The Danish Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education and Care

Organization profile

Organisation profile

The centre’s research activities focus on everyday life and educational and caring (pedagogical) practices in child care centres such as nurseries, kindergartens and age-integrated institutions for children 0-6 years of age.

The aim of the Danish Centre for Research in Early Childhood Education and Care is to contribute to discussions on the life of children and pedagogical professionalism in the context of societal changes and changes in political management of early childhood education and care.

This aim is achieved through various activities:

  • Producing and systematising research on early childhood education and care
  • Connecting Danish research and development environments and projects within the field of early childhood education and care, and strengthening relationships with international research environments
  • Supporting development of practice on a knowledge-based, participatory foundation
  • Providing support and feedback for political agendas nationally and internationally through strong dialogue with stakeholders and the field of practice

The centre's main objective is to create a strong, collective and attractive research environment that attracts and stimulates research and development in order to influence national and international research agendas, as well as to establish a sound knowledge foundation for future development of the field of practice and the political agendas that shape it.

Research Themes and Projects

The centre's research themes are the foundation of its activities and aim to bring together national and international researchers, including visiting researchers, with a variety of theoretical and methodological perspectives. Current central themes of strategic importance:

  • Children's everyday life in child care centres
  • Knowledge, professional expertise and working life
  • Pedagogical Practice
  • Policy and management

Publication network Recent external collaboration on country level. Dive into details by clicking on the dots.

Research Output 2011 2022

Microgenetic transitions in everyday life and child subjectivity: Children’s perspectives

Juhl, P., 2022, (In preparation) Bloomsbury Academic. 200 p. (Transitions).

Research output: Book/ReportBookResearchpeer-review

Documentation of children’s language development: A critical analysis and discussion of the conceptualization of language in widespread language assessments.

Ahrenkiel, A. & Holm, L., 2020, (Accepted/In press) Documentation in institutional contexts of ECE: Normalisation, power relations, and participation. Alasuutari, M., Kelle, H. & Knauf, H. (eds.). Springer VS

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingBook chapterResearchpeer-review

Situated Ethics: ​Engaging with Ethical Dilemmas​

Kousholt, D. B. & Juhl, P., 2020, (In preparation) In : Special Collection on Constructions of ‘Children’s Voices’ in Qualitative Research.

Research output: Contribution to journalJournal articleResearchpeer-review

Projects 2015 2020

Activities 2010 2019

Oslo Metropolitan University (External organisation)

Annegrethe Ahrenkiel (Member)
20 Mar 201927 Jun 2019

Activity: MembershipMembership in review committee

Kvalitet og styring

Annegrethe Ahrenkiel (Participant)
23 Sep 201924 Sep 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventParticipation in workshop, seminar, course

CeDif Årskonference 2019

Annegrethe Ahrenkiel (Organizer), Christian Martin Aabro (Speaker)
3 May 2019

Activity: Participating in or organising an eventOrganisation and participation in conference