Pamela Oberhuemer

Pamela Oberhuemer, Honorary Senior Research Fellow, University College London Social Research Institute, Thomas Coram Research Unit since 2018. Following a degree in Education and German studies at Goldsmiths, University of London, she worked for two years as an early childhood teacher. In the mid-1970s she moved from London to Munich, where for over 30 years she was a full-time researcher at the State Institute of Early Childhood Research and Media Literacy (IFP). Since the mid-1990s her main research focus has been on systems of early childhood education and care in the European context, particularly on the early childhood workforce. She was lead researcher of the original SEEPRO study on Systems of Early Childhood Education and Professionalisation in Europe, funded by the German Federal Ministry for Family and Youth Affairs and published in 2010 in English and German. From 2015-2018 and 2021-2024 she cooperated with Inge Schreyer in the two follow-up SEEPRO studies as an external researcher and consultant.
Pamela Oberhuemer conducted two studies commissioned by the German Youth Institute (DJI) for WiFF - a nation-wide Early Childhood Professional Development Initiative: a six-country study on the continuing professional development of early childhood pedagogues (2012) and a seven-country study on the mentoring role of early childhood educators during students' field practice (2014).
For many years, Pamela Oberhuemer was a board member of the Pestalozzi-Froebel Association (based in Berlin) and Chair from 2001-2004. She was a long-term co-editor and is currently an editorial board member of Early Years - An International Research Journal. She has guest edited a number of special issues, most recently with three DJI researchers for the International Journal of Child Care and Education Policy on "Team Concepts in Early Childhood Education and Care" (2023).
Besides publishing widely on professional issues in ECEC, often from a cross-national perspective, she has held invited addresses in Europe and beyond, e.g. in Australia, Chile, Japan and the USA.

Inge Schreyer
Tel. 0049-89-99825-1940

Inge Schreyer
studied psychology at the Ludwig Maximilian University in Munich. She completed her doctoral degree at the University of Regensburg in the field of educational psychology. Since 2000, she has been a senior researcher at the State Institute for Early Childhood Research and Media Literacy (IFP) in Munich. Her main focus has been on research and evaluation studies on the quality of ECEC provider services and on working conditions in ECEC settings.
Inge Schreyer has contributed to several projects funded by the federal government. She coordinated the projects "Development of criteria for evaluating the quality of service provider work in ECEC and developing and testing a practicable assessment tool" and "Managing provider quality through evaluation" (project leaders: Dr. mult. W. E. Fthenakis; Dr. B. Nagel). From 2011 to 2014, she led the federal project "AQUA - Workplace and Quality in ECEC Settings", conducting a representative nationwide survey of ECEC professionals in Germany.
Together with colleagues, she was responsible for the scientific monitoring of two Bavaria-wide projects: "Monitoring Pedagogical Quality" (project leaders: Prof. Dr. Fabienne Becker-Stoll, Eva Reichert-Garschhammer) and "Starting chance", a qualification campaign in Bavarian ECEC settings coordinated by the IFP.
She contributed to the first SEEPRO study "Systems of Early Childhood Education and Professionalisation in Europe" (project leader: Pamela Oberhuemer) and took over the management of the two follow-up studies with project starts in 2015 and 2021.