IOE - Faculty of Education and Society


Centre for Teacher and Early Years Education

Working in partnership to improve quality in early years teacher education in China. An opportunity to transform education for 170 million children and their families.

Director: Dr Rachael Levy

Our purpose is to bring together academics, teacher educators and practitioners from IOE and across China, in order to generate effective and sustainable change in Chinese early years practice.

The centre's focus

  • Genuine partnership: a collaboration between academics and teacher educators and practitioners
  • Research-informed change and development
  • Sustainability and scalability by developing local systems, structures, programmes and practice as well as by aggregating findings and insights gained over time
  • Innovation and change that is focused on pedagogy of practice-based learning
  • Capacity building

About us


Our activities


Research areas

  • Teacher education and leadership for the early years in China
  • Quality in early years education
  • The role of the family in early years education
  • Early literacy development

Blog posts

Research seminars

CTEY hosted two virtual research receptions in early 2021 for UCL and external audiences. We introduced our centre, current projects, and opportunities of collaborating with us:

Previous research seminars

Interested in joining as a research participant?

Our centre often undertakes research requiring perspectives from early years settings (practitioners, children, parents or managers). 

Register your interest