Investigating early years practitioners’ understandings on how changes in hygiene practices due to COVID-19 have affected children within a Forest School context

McLellan, R. (2022) Investigating early years practitioners’ understandings on how changes in hygiene practices due to COVID-19 have affected children within a Forest School context. Undergraduate thesis, University of Chichester.

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Abstract

The aim of this project is to explore the views early years practitioners, practicing in a Forest School setting, on whether covid-19 hygiene measures and safety arrangements will have an effect on children in the early years. Focusing on possible impacts on immune system development. This qualitative study uses semi-structured interviews as the method of data collection. Participants included are early years practitioners who work at a Forest School setting which they also worked at prior the pandemic so are aware of changes that took place in the setting due to covid. This study found that there were significant changes in the setting’s hygiene practices, routines, and social distancing measures were put in place. This study also highlights the impact working throughout the pandemic has had on early years practitioners in a setting. This study found that contrary to most current literature, there were improvements in children’s behaviour as a direct result of covid safety arrangements being introduced within the setting. Concluding that more literature on the effects of the pandemic on early years children is required to build a full understanding of the issue. Practitioners largely felt that their setting and the children who attend have seen significant improvements due to measures put in place to prevent the spread of covid.

Item Type: Thesis (Undergraduate)
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB1139 Early childhood education
Divisions: Academic Areas > Institute of Education, Social and Life Sciences > Childhood
Student Research > Undergraduate
Depositing User: Michelle Farndell
Date Deposited: 07 Dec 2022 12:08
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2022 12:08
URI: https://eprints.chi.ac.uk/id/eprint/6600

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