available. ECE national organisation ChildForum publishes the journal on its website, to promote and make scholarly research available to teachers, early childhood service providers, policy advisors, health practitioners and others, along with the journal being available to the research community. 

For this special issue, high quality papers from a range of disciplines relating to health and wellbeing in early childhood education settings are invited. Research on the effect of any aspect of the early childhood environment, pedagogy, policies and practices on the health or wellbeing of infants, toddlers, children and their educators is in scope. Papers specifically focussed on Māori or Pacific children’s health or equity would be valued.

Papers from different perspectives and on various aspects of health and wellbeing are welcomed, including but not limited to:    

  • Health-related policies, workplace health and sick leave policies
  • Nutrition, mealtimes, food provision, eating behaviours
  • Breastfeeding support policy or practice
  • Food safety, allergies
  • Active play, physical activity, sedentary behaviours
  • Sleep and nap times
  • Noise management
  • Temperature and humidity
  • Space, group and centre size
  • Outdoor or natural environments, play equipment, greenspace, sun safety
  • Child or carer safety, injuries
  • Common illnesses, infection control and hygiene
  • Oral health
  • Psychological wellbeing and mental health

Papers may take the following forms:

  • articles reporting original research
  • an in-depth critical analysis or review of research or theory
  • research notes reporting a large study in progress or a small scale completed study
  • other paper types such as commentaries and case studies which are considered by the Editors on an individual basis.

Papers may report research and issues from any country providing the article focus and content is of international interest or is relevant to the New Zealand context of early childhood education and care.

The word limit for articles is 5,000 words, excluding the list of references and any appendices (or 2,000 words for research notes).

For further information about the journal and instructions for manuscript preparation click or tap here

Please note that there is no charge for manuscript publication. All authors are supplied with 3 months free library member access to their own and the entire collection of NZIRECE journals and articles (and earlier NZRECE journals before the journal was renamed). In submitting an article to the NZIRECE journal the author(s) accepts that upon publication, copyright of the article belongs to the journal.

Submissions may be made before the closing date which is: 31st March 2021 

Send your manuscript and a covering letter to:
Dr Sarah Gerritsen and Dr Leanne Young
Guest Editors
NZIRECE Journal special edition on health and wellbeing

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