Department of Education

Katharina Ereky-Stevens

Post-doctoral Researcher

Dr Katharina Ereky-Stevens works as a post-doctoral researcher at the Department of Education at the University of Oxford.

She has worked on a number of research projects on early childhood education, including the Families, Children and Childcare project (FCCC), the Effective Pre-School, Primary and Secondary Education (EPPSE) project, a Viennese Transition to Childcare project (WIKI), and the EU project CARE (Curriculum and Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC). Her main focus of research is the quality of young children’s relationships and interactions with caregivers, firstly in the context of early childhood education and care, and secondly in the context of families. She has post-graduate training in parent support, and has a particular interest in support for disadvantaged families and their young children. She currently works on the EU project ISOTIS (Inclusive Education and Social Support to Tackle Inequality in Society).


  • Book chapters

    • Mathers, SJ, Ereky-Stevens, K, Dalli, C, Barbour, N (2017) “Quality of Early Childhood Education and Care for Children under Three: Sound Foundations”, In: L Miller, C Cameron (eds.) The SAGE Handbook of Early Childhood Policy. SAGE.

    • Datler, W, Funder, A, Hover-Reisner, N, Fürstaller, M, Ereky-Stevens, K (2012) “Eingewöhnung von Krippenkindern: Forschungsmethoden zu Verhalten, Interaktion und Beziehung [Infants‘ and toddlers‘ adaptation to day care: Research tools to assess behaviour, interaction, and relationships]”, In: S Viernickel, D Edelmann, H Hoffmann, A König (eds.) Krippenforschung. Methoden,Konzepte, Beispiele.. München: Ernst Reinhardt Verlag. 59-73

    • Ereky-Stevens, K, Datler, W, Fürstaller, M (2011) “Der Übergang in die außerfamiliäre Betreuung: Der Beitrag der Kleinkinder zum Verlauf von Eingewöhnungsprozessen”, In: R Kißgen, N Heinen (eds.) Familiäre Belastungen in früher Kindheit: Früherkennung, Verlauf, Begleitung, Intervention.. Stuttgart: Klett-Cotta. 205-228

    • Datler, W, Trunkenpolz, K, Ereky-Stevens, K (2010) “Vater, Mutter, Kind. Infant Observation als eine ethnographische Methode zur Erforschung von dyadischen und triadischen Beziehungserfahrungen im ersten Lebensjahr”, In: GE Schäfer, R Staege (eds.) Frühkindliche Lernprozesse verstehen. Ethnographische und phänomenologische Beiträge zur Bildungsforschung.. Weinheim und München: Beltz Juventa Verlag. 157-180

    • Datler, W, Steinhardt, K, Ereky-Stevens, K (2002) “Vater geht zur Arbeit ... Über triadische Beziehungserfahrungen und die Ausbildung triadischer Repräsentanzen im ersten Lebensjahr.”, In: K Steihardt, W Datler, J Gstach (eds.) Die Bedeutung des Vaters in der frühen Kindheit.. Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag. 122-141

    • Ereky-Stevens, K (2001) “Präödipale Triangulierung. Zur psychoanalytischen Diskussion um die Frage des Entstehens der frühen familiären Dreiecksbeziehung.”, In: W Datler, A Eggert-Schmid Noerr, L Winterhager-Schmid (eds.) Das selbständige Kind (Jahrbuch für Psychoanalytische Pädagogik 12). Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag. 151-177

    • Datler, W, Ereky-Stevens, K, Strobel, K (2001) “Alleine unter Fremden. Zur Bedeutung des Trennungserlebens von Kleinkindern in Kinderkrippen.”, In: W Datler, A Eggert-Schmid Noerr, L Winterhager-Schmid (eds.) Das selbständige Kind (Jahrbuch für Psychoanalytische Pädagogik 12). Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag. 53-77

    • Ereky-Stevens, K, Richtarz, J (2000) “Über aktuelle Publikationen zu verschiedenen Fragestellungen Psychoanalytischer Pädagogik.”, In: C Büttner, H Krebs, L und Winterhager-Schmid (eds.) Gestalten der Familie - Beziehungen im Wandel. Gießen: Psychosozial-Verlag.

  • Conference papers

    • EREKY-STEVENS, K (2019) Design and implementation of ICT-based interventions to support parents with young children in linguistically diverse contexts. The ISOTIS virtual leanring environment for families. (Thessaloniki)

  • Journal articles

    • Wolf, KM, Broekhuizen, ML, Moser, T, Ereky-Stevens, K, Anders, Y (2020) “Determinants of early attendance of ECEC for families with a Turkish migration background in four European countries”, EUROPEAN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION RESEARCH JOURNAL. 28(1) 77-89.

