Celebrating our Centenary

Early Education was founded in 1923 as the Nursery School Association. In 1972 we became the British Association for Early Childhood Education and are now known as Early Education for short.

One hundred years later, we continue to campaign for high quality early childhood education for all children, and especially for children from disadvantaged backgrounds for whom it can make the most difference.  We also continue our role of bringing together early years professionals to share experience and expertise with one another, and to benefit from continuing professional learning.  We have members across the UK in all types of roles and organisations, who share our commitment to high quality early childhood education.

In 2023 we celebrated our Centenary with new publications, national and local branch events, a special offer membership and a fundraising campaign to allow us to continue our work into a second century.

Centenary issues of the Early Education Journal

Children: living and learning

Early Education Journal No 100

An agenda for the future

Early Education Journal No 101

Centenary books

Order a copy of one of our Centenary books below. You can also access free supplementary material linked to Early Childhood Education: Current realities and future priorities.

Centenary events

Watch again: Centenary conversations now available

The sessions are available to watch on “catch up” on our e-learning platform:

  • Practice-based research and European traditions of early childhood education – with Early Education Vice Presidents Chris Pascal and Tony Bertram from the Centre for Research in Early Childhood (CREC) and Professor Ferre Laevers of the University of Leuven
  • How can research influence policy makers, create a stronger evidence base and uplift practice? – with former President of Early Education Professor Iram Siraj OBE and current Early Education Vice President Professor Kathy Sylva OBE
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Centenary fundraising campaign

Help us to do more by donating today.  Income from donations allows us to continue our work campaigning for high quality early childhood education for all children and providing high quality, affordable professional learning for practitioners. 

If you're attending a free centenary event, please consider making a donation on a "pay what you can" basis.