    • Ereky-Stevens, K, Funder, A, Katschnig, T, Malmberg, L-E, Datler, W (2018) “Relationship building between toddlers and new caregivers in out-of-home childcare: Attachment security and caregiver sensitivity”, EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH QUARTERLY. 42 270-279.

    • Mathers, S, Sylva, K, Eisenstadt, N, Soukakou, E, Ereky-Stevens, K (2014) “Supporting early learning for children under three: Research and practice”, Journal of Children's Services. 9(2) 177-187.

    • Stein, A, Malmberg, LE, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Sylva, K, Davies, B, Ereky-Stevens, K, Godlieb, J, Hague, L, Jennings, D, Nichols, M, Ram, B, Triner, A, Walker, J (2013) “The influence of different forms of early childcare on children's emotional and behavioural development at school entry”, Child: Care, Health and Development. 39(5) 676-687.

    • Datler, W, Ereky-Stevens, K, Hover-Reisner, N, Malmberg, L-E (2012) “Toddlers' transition to out-of-home day care: settling into a new care environment.”, Infant behavior & development. 35(3) 439-451.

    • Sylva, K, Stein, A, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, L-E, FCCC-team (2011) “Effects of early child-care on cognition, language, and task-related behaviours at 18 months: an English study.”, The British journal of developmental psychology. 29(Pt 1) 18-45.

    • Sylva, K, Scott, S, Totsika, V, Ereky-Stevens, K, Crook, C (2008) “Training parents to help their children read: a randomized control trial.”, The British journal of educational psychology. 78(Pt 3) 435-455.

    • Ereky-Stevens, K (2008) “Associations between Mothers' Sensitivity to Their Infants' Internal States and Children's Later Understanding of Mind and Emotion”, INFANT AND CHILD DEVELOPMENT. 17(5) 527-543.

    • Flouri, E, Ereky-Stevens, K (2008) “Urban neighbourhood quality and school leaving age: Gender differences and some hypotheses”, OXFORD REVIEW OF EDUCATION. 34(2) 203-216.

    • Malmberg, L-E, Stein, A, West, A, Lewis, S, Barnes, J, Leach, P, Sylva, K, FCCC (2007) “Parent-infant interaction: a growth model approach.”, Infant behavior & development. 30(4) 615-630.

    • Sylva, K, Stein, A, Leach, P, Barnes, J, Malmberg, L-E, FCCC-Team (2007) “Family and child factors related to the use of non-maternal infant care: An English study”, EARLY CHILDHOOD RESEARCH QUARTERLY. 22(1) 118-136.

    • Sylva, K, Taggart, B, Siraj-Blatchford, I, Totsika, V, Ereky-Stevens, K, Gilden, R, Bell, D (2006) “Curricular quality and day-to-day learning activities in pre-school”, International Journal of Early Years Education. 15(1) 49-65.

  • Reports

    • Resa, E, Ereky-Stevens, K, Wieduwilt, N, Penderi, E, Anders, Y, Petrogiannis, K, Melhuish, E (2016) Overview of quality monitoring systems and results of moderator analysis.. Brussels: ECEC.

    • Sylva, K, Pastori, G, Lerkkanen, MK, Slot, P, Ereky-Stevens, K (2016) Integrative report on a culture-sensitive quality & curriculum framework. CARE Curriculum Quality Analysis and Impact Review of European ECEC, WP2, D2.4.. Brussels:

    • Melhuish, EC, Ereky-Stevens, K, Petrogiannis, K, Ariescu, A, Penderi, E, Rentzou, K, Tawell, A, Slot, P, Broekhuizen, M, Leserman, P (2015) A review of research on the effects of early childhood education and care (ECEC) on child development.. Brussels: ECEC.

    • Sylva, K, Ereky-Stevens, K, Aricescu, AM (2014) Overview of European ECEC curricula and curriculum template. CARE Curriculum quality analysis and impact review of European ECEC, WP2, D2.1.. Brussles:

    • Mathers, S, Eisenstadt, N, Sylva, K, Soukakou, E, Ereky-Stevens, K (2014) Sound Foundations: A review of the research evidence on quality for early childhood education and care for children under three. Implications for policy and practice.. London:

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